Over time, deep fryers can become greasy and caked with oil residue, making them less effective and potentially hazardous to use. Fortunately, cleaning a deep fryer doesn’t have to be a monumental chore. With a few simple steps, you can have your fryer looking like brand new, ready to fry up delicious treats.
First, make sure the fryer is completely cooled down. Safety is important, so unplug the appliance and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Once it’s cooled, carefully pour the oil into a container for disposal or reuse, depending on its condition.
Next, detach any removable parts, such as the basket or heating element, and wash them with warm soapy water. Give them a good scrub to remove any built-up oil and grime, then rinse them thoroughly and set them aside to dry.
Now it’s time to tackle the main body of the fryer. Wipe away any loose debris with a paper towel or cloth. Then, mix a solution of hot water and dish soap and use a sponge or scrub brush to thoroughly clean the inside of the fryer. Pay special attention to the walls and the heating element, as these can accumulate the most residue. Once you’ve scrubbed away all the grime, rinse the fryer thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
Clean the exterior of the deep fryer
Drain the oil from the fryer
Remove and clean the fryer basket
Clean the fryer’s heating element
Put the fryer back together and refill with fresh oil