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Deep Fat Fryer Cleaning Tips

Updated July 20, 2017

Deep fryers have made cooking fried foods at home simple and quick, but they have a tendency to leave a greasy mess behind. If allowed to accumulate, grease spatters often burn to the top and outside of the fryer and become difficult to clean off. With a few quick tips, and some scrubbing, your deep fryer and look like new again and stay that way.

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Stuck-On Grease

If a deep fat fryer is allowed to cook with old grease spatters on it, the grease will likely burn and crisp to the device. Scrubbing with hot water or regular cleaners does not usually work on such caked-on grease. Instead, look for a degreasing soap in the cleaning aisle of the local grocery store. Dawn soap has developed a spray bottle called Dawn Power Dissolver that shoots out a thick foam. Spray the hard-to-clean areas with your grease-dissolving solvent and let sit for several minutes before cleaning with a scouring pad. Repeat the process as necessary.

Clean the Interior

Empty the cooled oil from inside the deep-frying unit into a canister if you plan on reusing it--which is recommended when the oil is used to cook anything other than strong-smelling food like fish. A metal coffee can, cleaned out and washed, works well for holding fryer oil. Once the oil is drained, wipe out the inside of the unit with a paper towel. For tough grease, fill the unit to oil level with water and a squirt of dish soap. Turn the unit on and bring the water to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes and then unplug the fryer and let it cool before discarding the water. Add a splash of white vinegar to the bottom of the fryer and wipe it with a paper towel. Rinse with clean water. The forums at ThriftyFun.com suggest using fume-free Easy Off, which is normally for ovens, in units that have an exposed heating element that is not supposed to be submerged in water. Spray the cleaner into the unit and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping clean with paper towels.

Clean the Exterior

Wipe the outside of the unit with a degrease solvent and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a paper towel. If grease is still present, mix together a paste out of baking soda and water and smear it over the exterior. Let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping it away with a wet paper towel. Dry the unit with a clean paper towel.

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About the Author

Sam Eggleston has been a journalist since 1999, working primarily with Gannett, Ogden and Morris newspaper companies. He has written for the "Escanaba Daily Press," "The Marquette Mining Journal," the "Kenai Peninsula Clarion," the "Novi News," the "Northville Record," the "Livingston County Press" and "Argus." Eggleston studied English at Northern Michigan University.

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