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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.

Make Moving to a 30 lb. Fryer Your 2019 Resolution

In 2019, consider extending a New Year’s resolution to your kitchen equipment. If you’re still using a 50-lb. fryer, it may be time to consider evaluating the benefits of a 30-lb. fryer.

Operators can expect three advantages over a 50-lb. fryer:

Oil Savings — A drop in 20 lbs. means 40 percent less oil is needed to cook the same amount of product. Additionally, a 30-lb. fryer, can provide twice the oil life than a 50 lb. unit, meaning greater, hard savings in oil costs. Less oil, more frequent filtration and auto top off combine to create maximum oil extension.

Better and More Consistent Product Quality —With frequent filtration and automatic top-off, the oil “sweet spot” will last longer, creating a more ideal environment for frying food and creating a higher quality product, consistently.  By maintaining a constant level of oil (which is managed by vat sensors) operators will also achieve a higher quality of fried coverage around the product and a more consistent product coming out of the fryer.

Henny Penny’s Evolution Elite open fryers use 40% less oil.

Extended oil life has positive health ramifications for customers, as well. Often with a 50-lb. fryer, operators will try to push their oil life beyond its natural expiration time. In extreme cases, if extended too long, oil can even produce carcinogens and increase food’s cholesterol levels. With a 30-lb. fryer, oil savings will drive pro-active oil management.  Having a team that watches oil quality and reacts to it will translate into better tasting and safer oil.

Ease of Use — By transitioning to a 30-lb fryer, gone are the days of manually opening and closing of multiple drain valves and turning on/off pump motors just to filter the fryer’s oil. Instead, with the push of a button, oil is filtered automatically in just four minutes. This easy processes, mean simpler training for your team and creates less interruptions for regular cooking operations.

Interested in a Henny Penny low-oil-volume fryer? Take a look at our Evolution Elite, or connect with your local distributor to find the right fryer for your operation.