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11 February 2004 @ 04:34 pm
minor cooking disaster  
Tried to cook some french fries for breakfast/lunch. The bag said that if you're frying them in a fry pan, you should add 1/4 cup of oil, put a single layer of fries in, and cook them at 400 degrees.

I didn't measure out the oil exactly, i just poured oil in until it coated the bottom of the pan. My range doesn't have temperature measurements, just 1-7. I looked at the oven, and it goes up to about 550, so i figured that 400 must be as hot as the range gets, since i'd imagine it doesn't get as hot as the oven, so i put it on hi.

After a few minutes the fries started smoking and about a third of them ended up black on that side. Either i wasn't flipping them over often enough, i hadn't added enough oil, or i had the temp too high. So i lowered the temp, added more oil, and flipped them over more often. Half the fries were browny colored, the other half were slightly... cajun :)

Oh, and other food news, they just finished some nutritional study about sodium and water and stuff like that. I think it was an older report, or an extension of an older report, because i'd heard the primary bit before, that the drinking 8 cups of water a day advice is a crock. They figured out a certain amount of water you should have each day, but the form in which you take it doesn't matter, as water, some other drink, or as part of the food you eat. The interesting bit is they said anything with water in it or any kind of drink was okay, IT DIDN'T MATTER IF IT WAS A CAFFEINATED DRINK! Or an alcoholic drink too apparently, but i don't care about that aspect.

So ha!!!! *sticks toungue out at his ashke* :)
Current Mood: sillysilly
Dalton Grahamdaltong on February 11th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
*cough cough*
When my mom made bag-french fries at home, she always baked 'em. They come out crispy anyway. You put 'em on a cookie sheet in a single layer for the time/temp they suggest.

With the oil: each oil has a different smoke temperature, "the temperature at which the oil begins to decompose and visible fumes (smoke) are given off. The oil begins to breakdown creating acreolein , an obnoxious-smelling compound." So some oils have a high smoke temp, meaning that you can cook them using high heat, and some have a low temp, meaning you might just want to stir-fry with them, so the oil doesn't get too hot.

The site I linked above lists the oil smoke temps in centigrade.

You also might want to try level 5 next time; maybe level 7 is 900 degrees F! (It could happen, really. Sure.)

Thus ends my information about oil and burning.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 14th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: *cough cough*
Hmmm, so the fact that i use olive oil probably has something to do with it :)

For some reason i just don't like using the oven. Frying things is quick and easy, using the oven seems like a lot of work =P

Thanks for the info :)
Usquebausqueba on February 11th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
the drinking 8 cups of water a day advice is a crock.

If I drank that much, I'd be too busy peeing to do much of anything.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 14th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
I probably used to drink that much water when i was at work. Drinking water was a good alternative to putting other things in my mouth. I didn't believe that eight cups of water day stuff, i just wanted to avoid the calories that were present in most of the other options.

Yeah, i did end up going to the bathroom rather frequently because of it, but that's not such a big deal when you've got easy access to a bathroom all day. (And probably helps a little that i'm male too)