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reese77

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Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 01/21/11 11:17 PM (permalink)
I have been going over the sandwich menu for my truck when I thought of 2 issues.
 
1. I only have 2 deep fried items on my menu (garlic fries and deep fried mash potato balls) and none of my sandwiches require fried ingredients.
 
2. How will I travel after a days work with my fryer full of oil? I would have to travel with the fryer empty, which means storing hot oil in a sealed container after I finish for the day.
 
I would love to have the fried items on my truck but I also prefer to go the healthy route (even though I will be serving mostly Southern people who love fried food).
 
I think I will do away with the fryer, this will allow me to get a smaller hoot exhaust vent and a bigger sandwich prep station. I think I will go with cold side items and salads.
 
What do you guys think?
 
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    DawnT

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    Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 01/21/11 11:39 PM (permalink)
    You have (or at least should) to filter your oil anyways, so external storage isn't really an extra step is it if you don't return the oil. I doubt if you have automated or external pump filtration if you're running a food truck concession.
     
    You might consider adding a dollup of a seasoned ground beef to your deep fried mashed potato balls forming a ground meat core inside. Dip the ball into some egg wash and roll in cracker meal b4 deep frying. You can't walk more then 100 feet in this town without finding somebody selling these from a window or concession.
     
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      CCinNJ

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      Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sat, 01/22/11 12:21 AM (permalink)
      Deep-fried battered bacon-wrapped plantains. You cover everything. Everything.
       
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        DawnT

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        Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sat, 01/22/11 3:12 AM (permalink)
        Tocino envuelto plátanos ?
         
         
         
         
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          THE WILD DOG

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          Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sat, 01/22/11 3:45 AM (permalink)
          one of the vendors i know in my area has a fryer on her truck. she had a lid custom made with a VERY TIGHT heat sensitive seal with a suitcase latch installed. She never spills a drop and said it wasn't very expensive to have made.
           
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            CCinNJ

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            Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sat, 01/22/11 4:55 PM (permalink)
            DawnT


            Tocino envuelto plátanos ?





            That sounds romantic!!
             
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              reese77

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              Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sat, 01/22/11 9:58 PM (permalink)
              THE WILD DOG


              one of the vendors i know in my area has a fryer on her truck. she had a lid custom made with a VERY TIGHT heat sensitive seal with a suitcase latch installed. She never spills a drop and said it wasn't very expensive to have made.

              I thought about that. I think I may go with a small electric counter top fryer since I will only be frying 2 items versus a full size 40lb commercial fryer.
               
              Thanks for all the feedback.
               
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                Buck & Vi's

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                Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 7:09 AM (permalink)
                I have a special "can " made by mirro i think?? i got a filter for it i'm trying to find the paper work so i can pass along the  info. it holds all my oil and the filter just hooks on to the can i drain oil right into it then put the locking lid on the can and stow it under my grill no waiting for oil to cool off.. i do put a cardboard under the can to help protect the floor. never had any problems
                 
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                  Buck & Vi's

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                  Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 7:44 AM (permalink)
                  i got it from Zesco. miroil, search: safety oil storage, they also have the filter system
                   
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                    MobileCuisine

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                    Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 9:47 AM (permalink)
                    reese77


                    THE WILD DOG


                    one of the vendors i know in my area has a fryer on her truck. she had a lid custom made with a VERY TIGHT heat sensitive seal with a suitcase latch installed. She never spills a drop and said it wasn't very expensive to have made.

                    I thought about that. I think I may go with a small electric counter top fryer since I will only be frying 2 items versus a full size 40lb commercial fryer.

                    Thanks for all the feedback.

                     
                    That may be the best choice for you unless you plan to expand your fried options down the road. Plus, it won't take you nearly as long to get your oil up to proper temps while you set up.
                     
                    -MC
                     
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                      reese77

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                      Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 8:42 PM (permalink)
                      MobileCuisine


                      reese77


                      THE WILD DOG


                      one of the vendors i know in my area has a fryer on her truck. she had a lid custom made with a VERY TIGHT heat sensitive seal with a suitcase latch installed. She never spills a drop and said it wasn't very expensive to have made.

                      I thought about that. I think I may go with a small electric counter top fryer since I will only be frying 2 items versus a full size 40lb commercial fryer.

                      Thanks for all the feedback.


                      That may be the best choice for you unless you plan to expand your fried options down the road. Plus, it won't take you nearly as long to get your oil up to proper temps while you set up.

                      -MC

                       
                      Yup. I agree.
                       
                      #11
                        Holly Moore

                        Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 9:46 PM (permalink)
                        Fried foods are popular, profitable and an easy add on sale (fries with that?). I'd think twice before losing the fryer.
                         
                        I'd also not worry about having only two fried items.  The garlic fries side order sales alone, should more than justify the additional cost of the fryer.  Too many fried items would back up production.
                         
                        The problem with the small counter top fryers is that they don't recover to proper temperature as quickly when the basket is lowered with cold or frozen product. This results in poorer frying and slower cooking times. Unless you don't anticipate rushes, I'd go with a full fledged commercial fryer.  Only 18" more hood, which in the overall cost of the truck shouldn't add that much.
                         
                         
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                          DawnT

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                          Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Sun, 01/23/11 11:19 PM (permalink)
                          220V immersion element 10-15lb countertops can have fairly good recovery compared to 110V models.
                           
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                            reese77

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                            Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Mon, 01/24/11 9:52 AM (permalink)
                            DawnT


                            220V immersion element 10-15lb countertops can have fairly good recovery compared to 110V models.

                             
                            I've seen those on Ebay and I think once I get all my equipment purchased and properly placed, I will make room for one of these units.
                             
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                              tmlivers

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                              Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Mon, 04/4/11 11:03 PM (permalink)
                              THE WILD DOG


                              one of the vendors i know in my area has a fryer on her truck. she had a lid custom made with a VERY TIGHT heat sensitive seal with a suitcase latch installed. She never spills a drop and said it wasn't very expensive to have made.

                               
                              I am very interested in the custom lid idea.  Do you know where she got it made?  Thanks! 
                               
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                                localnet

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                                Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Tue, 04/5/11 7:06 AM (permalink)
                                If you can get that fryer do it. That is the one item next to a char broiler that I wish I had in my little trailer. Allot of money in fried food and I would say worth every penny.
                                 
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                                  stubby77

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                                  Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Tue, 04/5/11 9:06 AM (permalink)
                                  I, also, really wish I had a fryer. For me, though, it would cost too much to add since I'd have to expand my vent hood AND add an ansul system (which is very pricy). A countertop unit is a no-go in MA because of the fire suppression system requirements.
                                   
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                                    FriedTater

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                                    Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Tue, 04/5/11 2:46 PM (permalink)
                                    Everything I do is fried. I wouldn`t dare have an electric fryer near me. Recovery too slow. If you ever get a line, that tinker-toy volt burning fryer will never keep up. I do 2 items also, funnel cakes and ribbon fries. Sometimes chicken on a stick.
                                    Good luck.
                                     
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                                      FriedTater

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                                      Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Tue, 04/5/11 2:47 PM (permalink)
                                      Everything I do is fried. I wouldn`t dare have an electric fryer near me. Recovery too slow. If you ever get a line, that tinker-toy volt burning fryer will never keep up. I do 2 items also, funnel cakes and ribbon fries. Sometimes chicken on a stick.
                                      Good luck.
                                       
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                                        localnet

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                                        Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Tue, 04/5/11 2:59 PM (permalink)
                                        Agree on getting the gas/propane fryer, those little electric jobs will never keep up, as they have terrible recovery times.
                                         
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                                          oqanani

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                                          Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 11/16/12 12:58 PM (permalink)
                                          I have been searching for this fryer lid all day long, I see many mentions of the lid but no one posts sources for the lid or pictures.  Any help in this area.  I have 2 deep fryers and I need to prevent spillage
                                           
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                                            buffy1711

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                                            Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 11/16/12 1:20 PM (permalink)
                                            Oqanani, I bought mine from Restaurant Equippers in Southfield, MI. I know that a bit far from you so check their website. They may offer shipping. It fits directly over the fryer but its not real snug. I'm still trying to figure what I can do to prevent it from moving.
                                             
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                                              buffy1711

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                                              Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 11/16/12 1:24 PM (permalink)
                                              Found it, here's the link
                                               
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                                                oqanani

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                                                Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Fri, 11/16/12 1:35 PM (permalink)
                                                i live in farmington hills, its not far away at all, ill swing by Monday and pick some up. 
                                                 
                                                I just called them and they said they do not carry anything of the sort
                                                <message edited by oqanani on Fri, 11/16/12 1:41 PM>
                                                 
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                                                  alittlebiteofmaine

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                                                  Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Wed, 12/5/12 5:54 PM (permalink)
                                                  Can anyone out there answer the question as to where this girl that Wilddog talks of got her tight fitting sealed cover?  I'm sure I'm not the only on who would like to know.  Thanks.
                                                   
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                                                    chefbuba

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                                                    Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Wed, 12/5/12 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                                    Why don't you just ask him?
                                                     
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                                                      buffy1711

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                                                      Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Wed, 12/5/12 9:52 PM (permalink)
                                                      This is not completely sealed but I'm sure it'll work
                                                      http://www.equippers.com/...21&scid=2115&pid=22197
                                                      <message edited by buffy1711 on Wed, 12/5/12 9:57 PM>
                                                       
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                                                        THE WILD DOG

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                                                        Re:Deep Fryer on a Food Truck Wed, 12/5/12 11:15 PM (permalink)
                                                        I had one made at Rose Manufacturing in Hunt Valley Md,   took about 2 weeks, they are really busy, cost me about $90 I think.  My fryer is weird and has handles to remove the tub so my lid has open holes,  ( the grease still flys out of it, but it's kept to a minimum. The  best way to look at it is if any spills behind my equipment, I'm sure to not have any rust on my metal floor if it seeps through the tile b/c it will be well lubricated. Plus the previous owner had holes drilled in the floor for ( what I assume was to spray down the inside of the truck )   so they come in handy. I'll always know if any spills get too bad b/c the oil drains out from the truck and it's easy to spot.   I will have to get gaskets made to make the seal better, but right now i'm too busy trying to get the truck stable and I am about to sign a contract with Street Eats for one of their locations. So if I am in fact stationary I wont really need the lid anyways...     but please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I'll answer to the best of my knowledge
                                                         
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