The number of things you can get done when you don’t have a job to report to are incredible. My home is spotless, I get to travel and when I get back home I get to cook, a lot. I have a tried a large variety of new foods in my travels, and have begun to try and emulate some of those recipes at home.
One of the more fascinating food discoveries I made was in Atlanta, Georgia. Southern America is known for their fried foods, and I figured my trip there would put on a few pounds but I was pleasantly surprised by a discovery. At one small restaurant I ordered fried catfish and noticed a distinct difference in the consistency of the batter. It was still great tasting, but not as heavy. I just had to ask how they did it.
The owner of the restaurant was happy to share the secret with me. She explained that they had invested in a new method of frying that not only was less expensive for them, it made the fried food healthier. The taste was not always exactly the same, but the new technology just made it taste slightly different, not bad.
This new technology was an air oil less deep fryer, and I immediately went online to read some reviews about this product. What I found was that people who had used them already were in love with the product. The food was described as being delicious, not greasy at all and easy to make. So I picked one that was getting rave reviews all over the board and got to work on some new recipe ideas.
How it works is pretty simple. Just pick a food that you normally deep fry, prepare it as normal, brush a coat of oil over it and place it inside of the fryer. The appliance works like a convection oven, heating the food rapidly on the outside to get that crispy coating you want, while evenly cooking the inside. Even with battered fried recipes you got the same effect, so long as you heated the fryer up beforehand.
Even better, you don’t want to have to worry about making the cooking oil dirty with coatings and seasonings. The clean up is simple, as is the storage making this a machine worthy of Kate’s kitchen.
So what did I cook? Well French fries of course since they seemed the easiest. And then some fried chicken and of course that fried catfish I had down in Atlanta. Everything tasted great, and nothing was overwhelmed with oil the way that deep fried food normally is.
I give the air oil less deep fryer a Kate two thumbs up, both in taste and convenience. This is certainly a healthier method to getting a fried food taste without actually frying it. My recipe list for the appliance keeps getting longer as I keep experimenting with all of my favorite foods.