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caseydog 06-28-2013 08:55 PM

Time for a new deep fryer, opinions requested...
 
Yes, this is not technically a BBQ question, but I am hoping there are at least a small handful of Brethren who, every once in a while, cook and eat deep fried foods. If I am wrong, the mods can move this somewhere else. :becky:

My Fry Daddy has done its job for a long while, to the best of its abilities. But, it doesn't offer much in the way of temperature control, and it make a huge mess when I use it.

I have looked at the Cuisinart deep fryer several times, and I think it may be what I am looking for. Does anyone have one? What are your thoughts?

Are their other fryers I should look at?

Quality, simplicity and value are my priorities -- and of course, temperature control. A lot of fryers are all about safety, and if I had children in the house, that would be a priority. They look way too complicated and difficult to use, and I know what hot oil can do.

Tell me what you think.

CD

CharredApron 06-28-2013 09:00 PM

We have had this fryer for over 8 years. Of course this is a newer model. My wife is Belgian so we fry Fries and other specialties. I use it a lot and for the price you can't beat it!

http://www.sears.com/kenmore-program...p-00884008000P

lowindo 06-28-2013 09:00 PM

Cajunfryer.com

Get a 4 gallon. I love my 6 gallon.

DUBBAGA 06-28-2013 09:08 PM

We have an Ultrex deep fryer (discontinued line previously sold on HSN) which still works great. The reasons we selected our model would still apply if we were shopping for one today:

Capacity - ideally 3 or 4 quart will allow for a good quantity of food to be cooked at one time, while not being so large that you have to store tons of cooking oil

Heating element - now they are all pretty much the same, the submerged heating element. Look for one that has 2 "thingamagoobies" on the element to register the temperature, and is raised above the bottom of the container so it doesn't burn whatever drops

Digital/Manual controls - I prefer manual as the oil splatter makes the digital difficult to read

Magnetic power cord - kids or not, this is a great feature

Basket options - narrow and deep is better than wide and shallow

landarc 06-28-2013 09:54 PM

If I had it to do over again, I would look for these things.

1. Immersion heating coil, preferably removable/replaceable.
2. Simple controls and design.
3. No filters or other do hickeys allegedly to control oil or spray, useless.
4. Removable oil reservoir for easier cleaning.
5. As much stainless in a smooth surface as possible

Pyle's BBQ 06-28-2013 10:54 PM

How about this one. It is a Presto and has a temp control. I have an older one that has a ceramic pot for slow cooking.


ButchB 06-28-2013 11:04 PM

I would love to have one that is weather proof. Something I could keep on the deck beside the grill. Kinda like the cajun fryer but if it had a watertight lid.

superlazy 06-28-2013 11:06 PM

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-10-pound-commercial-countertop-fryer-single-pot-120v-df-6l/177F120%20%20%20%20%20120.html

You will not regret.

marubozo 06-28-2013 11:10 PM

I know this doesn't fit some of your requirements, but IMO, household fryers suck. I've got three. Two smaller ones, and one that can deep fry a turkey if I wanted. Other than their initial use, they haven't been used in about two years. If I'm deep frying anything I just dump oil into my enameled cast iron dutch/french oven. It's an incredible multitasker and isn't just some bulky and annoying gadget that takes up a ton of space or is a pain to clean.

yakdung 06-28-2013 11:11 PM

I would take a look at Presto. I believe the element is removable, and it comes in single and dual basket models. It is controlled by a digital thermostat.

http://www.gopresto.com/products/pro...hp?stock=05466

nucornhusker 06-28-2013 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yakdung (Post 2532931)
I would take a look at Presto. I believe the element is removable, and it comes in single and dual basket models. It is controlled by a digital thermostat.

http://www.gopresto.com/products/pro...hp?stock=05466

I have this model and it works great! I haven't used it for a long time due to eating better and the lingering smell of oil in the house. I don't have a good vent hood to pull the smoke and smell out.

superlazy 06-28-2013 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yakdung (Post 2532931)
I would take a look at Presto. I believe the element is removable, and it comes in single and dual basket models. It is controlled by a digital thermostat.

http://www.gopresto.com/products/pro...hp?stock=05466

Sorry but no. Spend a few extra dollars. I had a earlier model and it worked ok but was a nightmare to clean.

Guys trust me on this

RICK Allen 06-28-2013 11:32 PM

If you want to be mobile and stay lit up while you transport , give Mike at Wyss cater trucks a call in Los Angeles

yakdung 06-28-2013 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by superlazy (Post 2532943)
Sorry but no. Spend a few extra dollars. I had a earlier model and it worked ok but was a nightmare to clean.

Guys trust me on this

Do you have an alternate recommendation?

Goyo626 06-28-2013 11:49 PM

I have a presto deep fryer and I never use it. Too hard to clean. I use a copper cazo and a thermometer. Copper cookware is really awesome at even heating, It is also very nice to look at.


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