Commercial Gas Deep Fryer
The commercial gas deep fryer is a device that uses natural gas (or propane) to heat food items such as burgers or hot dogs. These devices are commonly found at restaurants, hotels, fast-food chains, and other businesses where cooking oil may not be readily available. They are typically used to cook large quantities of food quickly and efficiently without having to worry about keeping the temperature high enough over long periods of time.
A commercial gas deep fryer can be operated with either a manual or automatic setting. Manual settings require the operator to manually turn the burner on and off while an automatic setting requires no human intervention whatsoever. While there are many different types of commercial gas deep fryers, they all share one common feature: they use natural gas to produce heat.
There are several advantages to using a commercial gas deep fryer when compared to traditional methods of cooking. For example, most conventional ovens cannot reach temperatures above 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 Celsius). A commercial gas deep fryer can achieve these temperatures because it does not rely on electricity; instead, it relies on the heat produced by burning natural gas.
This allows the device to cook food more quickly and more evenly.
Types of Commercial Gas Deep Fryers
There are several types of commercial gas deep fryers, including:
-Dry-Bucket Commercial Fryer: This type of commercial gas deep fryer uses a dry-bucket to capture oil. The dry-bucket is a large plastic container that can be stored when not in use. This type of commercial gas deep fryer has a maximum capacity of 6 gallons.
This type of commercial gas deep fryer is used primarily for cooking at fairs and carnivals.
-Drainage System Commercial Fryer: This type of commercial gas deep fryer uses a drainage system to capture oil. The drainage system is a series of tubes that connects to a container that can hold up to 100 gallons. This type of commercial gas deep fryer is used primarily by fast-food restaurants and other high-volume establishments.
-Reel Commercial Fryer: This type of commercial gas deep fryer is used primarily by fairs and carnivals. It uses a reel (hence the name) to store up to 300 feet of oil-soaked cotton rope.
There are several important factors to keep in mind when buying a commercial gas deep fryer. These factors include:
-Size of the fryer: This is perhaps the most important factor to consider when buying a commercial gas deep fryer. Make sure you determine how much food your establishment needs to prepare on a regular basis. You may need multiple fryers if your establishment is very large.
-Brand of the fryer: Make sure you buy a fryer made by a trusted manufacturer. This will ensure that the fryer works as advertised and will last for many years.
-Price of the fryer: Commercial gas deep fryers vary in price depending on the size, brand, and features. Shop around and compare prices before making your final decision.
Gas vs Electric Deep Fryers
Electric deep fryers have traditionally been used for small businesses that cook chicken or other foods that require lower temperatures. However, many recent innovations have made it possible to use an electric deep fryer to cook a wider variety of foods at higher temperatures. While electric deep fryers are slightly more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, the initial cost is offset by lower energy costs.
Electric deep fryers consist of a heating element and a fan to constantly circulate air. There are many different designs, but the most common types of electric deep fryers include:
-Immersion Electric Deep Fryer: This is the most common type of electric deep fryer. It consists of a heating element that is submerged in the cooking oil.
-Countertop Electric Deep Fryer: This type of electric deep fryer sits on the counter and has a small footprint. It consists of a heating element and a fan to circulate the air.
Buying an Electric Deep Frier
When buying an electric deep frier, there are several factors to consider, including size, energy efficiency, features, and price.
Size: Electric deep fryers come in a wide range of sizes. The average countertop electric deep frier is smaller than the average countertop gas deep frier, while the average immersion electric deep frier is about the same size as the average gas deep frier. Make sure you select a model that will meet the needs of your business.
Energy efficiency: Not all electric deep fryers are energy efficient. As with other types of equipment, make sure you buy an electric deep frier that has an Energy Star certification.
Features: Many electric deep fryers now come with a wide range of features. Some of the more common ones include:
-Multiple baskets: Some electric deep fryers have multiple baskets so that you can cook multiple foods at the same time. This is particularly useful for restaurants that serve multiple dishes.
-Digital timer and thermostat: A digital timer and thermostat allow you to more accurately control the cooking temperature.
-Cabinet mount: This allows you to easily mount the electric deep frier under a counter or a cabinet.
-Removable parts for easy cleaning: This is a must if you need to clean the equipment on a regular basis.
-Immersion element: An immersion element means that the heating element is submerged in the cooking oil rather than having a heating coil inside a heated pot of oil. This reduces the amount of oil that is absorbed into the heating element.
-Cool touch exterior: A cool touch exterior means that the parts of the deep frier that you touch during operation won’t be hot to the touch.
As with other types of deep fryers, there are many feature that are only included on high-end electric deep fryers, such as timers, automatic shutoffs, etc. Make sure you only pay for features that you need.
Price: As with other types of deep fryers, electric deep fryers range in price from around $100 to several thousand dollars. As with other types of fryers, you can get a cheap electric deep frier or you can get a high-end one. If you’re on a budget, then go with a cheap one.
If you can afford it, go with a high-end model since they will save you time and money in the long term.
Storing the Oil
Unlike other types of deep fryers, most domestic electric deep fryers use normal vegetable oil for frying. This means that you can store and re-use the oil for several weeks before it goes bad. You should never throw away hot oil; let it cool down completely and place it in a safe storage container in your refrigerator until you are ready to dispose of it.
As with other types of deep fryers, electric deep fryers include several safety features. Most have cool touch exteriors so that you don’t burn yourself while the machine is operating. Some include automatic or at least easy to use safety features, such as automatic shutoffs if the lid is removed while the machine is operating.
As with other types of deep fryers, cleaning an electric deep frier is a chore. You will need to do it on a regular basis in order to prevent your frier from becoming a health hazard. Fortunately, most electric deep fryers are very easy to clean since most of the parts are dishwasher safe.
Make sure you clean your frier at least once a week and immediately after you finish frying foods with oil that has gone bad.
Electric deep fryers are convenient to use since you don’t have to stand next to them while frying. You also save time since you can do other things while the machine is working. The amount of oil that you can cook with is usually greater than with other types of fryers, which means that you can cook larger quantities of food in the same amount of time.
These units are usually easy to clean; many parts can be put in the dishwasher.
These fryers are usually more expensive than other types of deep fryers. Also, oil can be dangerous since it gets extremely hot; so if you have children in your house, then get a model with a safety feature that automatically shuts off the machine if the lid is opened.
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