What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for $20 Groupon ($20 value)
- $24 for $40 Groupon ($40 value)
Deep-Frying: Boiling Food from Within
You’d think fried foods—submerged in boiling-hot fat—would be soggy in the middle, but they aren’t. Read on to discover the science that makes deep-frying possible.
Despite cooking while submerged in vats of bubbling oil, deep-fried foods always seem protected from grease on the inside. Crisp french fries somehow maintain a fluffy interior, and the meat of a fried chicken breast magically retains its tenderness within the crunchy skin. The reason for this is simple: water and oil don’t mix. When pieces of potato, cod, or candy bar enter a deep fryer, the oil—so long as it’s hot enough (usually 345–375 degrees)—almost immediately boils the water within the food, forcing it to escape to the surface. As the moisture leaves the food, the vapor subsequently repels the oil, preventing it from touching anything but the outer edges.
Of course, there would be little to prevent those outer edges from getting soggy were it not for the shield of starch that surrounds most fried foods. Potatoes are naturally starchy, which is why they can fry with little preparation, but other foods—such as meat, fish, or whole pizzas—must be coated in breadcrumbs or batter before entering the oil. Since fried foods continue to steam even after frying, an ideal coating should allow the steam from inside to escape, lest it begin to sop up the remaining moisture. For this reason, fried foods should be served while they’re still steaming to ensure the crispiest outer crust.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Reece's Cafe LLC
Ron and Sharyna Reece both grew up in large families and learned to cook at a young age for family members. At Reece's Cafe LLC, the couple still cooks lots of food, but now the masses get to enjoy platefuls of chicken fried steaks and fried catfish paired with hush puppies and macaroni and cheese. They build dishes from scratch, including the omelets and biscuits with gravy served for breakfast and brunch. Ron and Sharyna also supersize orders for catered gatherings that celebrate high-school graduations and half birthdays.