How to Choose the Right Deep Fryer

Most restaurant kitchens have one or multiple types of deep fryers. A deep fryer is an important equipment to have in the kitchen if you plan to serve crispy fries or juicy chicken fingers.

You can purchase a variety of deep fryers for your restaurant. You should get a deep fryer that is both efficient and meets your kitchen needs. You can find a good deep fryer by considering the factors below.

Which Foods Do You Expect to Cook?
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One of the important things to consider is what foods are on your menu. For a restaurant, you should have an idea of the current and future foods you will be cooking. If you will mainly be cooking foods that are heavily buttered and breaded, the best fryer to go for would a tube-style one. There is a sediment (cold) zone just below the fryer’s burner tubes. At the zone, crumbs and small pieces of food that fall off while you are cooking will be caught.
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If your restaurant is quite busy, it may be necessary to buy two or more deep fryers. When you have multiple fryers, you can designate them for cooking various food categories. Doing this will ensure the dishes retain their flavors. Another benefit of designating specific fryers for cooking specific dishes is to prevent allergies.

How Much Food Will You Be Cooking?

The power and size of your fryer should be suitable for the amount of food you will be frying. The best fryer should be large enough for the amount of food you will be serving. If you overcrowd it, your food is bound to come out inferior. On the same note, the food will be unevenly fried if it overlaps the oil.

A fryer’s tank determines how much food can be cooked at a time. The tank capacity also affects how quickly the oil returns to proper cooking temperature when food is dipped inside. Finally, the recovery time of the fryer is also determine by the size of the tank.

If you have many customers coming at your restaurant from 11.30am to 1.30pm, a smaller fryer will not recover quickly enough. This will mean the food will be cooked at a lower temperature than it’s supposed to. The cooked food will come out greasy since it will have absorbed more oil.

Gas fryers generally heat up faster than electric fryers. However, electric fryers have a faster recovery team.

Consider the Space Available

If you do not have a lot of kitchen space, go for an electric countertop deep fryer. Delis, corporate cafes and other smaller establishments prefer these fryers.