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How to Clean an Oil Deep-fryer

by Randall Shatto

Deep fryers are versatile kitchen appliances that can help you cook a wide array of delicious meals and side dishes. Deep fryers can be used to make fried chicken, French fries and even golden fried fish at home. For Sunday dinner, you can deep fry chicken or turkey in minutes. Deep fried foods make tasty treats for parties and special occasions. In order to get the most out of your deep fryer, you need to know how to clean it and care for it properly. If you cook with your deep fryer frequently, it is important to clean and change the oil once or twice a week.


How to Clean an Oil Deep-fryer

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Things You'll Need
Tin can
Plastic spatula
Degreaser dish soap
  1. Unplug the oil deep fryer.

    If the cooker was recently in use, let it cool for about two hours before cleaning.

  2. Remove the frying basket and place it in the sink.

    Pour two or three drops of degreaser dish soap around the basket and allow it to sit.

  3. Pour the cooled oil into a large tin can or coffee can.

    Place a lid or foil on the can. Dispose of it in the trash or recycle it.

  4. Scrape the sides and bottom of the fryer with a plastic spatula.

    Remove any stuck-on food particles. Use the spatula or sponge to take out the debris on the bottom on the fryer. Throw the particles in the garbage.

  5. Squeeze seven or eight drops of the dish soap into the oil deep fryer.

    Drop half of the soap amount on the bottom of the unit and the rest on the sides.

  6. Rub the dish soap into the deep fryer.

    Start at the bottom and wipe in circles to create lather. Work your way up each side, scrubbing in a circular motion.

  7. Once you have scoured the sides and bottom of the deep fryer, fill it with extremely hot water from the faucet.

    Allow the water to sit for approximately 30 minutes.

  8. Wash the frying basket.

    While the deep fryer is soaking, scrub the basket. Use a back-and-forth scrubbing motion to scour while running warm water over the basket. Add additional dish soap if the basket still feels greasy; then scrub it again. Place the basket in a dish drain or on a towel when you're finished.

  9. Pour half of the water out of the fryer and into the sink.

    Wipe the sides and bottom of the fryer with the remaining water and pour it out, too.

  10. To rinse the fryer, add water and swish it around with your hand to remove the remaining soapy residue.

    Pour the water into the sink and repeat this step until the water is clear of soap. Dry the outside of the deep fryer with a towel and allow the inside of the fryer to air-dry.

Warnings and Tips

Always read the owner's manual of your specific oil deep fryer. Some cleaning instructions may vary.

Never submerge the deep fryer in water.

Never clean the deep fryer while it is still plugged into the outlet.

Never pour the oil out immediately after cooking. Wait for at least two hours.