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Old 07-25-2008, 08:08 AM   #21
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When I deep fry - with battered items, I do not put directly in the basket, putting a few in at a time and don't over crowd. Frozen items can be lowered in basket - just my take on frying -

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Old 07-29-2008, 08:05 PM   #22
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Is 'batter frying' without the basket out of the question??? Use the basket for breaded products only...maybe. Just a thought........
No, it's not out of the question Bob, that's the way it should be done, if the temperature is correct the fish will float immediately. Tongs are good but I use one of these homemade gadgets as I have found it a little safer.

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Old 08-03-2008, 08:16 PM   #23
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You have one little problem...It's a little fryer!

The thing is that home fryers are simply not big enough to use commercial methods. The fat volume is to small to hold heat when food is added. It cools down so fast...What does it hold? 3.5 to 4 litres? So adding say a 400 grams of fish (fillet with batter) is adding 10% of cold to hot. That would be like adding a 3 kilo fillet to a commercial fryer...It would not work!

Your idea of using foil will not work, sorry. Sure, it will catch the batter, but it will stop the proper "cool zone flow". Effectively the fat above the foil will not be hot enough.

I understand your desire to make it easy and safe. But, some things just need work and care...

This is what I do...I use my wok to "blanch" any battered and crumbed food. This has a number of advantages. First of course, the batter or crumbs are sealed and so wont stick to anything in the fryer. Second is that the fryer fat will stay cleaner and fresher for much longer. So, you actaully reduce the cost and work because the fryer needs less cleaning and fat changing!

I use 1 kilo (about 2 lb) of vegetable frying compound in my wok. I find that that is a good amount. I use a steel bowl and sieve to clean the wok fat when ever it needs it. Simply put the sieve in the bowl and pour the hot (or warm) fat in...Leave it in the bowl until next time.

Of course, another option is to visit the frozen section in your local grocery store...These days, if it's fry-able, it's frozen!

I hope that is of help.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:20 PM   #24
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Are you putting the items in the basket and lowering the basket or are you putting the basket in and then dropping the items in? I suggest the latter. Lower the basket in and then add the battered food.

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