I have decided to start a new series were I just give general cooking tips and the first tip is how to know if your oil is hot enough.
Why is it important?
I personally love and welcome every and any opportunity to learn and as a science lover I think its nice to always try and explain the reasoning behind each action. Essentially you want your oil to be hot enough as this would ensure that the surface area gets not only nice and crisp, but that the flavor of whatever you are cooking stays intact and your vege/ meat remains JUICY.
SO how do you actually do the test.
You will need:
a wooden spatula
a pan/ pot of oil heating up
Essentially you want to insert the narrower end of the spatula into your oil heating up and what you are looking for is the formation of tiny bubbles around the circumference.