Just quoting a small part so I don’t clog up the whole thread, LOL!
I have no idea what a “PIC” is (or a “MIC” either) but I’m not in the market for an induction cooker. The only thing I would ever use it for would be the deep frying thing, and having one of those on the counter would only make my height-deficit both more obvious, and more dangerous - since the top of the pot would now be higher than I could see to look into it.
Also, induction cookers are too finicky for me. Only certain pans will work on them at all. My deep fry pan is aluminum, I am pretty sure - if so, it won’t work on induction at all.
And the thermostat in an induction unit only controls the heat output - you still have to stand there with a deep-fry thermometer (most of which are not all that accurate these days either, I went through at least 3 oven thermometers not long ago before I finally gave up). Or am I wrong about that - do they have a sturdy sensor that would measure the oil temp? That would be almost cool enough to make me reconsider, LOL!
Thanks for the idea - but I am most definitely in the market for a deep fryer with a decent thermostat, and not a countertop (or any other type) induction unit.
As for doing it in a cast iron dutch oven - I don’t own such a thing. The only dutch oven I own is totally unsuited to deep frying as it has a titanium/ceramic/Teflon non-stick surface limited to 500F.
And I would STILL have to stand over the pot with a (probably not very accurate) deep fry thermometer, hoping for the best and trying to avoid getting splatted. Plus, a dutch oven large enough to deep fry in would be too big for me to be dragging around even BEFORE you pour the oil in. I’m a weak, decrepit ol’ widder woman (OK, a GRASS-widder, but all the same, LOL!).
I’m with Kaleokahu - there is no way you are dumping 2.5lbs of food into that T-Fal fryer and not standing there waiting til the cows get home for it to get up to temp. That is an example of a smallish deep fryer that just won’t cut the mustard. I had actually looked at that recently and rejected it - partly because of the exaggerated capacity claim, but also because people have had trouble with bad thermostats on that.
Perhaps the hunt is doomed to remain fruitless - but I dream of a deep fryer that actually works, LOL!
OH, BTW - a 1500W cooker needs to be on a 20A circuit BY ITSELF. It will draw between 12.5A and 14A, depending on your power source (US power is delivered at anywhere between 105VA and 120VA, higher power supply means less current is required to produce that 1500W, a lower power supply means more current will be required). Safe load for a 20 A circuit is about … 16A I think? Possibly 15A. I forget if its 75% or 80% of max that building codes require.
If you know for a fact that you’re getting 120VA at the wall, you might could put it on a 15A circuit. An 1800W appliance shouldn’t ever be put on a 15A circuit at all, even one that has nothing else plugged into it…
I have ONE 15A circuit in the kitchen for all outlets AND the microwave. Might be 20A, but I think its 15A. I ALREADY can’t use any other appliances in the kitchen if the microwave is on. The only thing that ever gets plugged in in the kitchen is the toaster and the rice cooker. Neither of those draw enough current to interfere with the microwave - but my Vitamix and Ankarsrum can only be plugged in in the dining room, to protect them from bad stuff should anyone happen to turn the microwave on while I’m whizzing, whirring, stirring, or otherwise mooshing up ingredients, LOL! And this house is just 10 years old! Who builds a 3 bedroom house with only 100A service these days?
C’mon - this is the new millenium! We have cell phones, laptops, computers (there are 4 laptops and 3 desktop computers in this household, and a laser jet printer that makes the lights in the master bathroom flicker whenever it comes on because some genius wired ONE outlet in the hall - the one I actually need to use - into the bathroom circuit). We have e-readers, tablets, scanners, and who knows what all electronic gadgets and gewgaws these days.
And then there are all the kitchen appliances. Microwave, mixer, blender, rice cooker, food processor, breadmaker, proofer (which I use to incubate dosa/idli and yogurt, I don’t think I’ve EVER actually proofed bread in it, LOL!)
I need at least 3 separate circuits in my kitchen, and one of those dedicated to the microwave! Instead I have ONE circuit in the kitchen available for my appliances, including the microwave.
I have the sneaking suspicion that there is going to be a lot of rewiring in my future, whenever I finally am able to settle in one place and actually buy a home. shrug