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Most foods should be fried at a temperature between 350-375 degrees F. If you don`t have a thermometer, drop a bread cube into the hot oil; if the fat bubbles around the crumb, the temperature is too low. If it browns, the temperature is just right. If the bread cube burns, your oil is too hot.
It is best to use canola oil for frying. Canola oil has a high burning point, and does not have a strong flavor to detract from the flavor of the food you are frying.
Don`t crowd food that is to be fried. The food must be completely surrounded by oil. Never fill the pot or deep fryer more than halfway with oil to prevent the oil from bubbling over when the food is added. Its important to use good cookware for this task!