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Top 10 Tips for Cooking Egg Rolls

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Tips for making egg rolls that are neither too dry or too soggy, but turn out just right every time.

Basic Pork Egg Roll Recipe
Chicken Egg Rolls
Garlic Egg Rolls

1. Prepare the Vegetables For the Egg Rolls Ahead of Time

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Washing the vegetables earlier in the day gives them time to drain properly.

2. Don't Use Leftover Meat

Egg rolls taste better with the fresh juice from the meat. (The one exception is barbecued pork).

3. Make Sure The Filling Isn't Too Soggy

You don't need a great deal of liquid gravy in egg rolls. After stir-frying, if there seems to be too much liquid in the filling, drain some of it out.
Another tip to help prevent soggy egg rolls - while wrapping the rolls, prop the bowl containing the filling in a tipped position so that the liquid is concentrated at the bottom of the bowl (and not in the filling).

4. Taste and Adjust the Seasoning

Do a taste test both before adding gravy to the stir-fried filling, and before wrapping the egg rolls. Adjust as desired.

5. Cool the Filling

After stir-frying the filling, don't wrap the egg rolls immediately. Instead, allow the filling to cool.

6. Deep-fry the Wrapped Egg Rolls Quickly

It's a different story once the egg rolls are wrapped. Deep-fry the egg rolls within half an hour of wrapping them. Otherwise, the juice will seep out and the egg rolls will be dry.

7. Carefully Deep-fry the Egg Rolls

Preheat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (about 190 degrees Celsius). Slide each egg roll into the hot oil, one at a time. This helps prevent oil splatters. Don't overcrowd the wok or deep-fryer, as this will bring down the oil temperature.
Deep-fry the egg rolls until they are golden brown on both sides.
Drain the deep-fried egg rolls on a deep-frying rack, in a colander, on a cooking sheet lined with paper towels.

8. Don't Stack the Cooked Egg Rolls

Never stack the egg rolls on top of each other, before or after deep-frying.

9. Preparing Egg Rolls Ahead of Time

Often you're preparing egg rolls several hours in advance to take to a picnic, shower, or other gathering. Bring the egg rolls on a tray lined with paper towels. If necessary, you can reheat the egg rolls before serving, in an oven on low heat for 10 minutes on each side. However, reheating the egg rolls may dry them out a bit.

10. Freezing Egg Rolls

You can freeze egg rolls, either before or after deep-frying. Wrap the egg rolls in aluminum foil and seal in a plastic bag in the freezer - this will keep them moist. (If the egg rolls have already been deep-fried, wait until they have cooled before freezing). Store the wrapped egg rolls in a resealable bag in the freezer for up to four months. Thaw uncooked egg rolls in the bag in the refrigerator before deep-frying. Reheat cooked egg rolls briefly in the oven or deep-fry them again.
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