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Electric deep fryers?

blkery Mar 18, 2012 07:40 PM

OK, it sounds totally lame to buy an appliance for this, but I hate hate hate the smell of deep frying in the kitchen - no matter how hard I have ventilation going, the residual oil smell in the house drives me crazy.

I'd like to do some deep frying, though, mostly for Chinese preparations, and I'm wondering if one of those electric deep fryers with a lid might be the ticket to preventing residue/odor around the house. Does anyone have experience with these?

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  1. TeRReT RE: blkery Mar 18, 2012 07:43 PM

    I can't speak for good ones, but I once bought a $50 one, i think Black and decker, and it worked ok, but it didn't do much to eliminate the odour. I am sure there are probably better ones with better filters, but it wasn't convenient for me.

    1. dcrb RE: blkery Mar 18, 2012 09:13 PM

      They work. But sooner or later you have to remove the lid. You say the smell drives you crazy even with the ventilation going. Is it possible in your kitchen to open a nearby window and get a good updraft through your range hood? A good draw or draft should help immensely. Also keep in mind that a HVAC return air will draw air back to the HVAC unit so you can expect some competition with your hood.

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        pine time RE: blkery Mar 19, 2012 07:09 AM

        I have only a wimpy Fry Daddy, but I use it only on the patio due to that oil smell problem you mentioned. You can find us year-round, making samosas, pakoras or poories outside.

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          Dave5440 RE: blkery Mar 19, 2012 09:14 PM

          Nope, if you cook in the house, the smell is IN the house, get one and use it outside but if you get winter it won't get as hot outdoors so the results aren't the same

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