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Henny Penny Fryer Features: 3 Reasons Restaurant Operators Love Idle Mode

Aside from managing utility and operational expenses, restaurant operators also face the added challenges of keeping food fresh and avoiding waste — including cooking oil – all while maintaining an efficient operation.

Driving efficiency means finding equipment that can save you time and money. Henny Penny fryers are built with Idle mode, a feature that automatically lowers oil temperature gradually between periods of active use.

What can Idle mode do for you? Here are the top 3 benefits:

  1. Saves $$$ on Energy and Oil

Idle mode is the perfect feature if your restaurant experiences slow periods in between peak times. When you have a break in the action, it costs too much in energy and oil to run your fryer during off hours. Turning the fryer off isn’t practical either since it can take 20 minutes to bring the oil back up to temperature, depending on the fryer.

  1. Extends Oil Life

Idle mode keeps the fryer on but allows the temperature of the oil to drop within a range of 250 degrees and 280 degrees Fahrenheit. This range keeps the oil warm while dramatically cutting down on the energy required to heat it. Though you can still fry at 280 degrees Fahrenheit, a drop of just 18 degrees Fahrenheit can cut the chemical reactions that break down oil in half. Heat is one of the five major enemies of oil, and the faster you break down oil, the quicker you spend money replacing it.

  1. Easy to Activate & Convenient

Idle mode is simple to use and can be set with the push of a button. When it’s time to get cooking again, Idle mode allows the oil to be brought back up to temp within minutes. You can even set it to automatically activate for certain times of the day. For 24-hour operations, the savings produced with Idle mode during off hours can add up to thousands of dollars in oil and utility costs.


Taking advantage of Idle mode is just one way to save money on oil and make it last longer. Want to take your oil management game to the next level? We’ve got some fantastic oil savings resources available to download for free, including the Ultimate Guide to Extending Oil Life E-book.


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