Fish and Chips
Recently I had a hankering for fish and chips.
Fish and Chips is basically my favorite dinner in the whole wide World. OMG I love fish and chips.
I also love Spaghetti Bolognaise and Porterhouse Steak, but this article is not about those fine dinners.
The problem is barriers to access. I cant (yet) make fish and chips at home, they dont sell it at most fast food drive-throughs, cant get it at McDonalds for example. I know of ZERO drive-through fish and chip fast food shops. Isnt that fact alone, remarkably crazy?
The only format fish and chips is offered is at local chip shops, where the best you can do is (check the opening hours, hope they arnt shut) phone ahead, order and drive out ten minutes later and fetch your order. This involves driving waiting, going to a shop and getting out of the car…Its all so HARD! I need a solution to this conundrum. And so my search begins.
I have tried making fish and chips at home in the past – several times and it works sort of but its not optimal without some specific equipment. No thermometer and you might not get right the crucial variable factors: Time and Temperature.
Equipment: How the shops do it is they have a BIG deep fryer and theres probably 40 litres of oil in each tub and the temperature is controlled by thermostat. You can set a timer so that the mesh basket will auto lift out of the oil when the timer ends. This way you can chuck in a great deal of chips and after 3 minutes it rises and your done or 6 minutes for a piece of frozen pre-battered fish.
So I turned to Youtube for some home-kitchen alternatives and below are my initial findings. Basically you can get a brand name deep fryer by DeLonghi etc and they seem to work ok from what I can see. It may be worth the investment.
Also very compelling is the deep frying pot. Its a pot specific to deep frying and it has some relevant unique features. As a video below shows, these deep frying pots can fit a mesh basket on a special hook and also can attach a thermometer so you can monitor the temperature. All you need is a cook top and a decent range hood to exhaust out all the oil vapor.