So far we have covered three cooking methods—sauteeing, stirfrying, and pan frying—Now we begin our fourth cooking method—deep frying.
So far in your minimalist kitchen, there are several things that you should have either kept, updated, or bought…
As far what you should have in your minimalist kitchen at this point, you should have…
- Cookie Sheet
- Cooking Oil
- Mineral Oil
- Saute pan
- Wire Cooling Racks
- Wok…for stirfrtying
Now that we are starting to learn how to deep=fry, there are a few more things that you might need. These includfe…
One of the most obvious things that you will need when you’re deep-frying is something to deep-fry in.
Of the pans that you already have, your wok is your best option.
Another great option would be a large Dutch oven or a deep sauté pan with a heavy bottom, sides that are deep enough to allow you to fill the pan with a few inches of hot oil, and a long handle.
Finally, you could choose to use a deep fryer. This is a great choice for people just learning to deep-fry because most deep fryer come equipped with min/max lines, temperature controls, and wire frying baskets.
It is important that you have a good candy thermometer with a clip that sticks over the side of the pan, unless you buy a deep fryer that already has a thermostat. This will help you make sure that you are frying your food at the right temperature.
If you still haven’t bought such a thermometer, check to see if the oil bubbles around the stick end of a wooden spoon whenever you put a wooden spoon into the oil…or see if a popcorn kernel pops in hot oil whenever you put it into the pan. If one of these two things happen, then your oil is somewhere between 325 and 350 degrees…and you are ready to start cooking.
2. Tongs…You will also want to have a decent set of tongs on hand for removing food from whatever it has been cooked in.
3. A large slotted spoon…You will need these to help you remove and drain the food from the hot oil. Other great options to help you do this would include a wire basket or a kitchen spider.
4. Paper towels…You will be using these to drain the food once it has been cooked.
5. Other…Other important utensils that you already have on hand include wooden spoons, sieves, and fry baskets.
Okay, that was simple enough…not let’s learn what to do with all this “stuff” when it comes to deep-frying.