There are a number of things to consider when selecting a deep fryer. The number of people you plan to serve, the food you are frying and the oil you use are all important factors. Here are some different deep fryer options that may benefit your needs.
What’s Your Favorite Deep Fried Food?
Think about what you’ll be using your deep fryer for. Will you be frying up French fries or chicken wings for the big game? Host your own fish fry! What about cooking a deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving? If the later is the case, you’ll want a turkey fryer. If you just want to deep fry foods for your family and friends, then a smaller counter top deep fryer is better suited for your needs.
Deep Fryer Features to Look For:
- Deep Fryer Capacity: Smaller deep fryers have a capacity of four cups, that are usually 2 servings. A 12 cup capacity deep fryer can cook enough food for a family.
- Deep Fryer Baskets: Some deep fryers come with two baskets, so you can cook two different foods at once.
- Oil-less Deep Fryers: If you love deep fried food but want a healthier option, consider a deep fryer that uses little or no oil.
Deep Fryer Safety Features
Deep fryers heat oil to very hot temperatures. Most deep fryers heat oil up to 375 degrees. Oil splashing can cause burns and serious damage. It is important to look for a deep fryer that has deep tanks to minimize oil splashing. Deep fryers that feature lids that can close and lock will also help to minimize oil splatters. Some fryer models will even have windows in the lid so that the food can be watched without having to open the lid.
It is also very important to make sure that the fryer’s exterior stays cool to the touch. This should be a standard feature on all modern units, but it always pays to make sure that this feature is included. You would not want to get a surprise burn if you accidentally touch the side of the fryer to steady it when lifting food out.