Top 5 Summer Fair Foods for Fryers

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

As the winter chill blows in and the holidays are upon us, you’re probably wishing for some of that bygone summer sunshine right now.  If you’re feeling nostalgic for summer food, use fryers to recreate your favorite fried recipes from the county fair.  Yes, there are plenty of winter foods to satisfy your fried cravings (see fried stuffing on a stick), but there is nothing like a good old-fashioned summer treat to take you back to those warmer days.  And there is so much more out there in the fryers than doughnuts.  The Texas State Fair, for example, holds a contest every year to determine the best, most original food among the concessionaires, and most of the contenders—and almost all of the winners for the last seven years—have been deep-fried.  2012’s winners of the Big Tex Choice Award?  The trophy for Best Taste went to the “Deep-Fried Jambalaya,” and Most Creative was awarded to the “Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll.”  Heat up the fryers this winter and take a trip to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with these crispy dishes.

1. Deep-Fried Cotton Candy
Never was there a more classic fair food.  This traditional spun-sugar treat is battered lightly in a funnel cake mix, quick-fried, and skewered.

2. Deep-Fried Oreos
Fryers all over the nation regularly fire up for this fair favorite.  It’s as simple as it sounds: Oreo cookies dipped in pancake batter and deep-fried.  Best served hot, the cookie itself becomes soft like the pancake surrounding it.

3. Southern Fried Pies
The fried pie has been around for over 100 years as a Southern dessert staple.  More like a turnover or an empanada than a slice of traditional pie, the fried pie consists of fruit filling wrapped in pastry dough.  They are served as hand pies, so pass the napkins.

4. Deep-Fried S’mores
The traditional campfire food is now even messier.  Using marshmallow fluff or flat marshmallows (yes, they make them just for s’mores now), assemble chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallow, then dip in sweet batter and fry.  You might ask for “s’more,” but your arteries might say “No thank you.”

5. Deep-Fried Samoas
Your favorite Girl Scout cookie has gone rogue.  The Samoa cookie (also known as a “Caramel DeLite”) is wrapped in a wonton wrapper and deep-fried to perfection, then drizzled with chocolate sauce, caramel, and coconut. “Be prepared” for a sweet, sweet heart attack.

Hot Dogs for the Dog Days of Summer

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Hot Dogs are America’s Favorite

Hot dogs are considered one of America’s favorite summer time foods.  In fact, most hot dogs are consumed between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.  On average, Americans eat about sixty hot dogs in each year – that is a lot of hot dogs.  If you think about it – would a baseball game, Fourth of July cookout, or just hanging out with friends in your backyard be the same without a hot dog?

Hot Dog History

In 1987, a city in Germany celebrated the 500th anniversary of the hot dog.  The city was Frankfurt, which is where the term frankfurter comes from.  This first hot dog was actually created in 1484; which is before Columbus even set sail for the new world.  In 1867, Charles Feltman opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand in Brooklyn, New York.  It is claimed by some that in 1880, a St. Louis street vendor invented today’s hot dogs when he asked his brother-in-law, a baker, to invent a roll or bun that would hold the dogs.

Hot Dogs are Best when Steamed

There is one thing, however, that stands out about hot dogs.  The hot dogs that you cook at home never seem to taste as good as the ones that are cooked and prepared bStar Hot Dog cookery a vendor or by a restaurant.  Why is that?  Could it be that hot dogs cooked in a hot dog steamer are always juicier than hot dogs cooked on a grill?  Could it be that hot dogs that are served in a steamy warm hot dog bun taste better than hot dogs served on a toasted bun?  The answer is most definitely “yes” to both questions.

Hot Dog Steamers

ShortOrder.com carries some of the industry’s best hot dog steamers by Star Manufacturing International.  Star’s hot dog steamers feature side-by-side design to better control the temperatures of both the hot dogs and the hot dog buns.  The Star classic design also features top-loading for quicker and easier access to the hot dogs and buns.

If you are ready to start serving one of the favorite foods of summer, give one of our customer representatives a call and we will get you started.

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