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Apr 15, 2011 10:06 AM

REALLY, want to purchase a deep fryer...Go or Forget About It?

Enjoy fried foods now and then, grew up on the old pot of bacon fat/ oil - especially for fries.
However, find restaurant fried food meh...

My S/O thinks open fryer pots are hazards (ok, I admit, I'm not as careful as I used to be)

Should I go for a deep fryer...? Do you enjoy yours?

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  1. i have a little tabletop one...
    it works fine for me...

    and most of them have covers and safety shutoffs and breakaway plugs nowadays...

    1. Can I ask what you intend to deep fry?

      From personal experience, unless you are making donuts (or beignets) or potato chips, I think you can make fried foods from just using a cast iron pan or other deep pan and fry it that way.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I've seen quite a few food videos where cooks will use a pan to fry just about anything. Check out youtube and see if you can find some.

        Probably no Native American cooks fry-bread using a deep-fryer; however, I wouldn't bet the farm on it, though.

        1. re: Rella

          True enough.

          My only point was that, at least based on personal experience, for things like donuts and potato chips not only does a deep fryer make things easier, but the final product is appreciably better than using pan and oil.

      2. I'd be more concerned about mess and odor as opposed to safety. I have an outdoor (natural gas) grill with a side burner that I use when I need to do serious frying. Really can't tolerate the smell and spatter indoors. I had a self-contained DeLonghi for years, which is really just more clutter for limited use. If you have outdoor space, I'd recommend a propane fryer, but that's really because I have a low threshold for indoor deep frying:

        1. I've had a few. They are cool for a few uses. If you fry things often, then I would recommend it. I'd also recommend using it outdoors cuz the ones I have used give of an electric smell that I don't really care for in the house. I don't fry a lot, but when I do, I do like to use the deep fryer contraption. Other than once a year usage tho, it's clutter.

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          1. re: gordeaux

            +1 on using it outside to avoid that "old oil" smell in the house the next day. We line our patio table with newspaper and fry away.

            1. re: pine time

              thanks.. for comments. .. I'll try the propane fryer...S/O is not hip to frying indoors...which is part reason why I though to purchase fryer, as I understood they have filters? anyway all this to have some decent tempura / french fries / beet chips... seems a waste...

              1. re: caseygirl

                Just in case you start wanting to fall for the hype, the air filtration built into fryers like the DeLonghi is nonsense. If it does anything at all, it still does not prevent the house from wearing deep-fry perfume for days.

                1. re: caseygirl

                  Be carefull with an outdoor fryer , the risk of fire is far higher than an electric, but don't let that scare you off, you can use it for far more, we do seafood boils, turkey,jumbo batches for canning as well normal deep frying