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Presto FryDaddy 05420 Deep Fryer

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Big Daddy - Presto Fry Daddy Deep Fryer

Aug 12, 2010
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Pros:small deep fryer, easy to use, easy to clean

Cons:no temperature control, no timer, no lid to cover when cooking

The Bottom Line:

The Fry Daddy was very reliable and I got many years of use out of it. I would recommend the Presto Fry Daddy Deep Fryer.


I was given a Presto Fry Daddy Deep Fryer when I moved out of my parent’s house and headed to college about fifteen years ago. I have used it for many years until about two years ago when I purchased a larger deep fryer. I always liked my Fry Daddy and used it at least once a week. In the past few years I didn’t use it as much mostly because I cut back on eating fried food. Nothing beats French fries made in a deep fryer though.

The Fry Daddy is a black round deep fryer which measures 7” in diameter so it doesn’t take up much room. The interior is made of a non-stick surface. There are no controls on the deep fryer; it automatically maintains the proper frying temperature. When you are ready to use your fryer you fill the deep fryer with oil, you can use whatever oil you like, I prefer canola. The deep fryer holds up to four cups of oil. The Fry Daddy comes with a snap on lid and scoop. The deep fryer does not have a basket. There is an attached handle to make moving the deep fryer easier.

Before using it for the first time, wash the scoop and interior of the unit with warm soapy water and dry. Remove the plastic snap lid. Make sure the deep fryer is on a level surface. Fill with cooking oil up to the oil level line, which is on the inside of the unit. Attach the cord to the unit by aligning the magnetic plug in the slot.

The cord is easy to remove and place on the unit. This is one thing I never liked about the Fry Daddy as the cord came loose too easily. If you moved the fryer slightly, it could come loose.

Once you plug the unit into the wall, the Fry Daddy is on; there is no on/off switch. Preheat the oil for fifteen minutes. Occasionally stir food so it doesn’t stick together. When food is done, lift and drain with scoop. Place food on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

To clean the deep fryer remove the plug from the wall outlet and then the deep fryer. Allow the oil to cool completely. After the oil is cool either cover the Fry Daddy with the storage lid or empty oil. 

If emptying oil wash the unit and scoop with warm soapy water. Rinse when done and dry.

The Fry Daddy also comes with a manual that has numerous recipes in it. The Fry Daddy comes with a two year limited warranty that I did not have to use.

The Fry Daddy was perfect for me when I first moved out and when I started a family. It’s not huge but it was big enough. It will make up to four cups of food at once. This was perfect when it was just me and a roommate or when I first got married and started a family. With five of us, we needed something bigger so I got rid of my Fry Daddy and purchased something bigger.

Some things I didn’t like about the Fry Daddy was that there is no indicator light on the fryer. I always needed to set the timer for 15 minutes so I knew when the oil was ready. There is also no temperature control on the fryer. You can not set this fryer to a certain temperature.

Also the Fry Daddy doesn’t have a lid that covers the fryer when cooking so the oil can splatter. The sides are high so it doesn’t happen as much as it would with frying in a pan on the stove. But it is a pain when it does occur because I hate cleaning up oil splatters.

I received the Fry Daddy many years ago and I’m not sure what was paid for it. They do still sell it for around $39.99.  For a single person or small family I think this deep fryer is a good starter fryer.

I think the Fry Daddy would make a great gift for someone moving out on their own and for newlyweds.

The Fry Daddy was very reliable and I got many years of use out of it. I loved my Fry Daddy and almost hated to get rid of it but I needed something bigger. I would recommend the Presto Fry Daddy Deep Fryer to anyone looking for a small deep fryer.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 39.99

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