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Old 07-28-2008, 09:17 PM   #11
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so if i use a wet batter i need a much higher temperature?
yes, I don't know what temp as I don't check that, I just do the batter test sorry
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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Try to stay between 350* & 375*.....I deep fry at 360*/365* regardless of coating.

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Old 07-28-2008, 10:48 PM   #13
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dry, like powder, wet, like a dry mixed with liquid.
Thanks mate, I therefore use wet batter, I won't fry fish just coated in a dry mix except for breadcrumbs. I've experimented with countless batters and use just a quality self raising flour with 10% or more gluten content and cool water, no beer, no eggs. A thin batter will throw residue so I use a thick batter that the fillet will float on and after dredging it through the batter wipe the excess off on the side of the dish. The reason for this is that a thin batter will work and go flat quicker whereas the thick batter has less working air pockets therefore retains the gluten and its crispness. The more air pockets a batter has the more oil it will soak up, having said that, it is the surface area of the air pockets that gives the batter its crunch so its a bit of a catch twenty two situation.

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Try to stay between 350* & 375*.....I deep fry at 360*/365* regardless of coating.
Spot on Bob I have my cookers set at 374* [190C]
Sometimes we have trouble with potatoes holding to much sugar so I have to drop their temp. down to around 320* 160C to stop them browning on the second cook.
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:41 AM   #14
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At my work, we fry our fish in a wet beer batter in the fryer at 335F. When I take the fish, I make sure that it is dry, then you can dunk the fish in the batter (make sure you stir that batter first) and then I dip the fish as far as I can in the oil without touching the basket, and hold it there for about 15 seconds, then let it go.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:31 PM   #15
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The reason your batter is blowing off is from water. You need to flour the fish first, before battering. This is also true for any "wet" food that is being battered and deep fried.

What happens is the water content of the fish starts to steam and come out of the flesh. When it hits the batter the steam blows the batter off. Coating the fish in flour, puts a dry barrier between the flesh and the batter. This dry flour will soak up the steam before it has a chance to get to the batter.

I hope that helps.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:50 PM   #16
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I agree, lightly dust the fish with flour and shake off any excess, then dip in the batter, then the fryer.

When I pan fry fish or chicken, I do the same: lightly flour the item, then I dip in egg, then in cracker meal. Beautifully brown and crispy.
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You might like to try fine semolina instead of flour, it forms a better barrier and the product doesn't stick together if you're doing more than one piece at a time.
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