As fun as it is to prepare food in literally seconds, deep frying takes a great deal of caution and discipline. One’s health demands that, when deep frying, one look closely after the deep fryer and make certain it is kept clean.
Residue, food debris and oil gone rancid are among the reasons you should keep a close watch over your deep fryer.
How do I clean my electric deep fryer?
Deep fryers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Depending on your unit, cleaning it will mean following some steps to ensure greater efficiency.
Step 1: Unplug deep fryer
Before you start cleaning, make sure the deep fryer is switched off and the unit is unplugged. Avoid water getting on any of the electrical parts.
Step 2: Remove oil
Let the oil cool before pouring it into a sealed vessel. If oil can’t be reused, be sure to dispose of it safely before filling the fryer with fresh, unused oil.
Filtering oil is as simple as decanting over a mesh-wire, removing the debris and allowing oil to be reused.
Oil that has gone off or “rancid” should not be used, but rather recycled or else safely discarded. Using the oil that has gone off presents a health hazard and should as such be avoided, if possible.
Make sure oil can be recycled before going that route via its disposal.
Store the used oil in a cool, dark place.
Step 3: Clean deep fryer exterior
Next, use old newspaper to wipe the exterior of the deep fryer. Once that is done, spritz the surface and then wipe it, removing all spots and oil stains.
The exterior of stainless-steel deep fryers can be cleaned well using stainless-steel wipes.
Step 4: Clean deep fryer interio
If your deep fryer has a lid and/or basket, move these to a sink filled with soap and warm water. Use a nonabrasive scrubber to remove all of the oil and debris (soap should be a detergent that can dissolve grease).
Rinse the lid and basket thoroughly before leaving them out to air-dry.
If your unit comes apart, make sure each part is submersible. One of the issues is the electrical unit; you do not want to short-circuit your deep fryer.
Wipe away any excess oil from the interior of the deep fryer using a newspaper or a tissue.
Fill the unit up to the oil line with hot water and soap (grease-dissolving). Allow the deep fryer to stand for a half-hour before scrubbing the inside with a soft sponge.
This helps remove debris as well as any stubborn remains that stick to the inside.
Fill the deep fryer up to the oil line with water, adding one or two drops of grease-dissolving soap. Plug in the unit and let the water heat up. After it’s boiling for a few minutes, unplug the deep fryer and scrub the inside.
Pour out the water. Fill up the deep fryer, but this time with water only to remove the debris.
You may find that debris still sticks to the inside, even though soap, water and heat have been used. In this case, make a paste using water and baking soda. Apply this to the inside by wiping in circles where the debris sticks onto the side. Repeat this step until there is no more debris, and then rinse.
Step 5: Cleaning the element
Some deep fryers let you remove the element. In that case, wipe the element clean with a rag before placing it back into the clean unit.
Step 6: Cleaning the filters
You may be able to remove your deep fryer’s filters. To clean these, be sure to use soap, hot water and a brush that has soft bristles. Rinse them and leave them to air-dry.
Step 7: Taking care of the odor
You may find your unit gives an unpleasant smell. In this case, make up a solution of white vinegar and water, in a ratio of 9:1. Apply this to the debris, and all inside surfaces, to remove the odor of rancid oil.
Make sure all parts of your deep fryer are dry before reassembling it. Moreover, while cleaning, avoid letting liquid touch any of the electronic parts.