Posts Tagged ‘electric Masterbuilt counter top turkey fryer’

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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Thursday, November 4, 2010 @ 06:11 AM

Counter Top Deep FryerI’ve had a lot of folks asking me about electric turkey fryers lately. The differences between an outdoor propane deep fryer and an electric fryer vary greatly. Today we will discuss electric turkey fryers.

First and foremost, electric fryers are made for indoors. You can take your electric fryer outdoors to use one day at a time. But you should bring it back indoors once everything has cooled, and put it away. It should never be left out on your patio like a backyard grill. The morning dew alone is enough to ruin the inner workings of an electric deep fryer.

You can take an electric deep fryer camping if you have electricity, but you can forget about tailgating with one unless you have a generator.

An electric turkey fryer can be a large counter top deep fryer. My first fryer was an electric Masterbuilt counter top turkey fryer. It not only fries small turkeys as well as deep frying anything you want, but you can also steam and boil with it. I’ve been known to make Low Country Boil right in my house in the middle of the winter.

Not all so called electric turkey fryers, are actually deep fryers. These units work with high radiant heat. They technically roast not deep fry. There is really no oil involved. Less mess to clean up. You can roast other meats in these units, but you can not fry up a batch of french fries in one of these.

Most electric turkey fryers have a safety shut off feature if the oil becomes too hot. They mostly all have a thermometer or temperature gauge as well. This is a great feature because most of these units will tell you that your oil is up to temp. by a light on the gauge or unit. This is also good if you are frying things other than turkey. If you are frying up multiple batches of things, like Buffalo wings or onion rings, you should always let your oil come back up to temperature between batches.

Now, speaking of oil temperatures, electric fryers do take longer to heat oil than outdoor propane deep fryers. It also takes longer between batches to come back up to temperature. You want fried crispy food, not oil logged greasy food. So pay attention to your oil temps. Don’t get hasty and put food in before it’s time.

Lastly, you don’t have to worry about the kids and the dog needing to have somewhere else to play. Odds are they are not playing on the counter top or in the kitchen, so the odds of your indoor electric turkey fryer getting knocked over by a game of soccer or football are next to nil.

Tomorrow we’ll bring on the outdoor propane turkey fryers.

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