Novice cook Irma R. turns to F&W's Tina Ujlakipart master cook, part Sherlock Holmesto answer her kitchen questions.
I love fried foods, but I worry about how unhealthy deep-frying is. Is there any way to minimize the fat? Eagerly awaiting your reply. Irma
As my favorite food scientist, Atlanta-based Shirley Corriher, points out, there is no way to eliminate fat from deep-frying, but there are ways to decrease the amount. First, Shirley suggests using oil with a high smoke point, like peanut oil or purenot virginolive oil. And she discourages re-using the oil, as reheated oil tends to contain more free fattty acids. Finally she advises, shorten your frying time to minimize fatsteam or bake foods first, then fry them for less than an minute for a golden-brown finish. Hope that helps, Irma! Tina