A lot of people are nervous the first time they go to deep fry something at home, and with good reason. Most fryers operate at 350 degrees and up, and oil this hot can cause serious burns to the skin. Luckily, all the deep fryers listed on the DeepFryDaddy.com have ample safety features to minimize the risk of injury.
Some units have specially designed handles to allow food to be lowered down into the oil with the lid closed. This prevents the oil from bubbling over and splattering out of the fryer. When you heat oil on the stove, it may be difficult to track the temperature of the oil without a special thermometer, and even then, you must pay very close attention to oil to make sure you don’t overheat it. The units listed here on this website have internal thermostats, so you can set the temperature to where you need it and the fryer will stop heating the oil when it reaches this temperature.
Air fryers or oil-less fryers are even safer. They don’t use a vat of oil like deep fryers, so there is no risk of splattering or overflow. These unit do still get hot, so care must be taken when removing the finished product from the airfryer.
There are a few other things to keep in mind for safe deep fat frying:
1.) Make sure there aren’t excess ice crystals on frozen food. This can cause the oil to boil over the edge of the fryer or may cause splattering. Knock off any ice crystals that have accumulated on the food or allow the food to sit out for awhile before cooking to allow any ice crystals to melt.
2.) Be sure to pat dry chicken, shrimp or seafood that has been rinsed or thawed from frozen.
Excess water on the surface of foods will also cause splattering and may make the oil boil over.
3.) Be careful when placing food in the oil. Don’t just dump it all in the hot fat. Add food gradually to the oil or lower the basket slowly to prevent potential overflowing. Just take it slow.
4.) Allow excess oil to drip from food by leaving the food in the basket and leaving the basket on the fryer for a couple minutes after cooking. This allows the food to cool and any hot oil to be removed to reduce the risk of handling super hot food and oil.
5.) Wear protective gloves or mitts to protect you from hot oil
6.) Wear non-skid shoes or use slip-free mats to prevent from slipping on greasy floors.
7.) Never try to move oil or fryer or filter oil while it is still hot. Allow oil to cool from 2-3 hours after frying before moving of filtering oil.
8.) Avoid reaching over the top of a fryer right after adding food as super hot steam may be released immediately after adding frozen or wet foods
9.) Always keep your eye on the fryer. Its not a good idea to do something else in the kitchen while deep frying food.
10.) NEVER TRY TO DOUSE A GREASE FIRE WITH WATER! TURN OFF HEAT SOURCE AND COVER THE FIRE WITH A LARGE, COMPLETELY WET TOWEL OR USE A CLASS B DRY CHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO PUT OUT THE FIRE.
11.) Never allow children near the deep fryers while they are in use or still hot.
That’s it! Deep frying is far from dangerous if you are careful. Do a few test runs to learn how to use it properly. Start with small quantities of food and move on to something more exciting once you get the hang of the basics.