I can still remember my old grandma’s special recipe: Deep fried, tender fried chicken. The smell of freshly fried chicken wings are the pinnacle of our visit to our grandparents. And today as she passed down the “secret” to me on cooking the best-fried foods, I’m giving you these 10 tips that will surely delight your palate in a new way!
Contrary to popular belief cooking fried foods is an art. It’s not just about heating a pan of oil and dumping your marinated meat to it. There’s more to it actually. And these little nuisances are the secrets of the PROS in creating the best-fried foods.
Here’s where it all starts. The Cooking oil.
A lot of people miss and skip this part. There are two common schools of thoughts when it comes to choosing the right oil for frying. One is to buy the most expensive and the other is that cooking oil doesn’t matter. These notions are both on the extreme ends of each option.
But the perfect and right answer can be found somewhere in the middle. The problem with the most expensive cooking oil: which is usually extra virgin oil is that it has a low smoke point. That means that at just a few bumps in temperature it will start to smoke and burn your food or add a burned-smoke taste ruining your foods.
The best option is to use vegetable oil because of its high smoke point. Having a high-smoke point, being super cheap, and having no added flavors is the perfect reason you’ll want to choose this cooking oil.
The next tip is to have the proper equipment. You’ll want an equipment that would be able to accommodate the amount of food you’d like to cook. If you’re cooking for big batches, consider the size of your frying equipment so that you could cook in fewer batches.
Make sure that your frying equipment has a timer and a temperature control because different foods require different cooking temperatures. Make sure that you use and match the perfect cooking temperature for your needs.
The other tip is to make sure that you have a delicious flavor on your breading mix or flour mix. The flavor and taste of your chicken or meat are usually added into your flour and seasoning mix. Make sure that you’ve used the perfect marinating solution as well.
I prefer to use egg and milk as the perfect combination and batter for my fried recipes. It’s important to understand that not a lot of people are fond of using milk, but if you want to have that milky and creamy texture in your fried foods, try the eggs and milk combination and let me know how it goes.
Make sure that your family’s safety and your safety is always first. There are numerous stories that I’ve read and heard where accidents happened when frying. It’s because of the high heat of the oil. Be careful when handling oil and fried foods as they can burn and cause serious injuries to yourself or loved ones. Make sure that you keep everything out of children’s reach.
Last but not the least don’t be afraid to experiment. Sometimes, the best recipes are discovered with a little bit of experimentation. Try to add or remove a little bit of spice in every recipe and see how it goes. You’ll find that testing and experimenting can help you develop skills that only PRO chefs can do.
As an added bonus reading, try Air Frying: paleomint.com/best-air-fryers/