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Question about frying!

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Created May 22, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Hi Guys! I have a question about cooking. Most of my meals are sauted or shallow fried. For example,yesterday I had a beef steak sauted in a coconut oil and some microwaved potatoes,cut in disks and pan fried in butter(sort of a french recipe). Since I used to cook a lot pre paleo,I know how to handle oils and the stove without burning the butter or overheating an oil. However,I am not sure is frying is the best way to go! What are your takes on this?

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on May 24, 2011
at 06:18 AM

They come out pretty good. Only takes 15 minutes so it is fast way to get protien for the work week... Advantages. No PUFAs and low heat... I am not too picky of an eater.

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on May 23, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Depends on which paleo guru you follow I suppose. I can't eat too much cheese - only about 1 oz. a week. I scarf potatoes though. I don't like the sweetness of sweet potatoes.

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on May 23, 2011
at 05:23 PM

ChrisO, "paleo" is an umbrella term of a sort therefore it has very few (besides the sugar/Omega6/grains) universal rules. Try 30 days without dairy/potatoes, check how you feel. Reintroduce based on that.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 23, 2011
at 05:23 PM

ChrisO, "paleo" is an umbrella term of a sort therefore it has very few (besides the sugar/Omega6/grains) universal rules. Try 30 days without dairy/potatoes, check how you feel. If you are doing better than they can be "paleo" for you ;)

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on May 23, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I always thought potatoes (not sweet potatoes) and cheese were on the "no-no" list for Paleo?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 23, 2011
at 03:16 PM

I'm for sure cringing. Yeesh!

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:18 PM

you boil chicken breasts? This come out nice? After you boil them, do you pat dry and then sear or something?

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:17 PM

like others I'd say when talking about frying, that the oil in use is the issue. The heat you bring that oil to as well. Coconut oil, tallow (or any beef fat generally), lard, etc. The saturated fats I’m pretty sure are what you want to be cooking with.

For my two cents, i don't fry things generally. just too messy and i'm actually making an effort to moderate my fat-intake cuz I'm experimenting to see how i run on a higher carbohydrate-intake.

Frying definitely makes things taste nice. Though i've found that an oven at 475-500 degrees along with judicial use of the broiler works out pretty well once you get accustomed to using it. Much easier cleanup and less of a need for oil/fat-usage. (Please don't think I'm anti-fat, as I said above I'm experimenting to see how much/how little fat I need to feel good/perform well.)

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Short of making a campfire in your kitchen and cooking your meat on the end of a broken stick, frying is king.

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07c86972a3bea0b0dc17752e9d2f5642

on May 23, 2011
at 01:42 PM

"I don't eat fried food"

"No fried food? How do you keep your health?"

haha, from Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

I eat a pan of fried meat, potatoes and eggs everyday and on my days off, for a treat, I top it with a slice of gooey, quick fried cheese (the tastiest way to melt cheese: place it directly on the greasy hot pan for a few seconds). I used to use bacon grease and coconut oil until I tried ghee. Now it's ghee all the way for me.

I'm pretty skeptical of worrying too much about the various dangers of cooking methods. It's more important what you are cooking with. If it tastes bad (burnt, rancid, etc,) then don't eat it.

Clean-up tip: wipe out your pan with a paper towel and throw it away before you wash it.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 23, 2011
at 05:23 PM

ChrisO, "paleo" is an umbrella term of a sort therefore it has very few (besides the sugar/Omega6/grains) universal rules. Try 30 days without dairy/potatoes, check how you feel. Reintroduce based on that.

07c86972a3bea0b0dc17752e9d2f5642

(3162)

on May 23, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Depends on which paleo guru you follow I suppose. I can't eat too much cheese - only about 1 oz. a week. I scarf potatoes though. I don't like the sweetness of sweet potatoes.

219ce991d8c94447870c824680de53e0

(457)

on May 23, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I always thought potatoes (not sweet potatoes) and cheese were on the "no-no" list for Paleo?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 23, 2011
at 05:23 PM

ChrisO, "paleo" is an umbrella term of a sort therefore it has very few (besides the sugar/Omega6/grains) universal rules. Try 30 days without dairy/potatoes, check how you feel. If you are doing better than they can be "paleo" for you ;)

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on May 23, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I don't fry a lot, but when I do it's in grass-fed tallow that I render myself - it makes some mean sweet potato fries and fried chicken. I've pan-fried fruit fritters in lard, as well, but prefer lard for sauteing since I no longer eat butter.

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on May 23, 2011
at 09:11 AM

I think the most important aspect of frying is to use a suitable heat stable fat to avoid oxidation, typically being your saturated fats.

Coconut oil is great, I would say you're all good here!

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on May 22, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I boil chicken breasts and eggs. And eat poached eggs. I also grill on the BBQ the good stuff.

Fast and convienent

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on May 24, 2011
at 06:18 AM

They come out pretty good. Only takes 15 minutes so it is fast way to get protien for the work week... Advantages. No PUFAs and low heat... I am not too picky of an eater.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 23, 2011
at 01:18 PM

you boil chicken breasts? This come out nice? After you boil them, do you pat dry and then sear or something?

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on May 22, 2011
at 01:29 PM

The cooks may cringe, but sometimes I boil/steam meat in very shallow water. It may not be as tasty (I still like it) but is easier and seems "safer". Usually I will just put salt, pepper and butter on top of it when it's done so it still tastes great, imho ;)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 23, 2011
at 03:16 PM

I'm for sure cringing. Yeesh!

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