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Old 11-12-2005, 10:06 PM   #11
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I've got a 2 or 3 qt electric. Dropable, removable basket, hinged removable lid, air filter, adjustable temp, etc. Cost me somewhere between $30 and $40. I make Fried Chicken legs in it about once every week or two during the Winter. I've done beer-battered shrimp once, several loads of french fries, etc. I want to try some homemade doughnuts, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

I chuck the oil after 4 or 5 uses. I remove the pan/heating element, wash it, dry it, etc. I need to get some oil filters from my boss, so I can filter my oil, then I can probably get twice as many uses out of it.

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Old 11-12-2005, 10:14 PM   #12
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Allen makes good points.

The number of uses you get from a batch of oil is variable on a number of factors.

First is what you cook in it. High protein foods (meats, fish, etc) cause oils to deterioriate more quickly than veggies.

Also, you should filter out the gunk from frying as that will burn with repeated heating and taint the oil.

You should be careful what type of oil you use. Buy oils with high smoke points such as peanut, corn and canola. I use corn most often. It's reasonably priced and stable.

BTW, all the parts of my fryer are dishwasher safe except the heating element with digital controls. But that comes off separately for hand washing.

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Old 11-13-2005, 08:15 AM   #13
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allen...can u possible post a link to yours?
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:07 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
I have this one. It should cost well under $100.

I like it because it holds a lot of oil (about 20 cups/5quarts) which helps to moderate temperature fluctuations. You can find them in warehouse stores and kitchen stores and who knows where else.
mine looks just like this.. i bought it at bed bath and beyond for about 90 bucks.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:19 AM   #15
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Can't really answer your questions, but I can tell ya, I just bought a deep fryer tonight, and made my first batch of fries... Probably some of the best french fries Ive had in 8 years. The $90 I spent was worth it based on my first batch of fries alone! :) Go get one!

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Old 12-17-2005, 09:25 AM   #16
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i have a fry daddy, which is a piece of junk, unless you are planning to fry 2 chicken legs at a time. it is too small, and the oil fluctuates temp too much.

from doing a little research, i've found the best deep fryers are the ones with a larger oil bath and a removeable heating element, because they are supposed to be able to handle the drop in temp better when adding a lot of food.

most electronic/electrical devices that create heat have something called an agc circuit (automatic gain control) with a thermistor so it senses when the temp has dropped and will crank up the energy going into the element to make up for the loss. they also keep heating, slightly over the desired temp before they shut off to average out the resulting heat created. if it shut off as soon as the temp was reached, then turned back on every time it dropped a degree, it would operate very inefficiently.

hope this helps a bit.
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:57 AM   #17
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I have a Delonghi which I love. The oil drains out through a tube in the bottom making it sooooo much easier to drain/filter/clean. My son has one as well and he loves his as well. There is a newer model which provides for oil storage - don't remember the price of that one but we're not ready to replace ours yet.
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:10 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Constance
We have one similar to the picture below, that we've had for years. We like it very much...it regulates the temperature and cleans up very nicely. We don't use it that often, though, so we take out the oil, strain it, and store it in the fridge.
And you can steam or broil and other option with this model.Unless your gonna spend big bucks 300-400 this is a good choice.
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Old 12-17-2005, 06:53 PM   #19
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We've been happy with it, Seared. We also have a propane set-up in the barn for fish fryes and such. We got the fish-fry kit for our turkey fryer, and it's great.

There are also things that just taste better out of a skillet...they are cooked a little more gently, if you know what I mean. Fried oysters are one. I bought a pint around Thanksgiving, and HB fried them up in a Calaphon skillet. They were so good!
And give me an electric skillet for fried chicken every time. Whatever you think the best method is, just have a seat at my kitchen table, and I'll show you what fried chicken is all about.

Quite frankly, we don't do much frying any more. It's just something we need to limit for the sake of our health. (We are getting old...I'm 58, and HB is 60.) We eat high off the hog all the time, but we've gone more for more healthier methods of cooking in the last 10 years. Probably should have done it sooner.
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Old 12-19-2005, 05:42 PM   #20
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I own two.

One of them looks somewhat similar to the one near the top of the previous page that Constance posted. Mine is the Presto Otpions Multi Cooker. Very versatile! It deep fries, boils, steams, slow cooks, sears roasts and stew meat for braising & stewing, and can be used as a rice cooker! It cost me about $35.00.

My other one isz the very large Turk N' Surf electric trurkey frryer. It deep fries a whole 14-lb. turkey, as well as chicken peices, French fries, Bufalo wings, steams and boils. But this is huge and eats up a considerable amount of kitchen real estate, so if you don't have the space or the money, maybe the smaller Presto could be more to your liking.

There are also the Presto Fry Daddy fryers as well. They are smaller the the options Cooker, but also may be to your liking. To look at Presto fryers & cookers, you can visit http://www.gopresto.com . I hope this helps you. Good luck!!


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