I’ve eaten plenty of deep-fried foods in my life, but I’ve never tried to deep fry anything myself. To be honest, the process intimidates me. However, when I was asked to review the Ninja Frying System, I wanted to give it a shot.
From their website:
The new Ninja Frying System allows you to prepare your favorite fried dishes with 30 percent less fat and 40 percent faster due to its revolutionary heat combination that keeps cooking oil at a uniform temperature, so foods cook to light, crispy perfection – with less oil absorption.
Now, let’s be honest – we’re not deep frying twinkies for their nutritional properties, but certainly less oil absorption is a good thing!
My first attempt at deep frying was, shall we say, a learning experience. I attempted to fry mini-Milky Way bars.
If I had gone to NinjaKitchen.com and read the very first bullet point under “Tips,” I would have been much more successful!
When frying battered foods, lower the empty fryer basket into the oil. Then slowly lower food into the fryer basket one piece at a time, using tongs hold the food down in the oil for a few seconds. This will help the batter form a crust and prevent the food from sticking to the basket.
Yeah. I put the battered foods into the basket, and then put the basket into the oil. The battered part stuck to the basket – oops! But seriously, they tasted great. My husband is still daydreaming about them two days later.
Speaking of the basket, that’s one of the neat things about the Ninja – the basket has a lid, which keeps all the food down in the oil and means you don’t have to flip the food as you’re cooking it. Very clever!
Here are a few more things I like about it:
– The oil reservoir is dishwasher safe. This is hugely important to me, as I like to put things in the dishwasher!
– It’s easy to drain, as it comes with a spout. I drained the old oil into an apple juice container and didn’t make any mess at all.
– It comes with Cool Zone Technology, which helps keep oil cleaner for a longer period of time. This is important, because deep fryers use a lot of oil, and it would stink to have to throw it out after deep frying just a couple candy bars!
– The exterior remains cool while it’s in use.
Next up, I plan to fry pickles and make churros. I’ll let you know how it goes!
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I was provided with a Ninja Frying System to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.