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What Size Commercial Fryer Does Your Kitchen Need?
There are many things to consider when purchasing a new commercial deep fryer. The right size, functionality, and form can significantly impact the daily operations of your kitchen. To help you make the right decision for your commercial space, we have answered a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding fryers.
What Size Deep Fryer Do I Need?
When restaurants and commercial kitchen owners ask us this question, we always respond with the same follow up: “What do you cook?”
The first and most important thing that you should note when thinking about adding a fryer to your space is how it will be used. Breakdown your menu and look for the following:
- Can your foods share the same cooking oil?
- Do you need to use separate temperatures and multiple fry times?
- What state will the food be in when you fry it; fresh or frozen?
Seeing your menu broken down will help you better understand the commercial fryer size that best suits your kitchen and gives you a highly functional space.
For example, if you are frying a high volume of frozen foods, you might want to consider a larger fryer than the capacity needed to ensure the fryer can recover quickly after items are added.
If you are cooking one type of food in the fryer, you might want to consider a specialty fryer. They typically take up less space and will give you the best possible outcome.
Also, if you are cooking multiple different types of food or cooking with different types of oil, you may need to accommodate for a commercial fryer that contains multiple vats. Ensure that they do not share the same built infiltration system to avoid cross-contamination of the oils.
Do I Need a Freestanding or Countertop Fryer?
There are two main forms of fryers that you will need to consider—a freestanding unit and a countertop unit. Before deciding on either of these unit types, you must consider the size of your commercial kitchen.
Floor model fryers are typically the most popular for commercial kitchens, but they may not be ideal for a smaller space. These types of fryers can vary in widths ranging from 15 to 78 inches. In addition to the unit itself, you will also have to consider housing special add-ons, baskets, and other accessories that will benefit the operation of the fryer for your specific needs.
It’s also important to remember that most fryers require ventilation. When finding the right fryer for your kitchen, you will also need to ensure there is room under your kitchen’s hood or opt for a ventless model.
Keep in mind that countertop units usually have two fry pots, while a floor unit may have around five. For smaller spaces that need multiple cooking vats, this is important to note while you are planning the layout of your commercial kitchen.
Where Can I Get the Right Fryer for my Commercial Kitchen?
Finding the right commercial fryer for your space can be difficult on your own. Having a team of experts aid you in making this decision can greatly impact the longevity of your unit and the function of your kitchen.
An expert will be able to assess your menu and ensure that you are getting the right fryer for your specific needs and for your specific space. Our specialists will be able to walk you through all of the models, specifications, and sizes so you can feel confident in your purchase, whether you are starting fresh or upgrading your current unit.
About the Author
Vulcan, a division of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, is a leading manufacturer of cooking equipment in the U.S. with a broad line of products including ranges, convection, and combi ovens, fryers, griddles, charbroilers, steamers, braising pans, kettles, and heated holding cabinets. Vulcan sells both to the foodservice and food retail end-user segments, including chain and independent restaurants, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hotels, casinos, recreation, corrections, and grocery stores.