by Christopher Jones
The pressure fryer has a long history of making delicious crispy fried chicken for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Even though the pressure fryer is infamous for its ability to make fried chicken like Colonel Sanders, it's surely capable of doing so much more. Of course, you could always pan-fry your favorite foods, but a pressure fryer has a way of getting the job done superbly, but what is its secret?
Well, the answer is actually quite simple! When water is under pressure, it boils at a higher temperature than the typical 212 °F, and when it comes to chicken, less moisture can escape from the meat. If you're interested in making fried chicken worthy of the Colonel and you might want to buy one of these amazing appliances, then keep reading to learn what you should be looking for when buying your very own pressure fryer!
Pressure fryers typically face two issues. First, they use only one basket, meaning only one thing can be fried at a time. Second, it can be tough to drain whatever oil you put in it for frying.
Waring's pressure fryer solves these two issues in two different ways. First, it contains two separate frying baskets. This is perfect if you want to fry two different things in it, or if you want to cook one thing more or less than the other if you still want to cook the same thing in it. You can also use the one large basket that it comes with to cook one thing in a larger quantity if you need to.
The second nice thing that Waring's pressure fryer contains is that it contains a removable basket for draining oil. This makes it much easier to clean than most other pressure fryers.
While it is a good thing that Waring's fryer contains multiple baskets, this also means that you need to take these baskets out and clean them yourself as well. This can create just as much busy work in cleaning as the pressure fryers with one large basket.
Waring's fryer also does not contain a filter. This can be negligible for some, but if you are using this fryer in a tiny kitchen or any other room that does not contain a lot of ventilation, you will encounter fumes, especially if you use it frequently if you want to prevent these fumes.
Most pressure fryers have very underwhelming capacities. While they are very convenient to use, they do not specialize in frying a lot of food. Obviously, this can be troublesome for anyone who wants to use a pressure fryer to fry a lot of food.
With a food capacity of an impressive 2.65 pounds, you will be able to fry much more food in T-Fal's fryer than other pressure fryers. Filtering and cleaning the oil used will not be a problem either; T-Fal's fryer contains an automatic filtration system that places used oil into a drip pan on the bottom of the contraption. This makes it very easy to organize and clean the oil you will use in T-Fal's fryer.
T-Fal's fryer is also very easy to use. It contains only two major settings: Fry and filter. The drip pan for the filtered oil locks in these settings can only be taken out when you unlock it, which is the contraption's own setting.
There is only one glaring issue with T-Fal's fryer: It is huge and not very easy to carry around. This can certainly be troublesome if you use it in a food truck or in some other situation where you need to carry T-Fal's fryer around.
The drip pan of T-Fal's fryer can also splash if it gets too full. Make sure you are taking out the drip pan whenever you can to prevent this.
A lot of turkey fryers that can be used inside struggle with temperature control. They contain different temperatures, but they often do not contain enough different temperatures to provide diverse cooking.
Masterbuilt's turkey fryer solves this by containing six different temperature settings, from as low as 125 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow you to be as diverse as possible when frying your turkey. Instead of selecting between 2 or 3 temperatures and needing to adjust your methods, you can select a temperature that is perfect for you and work from there.
It is also effortless to clean and drain the impending juices that Masterbuilt's turkey fryer dispenses. Coming with a drain clip and a drain valve, all you need to do to clean the fryer is remove and wash the drain clip. The drain clip is dishwasher safe, meaning you will not need to wash this drain clip with your hands.
Unfortunately, Masterbuilt's turkey fryer is only compatible with butterball brand turkeys. This means that you will need to find a different turkey fryer for huge turkeys. To be specific, Masterbuilt's fryer can only fry turkeys up to 20 lbs. If you possess a larger than 20 lbs turkey, you will need to look for something else definitively.
The very first thing you need to think about when it comes to buying a pressure fryer is how much food you need to fry at one time. If you have large get-togethers where the whole neighborhood is invited over, then you might want to consider buying an extra-large pressure fryer, which can cook up to 18 pounds per batch. If you only need to cook for a few people at a time, then you should probably choose a smaller option.
A fryer pressure can be powered by either electricity or gas, so it's important to consider this when buying your own pressure fryer. Because pressure fryers are constructed, they're extremely convenient when they're powered by electricity. This means that you'll find a larger selection of electric fryers available. Since the electric elements are submerged in the fryer's oil, almost 100% of the energy being used goes directly into the food. It might be helpful to look for an electric deep fryer with a higher wattage rating because they have more powerful heating elements. This allows your oil to be heated to your desired temperature at a faster rate.
In areas where gas tends to be cheaper than electric, gas pressure fryers are a more popular option. Of course, choosing gas or electric is dependent on your own needs and comfortability, so make sure that you think about this before you purchase a model.
Safety is essential when it comes to using a pressure fryer. Not only can oil leak over, but the unit can be hot enough to combust if you're not careful with it. There are certain safety features that you can look for when buying a pressure fryer, which we'll get to later, but the most important thing to realize is that the safety aspect is almost entirely dependent on you. Follow the directions included with the model you purchase, but make sure to keep these things in mind at all times while using your pressure fryer:
1. Don't overfill the oil.
2. Pay attention to the temperature of the oil at all times. This is to ensure that an explosion doesn't occur.
3. Never lower your food into a pressure fryer while it's over an open flame.
4. Always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
Finding a pressure fryer with an adjustable temperature dial is an important thing to look for when buying a fryer for your home. While most foods fry at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, adjustable temperature controls allow you to control the temperature to cook various foods.
It goes without saying that deep fryers can be a huge pain to clean, which is why you should definitely look for a pressure fryer that has a nonstick interior.
Before you head to the store or you buy a pressure fryer online, there are a few things that you should ask yourself first. These questions will allow you to think about what you want and need before buying your first pressure fryer.
Clearly, pressure fryers come in a variety of sizes. If you plan on using your pressure fryer frequently, you might want to leave it on the countertop. This is why it's important to think about how much space you have to offer. If you don't plan on leaving it on the counter, then you need to think about where you're going to store it when it's not in use.
If you're the type of person who enjoys cooking different things, you might want to look at the features included with the pressure fryer you're looking at purchasing. Some pressure fryers can cook various foods, so make sure you pay attention to this aspect when choosing the right pressure fryer.
If you're on a diet or just cutting back on fats, then you might want to look for a fryer that doesn't use oil, or uses a minimal amount of oil, to cook food.
Using the same oil more than once not only helps you save money, but it's less wasteful, as well. If you're going to reuse the oil, then you might want to invest in a pressure fryer that comes with a built-in filtration or some drainage system so you can store the oil for later use. Some pressure fryers have snap-on lids, allowing you to store the oil right in the fryer.
As we said before, pressure fryers can be quite a dangerous appliance to keep at home, especially if you have small children running around. If you have kids that like to run around you while you're cooking in the kitchen, make sure to find a pressure fryer that comes with certain safety features like a guard to prevent splatters, an automatic shutoff, and a detachable cord.
Pressure fryers are a great appliance to keep around, particularly if you enjoy the deep-fried goodness of chicken. As long as you follow these simple guidelines, and keep safety on your mind at all times, then you should have no problem finding the perfect pressure fryer for your home.
About Christopher Jones
Chris is an avid traveler and a gastronome.
He used to live for years in Europe and has far reached many unheard corners in Asia.
While at it, he never stopped looking for best local foods to try them out.
His favorite motto is "how can one live well, travel well, and work well without having good food every time?"
Chris received his MBA at University of San Francisco at the age of 24.