It’s only natural that as the seasons change, our eating habits change along with the weather. Ice cream, fresh veggies, and grilled everything dominate the summer landscape, giving way to hearty soups and stews when winter approaches. But it is not only seasonal foods and warm weather favorites that fall by the wayside as we start to feel the chill in our bones. No, there is another beast that disappears as time marches on: the state fair. And that means we lose fried everything. While everything from cola to butter has been seen to be battered and deep fried in state fairs from coast to coast, when the tents roll up and the carnies move on, these esoteric treats go along with. Unless, of course, you make them yourself.

Using a unique mechanism that rotates foods in and out of the cooking oil, the DeLonghi 1.5-pound Roto Deep Fryer (D895UX) uses less oil than conventional methods. Perhaps more important than the rotating basket is the convenience of a drain hose, which allows the oil to be easily removed and filtered from the machine. While the rotating basket feature is intriguing, the main benefit seems to be the capability to use less oil to achieve the same results–but when dealing with deep-fried chocolate or deep-fried tater dogs, healthy eating probably isn’t the first thing you would consider.


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