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Aug 2, 2007 02:50 PM

Just have to boast a bit

When my cooktop got smashed and it was going to take over a month to get it repaaired one smart thing I bought was a deep fryer on Amazono, my DH could be happy with hot wings once or twice a week.

The fryer is a Delonghi and had been over $250 but I bought it for about $69 and no shipping. I am so happy with it. It has a triple fliter. I just finishd a batch for this evenings dinner and you cannot smell a thing in my kitchen. The fry basket rotates on a tipped angle so he food is moving in and out of the fat. It holds it's temperature vey well. The exterior stays cool to the touch. The day I got it I made potato chips in it. He was surprised when I pulled a warm tray out of the oven to go with the cocktail hour. Because of the good even temps. I get great crisp food and they are not grease laden.

It is also a snap to clean up and my cooktop is not spattered and greasy, nor is my kitchen ceiling.

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  1. I'm checking right now; which model is it?

    3 Replies
    1. re: OCAnn

      Cool Touch Roto Fryer with easy clean. It is pre-frying potatoes to go with our grilled Amber Jack tonight. I'll finish them up right after the fish comes off the grill.

      1. re: Candy

        I'm coming over! =)

        If it goes on sale again, I'm buying it. Thanks for the boast post!

        1. re: OCAnn

          Come on by. Love cooking in a group. So many ideas and innovations happen. I have 2 guest rooms too

    2. Some details, please. How much oil does it hold? What kind do you swear by?
      And what do you do with it between uses? Can you just leave it in the fryer since you seem to use it so often?
      I have a cast iron deep fryer and an electric one but hate straining oil and storing it in the fridge. Can only get one use if I fry fish of course. Several if all I'm doing is chips or French fries.

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      1. re: MakingSense

        yes, yes! these are the questions i have, too. i wouldn't use it often so how long is used oil good in the fridge? well, at least i say i won't use it often. the extra 15 lbs i carry testify to the actual strength of my convictions.
        love sweet potato fries and would love to be able to pop them out easily. plus,i want to make zucchini fritters with the Great Harvest.

        1. re: MakingSense

          MakingSense, I own one of these gems too. They are terrific. You can make true Pomme Frites by frying the potatoes twice at two different temperatures. (350 degrees inititally, pull and drain on a brown paper bag; then 375 with the same procedure.) They are perfectly crip and grease free. (I use peanut oil.) The unit also makes great shrimp and egg rolls. Do not fry chicken in any deep fryer as it ruins it. Chicken cannot be fully immersed in oil and cook well--hence the evolution of the cast iron skillet.

          1. re: Leper

            It takes just under a liter of oil. I will plan to do wings one night and then maybe something with frites the next. Leper is right about chicken and I'll say don't fry fish. The thing has a drain so you can drain the oil into a jar or jug for disposal. It lives in my laundry room when not in use. I leave the lid open to make sure it is totally dry before the next use. Another thing I like is I can put in the food, close the lid, set the timer and go read what ever is new on CH. I don't leave the room but I don't have to stand over it watching it.

            1. re: Candy

              Why don't fry chicken and fish? I understand that you don't completely submerge chicken because it loosens the breading, but what about just putting a little less oil in the machine? And doesn't everybody deep fry fish? Jus askin'.

              1. re: yayadave

                I tried flounder and not only did all of the coating come off but the fish got tough and stuck to the basket. I might try it without the basket but I always use my 10" cast iron skillet and good fresh lard from a local farmer for fried chicken.

                1. re: Candy

                  Now that's a problem! I was really hoping this would be good for catfish and hushpuppies. No way would we deep fat fry chicken.
                  How do you give the thing a good cleaning? Once you drain it, do you just wipe it out or can you wash it? Does it get rancid?

                  1. re: MakingSense

                    Hush puppoes would work. The machine has a built in hose that allows you to drain the oil. Then what I do is put a generous amount of grease cutting detergent into it and scrub well. Then put the cap back on the grease hose and pour in boiling water and let it sit a bit. Then give it another scrub with my brush and drain. I do that a cpuple of times to get out all soap residue out of the fryer and the drain. Does not take long at all

            2. re: Leper

              Is it the unit that isn't happy with chicken, or is there something that I don't know? I grew up with Mom making the occasional treat of deep fried chicken & fries. The old '60s countertop deep fryer worked well and had dependable temp control. The chicken fully immersed and cooked wonderfull, crunchy breading and all.

          2. For general information, the going price on these ( model 895) is about $100. BB&B has them for that price. And some of us have 20% coupons burning holes in our pockets! The BB&B site also has a 50 second video.