From the most compact one quart personal size deep fryer to the larger commercial 3 liter family size model, a deep fryer should have a home on your kitchen counter.Versatile, convenient, easy to use and fast cooking, this kitchen appliance can be used by all family members to cook their favorite foods. Use these tips to buy the one that’s right for you.
Look for a model that has an adjustable thermostat that will allow a wide variety of foods to be cooked in the appliance. Just as any other cooking appliance has a range of heat temperatures, a deep fryer needs to have that ability also. An adjustable thermostat will allow you to cook raw meats or frozen treats with ease by heating the oil to just the right temperature.
No one wants to cleanup a mess after cooking, so look for a model that has dishwasher-safe parts. If the basket and lid are dishwasher safe it will ensure quick and easy cleanup.
Also look for a deep fryer that has a durable, easy to clean exterior finish, like stainless steel. A non-stick interior, like Teflon will make both cooking and cleanup easy.
Lights and Windows
A temperature light that turns off when the oil has reached the desired temperature will take the guess work out of the cooking process. If cooking oil is too hot, the food will cook too fast on the outside while remaining raw on the inside. If cooking oil is not hot enough, food will be greasy and soggy.
A view to the food while it’s cooking will enable you to get just the right amount of crispness to suite your taste. A model with a built-in viewing window will allow you to check on the progress of the food without having to lift the lid and allowing heat to escape.
What will you typically be cooking in the deep fryer and how much will you be cooking? The answer to these questions will help you determine what size deep fryer you actually need.
A compact model that holds less than a pound of food and requires about one liter of oil is prefect for deep frying frozen pizza rolls or similar frozen treats for an after school or late night snack. A compact model can also handle frying side dish foods with ease.
If deep frying chicken for the family on Sunday is what you need to do, invest in a larger capacity deep fryer, one that can handle a couple pounds of food at a time and requires about three liters of cooking oil.
There are deep fryers in various sizes to meet the frying needs you have. When in doubt, go bigger. A large fryer can cook small amounts of food at a time, but a small deep fryer can’t cook large batches of food at once.