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Better double check the oil temperature!
on December 6, 2004
I am disappointed that this product did not perform as I would have expected given the product description and the reviews on this site. I was also surprised that I could not find a review were someone actually checked the oil temperature!
What I found is that the unit I received was not able to heat and maintain the oil temperature close to its rated maximum of 375F. The first time I used it, I monitored the temperature of the oil with a Taylor deep fry (analog) thermometer with the fryer's temperature control set to it's maximum setting (slightly beyond 375F on the dial). I checked the oil temperature when the "ready" light came on, but to my surprise, the thermometer read only 340F! I double check using a Cooper digital thermometer (rated to a max of 392F) and it read 346F. After an additional 5-10 minutes, the temperature of the oil reached 357F, and would go no higher.
I went ahead cooked a dozen chicken wings (refrigerated, not frozen) and set the timer to 11min as recommend by the owners manual (recipe for Buffalo wings). The temperature of the oil dropped to 240F, and did not recover to the original starting temperature for almost 10 min! The wings just started to brown at 11 min, and took another 5-6 min before the wings were browned, and unfortunately, dry.
I also tried a cup breaded calamari (frozen), and freshly cut french fries. I found the results no better than my previous set up... A heavy cast iron Dutch oven with a deep fry thermometer attached to the side.
It is critical to maintain the temperature of the oil in deep frying to limit oil absorption, I would have expected that an analog based deep fryer would have heated the oil to a little above 375F (plus or minus 5 degrees for a well made analog sensor), and recovered much quicker than this unit did.
I may have received a defective unit. But in a digital world, it seem odd to me that the most expensive deep fryer designed for home use is still using analog controls and (idiot) ready lights rather then a digital readout of the actual temperature.
All other aspects of this product are... pretty insignificant