A Deep Fryer is one of the most essential pieces of equipment that you need in your commercial kitchen. It will allow you to make chips and other delicious deep fried appetizers, snacks and meals that are always a hit with diners. However, choosing the right deep fryer for your needs can be challenging. When you have so many manufacturers and styles of deep fryers to choose from, it can be overwhelming to select the right one.
Here are some of the things that you should know when you are choosing a deep fryer:
What is the Tank Capacity?
A commercial deep fryer is referred to by its tank capacity, so a 40 Pound Fryer will be able to hold up to 40 pounds of oil. However, you might also see the units described by the amount of French fries they can produce per hour. For example, the 40 Pound Fryer can usually produce around 80 pounds of French fries every hour.
In order to determine the tank capacity that you need, you should consider how many portions of chips or other deep fried food you need to produce every hour.
Consider Recovery Time
It is important for the fat within the deep fryer to return to the desired cooking temperature again after the food is submerged in it. If it doesn’t and the temperature is too low, the next food cooked in the deep fryer will absorb the extra fat and it will become very greasy and unappetising.
Which Type of Fryer Should You Buy?
There are several different types of deep fryers to choose from, so which one is best for your business? It is important to consider what foods you will be cooking in your deep fryer most often.
- Tube Fryers – This is a style of fryer that uses gas heating elements which are permanently fixed in the fry pot. They are great to use for heavily battered foods that leave a lot of sediment, because there is room for the sediment to gather at the bottom of the machine.
- Open Pot Fryers – These are fryers with an unobstructed heating area, which can be folded up for easy cleaning. They are great to use for most basic frying needs, including chicken wings, fried fish and hash browns.
- Flat Bottom Fryers – This style of fryer has a wide, flat bottom that is heated from below, so it is ideal for items that float near the surface of the oil – such as tortilla shells, donuts or funnel cakes. However, there is no sediment zone so that food particles will settle to the bottom and scorch.
Each of these different types of fryers has its advantages and disadvantages, so depending on what type of food you cook often – one will be more suitable than the others. Choosing the right fryer for your menu will make cooking a lot faster and more efficient, as well as making it easier to clean the machine.
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