Setting Up A Fryer
Preparing your favorite deep-fried meals at home can be a really great experience. It can be a much greater one if you do everything by the book. By the book here I mean following the instruction manual to the letter. Although each deep fat fryer comes with its own setup instructions that are different from others, the basics are pretty much the same. The secret to cracking the code of a great deep-fried meal lies in a correct setup. That is why this article takes it seriously the business of informing you in how to correctly setup the deep fryer at home. Here’s what you will need;
Putting Oil in the Fryer
This is the first step in setting up your fryer, and it comes even before switching it on. Pouring the right amount of oil into the fryer is essential. An excess amount of oil might result in overflows that could mess up your kitchen and create an unsightly view. It is also necessary that you use the right type of oil.
Turning the Fryer on
As simple as it may sound, turning the fryer on is not that straightforward. Among the things you are required to do once you have plugged the fryer into the power source include setting the thermostat and then setting the timer. This procedure ensures that the oil heats to the right temperature before beginning the frying job. Although the thermostat works pretty well to detect the changes in temperature, you should know that it is not always present in all models. As such, you should have a thermometer close by just in case. Besides, the thermometer would do a better job to show you the right temperature, which is normally between 350 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
The temperature control feature on the deep fryer is helpful for letting you select the right temperature based on the meal that you are going to deep fry. Other models also come with a digital timer that allows you to set the amount of time that your food will take to be ready. Setting the right time is an important setup step because getting it wrong can actually ruin your food. Usually, the instruction manual explains how to use both the variable temperature control and the digital timer. You should, therefore, use it as a guide to help you use the right settings.
Deep Frying the Food
This is the final stage once you have correctly set up the fryer. There is a recommended way of lowering the food into the bowl to avoid oil splashes, which could be dangerous. Remember, hot oil can be flammable. You should lower the food into the oil slowly using the basket that comes with the fryer. If the fryer did not come with a basket, then use either a fork or tongs to put food into the oil slowly so that it does not splatter. Once the food is ready, you can take it out by lifting the basket ensuring that all the oil is drained before placing it on a plate. The plate should be lined with paper towels to absorb the oil from the food.