Originally Posted by Skittle68
What temperature should I use?
Is it safe? Well ...
I do it. You have to be careful. If it catches fire, don't use water. Use an appropriate fire extinguisher or dry baking soda. Plan for this ahead of time.
Don't leave the room. Be sure the clothes you are wearing won't dip into the oil or catch the handle of the pot. I don't have any kids, but I imagine it would be a good idea to have someone supervise them while you are deep fat frying - you don't want one of them screaming in pain, so you have to leave the kitchen. You don't want them getting in the way. Come to think of it, it might be a good idea to shut any dogs & cats in a closed room, so they won't be underfoot.
Temperature: it depends on what you are cooking. You can get a rough idea that the temp is pretty good by dropping a small piece of bread in the oil. If it is golden brown in five seconds, the temp is pretty good for lots of things.
If it is too hot, the food will burn. If it isn't hot enough, the food will absorb too much oil.