What type of Deep Fryer is Right for You?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 04:01 PM

Thinking about buying a deep fryer but don’t know what kind to get? There are some things to consider when thinking about purchasing a deep fryer.

Do you deep fry foods a lot? Do you think that you will once you purchase a deep fryer? Do you cook a lot? Do you like to cook? These are all things that you may wish to consider before purchasing any type of deep fryer.

If you don’t cook a lot, or don’t think that you will be deep frying a whole lot, a stove top deep fryer may be the way you want to go. It is usually a handled pot or stock pot with a basket for deep frying. It may be stainless steel, aluminum, or cast iron. The pot may be used for other things besides deep frying. You can boil, stew, simmer, and steam in these pots as well. And as far as the cast iron pots go, they can be used for lots of different applications. Indoors, outdoors, on the grill, in a fire pit, in the oven, whatever. If you do have a small outdoor propane patio cooker, most of the stove top fryer pots can be used to on those as well. So, most stove top deep fryers are multi-purpose cookware.

Counter top deep fryers are a whole different entity. They are pretty much just that, a counter top deep fryer. Some are steamer/boilers but many only deep fry. Having the counter space to store one of these units is a consideration as well. My electric Masterbuilt counter top deep fryer is way too big for my small kitchen. I use it when I need it, when it cools, I drain the frying oil and put my fryer back in the closet. Some of the smaller units, like the Presto Fry Daddy, can actually be used multiple times before the oil has to be changed. Some of them actually come with lids or are self contained so that the oil can be stored right in it.

Outdoor deep fryers come in all shapes and sizes. A Cajun fryer for instance, is just a fryer. But on a much grander scale than your typical indoor deep fryer. These are a safer version of the outdoor deep fryer as the oil is heated by super heated air in self contained tubes that run through the oil. No oil and fire should ever come in contact as long as you are cooking safely and wisely. These outdoor propane deep fryers are easier to drain and filter your cooled frying oil too. They are quite portable and are great for tailgating, picnics, commercial applications, or your own back yard.

A turkey fryer, like those from Bayou Classic, are usually an outdoor propane patio stove with a stock pot that sits on top of the cooking surface. Again, a multi-purpose cooker that can be used anywhere that a propane grill can be used. They steam, fry, boil, stew, simmer, etc. Great for the all weather tailgate crowd. Steam lobster and corn in the summer, simmer a big pot of chili in the winter. Deep fry a turkey for the Thanksgiving game and Buffalo wings for the Superbowl.

There are even All-in-One units that not only deep fry, steam/boil, but also become a grill and/or BBQ smoker. Again a great piece of outdoor tailgating equipment or backyard unit especially for people with limited space.

So consider all options when deciding on what type of deep fryer will fit your needs best. Are you a hard core tailgater or just a home body? Will you be cooking for many or just a few? Will just a deep fryer do, or would you prefer a multi-purpose unit? There is a lot of information out there to help you make an informed decision. Happy frying!

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