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Old 01-13-2010, 04:44 PM
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Default Deep Fryer - best one for medium work

I like to cook maybe a dozen shrimp or oysters at a time, have tried propane tanks and external pots, smaller electrics, all that, but what do you use for "inside cooking" that handles reasonable sizes of food? There seem to be lots of tiny little things that take forever, or the huge pots that want a couple of gallons of oil over an open propane flame. Is there anything in between?
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The electric ones - like Fry Baby & Fry Daddy, assuming they are still made.
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Trust me on this one, I'm fat and have lived in New Orleans for 15+ years!

I just used mine.

Sorry for the crappy pic, it's off my cell phone (which I can barely use anyway).

Mine is a hamilton beach brand, the same exact machine is sold under other brand names. My buddy who first had one his was calle "Euro pro" or something. They are identical. There are other brands, they look like this. Some have a different timer / temperature control but everything else is the same.

P.S. Pound of 20 count shrim was $3.29!!! Yum!
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Trust me on this one, I'm fat and have lived in New Orleans for 15+ years!

I just used mine.

Sorry for the crappy pic, it's off my cell phone (which I can barely use anyway).

Mine is a hamilton beach brand, the same exact machine is sold under other brand names. My buddy who first had one his was calle "Euro pro" or something. They are identical. There are other brands, they look like this. Some have a different timer / temperature control but everything else is the same.

P.S. Pound of 20 count shrim was $3.29!!! Yum!
Is that a 20 count of Alaskin shrimp???
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No, Louisiana shimp.

Although I do love spot prawns in the summer (when I'm in Alaska)!!!

I don't even know where to buy shrimp in AK, we catch them!
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How about the maintenance/cleaning of these little eletric fryers? Is it a hassle or is it worth it? Ive seen several around 30-50 dollars.
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re: cleaning

That is one of the best things about the one I show in the pic.

It breaks down and is SO EASY to clean up. Most of it can go in the dishwasher! (All but the heating element / timer piece).
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How many U2s can I fry in that? :D
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where did you get yours? it looks just like what I have been seeing locally but larger, just like I have tried to find. Also, since you seem to know the inside scoop here, what do you use for marinade and batter? I like that crunchy taste, almost like corn meal but not like flour. Been using butter milk soaks for an hour or so and then the Zatteraine batter mix, have something to offer on that regard?
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I'm with the fat guy, that is one awesome frier, I've got one and fry fish,shrimp, eggrolls, fries you name it. Don't fill over the fill line, it may boil over. Not good.
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Fish fry = zatarain's crispy southern

Before you roll on the crispy southern dilute a palm full of mustard with some water just to make it a little thinner. I usually cover the mustard surface with hot sauce (I make a solid circle of mustard like 3" in diameter and cover the top).

You will not taste mustard, many people ask me this . . . this is an old way of doing it.

Roll seafood in diluted mustard mix, then fish fry. Fish fry will stick like glue (or for you boatheads let's just say it's 5200!!!).

I'm fat b/c of see-food diet! haha

P.S. i think I got mine at Kmart one Xmas they were on sale. They have them online.
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This is ours, the wife got it from HSN:



Fish on one side, Hush Puppies on the other...

Not to mention Mozzerella sticks and onion rings...
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Here is the one that I have. They even have it at Walmart...

http://www.walmart.com/Presto-Dual-P...yer/ip/3946734

Same as the rest really except two baskets and like others mentioned, it breaks down easily for cleaning. You can run the baskets, bin, and lid through the washing machine and hand wash the element/thermostat seperately.
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Here is the one that I have. They even have it at Walmart...

http://www.walmart.com/Presto-Dual-P...yer/ip/3946734

Same as the rest really except two baskets and like others mentioned, it breaks down easily for cleaning. You can run the baskets, bin, and lid through the washing machine and hand wash the element/thermostat seperately.
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Use mine about 2 times a week now for a year-no problems-got mine at Sears
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Ignorant question - How often do you change the oil? I don't fry much, maybe that's why I'm skinny! It sure is tasty though.
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How do you get the "fried" odor out of the house?
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smoke a cubano after dinner
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
The electric ones - like Fry Baby & Fry Daddy, assuming they are still made.
They are and they work just fine.
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Originally Posted by hatterasman View Post
How about the maintenance/cleaning of these little eletric fryers? Is it a hassle or is it worth it? Ive seen several around 30-50 dollars.
My wife does the frying and she hasn't complained yet.

There's nothing to it, it's just like cleaning a pot. At leat on mine, the heating element is not in the oil, it's under or around the frying cavity. You don't see it or clean it.

Ours is the "Fry Baby" but there are only two of us and we don't fry much.
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How do you get the "fried" odor out of the house?
My wife bought one a few months ago, we've used it maybe 4 times. I won't use it in the house again. Count on it stinking for 2 weeks. And when I use outside the house the outside stinks...I have since stopped using it all together...more of a hassle than anything else.
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