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Presto 05466 Stainless Steel Dual Basket Pro Fry Immersion Element Deep Fryer
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- Stainless steel, dual basket, profry, professional style deep fryer in a handy at home size, 1800W Immersion element provides quick preheating & fast oil temperature recovery, big 3
- 5 lb food capacity for frying family sized batches in a hurry, Oblong shaped baskets are ideal for large pieces of fish or chicken
- Manufactured in China
- Oblong-shaped baskets ideal for frying large pieces of chicken or fish
- Adjustable thermostat with signal light that indicates when oil is ready for frying
- 12-cup food capacity
- Heating element and enameled pot remove for easy cleaning
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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|Color||Black||Silver||Stainless Steel||Silver||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||12 x 19 x 12 in||14.75 x 15.63 x 11 in||16.5 x 17 x 11 in||13.7 x 18.3 x 14.8 in||14.8 x 15.4 x 9.3 in||18.25 x 12.75 x 12.5 in|
|Item Weight||10.7 lbs||12.95 lbs||11.65 lbs||12.4 lbs||—||—|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
Professional-style deep fryer with dual baskets. Offers great restaurant taste in a convenient at-home size. Big 12-cup food capacity for frying family-size quantities in a hurry. Oblong-shaped baskets are ideal for large pieces of chicken or fish. 1800-watt immersion element provides quick preheating and fast oil temperature recovery. Adjustable thermostat for easy selection of a variety of frying temperatures. Signal light lets you know when the oil is ready for frying. Cover with charcoal air filter helps reduce spattering and odor. Heating element and enameled pot are removable for easy cleaning. One year limited warranty. The maximum amount of oil for this fryer is 5 quarts and the minimum amount is 3½ quarts.
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When all the people complained about the heating element not heating the oil anywhere near what it was set at. Having never had this problem with my old one, I wondered what the problem was with all the negative reviews. Well, I can bet the MUCH SMALLER heating element might well have something to do with that problem !
I attached a photo that I just took showing the differences between the old and the new heating elements. Both are intended for a pot the same size and for the same amount of cooking oil. This size difference may well explain the reason why the newer (and smaller) heating element will not heat properly or as expected!
Now ... I'd like to check out the new Heating Element if I can just coax the deep frier into coming on !
Sadly, I cannot as both the old one's, and the new one's Signal Light will not come one. I am hesitant to blame the Control Units since BOTH will not work. Have some sorting out to do!
20 April 2016: I sorted out the reason for the Signal Light not coming on. The Heating Element has to be properly mounted onto the back of the box for the light to be able to come on. The middle slide has to connect with and depress a I guess it's called a safety switch in order to function. NOW ... about the negative reviews of recent purchases of the Presto Pro Deep Frier ... as I mentioned, I had used the bejeezus out of my old Presto Pro Deep Frier so I bought a replacement for it. Then I read the reviews complaining about the unit NOT being able to reach a temperature of 375º ... so, I decided to try that with my new unit. First thing I noticed was the much smaller size of the Heating Element that came with the newer unit ! No wonder it couldn't get temperatures about 350 ! Check out the photo of the older Same Model Presto and the new Same Model Presto ! I was able to get 375º with no trouble using the older Heating Element.
The unit was carefully packaged however upon opening the box there was a small dent in the metal on the left front. I decided not to return it. The overall construction is very, very lightweight. The metal covering around the deep fryer is very light weight. It is easy to assembly with the heating element, which is rated at 1800 watt, easily sliding into the slot on the back of the unit. The electric cord is held magnetically onto the back of he fryer.
The two baskets are also very light weight and one should be careful as the handles collapsed on me a couple of times. It takes about 100 ounces of oil to reach the minimum level for cooking. This can become a very expensive item.
The unit states that it will hold, a 12 cup capacity. My first cooking was five chicken legs and thighs. I used one of the recipes in the instruction booklet and frankly it was a disaster. I let the pieces of chicken fall into the baskets and then put the baskets into the hot oil, which by the way got to an acceptable temperature in about 20 minutes. The chicken stuck to the bottom of the cooking baskets. The crust got way over cooked and even to the burn point while the chicken was just about right. This was all my error and I will drop the chicken into the basket the next time in hopes hat it will not stick. Also the recipe in the booklet that comes with the fryer is not all that good so I suggest you look elsewhere for a better recipe.
Once I removed the stuck chicken from the basket we found the chicken was cooked just about right. Next time I will go for about 19 minuets the than the recommended 13-18 minutes and as I wrote, drop the chicken into the basket rather than putting the basket full of chicken into the oil.
Clean up is not too bad as the oil pan can be completely removed form the unit. Be very carefully as the oil pan has very sharp edges around all four sides and will cut your fingers easily. Washing the oil pan and retuning to the unit is a snap. The heating elements need to be wiped down but not immersed in water. The top lid will buckle during the cooking and according to the booklet this is normal and the top will return to the proper position after cooling. Well not 100 correct. Even after cooling I can still see that the top is buckled however that doe not prohibit the top from completely fitting. This unit has a very large “footprint” so have adequate storage space when not using.
Bottom line. I made a few mistake in the first cooking. The unit is a low pried-- low end deep fryer. It is “tinny” in construction. Perhaps worth the $49 I paid but I would certainly not pay more.
It does take about 15 minutes to heat up the oil, but that is not an issue if you plan in advance. Does take a lot of oil, but that's a good thing because it means you can cook a lot of food in it.
The build quality of the outer tin is flimsy, but so far it hasn't been a problem. If it becomes a problem, I will update this review.
I would recommend this product to others.
UPDATE: 2/24/2015: This fryer is still working great and we only use grass fed and antibiotic free Beef Tallow. I have read a few comments about only using oils that are liquid at room temperature, but we have had no problems using Beef Tallow, which hardens at room temperature. We leave the tallow in the fryer and use it for a few months before changing it out. We tried using vegetable oil only once and it left an extremely sticky yellow residue that we are still trying to remove whenever we wash it. The beef tallow cleans up easily and does not leave behind any type of sticky residue.
Just make sure you DO NOT pour it down your sink when you change it out. It will clog your sink. Make sure you pour it into some kind of disposable tin (think turkey pan), and let it harden and then compost it or toss it.
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We're not craY aniut the cord that comes off easily, but maybe we are in the minority. It has detached and we weren't aware. Very frustrating.