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Old 06-26-2007, 07:53 AM   #11
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For small jobs- one 4 quart cast iron dutch oven. Medium jobs one 7 quart dutch oven. Big jobs two 4 quart and one 7 quart cast iron dutch oven. Usually with peanut oil that gets strained and drained when done.

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Old 06-26-2007, 08:48 AM   #12
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Andy M- yes, i'd have to clean any other pan, but the deep fryer we have at home doesn't come apart easily and doesn't fit in the sink. and the sprayer on the faucet doesn't work either, which my plumber of a boyfriend has yet to fix in almost two years... last time i used it and tried to clean it up it took almost a half an hour becasue there was dried up oil all over it somehow. my thought was to use a pot so i could just throw it in the dishwasher and call it good. it seems like it only works once in a while too, either getting the oil too hot or not hot enough.

i was thinking cast iron was the best way to go for the heat retention purposes. i have a couple lecreuset dutch ovens that i can use tonight and see how it goes. might have to buy a cheap one somewhere that i can just use solely for frying and store the oil in it.

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Old 06-26-2007, 08:52 AM   #13
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Kat, you're right. CI is an excellent choice because of its heat retention qualities.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:51 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
Wouldn't you clean any other pan you used in place of the deep fryer?

When I fry, use a deep fryer. I store the oil in the fryer between uses until I have to change it. Most of the parts go into the dishwasher.
My fryer has a removable oil container as well for easy clean-up, but the ones that are not removable (used to have one) can be a pain in the butt to clean.

BTW, before I had an electric fryer, I used my wok for frying.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:51 PM   #15
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I have a Waring deep fryer and I use it quite a bit, it is pretty easy to clean, just drain the oil and put everything in the dishwasher except the electronic elements.

I like the thermostat it helps keep the temperature constant.

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Old 06-26-2007, 02:49 PM   #16
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I have a Philips Professional deep fryer.

It looks like this --->

All the parts except the heating element/control panel go into the dishwaser. Now, I admit I do have a difficult time fitting everything into the dishwasher at the same time, but they are dishwasher safe.

Normally, after every use, I will empty the oil back into the original plastic jug through a gold coffee filter inside a big funnel, and throw everything into the dishwasher, but sometimes, especially if I use it on a Friday or Saturday night, I will leave it assembled on the counter, with the oil in it, so I can make Monte Cristos for brunch in the morning!
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:32 PM   #17
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cast iron LOVE my pan !!! but I do use a deep fryer too :)
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #18
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Another cast iron fryer, although I rarely fry.
Fear of Frying frequently foils food fun..

I bake it instead! LOLOL

Although I am MUCH better since I got me a thermometer.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:30 PM   #19
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I agree, cast iron is the way to go.

Personally I prefer my electric deep fryer but then it has the lift out oil container and all the parts go in the dishwasher.

I used to have one of the older style that was hard to clean and that was when I purchased a cast iron pan. The family brought me the new electric one as a gift and I must admit it is convenient to use.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:01 AM   #20
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I actually bought a deep fryer a couple of days ago as a gift for a friend who liked my "Cool Daddy" fryer. She and I have used it the last 3 days to fry shrimp & scallops, french fried potatoes, tempura mushrooms, cauliflower and carrots and it works very well. The one I got her is a Rival Restaurant-Style Fryer and it was $35 at WalMart. Amazingly, the entire fryer comes apart and goes into the dishwasher!!! I really love that feature.

IMO, it does not get the oil as hot as I'd like for the shrimp and scallops and I think they turn out better when I deep fry them in my wok. But french fries cook perfectly in it, as well as other veggies. So if that's what you'd be using it for primarily, I think you'd be very pleased with a deep fryer.

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