When growing a natural garden using compost, there is going to come a point when the harvest you reap is more than you can handle. After eating salads and steamed vegetables for days, your family may start to grow bored with your garden bounty. Searching for new and exciting ways to prepare vegetables, you start thinking about that deep fryer tucked back in the pantry (that you read a million reviews about before you bought it), but wonder if that will ruin the health value of your fresh vegetables.
How you cook and serve your vegetables certainly impacts the flavor and nutritional value, but that does not mean the deep fryer is out. There are a number of ways in which you can add crisp to cauliflower and flavor to tomatoes and still keep them healthy.
What you coat the vegetables with is your first step in keeping vegetables healthy if you are going to deep fry them. Avoid thick wet batters full of white flour. These will hold the oil, making the vegetable heavy in saturated fats. Instead, make a tasty bread crumb batter using whole wheat breads and fresh herbs from your garden. Coating the vegetable in egg first will help in keeping the coating on when dropping it inside. Have the fryer set on high and the vegetables should only need a couple of minutes before they are cooked through with a crispy coating on the outside.
This is perfect for broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and even mushrooms. You can then serve them like that, or with a zesty ranch dressing or hot tomato sauce on the side.
An alternative that lets you practically skip the cooking oil all together is an air oil less deep fryer. These are like mini convection ovens, relying on extremely hot air to crisp the vegetables rather than hot oil. Prepare them the same way, except brush the vegetables with a light coating of olive oil when ready to be cooked. Now you put them inside of the air oil less deep fryer and it will do the rest. The intense heat should harden your bread crumb coating while cooking the vegetable inside. The added coating of oil helps to preserve the deep fried taste, but at a fraction of the fat grams.
After you have canned, pureed and steamed all of the veggies you can stomach, it’s time to look for other ideas. Your deep fryer can help add flavor and some crunch to your naturally grown vegetables, so long as you are using it right.