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How to Tell When Oil is Ready for Frying

I came up with a fun way to remember the rules of checking for proper temperature of oil for frying battered foods, without a thermometer in a skillet or pot based on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" ;-)


If the batter immediately turns golden and raises to the top then the oil is too hot. If you drop a teaspoon of batter into the oil and it sinks to the bottom right away then the oil is too cold. If the batter takes about 30 seconds to rise then the temperature of the oil is just right.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

How original and how cute. So easy to remember. I wish I'd thought of this Deeli. Great idea

Thanks for sharing.


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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

Most times if you use a wooden spoon it is a much easier way to tell if oil is ready for frying. Dip the wood handle of the spoon to the bottom of pot, if little bubbles form around the handle the oil should be hot enough.

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August 22, 20100 found this helpful

I am always open to new ideas, and this is a very good idea LisaE2 if you're using a deep amount of oil, but how do you tell if the oil is too hot and what if there isn't enough oil in the pan/skillet for the handle of the spoon to be touching the oil?

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January 16, 20120 found this helpful

This is a great idea. I will have to pass it along to my daughter. You have my vote!

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