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Old 07-04-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I found out the other day that my ex-girlfriend threw away a Big Daddy fryer I had. At least I got it as a gift to begin with, and didn't pay for it...and I have to admit that I rarely used it...

But she told me that she threw it out because I didn't clean it up? I dumped the oil out, and wiped it clean with a paper towel. What more could I have done? It's not like you can submerge that thing in soapy water, am I right? Electrical components and all.

The only thing I can think of is that I could have boiled water in it, does that seem like it would have been a workable solution?

Also, does anyone have an idea how much a new fryer would cost me, and have any recommendations as to brand, or what features would be good that I didn't have on the other fryer? With my other one, it basically just plugged in, and you had to have a candy thermometer on it to gauge the temperature.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I had the same problem when I used to have one. It was bad enough throwing out all that oil after I used it...since I didn't use it often enough to reuse the oil. I would boil water in a sauce pan, put dish soap in the fryer and pour the boiling water INTO the fryer over the soap. After it cooled a bit, then I would wash it out. It is the only thing I could think of. Takes a little time but it works.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I have done much the same as Glory B- I put the fryer right into the (dry) sink and fill it (the fryer) up with water and soap, scrub it with a scrub brush or slightly abrasive pad, and then dump it out and rinse it with more water.

I am amazed that the companies that manufacture small kitchen appliances have not yet figured out a way to make them all, for the purposes of cleaning, able to be submerged.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have a T-fal that I love. It has an adjustable temperature control, which I think is a must. It also has one of those "viewing windows," which is absolutely useless. Once you close the lid, you can't see a thing down in there. If you don't use it often, maybe consider a relatively small one that doesn't use as much oil. Go look at T-fal's new Uno. Mine is pretty old, so I don't know about the quality/durability of the newer ones.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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What a shame...

You don't need to do much to the inside of a fryer, except wipe it out when you change the oil. If the outside gets to be a little too dirty, oven cleaner does a decent job of removing the baked on gunk. I always take out the temperature controller before I clean it, and then use the kitchen sprayer to rinse it off. Mine is about 15 years old, and still works like new.
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