Deep Frying

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 10:59pm
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Hello, first to introduce myself my names is Rachel, I am 21 and have had a severe case of PA since I was born.

Recently I was over at a friends apartment and felt like I could hardly breathe and my eyes started to itch. They were all eating deep fried twinkies, I was offered a bite but refused. When I asked what oil it was with they said peanut and then all immediately freaked out. All of my friends are well aware of my allergy and have been versed on the can's and cannot's of what I can eat. What I am wondering is if it is ok to even be in a closed area when peanut oil is being cooked with. I have been in places where they use it before and have never felt the way I did this time.

What other oils are good for deep frying besides peanut oil?

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 11:49pm
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hi rach,
welcome to PA.com! I am a fellow adult here who has had PA since a child (for me it's 2). There's a good handful of us around here. You'll find your times to pipe in and comment on your experiences and how you handle things today.
BTW - I would have freaked too!
My airborne sensitivity changed over time and now is very bad. In a large open room, if I'm within 15 feet of anything peanut butter, I'll start to stuff up and get itchy eyes. Then the wheezing...then we all know what will come next so I've always removed myself from the situation quickly. If I'm in a small space (like a car or plane), forget it...it's not good.
As far as peanut oil...I've haven't had any airborne reactions, though the only place I've been around with peanut oil in the fryer is Chick-a-Filet. It's in the food court in some malls and in my place of employment's main food hall. I don't get a reaction, but boy can I smell it! Blech!
I'm wondering if your friends' were using a lower grade peanut oil that has peanut protein in it. I know many who fry turkeys use the cheaper stuff, which isn't as refined, and is littered with peanut protein. The highly refined (gourmet) peanut oil (like what Chick-a-Filet uses) supposedly contains no peanut protein. The cheap stuff they sell in Walmart/Target for turkey fryers, that's the cheap stuff. The last time I saw, highly refined peanut oil was about $25/gallon.
Anyhoot - glad you are here! Sorry that happened with your friends. It sounds like they were very apologetic.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:08am
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Quote:Originally posted by rachandbake:
[b]What other oils are good for deep frying besides peanut oil?[/b]
Hi Rachel and welcome to the board. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I usually use Canola Oil. We use Vigin Olive Oil for some things, but not usually in the deep fryer. Also, here in Canada, I can use Vegetable Oil, if peanut oil is added it must be listed.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:47am
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I agree-- we fry only in Canadian (read-- better-labeled [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) canola oil. It works just great, even at fairly high temperatures.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 4:54am
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Quote:I can use Vegetable Oil, if peanut oil is added it must be listed.[/B]
Is there really peanut oil added to some vegetable oils? I have never heard of that.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 8:48am
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Quote:Originally posted by rachandbake:
[b] Is there really peanut oil added to some vegetable oils? I have never heard of that. [/b]
yup - as a "may contain" or "same equipment as" label. Sometimes, just a regular old blend of restaurant and food manufacturing oil can be a mix of different oils, depending on the effect they want to happen with the fried food.
They usually don't sell these blends in grocery stores for consumers.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 11:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by rachandbake:
[b] Is there really peanut oil added to some vegetable oils? I have never heard of that. [/b]
I don't know if peanut is added. But, peanut is a vegetable so it could be.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 3:49am
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"Vegetable" is typically soybean, sometimes peanut.
CANOLA is made from rapeseed and fries great - good at high temperatures with little flavor of it's own. And it's cheap and everywhere!

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 11:49pm
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hi rach,
welcome to PA.com! I am a fellow adult here who has had PA since a child (for me it's 2). There's a good handful of us around here. You'll find your times to pipe in and comment on your experiences and how you handle things today.
BTW - I would have freaked too!
My airborne sensitivity changed over time and now is very bad. In a large open room, if I'm within 15 feet of anything peanut butter, I'll start to stuff up and get itchy eyes. Then the wheezing...then we all know what will come next so I've always removed myself from the situation quickly. If I'm in a small space (like a car or plane), forget it...it's not good.
As far as peanut oil...I've haven't had any airborne reactions, though the only place I've been around with peanut oil in the fryer is Chick-a-Filet. It's in the food court in some malls and in my place of employment's main food hall. I don't get a reaction, but boy can I smell it! Blech!
I'm wondering if your friends' were using a lower grade peanut oil that has peanut protein in it. I know many who fry turkeys use the cheaper stuff, which isn't as refined, and is littered with peanut protein. The highly refined (gourmet) peanut oil (like what Chick-a-Filet uses) supposedly contains no peanut protein. The cheap stuff they sell in Walmart/Target for turkey fryers, that's the cheap stuff. The last time I saw, highly refined peanut oil was about $25/gallon.
Anyhoot - glad you are here! Sorry that happened with your friends. It sounds like they were very apologetic.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:08am
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Quote:Originally posted by rachandbake:
[b]What other oils are good for deep frying besides peanut oil?[/b]
Hi Rachel and welcome to the board. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I usually use Canola Oil. We use Vigin Olive Oil for some things, but not usually in the deep fryer. Also, here in Canada, I can use Vegetable Oil, if peanut oil is added it must be listed.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:47am
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I agree-- we fry only in Canadian (read-- better-labeled [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) canola oil. It works just great, even at fairly high temperatures.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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