Hi all, I am looking for a good deep fryer for home use. I have a Fry Grand Pappy which I like but I would like to adjust the heat. I think it runs too hot. I also have a Turkey fryer but, that is not good for small batch cooking.I also use my cast iron dutch oven but, I would like more temperature control. I usually cook fish and some chicken. Any Ideas?
Avoid the deLonghi Cool Touch roto-fryers. Temp is much too low, takes forever to fry food, results are really no better than a Fry Daddy, possibly worse. I’ve had one for yrs that only gets used in summer for the grandkids french fries. We cook them on the lanai.
Mostly I use a deep skillet or DO. We use a Thermapen thermometer for so many things, including frying. Could you invest in an inexpensive thermometer and adjust the burner under your DO?
Deep fried food is not the healthiest food to enjoy but go for it once in awhile. But only if you have a fryer that heats oil to 375F and can return to that temp very quickly after product is immersed. Food products immersed in wimpy fryers suck up oil before they crisp, if ever. (I bought a deLonghi years ago prior to teaching a course with it, only to take it back since it would not get to 375F much less return there after product was immersed.)
Instead . . .
The Lodge people make a big iron Dutch oven with a fitted basket specifically designed for deep fat frying. Buy it (they are not pricey) and also buy a good thermometer. You can then prepare great crispy deep fried foods, on your stove’s largest burner, with minimum oil absorption.
But a word of caution: a pot of hot oil requires constant vigilance. Prepare an uncluttered work space. Know the smoke point of the oil you’re using. Always know its temperature. Never walk away from it.
This is my deep fryer.
I got a second quality (no visible difference between the first and second quality) at the LC outlet store, with fall 40% discount promo, for $135.
The best thing about it is that when I’m not deep frying, I can bake, braise, stew, make soups, sautee and fricasee with it 🙂 I say that’s a fine bargain for $135… try to do that with a unitasker!
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