My family has a traditional holiday food, Baccala, that is only made one or two days a year, usually on Christmas eve/Christmas morning. I often want to have some at other times of the year (such as right now, today), but my mother refuses to make it any other time. So, I decided that I should just break down and make my own. The ingredients for it are available year-round, so the only thing really standing between me and my Baccala is my lack of a deep fryer.
I thought I’d take a gander online to see what was available before I ventured out into the world to see what was on sale in actual brick-and-mortar stores, and … let me show you. I thought I was looking for something small and traditional, like this, and I did eventually find it, and it was the price I expected, but first I found .. well … I found something that … it still doesn’t look like a deep fryer to me, here … and I guess you’re paying for … design. And before I found that normal, cheap one at Amazon, I found this much more expensive one, with … all sorts of interesting features. That one reminds my of my Maytag Neptune washing machine; it tumbles the food over and over in a low volume of fluid & claims that this process is better than the conventional process and uses less raw materials to make crispier, lower-fat foods.
So, I’ll probably either just go down to the local store and buy a $40 cheap fryer, or save up and buy the Maytag Neptune of deep fryers, the Deluxe Cool-Touch Roto Deep Fryer from DeLonghi. Because that’s just how I do things, sometimes.