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Large Capacity Deep Fryers

Big_Daddy's picture

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At the risk of forever being on the Food Polices' top ten hit list, I am inching ever closer to purchasing an electric deep fryer - not a Fry Daddy, a serious, large capacity one.

My family really enjoys occasional fried food (something about those
southern roots :^) and I find that the smaller fryers are a pain in the butt if you're cooking for more than two or three. I also like the idea of being able to filter the odors as well as being able to vary the frying temperature.

So I'm searching for advice. I have an opportunity to but a DeLonghi Cool
Touch Deep Fryer for less than half its retail cost (retails for $150 plus) but I know nothing about DeLonghi products. Has anyone used their stuff?

Any opinions on the brand or what I need to be wary about w.r.t. deep fryers in general?

Thanks!

BD

sanderson_'s picture

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BD...are you sure you want to do this? I have a fryer...the two basket type...hold about 15 pounds of oil...and its the pimple in my kitchen. It smells...even with a vent system that'll suck a hat right off your head. I have to have one; I cook for students and have a low tolerance for whining. I NEEDED fries during finals, too. Wouldn't you rather search out some place that does frying right...let them deal with gallons of hot oil. Have you considered the thrill of cleaning a fry beast? And then there's the spent oil...what to do with it, how to store it, how to tell if it can be used again, etc.

Big_Daddy's picture

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Good points, Sanderson, but I'm not talking about anything near that capacity - the DeLonghi is 2 pound I believe. With respect to the odor and cleaning, well, I have that with the Fry Daddy or a skillet anyway.

Thanks,
BD

Carolina's picture

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BD: I've got one of those contraptions you want. Talk about a pain in the ole cazoo!

The conversation went something like:
Why yes, dear, of course I'll use it. It will be wonderful. Just think of all the money you will save by not having to take me out to the local fish camp. Unlike the fish camp, this I'm-going-to-die-if-I-don't-get-it fryer rotates the food in and out of the fat. And anyway, my beer is colder."

To make a long story short. The fryer fries great. It's the draining and the cleaning of the beast that is the real pain. Can't exactly store the used oil in the fryer. Peeeeeeeyew!!!

I've gone back to using my cast iron skillets for small batches and my LeCreuset for larger ones.
You're welcome to my fryer. Drop by any time and it's yours.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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For the first time in a long while Carolina is 100% right.

I have one of those roto fryers which works great. But, because of the royal pain of cleaning, storing, disposing etc. I do all of my frying in a cast iron pot or skillet. Then throw the used oil in the neighbors yard.

Don't buy one. For the same price you can buy enough cast iron to fill every burner on your stove.

Jean_'s picture

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Your neighbors cats must absolutely adore you!!

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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They are all dead.

nihon_no_cook's picture

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Jean - ok, you've outdone yourself. The smiley faces I can take or leave, but this cat is just about the cutest thing I've seen recently (other than that news report on CNN about the temple monkeys who have adopted 12 kittens to raise as their own . . . you really can't top cute little monkeys grooming cute little kittens). Way to go!

dixie_'s picture

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Jean - your animated cuties are the greatest! I think it is time you shared some of your expertise. I have located some of the "smileys" but surely cannot make them "dance" as you do. This cat chasing the fly is just adorable.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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You can simply right click on any graphic, then select properties. The screen that opens will tell you the address of the graphic.

dixie_'s picture

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Took me forever to find this again - Too cool. I will try it when I have more time. Making a mental and written note - "properties".

dixie_'s picture

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Test

Big_Daddy's picture

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Never let it be said that techno-lust holds such sway over my decision making process that I would ignore such learned opinions.

Scrap the fryer.

Thanks!

BD

dixie_'s picture

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Another test



Oh Well.

dixie_'s picture

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MC and Jean Many thanks!

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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After this reminder I took my Delonghi roto-fryer and threw it out. It was just taking up valuable counter space.

Jean_'s picture

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That reminds me.....are you using your wifes microwave? Tell the truth now-------

Jean_'s picture

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A friend brought over a couple of nice little walleye fillets the other night. DH wanted them baked in lemon/butter sauce. I decided not to heat up the oven for just that so I sprayed some non-stick in a baking dish, melted some butter, added a dash of fresh lemon, sprinkled on a little paprika, covered it with plastic wrap and nuked those babies for about three minutes, added a little s&p and DH was in raptures, well he liked them a lot anyway--I guess the raptures were a different time.