How to Thoroughly Clean a Deep Fat Fryer?

Clean a deep fat fryer

​Deep fried meals are known to have an amazing and tantalizing flavor. A deep fat fryer offers a hassle-free way of getting these amazing meals right from the comfort of your home. They are economical to use because they allow you to reuse the oil from time to time. However, for you to keep getting the best flavor from meals prepared in a deep fat fryer, you need to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The cleaning process is not that difficult provided you have all the equipment and your follow the right procedure.
Before you begin the cleaning process, make sure you have the following equipment in your disposal:

  • ​Dish detergent that dissolves grease
  • ​Baking soda
  • ​Steel wool pads (for metal fryers)
  • Plastic scrubber (for Teflon coated fryers)
  • Container to hold the oil
  • ​Water
  • ​Soft cloths or towels

​​The cleaning procedure for a deep fat fryer is a step by step process that requires you to carefully follow one after another. The first thing to do before you commence the cleaning is to turn off the fryer and let the oil temperature cool then drain it into a container and dispose it properly.

If the sides of the fryer have a build-up of materials, scrape them off using a scraper before filling it with water of the same amount as its oil capacity. Make sure to add some amount of grease dissolving dish detergent in the water and mix.

​Once you have done all the mixing, the next thing to do is turn on the fryer to allow the mixture to boil. The boiling mixture helps to loosen and the oil stuck on the sides of the fryer. After a couple of minutes, turn off the fryer and let the water cool down. Now empty the water from the fryer and use a cloth, sponge or paper towels to wipe the inside.

cleaning deep fat fryer

​Next, pour some water into a bowl and add some dish detergent then put in the scrubber and use it to remove the oil that remains inside the fryer. Once you are satisfied that all the oil has been removed from the inside of the fryer, use clean water to give it a complete rinse. Usually, a sticky film of oil is left behind but this should not worry you because you can remove it using baking soda. To do so, create a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water and rub it into the surface of the fryer that contains the sticky film of oil. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the paste in a circular motion until all the residue is removed.

Other than getting rid of oil residues in the interior of the fryer, the baking soda paste is also useful in removing oil splatters and build-up on the outside of the fryer. Once you have applied enough paste both in and out of the fryer, use clean water to rinse it off. Remove all the paste and soap residue and then dry the fryer with a soft towel. Usually, there are other areas of the fryer that get wet in the cleaning process. It is always a good practice to ensure they are all completely dry before you put the fryer to use.

​Following the above process is a sure way of ensuring your deep fat fryer is clean. However, if you are having an extremely dirty fryer, you are advised to use an oven cleaner. Nevertheless, use the oven cleaning chemicals sparingly because some of them are very strong and could remain behind if you do not rinse the off properly.

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Sandra Rosenberg

Sandra Rosenberg

Kitchen and food junkie. I love everything to do with cooking and making my kitchen the best place in the house. If you have any questions, do let me know, I'm sure I can help if it's food-related :)

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