To make snacks that you and your kids will love you need to have pre-made packaged fryable foods that you can just dump into hot oil or vegetables to make your own. I prefer to make my own as it costs less and I have more control over what my son eats. The best selling deep fat fryers that are available will have no issues whipping up wonderful, crispy fried snacks whether you use premade or homemade.
Some of my favorites to make homemade are sweet potato fries, taco rolls, empanadas, chimichangas, and buffalo wings. A mini deep fryer is great for these as well as pre-packaged favorites like pizza rolls, jalapeno poppers, and mozzarella sticks.
As with anything you buy for your home getting a great value and a quality product is #1. This doesn’t mean that you should just get the cheapest model available, especially when it comes to kitchen appliances that generate a lot of heat and could be a potential fire hazards like a deep fat fryer.
On the other hand the most expensive fryers often perform better, heat up faster and maintain their temperature better but spending a fortune on the priciest or best rated deep fryer may be overkill if you only use them once in a while. Look at both the bestselling fryers such as the Presto FryDaddy and the top-rated fryers that are available as your starting point.
Read what other fryer owners have to say and find out how the products have worked out in their kitchen. Then you’ll be well-informed and can make a good purchasing decision. Also be sure to check each fryer against my list of the 17 key factors in making a deep fat fryer purchasing decision..
So How to Choose a Good Fryer For Making Snacks?
The top deep fryer on the market is the one that works best for you and provides the best balance of cost, performance, and features. There’s no sense in buying more features than you will use and the important thing when using a fryer is to make foods that are crisp and don’t hold grease. The key to this is choosing a fryer that maintains a steady oil temperature and can reach the optimal frying temperatures for the foods you cook the most frequently.
The easiest way to figure out what price range to look at is to think about how many times a week you will be frying. If you’re only going to fry once or twice a month a budget entry-level fat fryer is probably the way to go. Spend under $50 on a highly rated deep fat fryer and use it for a while. It will either be perfect for you or you may find that you want to fry more often than you thought originally. You may also find that an entry level fryer isn’t suitable for the volume of food you need to fry and might want to look into double basket fryers or larger professional-grade fryers that afford more space.
To ensure your deep fat fryer is an investment in your kitchen for the long term be sure to take care of it. I know that many people don’t read the manual or follow the best practices for operating their fryers and the life of the unit suffers. Whether you get a budget fryer or a high-end Emeril professional chef fryer one of the main things you can do to extend the life of your fryer and make it work more effectively over it’s lifetime is to keep it clean and change the oil regularly. If you fry 3-4 times a week like I do then a weekly oil change is probably best; at the very least filter the oil after each use to keep sediment from disrupting the heating element.