Originally Posted by Aunt Bea
I'm sure that I'm a voice crying in the wilderness, but I use a deep stainless steel pan on the stove. Most kitchens have several different sizes available, clean up is a breeze and it is one less item to store. If you are concerned about temperature control then invest in a thermometer for $5 to $10 bucks, I don't bother with one I just guesstimate the temperature of the oil.
Believe it or not, even with two Fry Daddy's, I still use my special stove top pan for deep frying on occasion. When I make fried chicken or fish, we use the stove, not the Fry Daddy.
I just have to watch the temp with a pan and there is no watching, guessing or burning anything in the Fry Daddy. It also only has one temp built in.
Originally Posted by mmyap
One question for you experienced deep fryers, how do you dispose of the used oil? Do you use new oil every time?
I'm never sure exactly what to do with the used oil. I've usually put it in a empty coffee can or something like that and trashed it.
I use the oil over and over and strain it when it needs to be strained.
Fry Daddy comes with a plastic lid for storage.
We recycle our used cooking oil. But I will now save some for for my chimney charcoal starter. I have been using cooking oil. It only takes a few drops. I put a few drops on the crushed up newspaper before lighting it.
Originally Posted by MangiareVomitare
My father HAS tried frying in a deep pan, but the problem is that what he fries -- shrimp, smelts, and fish -- just don't come out as crispy as when he uses his Fry Daddy. They seem to just absorb too much oil and they just don't have the lightness they do with the Fry Daddy.
Then he is cooking with to low heat.
He should turn on the burner to high first and allow the oil to come up to temp. Not all the way, but close. Then he can turn down the heat. He will need to find the "sweet spot" as far as stove top setting as he learns how. You can achieve on the stove, what you can achieve with a deep fryer. You just have to learn to use those knobs Emeril always talked about.