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    Default Best way to prepare frozen fried foods like hot wings, popcorn shrimp, calamari, etc

    There are a bunch of supermarket-sold frozen fried foods out there that, if prepared properly,
    come out as well as most sports bars serve, and charge good buck$ for.


    Here's the list of frozen fried-foods I prepare using my best system:

    -Banquet's frozen, bone-in hot wings (damn good product, IMO!)
    -Frozen calamari rings (various brands)
    -Popcorn shrimp (various)
    -Fried clams (various)
    -Chicken nuggets (not my favorite, but it works for these also)

    Basically, it works for any frozen-fried-type foods.

    And here is my simple, brilliant system:

    STOP USING SOLID-BOTTOM PANS.

    1.Place frozen foods on a pizza screen instead of a solid-bottom pan.
    2.Have oven pre-heated to 350F for 15 minutes.
    3.On a rack just below the screen with the food on it, have in place a disposable aluminum roasting pan
    with 1 to 2 inches of water in it. This catches the dripping oil and prevents smoking,
    as well as keeping your oven clean.
    4.Start from a "ballpark" time of 20-25 minutes (ovens may vary, so you will have to figure your own exact timing).
    5.Place hot food on a tray on paper towels (to absorb any extra oil) briefly, and SERVE.

    Pizza screens are available in various sizes from Amazon for around $10-12. (I recommend at least a 16" diameter, or better yet,
    an 18" diameter if your oven is big enough.)

    Disposable aluminum roasting pans (like the kind you can roast a 15 lbs turkey in) are only around $1 at the cheaper grocers,
    99cents store, or big-box stores, although pricier grocers have them for several dollars.

    Once you perfect the timing on your own oven, you will get pro results every time.
    Food comes out crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and not greasy or soggy.

    You might be tempted to hang a "Sports Bar" sign outside your front door.

    If you ever heat up these type foods at home,
    try this system.

    You will not be disappointed.

    Relevant pics:






    Banquet bone-in Hot Wings are GREAT product when prepared this way





    Last edited by triplcrown; September 4th, 2013 at 02:26 PM.
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    I'll have to give that a shot, thanks for the technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beedee View Post
    I'll have to give that a shot, thanks for the technique.
    Just be careful with the time, and results should please you.

    Smaller items (popcorn shrimp), might be closer to 15-18 minutes,
    while somewhat bigger pieces (wings, etc)
    will be more 20-25 min.

    No more soft, oven-soggy results!
    Pizza screens rock!

    Just be sure to spread the goodies out on the screen, not piled up at all,
    or touching too much.


    Let me know how it turns out.
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    Or you could keep your blood pressure at a normal level by making them fresh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    Or you could keep your blood pressure at a normal level by making them fresh.
    I dunno. Fried wings in any form are probably not good for blood pressure.

    Preparation is easy and stress-free (as long as you have a timer with an alarm bell--The secret to
    using the oven).

    Also, regarding co$t,
    I have prepared fried wings fresh (I came up with a good spice mix for the coating), using wings bought in big bags
    at the market. Total cost of preparation was only slightly less (like 10%) than just
    buying the commercial product and doing it up like I described, in a lot less time, and with fewer pans to wash, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triplcrown View Post
    I dunno. Fried wings in any form are probably not good for blood pressure.
    True, but I was referring to the outrageous sodium content of frozen/preserved products.
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    Whattya wanna live forever...next thing you will be saying is drink in moderation, or heavens forfend...not at all. Anti-'Merican I tells ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Whattya wanna live forever...next thing you will be saying is drink in moderation, or heavens forfend...not at all. Anti-'Merican I tells ya.
    LOL...I avoid that crappy food so I CAN drink copious amounts of bourbon. To each his own.

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    Eat fried wings.

    It is a good day to die.

    Hoka Hey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by job View Post
    True, but I was referring to the outrageous sodium content of frozen/preserved products.
    Probably hard-to-avoid, even when making them fresh.

    Chicken is processed with salt water right at the slaughterhouse (to kill germs), so you'd have
    to buy some kind of low-salt processed organic brand of fresh chicken, assuming they're out there.
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