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Old 04-17-2016, 04:35 PM   #1
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Electric Home Fried Potato Dilemma

Hello. Nice to meet you.

My beloved midcentury Sunbeam CONTROLLED HEAT electric frypan hath the dust bitten.

The centerpoint of my whole week is the eggs and homefried potatoes I make on Sundays, so this is serious stuff. Especially since there seems to be no reasonable replacement available for the Sunbeam.

All the electric frying pans I've encountered have no-stick surfaces of one sort or another, which is useless for frying potatoes because you want them a little greasy, and the oil just beads up on the modern pan's surface. Does not work.

I might be persuaded to use a plug-in hotplate and a regular pan but the pan would have to be maybe eleven or twelve inches in diameter, and the hotplates top out at seven inches. And the fancypants induction cooker I saw had a coil that was even smaller. And I doubt that they'd have enough power to melt a candle in a pan that big.

Does anyone have any actual experience (and hence legitimate advice) that might allow me to continue the meal that, weekly, makes life worth living?

Thank you kindly.

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Old 04-17-2016, 05:28 PM   #2
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Electric Home Fried Potato Dilemma

Welcome to DC! Have you tried a cast iron frying pan? It's not electric, but works nicely for eggs and potatoes on a stovetop.

Do you have a stovetop? Another thought would be to hit up Goodwill or a yard sale.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:06 PM   #3
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What about a FryDaddy? That might work.

http://www.amazon.com/Presto-05420-F.../dp/B00005KB37
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:36 PM   #4
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Ooh, I forgot to state explicitly....

I fry all my frying outdoors. I really really don't like smelling up the house with that stuff, and fans are not an adequate answer to my delicate sensitivities.

So whatever I use, I have to plug it in somewhere.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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What about a FryDaddy? That might work.

http://www.amazon.com/Presto-05420-F.../dp/B00005KB37
Thanks, it might, but deep-fried home fries are kind of not what I'm looking for. Not to mention that they burn people's houses down when used by clumsy people like me.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:51 PM   #6
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Take at looksee at Amazon. They do carry Teflon free electric fry pans.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:31 PM   #7
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I did see a few stainless steel ones, but about a third of them apparently broke within a very short time -- much shorter than the 50 years the Sunbeam lasted.

It appears that the most expensive ones come from the same factories as the cheap ones. I don't think that this is very encouraging. I autopsied a dead Oster bread machine once, and the internal construction was ghastly. And that's supposed to be a premium brand.

Maybe it is no longer possible to buy good things any more.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:10 AM   #8
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Welcome to DC, Alan! I'm enjoying your writing style.

I don't have any advice other than what's been given, but I'll be watching this thread - I might be in the market for a new electric skillet. And I'm also afraid that most things aren't made like they used to be. I had mine for decades.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:17 AM   #9
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

Do you have a grill? You can use a cast iron skillet on the grill. My husband frequently makes home fries and eggs in our cast iron skillet, albeit on the gas stove
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:10 AM   #10
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I don't even really know what "grill" means. Is that the things with lids that are lined up like used cars at Home Depot? Do they work on windy days? Do they work in the garage on rainy days? Do they last forever like the Sunbeam almost did?

It seems like a dreadful thing to have to own but if it does the trick it might be the best answer. I certainly do miss gas since I moved South.
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