Help! What Are Your Best Tips for Deep-Frying at Home?

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Q: I have a silly fear of frying foods. I would love some occasional fried foods in my life, but the thought of heating up oil to an exact temperature on my glass top stove scares me. How exact does the temperature need to be for frying? Will I burn everything if I go too high? Will my food just sit and soak in the oil if too low? 

I don't want to invest in a frying machine just for the sole purpose of frying but I'm starting to think my weird temperature fear might just cause me to do so. Help!

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Editor: You're not alone, Hiba! My best recommendation would be to invest in an instant-read thermometer so you can easily and quickly keep tabs on the temperature of your frying oil. And until you feel comfortable frying on your own, find a few recipes to follow. Here are a few of our favorites:

Readers, what words of deep-frying advice do you have?

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