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Old 11-17-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hush puppies question

Does anyone here make their own hush puppies?
I was wondering a couple things... I've got a recipe that says to drop them into the oil from the spoon, but the ones I have eaten in the past were uniform like meatballs. I was wondering if I can make the batter so that I can form them like a meatball? I would think that they would cook more uniformly if they were all the same size and placed into the oil, plus it would be less messy that trying to drop spoonfuls of the batter/dough into the oil. Which leads me to my next question; if I have a tray full of hush puppies, do I need to cook them all at the same time? Can I freeze some for later?

Do we have any hush puppies aficionados here?
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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Use a disher - or ice cream scoop. Just scoop & drop straight into the oil. You'll get nice evenly sized balls.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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+1 and yes, you can freeze them!
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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My ice cream scoop is a heavy spoon

I need to pick up some more peanut oil anyway. Maybe wally world will have a smallish ice cream scooper, or mellon baller. Good idea.

And great! I can freeze them for later.

Thanks for the info, ladies.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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The beauty is, when they are frozen, you can fry them up easier. They hold their shape better. Take a little longer...
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:56 AM   #6
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The beauty is, when they are frozen, you can fry them up easier. They hold their shape better. Take a little longer...
Interesting. You just put them in the oil frozen, huh? In that case I might as well make them ahead of time and freeze them all. Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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I usually just drop them by the spoonful into the oil and it puffs into the balls.
You just have to make sure you have enough oil.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:31 PM   #8
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Thanks Nikki. I think I'm still going to pick up a scooper. I could have used one for something else a while ago, plus I think it would be quicker. Good to know the hush puppies are self-forming though. It tells me not to put so much thought into getting them perfectly round before they hit the oil.
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Scoopers are handy for so many different things.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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Do the hush puppies balloon up?
If I only see a mellon baller and a large ice cream scoop, which should I buy?
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