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Lodge 2-1/2-Quart Cast Iron Deep Fryer Kit

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  • Rugged cast-iron deep-fry kit for making seafood, hush puppies, vegetables
  • Includes 2-1/2-quart fry pot, fry basket, thermometer, and recipes
  • Cast iron keeps food warmer, longer, and won't warp or chip
  • Cast iron gets better with use and seasoning
  • Hand wash with hot water only

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Product Description

Product Description

A breath of baby blue border with fine, delicate flowers gracing the blue while precious platinum enhances the trim In 1896 Joseph Lodge was strolling through the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and discovered the perfect place to settle his family and start his cast iron manufacturing company. Still family-owned and run, Lodge is the world's largest and oldest manufacturer of cast iron products. Try your hand at homemade donuts or Southern fried chicken with this set, or use the pot alone for stews and hearty soups.

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Cast iron is one of those materials true kitchen aficionados love. It gets better with age and seasoning, won't warp or chip, and keeps food warmer longer. Put your seafood, veggies, hushpuppies, or beignets (French doughnuts--they're heavenly) in the fry basket, then lower into the fry pot. Just remember that cast iron is very heavy--this pot weighs 7 pounds--which is why there's a looped handle on the opposite side to help you lift the pot (use a hot pad). The pot has two pour spouts, and the kit includes a 5-inch thermometer that goes up to 400 degrees F. In general, you'll want to hand wash the pot with just hot water. However, prior to first use and occasionally thereafter, you should season it by washing it with a little soap, oiling it inside and out, and cooking it in the oven for an hour. The finish will soon turn black--the sign of a well-seasoned cast-iron pot. --Doree Armstrong

What's in the Box
2-1/2-quart fry pot, fry basket, 5-inch thermometer, recipe booklet


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 13.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00004S9HJ
  • Item model number: DFK2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,268 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Powell on March 7, 2002
This pan is great if you are single (or maybe a couple) but its too small for a family. (Get either the chicken fryer or the combo pan (my personal favorite) if you feed more people.
On the plus side, its nice and deep. Don't need to fill it to the top, as the food will displace some of the oil and yet it won't splatter as much as a shallower pan. So for a small fry job you'll save a lot of oil.
Cast iron is the material of choice for fat frying. Holds the heat, cleans easily, etc. The basket is handy as is the thermometer. As has been noted you can do the food in batches, keeping it warm in the oven until its all done. But you'll lose some of the cripness while you are waiting.
And you could use it as a plain old sauce pan. This is a handy size for heating soup etc. (No lid though, but I bet a good hardware store would carry a glass one that will fit. You might even find one elsewhere on this site.)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
The thermometer and basket are a good deal. And cast iron is the recommended material. This set is very good and I've used it a lot. But if I had to choose again, I would just get a larger cast iron pot, a separate skimmer and a thermometer. Here's why:
1. the pot is small and it takes many "loads" to make enough food for 2 or 3 people
2. the food can stick to the basket
3. the small pot could overflow when you add food to the hot oil, which could create a grease fire (this has not happened to me, but almost)
If you don't mind keeping your batches of food and volume of oil small, it's great.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By a meints on July 5, 2000
I ordered this for my husband, whom is an avid fisherman. He loves to deep fry his catch. He has used it several times and has never made better fish! The basket and thermometer were very useful additions, and an extra bonus--to be sure.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2003
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For those chefs among us who either can't afford to have a built-in countertop deep-fryer, or for whom it would be impractical, the Lodge cast-iron deep fryer is a worthy and effective substitute. This is a great device, provided you use it properly. There are three essential rules to follow to achieve successful deep-frying. Though they are not complex, they are incredibly important, and failure to follow them will lead to less than satisfactory results:
1. USE THE RIGHT OIL - For deep-frying, I prefer canola oil, which has a lower fat content and higher burn point than other oils, although some chefs sometimes use peanut or safflower. Leave at least three inches of room at the top when filling the pot with oil, because it will foam up when you drop food in to fry.
2. FRY AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE - This means using a thermometer, which Lodge has conveniently included with the frying kit. You cannot fry successfully without a thermometer. It is obviously impossible to know what the oil temperature is without one, and for great deep-frying results, you want the oil to be in the 350-375 F range.
3. GET THE BATTER RIGHT - If you're making fish & chips, fritters or other goodies that involve batters, it becomes key to make the batter properly - not too watery, but not too thick, either. This sometimes involves some trial and error, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able make fish & chips as good as in the restaurants.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on October 24, 2000
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We thought our "George Foreman " grill was a good find, but this iron deep fryer is equally well worth the price. French fries, and fish remain crunchy on the outside, soft and succulent on the inside. No problem with getting the temperature hot enough to cook these items quickly. Your deep fried chicken and tempura vegetables will melt in your mouth. We sent back another brand "fryer" promoted by another company which shall remain nameless because it never got hotter than tepid and trying to cook with it was a joke. But both this cast iron deep fryer and the George Forman grill are excellent kitchen aids. We have a large family. These cooking items make the "meal preparation hour" a lot easier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By montmeru on March 6, 2004
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A solid product & an excellent value. I was using an all clad pan for deep frying until I got the lodge pan and the basket. There's a huge improvement in the quality of fries & fritters I make now. The cast iron pan keeps the oil at a more constant temperature, the heating is uniform and the frying is even. I highly recommend this product. For larger families, the size may be a problem as others have mentioned.
This one also comes with the thermometer even though the product description does not mention it.
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