If you have been around here for awhile, you’ll know how conscious we are as a family when it comes to eating healthy. I am a real stickler for a balanced diet with as few preservatives, chemicals, and unnecessary calories as possible.
Reading through my articles, you might think that we have a terribly boring life and that my children hate me. I get it, okay? Seriously. Our life style is not for everyone, but I’m trying to give you all the information you need to make the decision for yourself as to whether or not our life style would be right for you.
So, I’ve decided today to try and move the scale back to the central position a bit by confirming that yes, we do occasionally get a bit crazy and shake up our diet. Not only is it good for your body to get shocked once in awhile and work extra hard, but for our mental health as well, we need a change of pace now and then.
Not just for the kids – growing up with me as a mother, they have always known that this is how we eat, and they view other diets as being different. They have no desire to get a pizza or a burger from a fast food joint, but sure they have a craving now and then. But for us, too. I can be as high on my horse as I wish to be, but very rarely I know that it is not just alright, but in fact good for me to do something different and get our secret deep fryer out of it’s little corner of the highest cupboard.
We recently bought a new one after looking at some interesting articles at http://www.fryerhq.com. We ended up picking a the Presto DualFry because it has enough room for us all to get enough and is a really high quality model.
I spent a significant amount of time learning how to work the thing, how cooking with oil actually works, and how to keep it as ‘healthy’ as possible. The cool thing is, if you understand how things work, you see that there are a lot of incorrect assumptions out there. Just because you are cooking food in oil or fat, doesn’t mean it automatically becomes ultra-fatty.
Sure, there is a bit of the oil that can get into the food (and the batter), but do you know how frying actually works? The ultra hot oil is an absolutely outstanding way to get huge amounts of heat to the food, which then heats up the moisture inside the food, effectively steaming it from the inside out. Because the moisture is escaping at such high pressure from the food, oil actually can’t get into the food.
The only problems you get is when you overcook something. The moisture runs out and therefore oil is allowed to penetrate the food, which makes it oily and can negatively effect the quality of the meal.
So, as you can see, just keeping your mind open and taking the time to learn WHY and HOW things happen can change the way you think of things. You can certainly tell I’m a mother after a sentence like that! (-:
You can find some healthier deep fry recipes here: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/healthier-deep-fried-food-at-home-plus-20-fantastic-fried-food-recipes/