As a birthday present I was given a deep fryer. It has a max temp of 375 degrees. I have been playing around with it and can not seem to get crispy results. My basic problem seems to be that to get stuff crispy, I have to burn it.
I have been experimenting with French fries since they are cheap and pretty readily available. The general problem is that they come out semi crispy on the outside, generally soggy in the inside.
My methods are to slice the fries into 1/8 inch strips, wash and store in cold water for a while to rinse away the starch. At 375 degrees, I fry them up till golden brown. Soggy, to get them even somewhat crisp, they have to be really brown, they more resemble the seasoned fries in color at this point.
I have my suspicions about why this is and have been trying other methods. First, I have played with vegetable and caonola oils. I have not tried lard or that white cube of Crisco yet J at first thought, I blamed the oil, thinking that perhaps certain oils could maintain the heat better. I suspect I need to be able to get hotter than 375, but all the recipes I have ever seen are marked at ~375.
I have tried double frying as well, where you fry till golden, then rest and refry, these were a slight bit better than the rest, but still not perfect.
I am beginning to think that achieving fast food style fries is not possible. The closes these come are to In-n-Out in consistency. I am beginning to think that the fast food industry pre-bakes the fries and only deep fries them to get them heated and golden.
I am in the middle of freezing the fries before fying, in thought that since that is how the fast food places get them, perhaps there is something to this, them being cold will prevent the insides from getting soaked with oil.
Suggestions? Am I not able to get the heat I need unless I get a commercial unit? Should I pre-cook them? Is it the oil? Can one replicate Mc Donald’s fries at home?
Also, wanted to make Tempura and vegetables as well, do you need to pre-steam the vegetables to get them soft before you batter and fry?