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How to Clean a Deep Fryer and Say Goodbye to Grease

Deep frying adds a unique flavor and texture to food that is impossible to replicate and is one of the main reasons that restaurant food is so appealing. You can achieve similar results at home with an electric or stovetop deep fryer, but it's important to ensure it is cleaned properly on a regular basis. Read on for some deep fryer cleaning tips from the experts at Mr. Appliance® to stop grease and grime from gaining a permanent hold.

Deep Frying at Home: Tips and Tricks

The goal of deep-frying is to achieve a crispy exterior and a moist, juicy interior, and the key to ensuring your food retains these desirable properties without feeling greasy is using the right ingredients, equipment, and cooking methods:

  • Keep the oil at a safe temperature and never leave your deep fryer unattended.
  • Place a box of baking soda nearby to extinguish a fire in the event of an emergency.
  • Don't overcrowd the fryer, which can lower the temperature of the oil and cause food to be overly greasy.
  • Choose an oil with a high smoke point such as peanut, canola, or safflower.
  • Keep track of how many times you reuse the oil and change it as needed.
  • Make sure your food is dry before placing it in the fryer; any water that is present can cause the oil to splatter.

How to Clean a Deep Fryer

You will need:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Water
  • Non-stick scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Strainer
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Container to hold the oil
  • Clean towels
  • Sponge

Steps to Clean the Fryer

1. Unplug the deep fryer and allow it to cool down completely before proceeding.

2. Once it has cooled, strain the oil into the container, tossing any bits of food or debris that have accumulated. If the oil is cloudy, smells rancid, is very dark, or has a layer of foam on top, dispose of it safely; otherwise, save it to reuse.

3. Soak the wire basket in warm, soapy water, adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to help break down the grease if needed. Vinegar has a number of uses in the kitchen and other rooms throughout your home.

4. Use the brush and scraper to remove as much build up as you can from the interior of the fryer, including the corners.

5. Soak up excess oil with paper towels and wipe away any debris.

6. Fill the fryer to the maximum oil line with water and add a few drops of dishwashing detergent.

7. Turn the fryer on and allow the water to come to a boil.

8. Let it boil for several minutes, unplug the unit, and allow the water to cool.

9. Drain the water and wipe down the interior using a sponge or cloth to remove as much of the oil as you can. Use a sponge or brush dipped in warm, soapy water to remove any remaining oil, and for stubborn areas apply a paste made from baking soda and water and scrub again.

10. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

11. Wipe down the exterior with soapy water and wipe it dry with paper towels.

12. Rinse out the basket and reinsert.

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