What Kind Of Oil To Use In A Deep Fryer

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @ 07:06 AM

What kind of oil should you use in your deep fryer?

Most sources suggest using peanut oil for deep frying though any common cooking oil may be used. Peanut oil  has a great taste & a medium to high smoke point.About 350 degrees. It is also suggested to never mix different kinds of oils when frying because smoke points will vary from oil to oil.

You typically want your oil temperature to reach 350-375 degrees before you put your food into it. Making sure the oil temperature is  high enough will ensure that a layer of steam will surround your food and not allow the oil to penetrate. You want your food crispy, not soggy & loaded with fatty oils.

Your oil can be used more than once. Some counter top fryers come with a lid to protect your unused oil. You can filter your oil from your larger fryers back into the original container, once it has cooled, and store it in a cool dark place until you are ready to fry again.Typically if you fry fish though, you will want to only reuse that oil for cooking more fish or hush puppies.

If you notice a strong discoloration or odor it is probably time to replace it.

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