You want to deep-fry chicken in a big pot of oil on the stove, but you don't have a thermometer to tell when the temperature is just right. No problem. Your wooden spoon could can clue you in on when it's time to add your food.
In a great guide to fearless deep frying, Food 52 notes that if you insert a wooden spoon into the oil, the oil will bubble around the stick when it's ready for frying. Alternatively, you can use a popcorn kernel, which will pop somewhere between 160C and 180C.
Check out the full article for lots more tips on frying -- wisely and safely.
Deep Frying Without Fear [Food 52]