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Frying was an early method for preserving food. The most common technique, immersing foods in boiling oils, dehydrates the items and decreases microbial growth. But even with alternative decontamination and preservation methods, frying remains a popular cooking technique. The oils add complexity to the natural flavors and textures of foodstuffs. One of the main challenges of fried products is maintaining oil freshness. Industrial frying equipment processes large volumes of food homogeneously by strictly controlling the temperatures in the frying chamber. However, oil efficiency is also crucial, and temperature control must balance oil levels in the line.

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Select industrial frying equipment according to your end product

Industrial fryers can process large amounts of food in an even fashion on a commercial scale. The ingredients are loaded and dosed with oil according to your recipe specifications before being conveyed through the frying chamber in oil, operating at constant intensity. In the next step, the food goods undergo de-fatting and any further flavoring or coloring that might be required after the deep frying process.

There are many different types of industrial fryers, and some depend on the kind of food you’d like to produce. For example, french fries will require a separate fryer compared to crisps.

Industrial frying technology is used to process savory snacks

We often think of fryers being utilized for French fries and other breaded products such as fried chicken. But industrial frying equipment is used for processing a wide array of food products that are common all across the globe.

Almost all of our favorite salty snacks are deep-fried. These include crisps, nacho chips, nuts, pellet snacks, and much more.

Reduce oils with an industrial air fryer system

We tend to also associate a deep fryer with hot oil and the cooking of products like fried fish. However, there are various ways in which these food items can be fried. This will depend on the type of fryer used in the manufacturing process.

For example, Air frying is a relatively new method that saves a lot on production costs and reduces the need for large quantities of oil.

There's a Difference Between Industrial and Commercial Fryers

On the contrary, industrial frying requires enormous pieces of heavy-duty machinery and equipment to achieve a much larger scale output. Typically, industrial machines are looking to fry products to ensure that large quantities are produced to meet manufacturing specifications continuously.

How Do Industrial Fryers Work?

Automation, uniformity, quality, and efficiency are of great importance when frying on an industrial scale. This is because manufacturers want to maximize their output with the highest quality possible while reducing costs and saving as much time as possible.

However, to understand how industrial fryers work, it is first essential to determine the type of frying that needs to be done. The two most common types are continuous frying and batch frying.

Batch fryers demand greater attention from operators

Batch frying is less commonly used on an industrial scale and used more on a commercial level. Batch fryers are generally used for frying foods, as the name suggests, in batches. The fryer heats up the oil to a specific temperature (powered via gas or electricity) and uses a heat transfer system.

Once the food enters the fryer, the oil temperature decreases and is then brought back to the desired temperature. Oil is constantly withdrawn and returned to the fryer once having passed through an oil filter or filtration system. Generally, batch frying requires more attention and human intervention, which is one of the main reasons why continuous fryers are chosen industrially instead of batch fryers.

Slow down the conveyor timer to obtain a crispier product in continuous frying

Continuous frying machinery uses a conveyor belt system that moves the food from start to finish continuously through the oil, which is set to a constant temperature. The conveyors’ speed can be set to adjust the time the foodstuff gets fried. A slower conveyor timer will be set for a crispier end product and vice versa.

Continuous fryers offer more control over the frying process as the food gets an even fry that avoids burnt items, thus reducing wastage that leads to increased production costs. Also, they are more energy efficient as they can fry large amounts in little time.

Food-specific vs. automatic industrial frying equipment

Understanding your needs can make choosing industrial frying equipment much more accessible. An important question is, will you need a fryer that can fry all kinds of foods? Or will you need a fryer that fries a specific product? Answering these questions can make choosing the right line as easy as possible.

Automatic fryers handle a broader range of products

If you need industrial frying equipment that can cook various types of food, then an Automatic continuous fryer would be best. These types of fryers can set various heating temperatures for different kinds of foods in different shapes and sizes. If you need versatility, then automatic is the way to go.

Food-Specific industrial frying equipment is designed for consistency throughout production

On the contrary, if you’re focusing on specific foods such as crisps (potato chips), you’ll need a continuous crisp fryer. Or perhaps you’re looking to fry corn-based products such as nacho chips. In this case, you’ll need a corn-specific continuous fryer. Are you making pellet snacks? Then a pellet fryer is what you need. These are food-specific fryers meant for particular products.

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