Deep Fryer

A deep fryer is an appliance that is used to cook dishes that require the ingredients to be submerged in boiling oil. The commonest example of such foods is French fries. In fact, most commercial French fries makers use a huge deep fryer where a large volume of fries can be cooked in each batch. Several other foods can be cooked in deep fryers, including chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, garlic breads, Buffalo wings, chicken drumsticks and several others. There are both commercial as well as domestic versions of deep fryers available.

Basically, any deep fryer will have a large container in which oil is taken and a basket with a handle to introduce the food to be cooked. The basket is typically a slotted basket so that it can keep the oil is proper contact with the food as it is being cooked and can drain it off the food when it is done. There are two main notches provided in the container to hook the basket. The first notch is at a lower level so that the basket and the food inside it will be submerged in the oil and the second notch is at a higher level where the basket is kept for some time after cooking so that the oil drains off as much as it can.

The oil is boiled at a temperature of up to 280 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the normal range of boiling oil to prepare deep fried foods. The heating is done by either gas or by a heating element that is powered by electricity. Hence, there are two types of deep fryers – gas deep fryers and electric deep fryers. There are advantages and disadvantages of both. The electric deep fryers conserve gas but they are inefficient as far as electricity is concerned. However, the gas powered deep fryers pose a bigger fire hazard because of their open flame and the proximity of boiling oil.

Deep fryers are considered to be advantageous in several ways over traditional deep frying methods that use pots and pans. One of the biggest advantages is that foods that are prepared in deep fryers are non-greasy. The manner of cooking allows oil at very high temperature to make the outer surface of the food crispy while the inner surface is cooked in a method similar to steaming. Traditional frying does not heat the oil to a very high temperature because of which the oil penetrates completely into the food making it greasier.

There are also runoff areas provided in deep fryers where oil is taken after the cooking process is completed. This oil is then filtered and recycled into the container. This recycling can take place 10-15 times. This helps in utilizing the oil to its maximum capacity, which is something that traditional frying cannot do. There are also features to remove food crumbs and wastes that burn in the oil when using pans. In deep fryers, however, these wastes are taken to an area at the bottom where the temperature is lower. Hence, they do not burn and spoil the taste of the rest of the food.

Deep fryers are not very popular home appliances due to two reasons. First, people still prefer the traditional method of deep frying despite the drawbacks it has. Second, more and more people are becoming health-conscious and are stopping consumption of deep-fried foods altogether. However, in commercial places, these deep fryers are very common appliances. Here, the deep fryers are indispensable because they can fry foods in a continuous manner and conserve oil which is a very expensive commodity. Also, several restaurant outlets specialize in the crumby-crispy texture of foods that only the deep fryers can provide.

This Deep Fryer Review is Written/Updated on Mar 16th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Deep Fryer”

  1. Chef Basket says:

    Good info on deep fryers. Having a larger container may be an advantage due to the ability to add more food per frying session. Thanks for posting.

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