Air-Frying, a Fun Food Trend

We love to cook here in Casa Udomratchaniwet! Join us in trying out air-frying!

Note up front: When you hear about air-fryers for the kitchen, those things don’t actually fry. Important to know, because all they do is circulate hot air around the food using high-powered fans. They’re just counter-top convection ovens. But we want fried food. We don’t want to blow dry a chocolate banana.

Again, if you read about air-frying on the internet and don’t see the words “hot oil” used frequently, you’re in the wrong place. There is no frying without hot oil.

Another reminder from our past cooking posts: Avoid clean oil. You will obtain best results with used oil, the more “used” (or dirty!) the better. In Casa Udomratchaniwet, we cook with oil passed down in the family. Does oil “go bad” you ask. Well, you heat it up till it’s boiling. What does that tell you? You’re boiling germs in oil! Anything floating in the oil, leave be. Even the insects, and building materials, if you’re re-doing your kitchen.

Now, what you’ve been waiting for: How to get that boiling oil up into the air with the raw meat, vegetables, ice cream, doughnuts, and other food to be deep-fat fried.

Options:

  1. “Defending the Castle” – Lug the boiling oil up to the top of a tall stepladder in a leather pot. Pretend that the food to be fried is an attacking Jute, Angle, or Saxon warrior scaling the walls. Your home is your castle! Pour the oil on the warrior.
  2. “Spit Take” – Coat your mouth with that salve that flame-eating circus performers use. Have someone tell you something funny and spew boiling oil out of your gob.
  3. “Blessing the Food” – Go down to your local Catholic church and borrow their aspergillum (the kind that’s a silver ball on a stick, not the brush). Fill the aspergillum with boiling oil. Twirl it around over the food, sprinkling the oil.
  4. “Thanksgiving Showdown” – Invite a dozen neighbors over to your living rooom and equip each with a turkey baster (Amazon heat-resistant basters, $60/dozen; holsters, $1.99 each).  Throw up food into the air. I mean, throw food up into the air. Quick-draw basting fry party!!

Remember, friends. Anything that can be eaten can be fried!