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When fall hits NH, I usually hit the fair! My friend and I have made a tradition of heading to the Deerfield Fair together the first day it opens. We drop our kids off at school by 8:30 and make the trip, knowing full well our itinerary is already mapped out in order of our favorite fair foods! We don’t have to bring the strollers, we don’t have to be home at any particular time-our husband’s were given the family schedule and will hold down the fort for us! I don’t have to share with anyone under the age of 16 -Woohooo! I am very excited about that. We can wander and look at all the crafts we want, can sit at the horse shows for as long as we want, can buy a few things just for us, all while enjoying a giant doughnut or apple cider or a gyro, or anything else we fancy.
We do know that our kids do like going to the fair too. They love getting the fair foods probably just as much as I do. I gotta tell you though, with our family size of 7, it’s almost $70 just to walk through the gate. That’s almost this couponer’s grocery bill budget for the week and we haven’t even starting eating yet at the fair. So, we came up with an alternative. We’re having Fall Fair Fried Food Weekends! (Say that 5 times fast.)
BrylaneHome sent us their Double Digital Deep Fryer to review. I like the 50% off price they have on their site right now too. I’ve tried a few other deep fryers in the last year from a couple different stores and ended up returning them. So, in all honesty, I wasn’t sure if this one would be up to my standards, because the other ones were good names and good deals, yet, they each had some big negatives.
We had a few basic foods we were going to try first. I went to BJ’s Wholesale and bought a big jug of Canola Oil, 10lb bag of wings, Buffalo sauce, 3lbs of Mozzarella Sticks and some chicken tenders. All this was about $45! The one box of mozzarella sticks was almost the same price it would have been for 1 order at a restaurant!
Before we start cooking, let me tell you some of the features that I liked about the fryer. First, I never had a digital fryer, I’m already liking the accuracy. I have a double fryer and the compartments are separate. What I mean by this is that I don’t have to have both sides on. Each side has it’s own plug. I also like that I can keep one side for deep frying meat and use the other side for veggies, dough, french fries etc. This fryer has 2 filters which is suppose to help keep that frying odor to a minimum.
Hubby got the fryer set up easily, we got it heated up and started cooking. The manual and on the top of the fryer has some temperature suggestions for the foods you’re cooking. I did easily find info on the web for other food temps that I may need later. We made some wings and mozzarella sticks and WoooHooo they were just like the restaurant and/or the fairs! Paul tossed his wings in Buffalo sauce, Brock tossed his in BBQ sauce and I just added a little salt to them. Can you say addicting! It did take us a few times for us to get the wings to our personal crispy likeness. It was no problem experimenting! Mozzarella sticks were super easy. Three minutes we were biting in and saying ehhmmm, good!
Here are some recipes that we used this weekend for our Digital Double Deep Fryer:
Preheat fryer to 350
Fry 8-10 pieces for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Preheat fryer to 375
Fry 10 pieces for 10 minutes.
Brock made some yummy fried pickles too. I had a hard time catching photos because of all the little “finnas” grabbing the finger food!
Batter: Use the just add water pancake mix. Prepare pancake batter according to instructions on box, dredge pickle chips in batter and fry.
Preheat fryer to 350
Fry pickle batch for about 3 minutes.
We had to make a sweet treat and what’s better than fried dough? You just gotta have fried dough when you’re at the fair! We’re in NH and we call it fried dough, but I recently found out that depending on where you live, you may call it something else. I’ve heard some call it elephant ears or beaver tails. Here’s a super easy recipe for you to try at home in the fryer.
Thaw out 2 frozen bread loaves and let rise double in size according to directions. When loaves are thawed and ready, separate each dough loaf into 4 pieces. Lightly flour each piece and stretch each piece some.
Preheat fryer to 375
Fry dough one at a time for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.
Top with powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar mix, hot fudge, maple syrup and/or whatever your favorite topping is.
Even my baseball player son, Brock, and his buds came back home to have some delicious fried dough!
Pros & Cons:
Digital temp reading and timer
Separate “containers” for the oil
Reusable filters for odor control
I wish there was a cover for the containers to store the oil
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