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AURORA629 Posts: 2,388
6/30/13 7:18 A

This is something I wanted to know too. I feel that SP Coach Denise gave an excellent answer. Thank you.

I do have a fryer at home. I had it for years and honesty have not used it enough times to need to change the filter. I like to experiment with making healthier versions of everything including fried food. Most of my healthier versions of normally fried food are not fried at all (french fries, cheese sticks, breaded chicken ect..)

I recently tried for a healthier version of batter dipped chicken. I would be interested to know if I really did save any calories or actually made something healthier. Batter dipped will not work in the oven or on the grill. The batter will just fall off. To make it healthier, first I coated my chicken with egg whites and baked it. The egg whites prevent the chicken from drying out when baked. Then I coated the chicken with corn starch. I batter dipped them in essentially my healthier version of pancake batter. The corn starch makes the batter stick. My healthier pancake batter has very little fat in it. I replaced the butter with fat free plain yogurt. The flour was white whole wheat so healthier then standard there too. I used all egg whites, no yolks. Then I deep fat fried them. I used a healthier smart balance oil. Smart balance oil has a smoke point of 450 degrees so it is ok for frying. I set it for a very high oil temperature. Because the chicken was already cooked, I only needed to concern myself with cooking the outer coating, which happened very fast. They were only on for about 30 seconds. These were not as crispy as the chicken fingers at Chinese restaurants, but they were still very good.



KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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6/26/13 3:45 P

Person came in with an honest question, sparkers answered by giving non-asked for advice and opinions.

I too, would like to know how much oil is used when deep frying. I don't do it often (heck, I don't even own a deep fryer) but on the occasions it is done whether out of a socail event or just because you really want that crispy taste and texture which there is nothing wrong with indulging in as long as it isn't overly often, it would be nice to know how much fat is actually in the meal to log it accurately in the tracker.

And also, I have the lowest set of calories Spark lets a male have (1500-1750) I NEED a minimum of 35g fat a day for a healthy body process. I actually struggle to get there when I'm eating chicken with meals.

Say I have one of my favorite breakfasts of Greek yogurt with oatmeal and fruit, then chicken breast, veggies, and sweet potato for lunch, then an apple and jerky as an afternoon snack. I've got all sorts of calories left and am feeling plenty full with 30g of fat still needed. Why not deep fry some fish? The fish is so lean, I'm sure the oil won't be over 40g fat so I'm perfect for the day. Why are you condemning someone for frying some food when it can be done responsibly? All they (and I) want to know is a best guesstimate for how much oil is actually consumed.

Edited by: KYLAR_STERN at: 6/26/2013 (15:45)
EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/21/13 5:23 P

I think oil is healthy and people are unnecessarily afraid of it sometimes but I personally would lightly mist the crab rangoons or brush with a little oil and bake them.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (31,861)
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6/10/13 11:12 A

Instead of deep frying the crab rangoons, you could saute them in a pan with a limited amount of oil. I've done this with breaded chicken and homemade mozzarella sticks, which both turned out really well.

VIEWRIDDELL Posts: 12
6/7/13 5:10 P

I think that you should cut out the fried food. What ever amount of oil is in there, it is definitely too much for you unless you pat it really well with paper towel after you fry it. If it's chicken, definitely at least a tbsp in a piece.

JONEC14333 SparkPoints: (29,619)
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6/5/13 4:12 P

Good idea! But I have to admit that when I am dieting, I try to cut out all fried foods. Baked, roasted, poached, sauteed in butter that I measure, etc. No deep frying.

ANITAM121 SparkPoints: (2,846)
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5/31/13 3:03 P

that makes sense. Thanks!

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 30,543
5/31/13 2:36 P

I would say to measure the oil beforehand and then afterwards. Take the difference between the two measurements and divide that among the amount of food/servings that was fried in it.

Hope that helps!

Coach Denise

ANITAM121 SparkPoints: (2,846)
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5/31/13 12:08 P

Does anyone have a good idea on how to account for oil used in deep frying homeade recipes? I'm obviously not going to ingest all the oil that I'm using to fry but I need to put some sort of oil in. Any ideas? I made fried crab rangoon and even though all the ingredients are low fat, I need to honestly account for the oil too. Thanks!

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