The crackling and bubbling of food cooking in a fryer is a distinctive sound. Before you start frying away with a new fryer, however, you must first season the basket. Seasoning a fry basket helps temper the new metal and allows a layer of oil to build up on the basket surface. Once you have seasoned the fry basket, your food will be less likely to stick to the metal surface.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Nonabrasive sponge
- Canola, vegetable or corn oil
Wash your fry basket with a non-abrasive sponge, dish soap and water. Dry it thoroughly with a clean towel. If you don't dry it completely, you run the risk of oil splattering when the water comes in contact with hot oil.
Unplug your fryer from the electrical socket. Fill your fryer with oil. The oil level should be between the minimum and maximum oil level lines on your fryer. Use canola, vegetable or corn oil for this.
Position your fry basket into the fryer and secure it in place. Turn the fryer on and allow the oil to heat to 177 to 191 degrees Celsius. After the oil has reached its optimum cooking temperature, raise the fry basket out of the oil and allow it to cool.
Lower the basket into the hot oil a second time. After a few minutes, raise the basket again. The basket is now seasoned and ready to use for frying food.
Tips and warnings
- Always read your fryer's manual before operating the device. Always unplug the fryer when you are draining or filling the oil in the fryer. Keep a fire extinguisher handy whenever you are using the fryer. Never allow water to make contact with the oil as it will spatter and possibly cause injury.
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