Commercial fryers are key pieces of catering equipment in commercial settings. This is because they allow a chef in this environment to offer fast-turnaround cooking.
However, when it comes to commercial fryers, a great number of different options are available. In this commercial fryer guide, we’ll explain exactly what you should consider before you buy a commercial fryer, including whether you should choose a gas or electric fryer, the number of baskets you require, and whether a countertop or floor-standing fryer is best.
Electric vs gas commercial fryers
Let’s start our commercial fryer buying guide by considering the differences between gas and electric fryers.
Both electric and gas fryers are viable options in a commercial kitchen. But, although the two appliances tend to have similar capacities and create quality dishes, there are differences between gas and electric fryers.
For example, with electric fryers, the heating element is immersed in the basket. This means the oil heats quicker and the appliance is more efficient. Similarly, these appliances generally also require less maintenance.
That said, gas commercial fryers are still fantastic options. They’re particularly useful if you have a well ventilated kitchen or if you’re operating near to your kitchen’s upper limit, if it’s powered by electricity.
How many baskets do I need?
If you only plan on frying one type of food (such as chips), then a single basket fryer is likely to be sufficient for your needs.
However, if you have a more expansive menu, then it’s likely that a twin basket fryer is more suitable. With this option, you can avoid the cross contamination of oil and flavours by keeping foods separate. Ultimately, not only is this better for food hygiene purposes, but it will also provide your customers with a tastier dish.
Do I need a light or a heavy duty fryer?
Similarly, whether you opt for a light or a heavy duty commercial fryer will depend on how many covers you have and how much of your menu needs to be fried. If your fryer is going to be continually running, then a heavy duty fryer will be better suited to your needs. If you’re instead only running it occasionally, a light duty fryer may be suitable.
Is a floor-standing or countertop commercial fryer best?
Generally speaking, whether you should opt for a floor-standing fryer or a countertop option depends on the layout of your kitchen and the space you have available.
Countertop fryers do tend to be smaller than floor-standing fryers, but space saving floor-standing options are also available. That said, if you’re looking to cook vast quantities of food quickly, then a floor-standing fryer is likely to be the best choice for your needs. Some of these models (like our JLA Gas Twin-Tank Floor Fryer) are capable of cooking up to 64kg of chips per hour.
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