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Frying: checking oil temp w/o a thermometer

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Frying: checking oil temp w/o a thermometer

greygarious | Feb 17, 2010 08:46 AM

I've heard of putting a cube of bread into the oil, and sticking in the end of a wooden spoon or wooden chopstick (bubbles will surround it if the oil is hot enough). Today on PBS' Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth the cook floated a wooden match in the oil. When it ignites, the oil is hot enough for deep-frying. (She used tongs to pluck it out of the pan.) That was dramatic, to say the least! Has anyone got other non-thermometer tricks to recommend? (I do have a thermometer, but where's the fun in that?)

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