Fried Zucchini

Fry-day: Fried Zucchini

Well folks, its that time of the week again, Fry-day! So break out your deep fryer, warm up some lard, and let’s get frying! Today I’m going to try and replicate one of the SAD diet favorites, chips!  I’m going to show you several ways to slice and dice Zucchinis to try and make fried chips.Fried ZucchiniHere was the result! The thin sliced Zucchini rounds worked best and they really crisped up.  I’ve baked and pan fried these before but nothing works quite like deep frying them! I served them with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce but you could dip them into anything you desired.Melting LardStart by getting the oil in the deep fryer.  In past articles, people have asked me what I use for deep frying.  Well I use rendered leaf lard of course! Above I’ve scooped the leaf lard out of my mason jars of fat (kind of nasty sounding) and they’re melting away.  Note: Your deep fryer needs to be capable of using lard.  Not all of them are, only ones with non submersible elements like this one. I also recommend peanut oil as a really good frying oil and that’s what I use with my turkeys.Zucchini and Mandoline Next, dust off your mandoline and get ready to slice! You can just use a knife but its hard to get consistent, really thin slices without using a tool such as the mandoline.  It also adds the convinence of being able to adjust the thickness and has several blades for ruffle cuts, julienning, etc.Prepped ZucchiniStart by washing the Zucchini and slicing the ends off.Sliced ZucchiniThen carefully run it over the blade on the mandoline. I wanted to try several different kinds of chips.  The top row is just the thinnest slice it would do.  Then I changed the blade to the ruffled one for the second row on its recommended setting.  The bottom row is the same ruffle cut but with a thinner setting.  It turns out there is a reason they have a recommended setting 🙂Julienned ZucchiniFinally I used the julienne blade to cut up some fries.Slices Ready For FryingI started with the thin slices, here they are getting ready for the fryer!Slices FryingFrying looks cool, doesn’t it?Fried Zucchini SliceHere’s the result.  They turned out really well!  They crisped up and were pretty stiff.  They did turn more brown once removed from the oil than I thought they were going to.  They did curl but that’s not necessarily a negative.Ruffled Zucchini Slices FryingNext I fried the ruffle Zucchini chips.Fried Ruffle ZucchiniInterestingly, they kept there shape a lot better.  I think the structure of the ruffles helped.  However, they didn’t get as stiff as the chips did.  I’ll have to see if there is an in between setting where I can get them a little thinner.Fried Thin Ruffle Cut ZucchiniThis was one of the thin ones, they turned out stiff but a lot of them were smaller than they should be as a result of being on the wrong ruffle setting.Zucchini Fries FryingFinally, I fried the fries.Fried Zucchini FriesThis was the first batch.  They were a little softer than I would have hoped.  I was really rooting for these and I thought they would be the winner.  They were good but it wasn’t anything like a real fry.Finished Fried Zucchini FriesFor the second batch, I fried them a little longer.  It did help and these stood up better but did look a little more burnt in appearance.Oil Filtering SuppliesNext, I want to detail my cleanup process.  One of the features that they really push with this particular deep fryer is its “ease of cleanup”.  I think the features of the fryer definitely help but I’ve adapted a different method than they did to help speed the process.  I use the above devices, mainly, a filter holder, a filter and a mesh strainer.  The fryer comes with a filter that fits into the fryer basket.  I used this at first, but it involves you draining the oil into a container, then cleaning the fryer, then pouring the oil back into the fryer, then draining it, then cleaning the fryer again.  This gets rid of all that and does it in one step.Filtering SetupHere’s a picture of my setup.  Make sure the oil is no longer at 375 degrees, probably aim for around 100.  It can’t be stone cold either.  This fryer’s cool feature is that there is a drain hose so you’re not sitting there pouring it out the side. I layer the filtering setup so its all done in one step.  On the bottom I have a large, glass bowl that’s large enough to fit all the oil.  Then I have the filter holder, then the filter, then the strainer.  The strainer is to catch the large bits of food that might get in the oil.  Not so bad today but if you did something with a fried keto dough that stuff will flake out and get in the oil.  The filter is a pretty fine mesh so it would get clogged.  In case you were wondering, coffee filters don’t work, don’t bother.  These filters are $13 for 50 so it should last you a lifetime.  I rinse them out and use them 2-3 times until they break.Oil FilteringSo just open the plug and let the lard flow! Large ParticlesAs you can see, the strainer didn’t catch much since I only used the oil once and it was for a recipe that doesn’t flake much stuff out.  But its still a good idea to catch this stuff first so it doesn’t clog the filter.Small ParticlesNext, here is the filter itself.  You can see its pretty fine as its getting really small particles that came off the Zucchini.Filtered OilFinally, I poured the oil back into the mason jar’s I store the lard in and threw them back into the fridge for next time!

Fry-day: Fried Zucchini
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  • Zucchini
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat the fryer to 375
  2. Wash the Zucchini and cut off the ends
  3. Thinly slice the Zucchini into either fries or chips, thinner is better
  4. Fry until golden brown, turning occasionally during frying

DeLonghi Deep Fryer
If you follow the blog, you know that I’ve gotten a little obsessed lately with my Deep Fryer to the point where I post a weekly Fry-day article. I had one of these in college and it always made me feel guilty using it. I feel so liberated that there are all sorts of keto friendly fried foods like nuggets, wings and brussels sprouts!
Mandolines, they’re for slicing stuff thin in a hurry. This is one of the newer additions to the CMK kitchen and I plan on trying a lot of new stuff on it. So far I’ve just make some Goat Cheese Wraps by slicing some Zucchini super thing!
Cone Filters, 50 Pack
To keep your frying oil clean, you really need to filter it on a regular basis. Fryers will come with one or two filters in the kit but they run out fast. This 50 pack will keep you going for well over a year

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