Several have asked how I fry my Pumpkin Donuts. A skillet with about a 1/2 inch of hot oil works great, and that’s how I used to fry food. But Matt and the boys got me this Oster Deep Fat Fryer a couple Christmases ago and I LOVE it. This makes the process of frying donuts, chicken nuggets, French fries, etc. so much easier!
The question everyone wants to know is: Aren’t fried foods unhealthy?
My very happy response to that questions is this: If you fry your food in Palm Shortening or Coconut Oil, your fried foods will be healthy! The reason? Palm Shortening and Coconut Oil are digestible, nourishing, and stable fats. This means that they can be heated to extreme temperatures without becoming rancid or without turning into trans fats. #happydance #bringonthehomemadefrenchfries
Other oils – in particular bottled vegetable oils and canola oil – aren’t beneficial to our health in the first place. When they are heated to the high temperatures required for frying, they begin to go berserk because they aren’t stable enough to handle the heat. When heated for frying, they become rancid or oxidized, then they create free radicals that attack our cells. This can eventually lead to many health problems and diseases. #nothanks #blech #stickwithcoconutoil
Olive oil is a healthy fat, but it becomes unstable at about 450° so it isn’t always a great choice for deep-frying food. I do use olive oil to lightly stir fry veggies in a skillet.
I’m so grateful for healthy frying options, because fried food tastes crazy good! Obviously, we need to balance the good fats and fried food with plenty of fruits and vegetables. After all, God created our bodies to function best by eating a wide variety of nutrients. But for the record, fried green beans, fried zucchini, fried mushrooms, and fried asparagus are fantastic. #bestofbothworlds
Now for some big fat healthy deals around the web:
I typically recommend my favorite Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions because it is such fantastic quality. In case you’d like to try a smaller container of this shortening (Tropical Traditions only carries gallon buckets or larger), you may want to try Spectrum brand, which comes in a 24 ounce tub.
Right now, iHerb is carrying Spectrum Palm Shortening for just $6.34 a tub. Even better? You get free shipping at iHerb when your order is over $20. AND, if you’re a new customer and click through this iHerb referral link, you’ll get $10 off your order of $40 or more. (Or use my referral number at checkout, BID487) Sweet deal!
While you’re at iHerb getting your $10 off and free shipping, I suggest picking up other ingredients you might need for baking this fall and winter. They carry my favorite brand of sucanat, Rapunzel Whole Cane Sugar. I often also get Enjoy Life Soy Free Chocolate Chips and Now Foods Cocoa Powder at iHerb. Yay for fun baking! Have fun with your $10 of free grocery money!
I recommend expeller pressed or refined coconut oil for frying as these varieties are flavorless and odorless. Amazon is carrying BetterBody Foods Organic Refined Oil for just $10.60 for a 15 ounce jar. There are only a few in stock, so hopefully you can grab one before they run out!
Amazon is running a great deal on a Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set. It’s only $63.99, down from $150.00. This is a GREAT deal if you can swing it. Cast iron is a fantastic, healthy alternative to Teflon. You can use palm shortening or coconut oil to season your cast iron.
Universal Housewares is also offering a great deal on cast iron. Get this 3-piece skillet set for just $24.99, down from $50.00.
What are your favorite fried foods? Have you switched to palm or coconut oil for frying? It’s a delicious change for the better!
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