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Buying Guide: Making the right choice when buying a professional deep fryer
When buying a large or small appliance, you should always consider not only the space available for its storage, but also its end use. In professional catering, the choice of kitchen equipment such as a deep fryer is based on the power, but also on the efficiency of the appliance. If you are a restaurateur, you should therefore know all the technical and practical details of this cooking equipment for frying and snacking before investing in it.
What is a professional deep fryer?
Originally, the professional deep fryer was designed to make French fries. Only a slight subtlety distinguishes this machine from the traditional deep fryer. Its real asset is that it can quickly raise the temperature of the oil to cook the food to be fried. You will therefore have at your disposal a container consisting of a heating vessel into which you will pour the oil, an energy source and a thermostat to control the temperature of the oil bath.
The pro fryer is also designed to meet the requirements of restaurant owners in terms of kitchen equipment. For this reason, the hygiene and safety standards for this purpose are strict in order to ensure high efficiency. Firstly to reduce the depreciation costs of the stainless steel fryer and secondly to be able to reuse the frying oil without altering the taste of the food cooked in this way.
Fryer models available on the market
A professional kitchen as well as a laboratory is rarely expandable. To meet the expectations of catering professionals like you, brands compete in options and features and of course in models to be the best. Among the types of fryers, the most popular are the professional electric fryer for standing, the free-standing model, the oil-free fryer for snacks such as fritters, churro and chichi.
The first selection is made for the counter and includes 1 to 2 baskets, powered by gas or electricity. The second can hold up to 3 bins. The high-efficiency electric fryer is interesting considering its frying capacity.
The importance of food
It is in your best interest to consider how your deep fryer is fed. To do this, you need to know how to choose its power source. In short, you can choose between electric and gas fryers.
The electric deep fryer is equipped with a rectangular, square or round tank, heated by a resistance. The advantage of the latter is that the temperature can be adjusted to the nearest degree. In some cases, you can choose the individual temperature of each cooking vessel. In this way, you will have several types of frying at different temperatures.
The gas supply is advantageous when buying a deep fryer. But in this case, it is more a question of the burner that heats the pan. This range consumes less energy. It is an ideal solution for long-term savings. However, some establishments have to use only electric appliances because of the safety standards of the building where they are located.
The choice of power and capacity
The choice of the capacity and power of a deep fryer are interdependent. Therefore, you will find models ranging from 2 kW to more than 90 kW. The same applies to the frying capacity.
The power of a deep fryer is judged in kW per kg. Therefore, choose it according to the quantity of fries you intend to produce.
If frying is not your main activity, opt instead for a small fryer that will allow you to prepare between 500g and 1kg of fries per batch, at a rate of 3kw of energy to spend. The 5kw models will be recommended for cooking more than 1.5kg of fries. The minimum power for an appliance with 2 bins of one kilogram each will be 6kw.
You can also refer to the power of the machine based on the amount of oil. A power of 0.7kW is required for 1l of oil. So 5l will require a power of 3.5kW.
The output of a professional fryer also affects the production volume of this catering equipment. In addition to the number of bins it has, you also need to know the size and capacity of each bin. While some models have up to 5 pans, others have only one. The latter are recommended for establishments where fried food is only a small part of the menu.
The size of the bins is variable, ranging from 4l to 12l. A small fryer will be more than sufficient for occasional needs.
As an indication, a pro fryer with a capacity of 3-4l can produce up to 7kg of fries per hour. The 5l fryer can produce 10kg of fries. A maxi fryer with a capacity of 8 to 10 litres can fry 15 to 18kg of chips. If it is about a container of 15l of capacity, you will obtain in one hour 25kg of fries.
The different functionalities of the fryer
For the maintenance of your kitchen utensils, cleaning is essential. In this regard, manufacturers offer the option of a drain valve to facilitate the maintenance of this kitchen equipment. Thanks to this draining feature, emptying the tanks and then refilling them is simple, quick and completely safe.
If there are pieces of food that come loose during cooking, a cold zone is specially designed to prevent them from charring. This part of the heating vessel is not subject to the swirling of the cooking oil on the heating element. You therefore have two thermal layers in the same oil bath.
The price of a professional deep fryer
The budget for the purchase of a deep fryer also depends on the power, capacity and functionality of each model. For a professional kitchen, several models are available. For a 1400W deep fryer and an infrared halogen heating system, you can expect to pay around 140 euros. Multifunctional and stainless steel models are sold from 71 euros. You can also find this kitchen equipment from 65 euros with a power of 3000W and a timer without forgetting the option of the multi-cup.
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