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In Reply to: Ten Things About Deep-Frying posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on June 29, 2011 at 16:48:03:
Few (10+) years back was frying with a basket in the pot.
I put the long stem thermometer down in the oil inbetween the basket and the pot.
Couldn't get the thermometer reading up to my 360F target so I cranked up the burner let it keep heating up. Still couldn't hit the target temp.
Decided to let it go awhile and went inside for a bit.
Looked out and the grass surrounding the burner, tank, pot was on fire. It had boiled over & ignited.
I was able to turn off the tank, unhook it and reposition the tank out of the burn area; put the lid on the pot then using the garden hose flush the burning oil away to another part of the yard where it burned out once the oil was consumed.
I took a reading on the oil and it was upwards of 450F.
Lesson: seems the oil between the basket and the pot doesn't get quite as hot as the rest of the oil... not a good place to put your thermometer.
Also lesson: if you're certain your thermometer is accurate (which mine was as I had checked it prior to usage that day) and you're getting a low reading that seems strange, reposition the thermometer to several areas to get additional readings to verify all is wonderful.
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