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What's the best oil to fry chips in!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by marl, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. marl

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    Just got a deep fat fryer as i'm fed up with frozen chips! What's the best oil to use for taste?
     
  2. michael baxter

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    Lard?
     
  3. Mp4

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    Sun Flower Oil

    for best rosties - goose fat
     
  4. Mr Joshua

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    Beef dripping!
     
  5. Psycho Sonny

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    for taste lard - pure fat

    for health - extra virgin olive oil

    and for obvious reasons the lard is by far the cheapest method and olive oil the most expensive
     
  6. Mr Nice

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    baby oil?
     
  7. the-void

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    Sunflower Oil is good.
    Olive oil is terrible.

    Different oils have a different smoke point. Olive oil is a lot lower than sunflower oil and so will burn at a lower temperature. As you want to deep fry at high temperatures you need oil with a high smoke or burn point.

    You will need to change the oil a lot more with an oil with a low smoke point than you will with a high smoke point. I do recommend changing the oil in a deep fryer after 4 uses regardless of whatever oil you use. For your health and well-being, let alone the taste.

    Sunflower has a smoke point of about 240C.

    Whilst Olive oil is about 190C.

    In order of preference

    Sunflower 245C
    Soybean
    Canola
    Corn -236C

    Not recommended

    Peanut
    Sesame
    Olive

    As they are all below 230C and are mainly used as dressings due to their particularly strong and distinctive taste.

    Oh, and Lard is terrible

    183 to 205C

    http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t-153-1192/oils-and-fats-cooking-guide.asp#points
     
  8. M0t0r0la

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    Peanut oil fryed chips taste gorgeous :cool: :D
     
  9. divine`

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    I can't see putting solid lard in a deep frying machine being an entirely clever idea. I just use Sunflower Oil or Vegetable Oil mostly...
     
  10. R@tman

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    corn oil is fine to use too
     
  11. elevenseventysix

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    Sunflower!

    Here's my way of doing home-made chips...

    For extra soft chips on the inside but slightly crispy and golden brown on the outside (the BEST way! :D ), chop your potatoes as chips, pour the fat into a wok and then deep fry whilst constantly stirring.

    Better than a deep fat fryer!

    Mmmmm!
     
  12. M0t0r0la

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    Peanut oil doesn't break down at high temperatures and is ideal for frying both fish and chips. What is important is that you get the oil to it's max temp before cooking anything in it. Otherwise fat absorption into the food is much higher resulting in a more soggy and unhealthy result.
     
  13. lookitsjonno

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    if you have a diesel car don't forget to recycle the left over oil :p

    out of interest how healthy are chips cooked in olive oil?
     
  14. Uhtred

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  15. M0t0r0la

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    Healthier than most other oils although Sunseed Oil is healthier
     
  16. Mr Joshua

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  17. Jonny69

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    Crisp n Dry is the best stuff for frying chips at home. Don't know why but it just crisps stuff up better, does what it says on the bottle.
     
  18. divine`

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    Silly expensive though, considering most fryers tend to use about 3 to 4 litres of oil and need replacing with alarming regularity...
     
  19. Mr Joshua

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  20. Dreadi

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    use mustard instead, its another of its never ending list of abilities :rolleyes:
     


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