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FryDaddy Deep Fryer: A Survival Tool for the 'Suddenly Single Guy'

Jun 15, 2012
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Easy to use, easy to clean & maintain, resists teardrops

Cons:Not as effective as the Hawkin's Futura Pressure Cooker at luring the ladies

The Bottom Line: The Frydaddy with its limited capacity is ideal for providing one or two with the comfort foods they crave most at the very time they crave them most.


Although it now inhabits some dark recess in one of our closets in the garage, used only once in a great while when the present Mrs. Xeno and daughter Jenna are away for a few days and I find myself jones-ing for some sinful food there was a time back during the dark days of the early '90s as my marriage to my college sweetheart unraveled and I found myself "suddenly single", setting up an apartment of my own. Having left my marriage with little more than my shoe trees, setting up a functional kitchen soon became a high priority. Man can live by Chinese take-out, KFC and pizza for only so long!

Fortunately I had friends (Dick & Donna) who were in the wholesale house wares distribution business.  Dick invited me over to their Westport home to as he put it “pick out some pots and pans”.  Since Dick was also a true gourmet chef, I figured he was going to give me a few of the many samples he was sent to try out; and he did.  But, he also gifted me a full shipping pallet of some mighty fine cookware and kitchen tool & gadgets. Among my favorites was one of the least costly of my new-found bounty; the Presto FryDaddy.

For the "suddenly single guy" or college student, the FryDaddy is the go-to small scale fryer. It's easy to use, economical and so good at deep frying. What I particularly liked about it immediately was that it was in no way intimidating. I was dealing with enough issues at the time. Tangling with angry kitchen appliances and a heightened sense of fry anxiety were the last things I needed.  At $145 per 45 minute session I didn’t need more to discuss with my shrink.
 
Performance
The Frydaddy is nothing if not elegant in its simplicity.  At the time this was an attribute I dearly needed.  Working with a minimum of oil (4 cups), the FryDaddy, once plugged in comes up to ideal --for most things-- frying temperature (375F) in about 12 minutes. With its small 4 portion capacity and 1200W heating element it has little problem keeping the oil hot enough to fry without saturating the food with unwanted oil.
 
Ease of use
Like the appliance itself, the instructions accompanying it are simple and straight forward.  You pour in your oil, plug it in, let the oil come up to temperature, gently place the food in the fryer and take it out with the included skimmer when its golden brown. At 9.7” x 9” x 8.5” this appliance won’t overwhelm your countertop once you throw out all those empty pizza boxes and takeout containers.  If FryDaddy was any easier to use it would probably be illegal!
 
Durability
Although these days it sees little to no action, it still sits in my garage cabinets at the ready. For the first 10 years I owned it it saw heavy use. It's now about 20 years old. Given that it's a pretty budget friendly device its durability is very impressive. It will make one or two appearances on my counter this summer when the girls are off to Hutchinson Island.
 
Ease of cleaning
Look, it's a fryer, and fryers are never a pleasure to clean. But, having said that, the FryDaddy is relatively simple to keep clean. And, since it features a to seal to allow you to reuse your oil (don't overdo it), the outside can be wiped clean easily with virtually any all purpose cleaning spray. When necessary the inside surface can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Just keep in mind that this fryer is not intended for the dishwasher.

 Some Observations of a once “Suddenly Single Guy”
 Before the advent of on-line dating, getting back into the action for a suburban work-a-holic guy (or girl, I suppose) was anything but easy.  Singles bars were far too crowded with equally desperate and depressing souls, mixers were, well…mixed!  The sweet spot?  Cooking classes!  Once I signed up for cooking classes at the Haymarket in Westport CT. my dance card became in demand.  It’s been my experience that men, masculine men of course, who really know their way around the kitchen seem to do very well on the dance-floor among other places.

But having said this I’ve observed that a guy’s skill with Frydaddy prepared Fried Chicken is trumped mightily by that of a Hawkin’s Futura Pressure-Cooker prepared Paella, at least in Greenwich and Westport, CT.  Now in Dothan, AL or Macon, GA. your mileage may vary.  But the lesson is the same; hone your culinary skills so you don’t permanently remain that suddenly single guy.

 Bottom Line
The Frydaddy with its limited capacity is ideal for providing one or two with the comfort foods they crave most at the very time they crave them most.  There’s no complicated or inconvenient set-up to deal with.   I was reminded of my Frydaddy just recently when I came upon a small pyramid of them at Super Wal-Mart*.  They still looked pretty budget friendly.

*Note to “Suddenly Single Guys”:  Stay out of Wal-Mart!

Now go cook something good tonight.

Rudi


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