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Know Your Fryer’s Features: Idle Mode

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

The importance of efficiency means finding equipment that can help you save time and money. This is why Henny Penny fryers are built with Idle mode.

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 off your fryer isn’t practical either since it can take 20 minutes to bring the oil back up to temperature depending on the fryer.

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 on replacing it.

This mode is simple to use and can be set with the push of a button. You can set it to automatically activate for certain times of the day. Allowing oil to be brought back up to cooking temperature within minutes. 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.

To learn more about the features of Henny Penny fryers that benefit operators, take a look at our lineup of open and pressure fryers.

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