Some people may consider choosing how you will filter your fryer oil
as a separate decision from choosing a fryer. But ignoring this
question while fryer shopping may mean you miss out on your best
options. Choose your fryer and filtration like a boss and ask
How Much Are Safety & Convenience Worth?
Oil filtration can be one of the most dangerous jobs in the kitchen,
depending on the method used. The safest option out there is a built-in
filtration system like Vulcan's KleenScreen Plus. In an almost
hands-off process that takes about two minutes, the oil is drained,
filtered, and recycled back into the fryer. The operator does nothing
but open the drain, close the drain, and push the "filter" button.
Boom. Clean oil - like a boss
So why don't more people opt for built-in filtration? Two words:
money & vision. Unfortunately, some shops simply cannot afford these
systems. The cash is not there. For many who could find cash or credit,
however, the problem is they're too near-sighted. It's hard to justify
spending thousands on a process you cut your teeth doing by hand. But
if you look a little past the initial expense, you start seeing savings
that quickly pays back your investment.
Choose fryer filtration like a boss; but not this
You care about your team members and are smart enough to know
that investing in safety and efficiency is always a win. Let's look at
some of the alternatives to traditional manual filters...
The savings from built-in filtration comes at multiple levels.
To start with, these systems save time. Manual filtering with a cone
can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes from setup to cleanup. If you
filter every day as recommended, a built-in filter can chop hundreds of
hours from your labor sheet every year. Simplifying the process also
means this important task will get done more regularly. Since sediment
buildup accelerates oil breakdown, regularly filtering your oil can
double or triple your oil life. Oil is the most expensive element of
frying, so saving on shortening means you save thousands within a
For an example of a great built-in filter, check out this video
about Vulcan's KleenScreen system
Of course, a built in system is not for everyone. If you are short
on cash or have other fryers you want to filter as well, you may opt
for a mobile filter like Vulcan's
MF-1. Since a quality mobile filtration unit can move the oil at a
rate of 4-8 gal/min., you can still complete the task in less than 10
min., accounting for setup and stowing time. Simply wheel the filter up
to your fryer, plug in the cord, and use the wand to extract the oil
from the frypot. Once the pot is empty, the pump is reversed and the
filtered oil is returned to the fryer ready to rock.
Both built-in and mobile filtration systems encourage frequent
filtering with their simplicity and pay you back with their savings.
More importantly, they help your people avoid serious injury and you
avoid expensive workman's comp claims. So when considering a filter
system, ask yourself, "How much is the safety of my people worth?
Now, Choose Your Fryer Like a Boss!
We hope this short series has helped you as you shop for a new
commercial deep fryer. In our first post, we talked about fryer sizing, helping you
answer the question, "How much do I need?" In our second post, we explained why you shouldn't dismiss the
question, "How much can I spend?" Today's post engages the topic
of fryer filtration and asks, "How much are safety and convenience
worth?". Of course, some customers will have other questions -
questions our customer service team here at Prima Supply would be happy
to answer; but these three key decisions will equip most to pick the
best fryer to match their needs. Don't just buy any old fryer;
choose a fryer like a boss.