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 Post subject: Deep frying
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:53 am 
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Last week I wanted to make fried chicken so I got out my dutch oven and peanut oil and made CI's Easier Fried Chicken... then I wanted to make taco chips but by then my oven thermometer https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Precision-Products-Stainless-Thermometer/dp/B00004XSC9/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1465739079&sr=1-6&keywords=deep+fry+thermometer went haywire. The alcohol broke up and no amount of shaking would bring it back together.
What causes this?
And, is this the best type thermometer to use for deep fat (I need a replacement now)?


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:46 pm 
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Linda,

No idea. I'd say that maybe it got over temperature, but if it had, the oil would be burning.

I use an electric thermometer with a metal probe.

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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:17 am 
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Thanks, Fuzzy
That's what I used after my thermometer died but I couldn't find the clip for it (I'm sure it's somewhere in the kitchen junk drawer but I'm not sure I could find it among all the other stuff).
I used to have a glass thermometer I used for candy making but it got lost over the years.


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:43 pm 
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Just a wild guess: try freezing the thermometer to get all the alcohol back into the bulb.


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:01 am 
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I like the tall thermometers with a clip to hold them up in the pot. They are often called candy thermometers.


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:27 am 
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BeckyH wrote:
I like the tall thermometers with a clip to hold them up in the pot. They are often called candy thermometers.


Do you mean the metal ones or is it the tall glass tubes you refer to?


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:40 pm 
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I actually use an infrared thermometer for this. I've found the surface temp in a deep fryer seems to reflect the internal temp pretty well. I occasionally sweep around my thermopen in there to make sure. I used to use a clip on one and kinda hate how fries get trapped behind it, plus it gets icky, plus they seem to be common inaccurate.


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:00 pm 
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Paul Kierstead wrote:
I actually use an infrared thermometer for this. I've found the surface temp in a deep fryer seems to reflect the internal temp pretty well. I occasionally sweep around my thermopen in there to make sure. I used to use a clip on one and kinda hate how fries get trapped behind it, plus it gets icky, plus they seem to be common inaccurate.
Paul, thanks so much for mentioning using an infrared for this! I recently finally got a decent one on sale from Thermoworks and used it last night for the first time on my baking steel griddle. Worked like a charm. I will definitely give it a try the next time I deep fry since I've never been happy with the cumbersomeness of other types of thermometers for frying.

Emilie


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:44 am 
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Does the thermapen work for this?


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 Post subject: Re: Deep frying
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:25 am 
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marygott wrote:
Does the thermapen work for this?


mary, when my thermometer alcohol broke up I tried using my thermopen on the oil but I got weird readings, they'd jump all over the place. Maybe it's not meant for temps that high.


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