Deep frying

Deep frying

Cooking fries

If you wish to have crispy French fries, then you should soak the potatoes in cool water for 30 minutes and then fry them. Cold water will allow the sliced potato to retain its internal fibres, meaning that they are less likely to completely break down when cooked at a high heat.

Deep frying

Hold each piece with long tongs as you add it to the oil. Hold it below the oil’s surface for 5 seconds before releasing to ensure the exterior is sealed. This prevents it from sticking to other food or the pan too. Michael Psilakis, Fish Tag and Kefi, New York

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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Fries

Let potatoes sit in cool water for about half an hour, or quickly blanch them before frying. This removes starch and helps keep the fries crispier for longer. Make sure you accurately measure temp when making fries. Optimal oil temp should be around 190 degrees C. Any lower and the fries will absorb too much …

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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

Frying temperatures

The magic number for stove-top frying is 350°F. You can use less than that to make things soggy and more than that for a fast fry (crisping the outside). For cooking perfect French fries, we used both in succession: lower to cook, then higher to crisp.

Deep frying

When you deep-fry, hold each piece of food with long tongs as you add it to the oil. Hold it just below the oil’s surface for five seconds before releasing it. This will seal the exterior and stop it from sticking to the pot or the other food.Michael Psilakis – FishTag and Kefi, New York City

Deep frying

Want to know if your oil is hot enough for frying? Here’s a tip: Stick a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the wood, then you are good to go.Aaron McCargo, Jr. – Big Daddy’s House