Who needs a deep fryer when you have a stove, right? EVERYONE. Everyone needs a deep fryer. Here's why: deep frying can be really easy or it can be a giant pain-in-the-ass. We prefer easy, right?
When you're deep frying something there is only one consideration—temperature. Temperature is why a good deep fryer has lots of oil; when you add your food the heat is going to go way down unless you have a lot more oil than food. This is why fried food is often better from a restaurant: they have huge deep fryers and can maintain heat with no problem.
Temperature is also why it's a waste of time to try frying without a thermometer. If the oil is too cold your food will take too long to cook which means it's greasy. Too hot and you'll burn the outside before it's cooked through. The Presto GranPappy solves the temperature problem in a couple of ways and it does a few other awesome things as well.
First, it heats up super fast. This pot does one thing well and that's fry food. Plug it in and you're ready to go in about 15 minutes. There's a fill line so you know exactly how much oil to add and the plug is magnetic so it will pop off rather than tip the pot over if you the cord gets yanked.
The only setting is on and off so no need to worry about a thermometer. You vary cooking time rather than temperature for different foods. Frozen french fries take 10 minutes, fish fillets 4-8 minutes and wings are done in 10.
When you're done, strain your oil (I'd recommend coffee filters for best results) to get a few uses out of it. Put the airtight cover on and you're ready for next time. Make sure to let it cool off before you put the cover on unless you like the melted-cover look. In fact, don't touch this thing at all once you've plugged it in. It gets hot fast and you don't want to learn this lesson the hard way. Because it's so fast you can fry a few chicken breasts or fish fillets for sandwiches, stick them in the oven and make fresh fries because that's just how you do with this beast.
There are lots of things you can make at home with no problem but fried food is tough without a lot of patience or a shortcut. This is your ticket to crispy munchies that are fast, easy and without all the grease that comes with most pan-frying.
There's a smaller one for about $5 less so you might want to check that out too: