What to look for when buying a deep fat fryer

Presto-deep-fryerProbably the most important feature of a deep fryer is the food capacity.  This is how much food the fryer can safely cook at one time.  Think carefully about the quantities that you will want to cook.  If in doubt, always buy bigger than you think you may need. Oil capacity is how much oil the fryer holds.

Go for a ‘cool touch wall’ model.  This means that the outside surfaces of the fryer won’t get hot and will be safe to touch.  This is especially important if you have children.

How much clear kitchen worktop space do you have?  Will there be room for you new fryer?  Remember it must be near a power outlet. If it’s not going to stay on the worktop permanently, do you have room to store it?

Look at the temperature control.  Avoid fryers which just have an on and off switch – they will be no better than your ‘homemade’ chip pan.

Avoid ‘high, medium and low’ settings.  They are not precise enough for good results.
You need a gauge that will tell you when the correct temperature has been reached for the food that you are cooking.  Some more expensive fryers have two compartments, each with their own temperature gauge.

Some deep fryer models now feature an automatically rotating frying basket.  This periodically takes the basket out of the oil during cooking which decreases the oil residue and still crisps the food.

[ReviewAZON name=”Deep Fryer” id=”5″ display=”multiinlineasins” asins=”B002JM202I,B001HBI7D8,B00005KB37,B00066XRO4,B0014JM1JE,B0016NQ49Q,B00451B86A,B000H91DF0,B000AOMA68,B000EU68MU” trackingid=”only-cookware-blog-20″ country=”us” width=”100%” float=”left” displaytype=”list” count=”10″]

 

Featured

The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set

A reader told us about a particular stainless steel cookware set that she had purchased. She … [Read More...]

From the Blog

The Hot Gift of Chili

What a great gift idea for friends who love the taste of chili. Chillies are available in a … [Read More...]

Make Your Own Pizza with the Mario Batali Italian Pizza Set

There's nothing like making your own pizza at home. For one thing, you know exactly what goes into … [Read More...]

Wilton Wonder Mold Doll Pan Kit – Dolly Vardan Cake Pan

My mother was a fantastic cook and I remember as a child, when she would make birthday cakes in the … [Read More...]

Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juicer Review: The Worlds Fastest Juicer

The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is definitely one of the best juicers on the market … [Read More...]

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great cooking information on pots and pans.