The fryer is a fryer that should not be missing from any kitchen. With its help we can easily prepare a wide range of delicious dishes, as good as in a restaurant. But how do we choose the best fryer , given that there are so many different models on the market? We will help you in this article with all the details you need to know to identify the right model.
What is a fryer? For a long time there were only professional fryers , which are very expensive and are used only by restaurants or hotels. In recent years, however, there have been more and more compact models for the home, which are just as effective but also fit in a regular kitchen.
Although considered unhealthy, fried foods have been and remain extremely popular. Doctors know today that it is not really the frying process that is the problem, but the type of oil used. Hydrogenated oils increase cholesterol levels in the body, especially when reused, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
When you prepare your food at home, you have the advantage that you can choose a more expensive oil but at the same time much healthier, with a high content of beneficial fats and essential fatty acids. Models are also available that use alternative frying methods that do not require oil. If you have your own fryer, you can enjoy french fries or steaks without endangering your health and at the same time greatly reduce the time you spend in the kitchen. Modern appliances are extremely efficient and frying is one of the fastest methods of cooking.
As I said, there are several types of fryers. The simplest model is the french fries, which is small in size and can only be used for this purpose. If you are not a big fan of this dish and you are not going to prepare anything else, we still recommend a multifunctional fryer.
Modern appliances, both professional and home, fall into three main categories. We will review them briefly, so that you understand how each one works and what advantages it offers you.
The most popular models of fryers for sale are by far the electric ones. Most use a central tank that is filled with oil brought to a boil by an electrical circuit. These devices are cheap and have the great advantage that they can be used safely indoors, the risk of accident being extremely low. However, electric heating does not work as well in the case of a large fryer and you will not be able to fry a whole turkey in such an appliance. The main disadvantage is that the taste of the dishes is not as good as in the case of a classic fryer.
For a result comparable to a professional fryer , we recommend choosing a gas model. These appliances heat the oil much faster than the electric ones and fry the food better, including in depth. Propane fryers have a risk of explosion that must be taken into account, always be careful to follow the rules of use. To use them you need a propane cylinder, which must always be re-filled, which is an extra hassle. The big disadvantage, however, is that a propane fryer can only be used outdoors, so you can only rely on it in the warm season and only if you live in the yard.
The third type of fryer, in vogue today, is the air fryer. It must be said from the beginning that these appliances do not actually fry food but use a technology that heats the air around it from all sides. Foods prepared in this way are healthier than fried foods, which makes the price of an oil-free fryer of this kind quite high. Air fryers are safe and easy to clean but do not provide the satisfaction of fried foods and are not suitable for any recipe.
Regardless of the technology on which they are based, the models on the market offer a number of common features that you may need. For example, a double fryer has a larger capacity and allows you to fry two different dishes at the same time, an advantage when you have a large family or many friends come to visit.
An indispensable accessory is the basket with which you take the food out of the hot oil, any fryer has one included but some models come with several, of different sizes.
Disposing of used oil is a permanent problem after frying. In order not to complicate things, choose a model that has a special exhaust system and saves you from having to do it manually. However, if you choose a fryer that does not have such a thing, there are some oil pumps with which you can extract it from the tank.
One element that helps you a lot is the integrated thermostat. It allows you to constantly monitor the temperature of the oil while frying the food and adjust it to get optimal results.
Of course, you could do this with a separate thermometer but not with the same accuracy.
A professional fryer with a higher price or simply a more expensive model for the home offers other useful functions. If you want to reuse the oil to avoid waste, the oil change indicator lets you know exactly when it's time to replace it so it doesn't become rancid. Many models come with pre-set frying modes for the most common foods. If you are not good at cooking, it is an essential function that helps you use the appliance correctly, so you should choose one that has as many programs as possible.
Last but not least, the safety functions of the fryer are very important. If the oil heats up too much, the entire appliance may catch fire, so some models have a setting that automatically shuts off if the oil reaches a dangerous temperature. Quality fryers do not heat up outside during operation, this way you can move them easily and there is no risk of burning yourself if you touch them by mistake. Finally, there are models that have a special power cord so that they do not fall into the situation where you stumble upon it. Overturning a container with hot oil can cause very serious accidents.
Before choosing a device, you should think about what kind of food you want to prepare. Even if the most popular dishes are meat and french fries, the possibilities are actually endless and even a low-cost potato fryer is capable of frying other foods. In addition to potatoes, you can also fry vegetables such as mushrooms, peppers, squash, tomatoes, onions and more.
You can fry any kind of meat, in addition to the classic chicken, pork or beef we recommend you try lamb, turkey, fish or seafood. In the toaster you can also prepare regular bread or specialties such as pies, donuts or churros. If you have been on holiday in Greece you have probably tried the delicious Halloumi grilled cheese but there are other varieties that can be prepared in the same way, for example mozzarella sticks. Are you already hungry? We have presented here only the conventional recipes, you will surely discover many more after you have your own fryer in the kitchen. Did you know, for example, that there is even fried ice cream? Fried pasta, for example some types of lasagna, are also very popular today.
How is such an appliance used in the kitchen? Most come with preset programs that are designed to make the process as simple as possible, all you have to do is put the food and oil in the tub, press a button and wait for it to be ready. However, a cheap fryer may not have too many programs, which is not necessarily a disadvantage. After all, the food may turn out better if you manually monitor it from start to finish and manage to maintain a constant temperature. It depends on what you want, because many people prefer not to waste much time in the kitchen and choose simplicity.
It is extremely important for your health to choose the right oil. There are divided opinions about which is the best oil for fryer , we present you some quality options. Your oil must meet two basic conditions: be stable at high temperatures and have a high nutritional content. Oils that decompose at high temperatures go through an oxidation process and produce free radicals, which are dangerous chemical compounds associated with many serious diseases, from heart attack to cancer. The same phenomenon occurs when the oil is used several times, which is why it is so important to change it in time.
The best oils for frying are considered those of coconut, olive (be careful, not virgin olive cake oil), avocado or macadamia. Today, many other high-quality oils are available in our stores. Nutritionists recently recommend for frying and animal fats, such as lard, although they have long been considered dangerous. Another option is ghee, a weaker form of cow's milk butter, traditionally used in Asian cuisine (especially in India). Avoid cheap sunflower oil and soy, corn, grapes, sesame or rice.
An advantage of a higher priced fryer is easy maintenance. Whether your model has a drainage function or not, you need to make sure that there are no traces of old oil in the tub, which is carcinogenic. Of course, air conditioners do not have this problem, but they also require careful cleaning after each use. Some models are compatible with dishwashers or split into several pieces for easier washing.
Whether you choose a cheap model or a professional electric fryer at a high price, there are a few factors you need to consider. Think first about what capacity you need. If, for example, you want to fry whole chicken or turkeys, buy a large enough appliance for that. Large models are usually much faster, so you can prepare a larger amount of food. If you rarely use the fryer and you don't need volume, it doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money, especially if the space in your kitchen is limited.
The fryer is one of the most dangerous cooking appliances, so you must analyze the safety elements. In addition to the risk of severe burns, there is also the possibility of a fire with catastrophic consequences. Electric and air appliances are much safer than gas models but they also have risks. Choose a model that has as many safety features as possible and read the user manual carefully. Always follow the instructions there and be careful not to let children approach a working fryer.
One thing you should not forget is the time required for heating. Often, this is an indicator of the quality of the device itself, because more efficient models heat up faster.
If you choose the fryer by price, be careful not to choose a malfunctioning or even dangerous appliance. Check the warranty period and if it is valid in Romania, read on the net the opinions of others who bought the model and make sure that the model you choose has at least the basic safety elements and accessories you really need.
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