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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:11 PM
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How can I tell if cooking oil is 370 degrees?
without a thermometer?

I got a box of beignet mix, and it's evidently a very precise process. To two cups mix, I add 7 oz. of water - not a cup, mind you! 7 oz.

Then I roll it out and cut it into 2.25" squares. Not two inches - two and a quarter.

Then I fry it in 370 degree oil. But I don't have a thermometer that goes that high. Mine only tells me if I have a fever.

Is there some secret Heloise tip? Like "Drop a hard boiled egg into the oil - if it cracks open and one large bubble floats out, the oil is 370 degrees. If two bubbles float out, the oil is 380 degrees."
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:15 PM
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1. Whatever You Do, Don't Use Your Penis
n/t
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:20 PM
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4. just for checking the oil, right?
I can still use it for other things?
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:31 PM
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14. Lets Just Say
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 08:35 PM by Beetwasher
That the list of things you shouldn't use it for is significantly larger than the things you should use it for.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:37 PM
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16. You'll need to be more specific
cuz I got a picnic table here that ain't gonna fuck itself!
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:40 PM
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18. Is it hot?
splintery? Does it have a sister?
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:29 PM
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10. Self-delete--dupe
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 08:30 PM by StopThePendulum
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:29 PM
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11. I don't have a penis I can use
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 08:29 PM by StopThePendulum
to check the oil temp. I don't have a penis, period. :rofl:
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:34 PM
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15. Well
then you have nothing to worry about!
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 12:53 AM
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29. Borrow one from the neighbors
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:15 PM
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2. Boil 1 cup of water on one light and
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 08:17 PM by Jamastiene
1/2 cup of water on another light then add the two settings together for the actual dish. 212 + 106 = 318.

No, that won't work. Still not 370 degrees and both pots of water are going to boil at 212 degrees, which is over what you need. Yes, scrap that entire idea. I took 2 Benadryl for my allergies. I'm not "all there."

Hmm...

Go to the grocery store and buy a cooking thermometer. Problem solved. I knew there had to be an easier way.

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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:19 PM
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3. It Is Probably, Sir, Not So Precise A Business As the Box Pretends
I take it you are using a skillet with enough oil in to float the things?

Try testing with a thin slice of potato: if it crisps up quickly, you are probably in a right enough range of heat....
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:21 PM
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7. screw it
I'll just go to Dunkin' Donuts.
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:27 PM
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9. There You Go, Sir
Box of doughnut holes....

But as someone advised above, a cooking thermometer is a useful thing. Personally, I am used to cooking pretty much by eye and scent, and am at least told the results are good.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:20 PM
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5. Well....If it was me, I'd put the oil on the stove...turn on heat to medium....
..wait 7 minutes ...put ONE drop of water in oil...if it does not splatter...wait 3 more minutes....Repeat drop of water...
if water splatters....wait same amount of time that the oil took to reach 212 degrees (water splattering)....should be close to 370 by then.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:25 PM
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8. Better Yet....Boil same amount of water at the same time. When water starts...
..to boil, keep oil on burner for same amount of time. (it took for water to boil) :)
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:31 PM
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13. Yeah
but that leaves me with two cannibals and one missionary on the island...

I'm so confused.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:43 PM
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19. It just means to heat the oil twice as long as the water to boil...and then...
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 08:44 PM by BlueJazz
...use tool #BK1764 to twist off the brake springs while applying pressure to the Johnson Rod. :)
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:20 PM
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6. Stick your tongue in the oil, if it starts to sizzle, ....
...then it's hot enough... :P
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:31 PM
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12. You should follow my granny's catfish trick
You put a match in the oil. When the oil gets hot enough to ignite the match, you're in business.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:38 PM
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17. Granny hit the cooking sherry a lot, didn't she?
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 11:28 PM
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25. Seriously
I don't know how this works for beignets (which I made for my 7th grade French class and got an A), but when granny was in the nursing home, she loathed the catfish they would serve, which was cooked wrong. One day, she got into the kitchen, and told the cooks how to cook catfish: you put some oil in the cast iron skillet, and you put a match in it. You don't put the catfish in until the oil is hot enough, and you know it's hot enough when the match spontaneously ignites.

The cooks tried it and the catfish improved tremendously. They all learned how to cook catfish properly that day, and humanity is better for it.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 12:00 AM
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26. ...and then you must start all over
because the pan with the hot oil now has fire extinguisher gunk all in it, right?

Seriously, a lit match in a pan of flammable oil? I mean, why didn't I think of that???? :shrug: :crazy:
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:49 PM
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20. Get a microphone connected to a sound meter
Plunge your hand into the hot oil.

If the meter reads over 87 decibels, it's about right.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 09:15 PM
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21. a finger?
Preferably the voting finger of a Republic acquaintance?
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 11:07 PM
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22. monkey, I believe the correct answer has to do with a bread cube
You drop a cube of bread in the oil to see how quickly it browns. Too hot, it will burn. Too low, the item will be greasy.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 11:25 PM
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23. When I need to determine cooking temperatures of oils, fires, etc., I lick it.
The tongue truly is the best, and most precise, judge of temperature.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 11:26 PM
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24. You will need to buy a frying/candy thermometer
5 bucks at the store.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 12:02 AM
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27. Do what the pros do:
Apply one drop of the oil to the skin on the back of your hand, the fleshy part between the thumb and the index finger.

If you produce a 2nd degree burn, it's just right.

If you produce a 3rd degree burn, it's too hot.











(no! don't try this! I'm kidding!)
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nomorenomore08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 02:59 AM
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31. Ugh... I've suffered, and witnessed, some pretty gnarly oil burns over the years.
Maybe the worst was when I was frying something while wearing shorts, and got some splattered on my lower leg. I had a scab there for weeks.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 12:51 AM
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28. OK. Cookin is an experry-mental science. That means ye ain't gotta know what yer doin but
gotta pay attention. Heat yer oil slow. If it starts t'smoke, it's prolly too hot. Drop in a few yer squayahs. If they starts burnin right quick, it's prolly too hot. If ye kin git a good start on War-n-Peace before ya gotta turn em, they's cookin too slow and gonna be greasy. Play a bit. Ye'll git the knack, and once ye gits it ye'll prolly be able to tell if the oil's hot enough by smell, unless o'course yer senile like me
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 12:57 AM
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30. I am from New Orleans so I expect you to bow to my wisdom.
Heat the freakin oil until it is shimmering. Put a small bit of your beignet mix in there. If it floats and dances your are ready. If it sinks and sputters, it's not hot enough. It's really hard to get it too hot. Your smoke alarms would probably go off first.

We ain't got no stinking thermometers.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 03:05 AM
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32. Using a Sharpie...
and a protractor, draw two lines from the center of the pan to the top edge 10 degrees apart. Pour oil in the pan and mark where the left-most line meets the edge of the oil. Rotate the oil clockwise until mark on the oil is on the right-most line. 360 + 10 = 370 degrees.

Ta-da!!!



:-)
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