No matter how tasty, crispy and enjoyable to eat it, deep fried foods are known to be generally bad for our health. But if eaten in moderation, we could still enjoy eating deep fried foods. There are also precautions we could do to make eating deep fried foods “safer”.
Purchase Healthy Oils
The oil used for deep frying foods is one of the contributing factors as to why it is unhealthy. Using certain oils with monounsaturated and saturated fats could withstand the temperature when deep frying, making them safer during this method of cooking. The healthiest oils you could use in your commercial deep fryer are avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil. These oils have higher heat tolerance making them the perfect oil to use for your French fries, hash browns, deep fried chicken, etc. Avoid using more affordable oils such as canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, etc. and other types with polyunsaturated fats. These oils would form acrylamide (a toxic substance that could contribute to diseases such as ovarian cancers and other kinds of cancer) when used for deep frying.
Avoid Buying Fried Foods from Restaurants and Fast Food Joints
Since “healthy” oils are considerably costlier, restaurants and fast food joints would naturally use more affordable oils to deep fry their food to save cost. If you are really hankering for deep fried food, cook it yourself. You would also ensure that the oil used is clean and the temperature while deep frying is maintained. If the temperature is not maintained, the food is likely to absorb more oil than necessary.
Use New Oil
We are all guilty of reusing oil. It saves us money and used cooking oil should be disposed of properly, not just pour it in the sink and down the drain. So, when we are deep frying we are using a lot of oil that would be a waste if we would only use it one time. We could actually reuse oil when deep frying but the maximum number of times we could reuse oil for deep frying is three times. More than that and the oil that is constantly exposed to high temperature would be more risky to use.
Strain Excessive Oil after Deep Frying
After deep frying, use a strainer and or a paper towel to get rid of excess oil. Let it sit for a minute or two for the paper towel to absorb the oil.
Try an Alternative Way of Frying
There are also alternative ways to frying such as oven frying, which would still make your food crispy even if it is baked with little to no oil at all our air frying, but you need to have a hot air fryer for this. The idea of air frying is that food is fried because of the circulated hot air circulated making the food crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.
It is easy to make deep fried foods safer and healthier. All we have to do is to take the time to do our research and be more cautious. If it requires us to extend extra effort and time in preparing, we should do so. And even if we managed to make our deep fried foods safer and healthier, let us still take it in moderation.