The deep fryer in your kitchen has needs; namely the need to be cleaned on a regular basis, but making sure it is properly and thoroughly cleaned can lead to a few challenges. That being said, let’s discuss how you can keep it clean, and how you can do so safely.
Deep Fryer Basics
If you own a deep fryer then there is a good chance you put it together yourself and know how it all goes together, but for the purpose of this article we are going to assume that this is not the case. That being said, understand that the deep fryer is an appliance that comes in four essential parts:
- The Basket – This is the part which you will use to load food into the deep fryer to prepare it for cooking, this is almost always a mesh basket.
- Liner – Slides into the deep fryer, holds the vegetable oil and basket.
- Heating Element – This sits at the bottom of the deep fryer below the liner and is attached to the control panel. When you remove this, the control panel must also be removed from the unit entirely.
- Fryer – This is the external part of the device which everything fits into.
Getting it Clean
There are several reasons for which you might need to clean a deep fryer, the most obvious being dirty oil. You might also need to perform a cleaning when you cook fish in the oil and then wish to cook a different type of food as they simply do not mix well (or healthily). So with that understood, let’s talk about how you can go about cleaning your deep fryer.
- Remove the basket, liner, and heating element from the unit.
- Fill your sink with warm soapy water.
- Place the basket and the liner in the water, use a washcloth to scrub them.
- Clean the heating element with a damp washcloth, do NOT submerge in the water.
- Lightly scrub the outside of the fryer unit, ensuring it is completely clean
- Hand dry each part, or allow them to air dry
- Reassemble the fryer
Keep in mind that while this is a kitchen appliance, it IS a piece of electronic equipment and needs to be handled delicately. Once the pieces are completely dry, you can reassemble it, but if for some reason the entirety of the heating element is submerged in water, you should dry it and wait at least forty-eight hours before using the fryer to prevent accidents.
Once your fryer is re-assembled and completely dry, you will be able to use it once again.