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Deep Fat Fryers, countertop

Discussion in 'off topic' started by blossomchris, Nov 25, 2021 at 9:30 AM.

  1. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    suggestions please for above, does not need to fry large quantities

    no air dryer suggestions please, tried them, before.
  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Whichever one you get will be at the back of a cupboard by March.
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  3. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    I have no particular recommendation but would suggest that you choose one with a wide temperature range - some start at 150c which is too high for some purposes.
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  4. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    no room, the backs of my cupboards are stuffed full with coffee machines, sandwich makers and such.
  5. LecsonQuad

    LecsonQuad pfm Member

    I agree with the OP's comment about air dryers. I'll give mine one more chance then it's off to a charity shop if it doesn't impress. A great idea that just doesn't work quite well enough.
  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    The problem is they reek and you have to keep filtering the oil and take up space . I used to use mine outside in the back garden and store it in the garage. Went through a mad phase of making pakora…. Now this thread is making me think about get another one. Chips!! I demand chips

    Now maybe a decent heavy pan, a thermometer and oil is a more practical alternative?
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  7. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    we do use the pan method, but the clean up takes almost the same amount of time. i have never used a designated fryer, hoping it will help some recipes
  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    They are good, better than a pan in that it’s thermostatic, basket lift and drain position etc but it’s the question of how much real estate it takes up in cupboards as you mentioned. When I was a boy, it was a big pan with dripping permanently embedded in it.
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  9. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Bought one of these last year, makes amazing chips and fish, better than a chip shop IMO.

    I should have bought the double one but we get by with the single.

    I keep it in the shed when it's not being used.

    Nesbitts are good for stuff like this too.

    I bought a 19kg propane bottle last year too along with a single burner which I use outside to cook steaks and other meats, probably the best items I've ever bought for cooking, I just stick a cast iron griddle on the top of the burner and leave it to get hot and fire the steaks onto the griddle, no more stinking smoke or fat in the kitchen.

    I know you're a veggie Chris but you can do vegetables on it too we recently griddled an aubergine for aubergine parmigiana and the aubergine was perfect, previously I couldn't stand aubergine cause it always seemed slimy to me but the griddle method produced dry well cooked aubergine, I just rubbed some olive oil onto the thin slices of aubergine then griddled them.
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  10. Fatmarley

    Fatmarley Agnostic

    We bought a cheap from eBay that lasted a few weeks, so got our money back and bought a Tefal Easy Pro. Not that we have fried food very often, but It's nice every once in a while (Chips are very moreish).
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  11. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    I;m interested in finding out more. We're thinking of an air fryer, mainly to be healthier and also to avoid smells etc., but would love to find out the pros and cons from someone who's used one extensively. Or at least twice, which is the same thing ;)
  12. timH

    timH pfm Member

    We use catering ones for the business (street food) both single and double basket. I would say get the highest kw element you can - usually 3kw for domestic and also get the largest volume tank you think is feasible. Ours are 6 litres but work ok with 5 litres. The issue is that with smaller oil quantities the oil drops in temperature once you put anything other than a small quantity in. Its not cheap to fill them up but for home use you can reuse the oil a few times
    At home we’ve started putting chips, veg etc coated in oil in the oven for 20mins or so and then brown them off in a a frying pan with about an inch of oil
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  13. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    My old mum swears by her Tefal Actifry. It uses a paddle and a tbsp of oil to cook a wadge of chips.
  14. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    nail on head, and a removeable inner section for easier cleaning. this may well suffice
    like you we have a electric single ring in the garage for summer/smelly stuff, drag it all outside on a workbench, in the warmer times.
    we are not yet entirely veggie Tony, bit of chicken now and again, but almost. try Ottolenghi for aubergine recipes, work for us.
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  15. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    get the temperature drop thing, especially in your commercial environment.
  16. timH

    timH pfm Member

    Thats why chip shops use fryers with massive tanks :)
  17. timH

    timH pfm Member

  18. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    could you be sneeky and turn the temp above required heat, put the grub in and then adjust the temperature to suit.
  19. timH

    timH pfm Member

    Yes but chips tend to need max temp. Other stuff yes
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  20. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    I bought the burner ring Chris you know the ones that they have on sites for boiling tea urns? Fantastic thing, the gas bottle lasted me eighteen months anyway I stuck a M&S half cooked roasted chicken on the griddle the other day, absolutely superb if you like sort of caramelised stuff.
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