1. Select a deep, heavy pan — cast iron is ideal, as it retains heat well.
2. Keep a wire mesh spatter guard handy.
3. When working near hot oil, use oven mitts to protect from spatters.
4. Invest in a deep-fry thermometer; maintaining proper temperature is crucial.
5. Don't over-crowd the pan or your food will not develop a crispy crust
6. Use long, sturdy tongs to turn food.
7. Between batches, bring oil back to desired temperature