The Culinary Arts Behind Fried Food

Whether you are here for Fryer 101 or you want some help mastering the consistency of your own fried creation, the Pitco culinary experts are here to help. We can help you understand the science behind deep frying foods in oil, how it will effect different ingredients and why, as well as help give you some operational advice on getting a consistent product batch after batch.

Some may call it a science, some may call it art, but we know it’s a combination of the two. With fried food being popular across all cuisines, deep frying knows no borders and we want to make sure your imagination is the same.

Get our tips and tricks on ingredients, operations, and more from the experts who know that Pitco will always deliver your masterpieces with quality and consistent frying performance.

Learn more about Pitco culinary experts! Each month we feature a new Pitco chef as they share their fried food adventures. Ready to talk to your local expert?

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Meet Our Culinary Expert of the Month:

Chef Will O’Kelley

Sometimes when you talk to a professional chef for advice you never really know what you are going to get. A lot of it is based off of the specific experience they have and whether or not the have a true understanding of your type of operation. One thing we can assure you, is that you are in good hands chatting with Chef Will O’Kelley about any operation in your restaurant, especially when it comes to fryers.

Will began his education in marketing and then transferred to focus on his passion in the culinary arts. From catering to fine dining to his current home with PMR Chef Will has over 20 years of experience he brings to helping each and every end user.

Chef Will is with PMR since that covers the southeast including Alabama, parts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennesee for Pitco. PMR has a state of the art location you can visit to get some hands on time with new equipment technology and spend some time with Will to talk about your operation.

Here are Chef Will’s Top Tips for Frying

  1. Buy the built-in filter. Make your life easier with technology.
  2. Computer controls make a difference. It’s more than just ease of use for your staff, computer controls also help ensure consistent products with every cook.
  3. Use a blended oil. Keep costs down by using a blended oil mix.

Culinary News and Trends from Pitco

Some people spend their careers perfecting a staple fried food menu while others will explore new ways to create deep fried treats. Check out some of the history of some of the most common fried dishes and see a few tips on some new menu items you may have tried or want to try.

Jalapeño Poppers

A History Behind the Famous Snack

The dish that has crossed cultural boundaries and popped up on menus everywhere, jalapeño poppers have won over hearts of fried food lovers. Learn about their rise to fame.

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A Look Back at 2020’s Top Fried Food Trends

From the fried chicken sandwich wars to the protein alternatives, fried food held strong as the most popular option for diners. Long gone are the days of the beef burger reigning supreme, fried chicken has taken over.

Not only that but meatless fried foods are also on the rise. Check out the top ordered menu items of the year.

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Want to Know How to Make Candy Taste Better? Deep Fry It!

Don’t let the enjoyment of your favorite candy be limited by the way they are manufactured. Explore a whole new level of taste and texture by introducing it to a deep fryer.

Check out how the Easter Bunny used a Pitco fryer this year in the latest culinary.

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The Science Behind Blanching French Fries

The key to a great french fry is a crisp exterior with a properly cooked interior. Sear the outside properly so the steam can continue to cook the potato inside.

It’s not a one step process, but it is a labor of love for the best fries.

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Why is Fried Chicken So Popular?

We love fried food and want to share our love by highlighting some favorites. Each month we’ll share a new great menu item that’s been on our minds. This month, check out Dan as he deep fries some delicious lobster tacos!