How to Properly Clean an Outdoor Deep Fryer

Learn how to clean your outdoor deep fryer so it's in prime condition the next time you want to fry fish, potatoes or a turkey in the great outdoors!

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Many people love deep-fried food and outdoor deep fryers make it easy to enjoy these delicacies at home. Trouble is, deep frying can leave quite a mess behind on the equipment involved. That's where proper cleaning comes in. If you like outdoor deep frying, but find the idea of cleaning your fryer intimidating, keep reading. This step-by-step guide lays out exactly how to clean your deep fryer fast and well, so you can get ready for your next frying session as soon as possible.

Tools Required

  • Food-grade container for oil
  • Garden hose
  • Heavy-duty dish sponge
  • Plastic bristled scrub brush
  • Small diameter bottle brush (for fryers with drain valve)

Materials Required

  • Degreasing dish soap
  • Hot water

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Step 1

Shut Down the Fryer

  • Shut off the gas supply to your outdoor deep fryer, then allow the oil to cool completely.
    • Trying to drain the oil while it’s still hot is unnecessarily dangerous. It can take hours for the fryer and oil to cool, so be patient.
  • Prepare a clean, empty jug or pail to collect the used oil. The container the oil came in works best.

Shut Down the Fryer and let it coolSteve Maxwell for Family Handyman

Step 2

Drain the Oil

  • Position the oil container under the drain valve of your fryer, if your model of fryer has one. Place a food-grade funnel into the neck of the container, then hold a stainless steel strainer above it, just under the drain valve.
  • Open the drain valve all the way and allow the oil to drain completely into the jug or bucket. Make sure the container you’re using has enough space for the oil. Use multiple containers, if necessary. Close the drain valve.
  • If your fryer doesn’t have a drain valve, tip the fryer toward the funnel to empty the oil.
  • Store the container of oil for future use. Replace the oil after three to five uses.

Drain the OilSteve Maxwell for Family Handyman