To test if your oil is hot enough

youtube.com Chef Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer tests her fryer oil by dropping a pinch of flour in it ― if it sinks to the bottom, your oil is not hot enough. See the full video here.

Oil temperature test

This is a method used in Japan, and it’s pretty accurate. First, you will need a pair of cooking chopsticks called saibashi, made of bamboo or wood. They are available for a few $ at an Asian kitchenware or well stocked grocery store, or online. Be sure you have uncoated bamboo or wood chopsticks,  and not …

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Deep frying oil

Safflower oil. Results in the cleanest and lightest and taste and the oil does not overpower the flavour of whatever it is you’re deep frying. Johnathan Law, Restaurateur

Mistakes – Oil 2

Speaking of oil: you need to use it generously to brown things in a pan. The purpose of oil/fat is not to prevent sticking. Proper cooking prevents sticking. Oil is for conduction of heat between the flat pan bottom and the irregular surface of the food. If you don’t have a conductive medium filling all …

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Pasta water

Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.Missy Robbins – A Voce, New York City

Olive oil

Invest in a bottle of high-quality olive oil. Just a small drizzle can really bring out the flavor of pizza, mozzarella, pasta, fish and meat. Nancy Silverton – Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Chilli oil

This is something that I’ve been doing quite a lot recently for finishing dishes. You can use it over roast vegetables, or if you want over fish, meat, or even soups. I take some olive oil and fry some dry chilli in it, just before the dish is about to be served. I heat a …

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