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.

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What To Look For When Buying A Dutch Oven

cast-iron-dutch-ovenWhen you go shopping for a Dutch Oven do your research and  choose one that is obviously well made.

The oven handle should be heavy and securely attached to molded ears on the sides of the oven.  Avoid ovens with riveted-on ears as these can become weak over time and could be dangerous.  Many oven handles lie down flat on either side of the lid, but if you can, find one that lets the handle stand at a 45 degree angle.  This makes it easier and safer to pick up.

  • Make sure the lid has a lip or depression around its outer edge.  This helps to keep the hot coals on the lid.  It also prevents ash from falling into the food when you lift the lid.
  • Your Dutch oven must have legs if it is to be used over a campfire.  They must be long enough to lift the oven clear from the coals and allow air underneath, to keep the fire going.
  • If your oven is for home use on the stove top or in the oven, you need a flat bottomed one.

  • Read more about Dutch Ovens here…

    Tidy up your kitchen with pot racks!

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    Everyone wants to save space, especially in the kitchen where chaos is imminent if things aren’t organised.

    If you are anything like me and just have this burning desire to have all the latest cooking gadgets available then you won’t have room to store bulky, heavy pots and pans?

    And this is where pot racks come into their own. Pot racks solve the dilemma of cramped kitchens, and add a clean elegance to any cooking space. They come in lots of varieties, styles and materials and they can be hung on ceilings or walls. There are also many different shape and sizes, so it pays to have some idea of what style and material you are considering before you go shopping.

    Before choosing a pot rack consider the following:

    – do you have enough space for a pot rack

    – do you want a hanging pot rack or a self standing pot rack

    – will the pot rack match your current kitchen decor

    – do you want a lighted pot rack.

    Click here for more information on pot racks.

    What is a Dutch Oven?

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    The Dutch oven is used when you want to have oven cooking conditions on your stovetop or over a campfire – or you can use it in your oven.

    The name ‘Dutch oven’ is used for various cast pots or kettles.

    The most usual one is the traditional, outdoor cast iron pot or kettle, with a flat bottom and three legs to hold the oven out of the campfire coals.  The lid is flanged and flat for holding hot coals, so that food is cooked from above and below.

    It has a steel handle which is attached to ‘ears’ on either side of the oven, to make it easy to carry.

    Stove top or ‘for use in the oven’ Dutch ovens can be cast iron or aluminum.  They have no legs, flat bottoms and usually have rounded lids.

    Welcome to the Only Cookware blog

    all-clad-stainless-steel-cookware-setWelcome to the Only Cookware blog. Our goal is to provide a complete guide to cookware providing the consumer with a place to go that provides unbiased information on all types of cookware including stainless steel cookware, cast iron, dutch ovens, rice cookers, woks and pot racks.

    We are currently working towards providing more comparison shopping options to provide our readers with the best deals available on the internet today. You can start with our Top Cookware Sets page but stay tuned as we add more pages to our site over the coming months.

    We will be updating this blog regularly with cookware and cooking news, hints, tips and the latest and greatest cookware products. We will also be scouring the net for the latest cookware discount coupons and hot offers.

    So stay tuned!