Fry Station Central

Find out all of the tips and tricks for your fried food offerings.

The Culinary Arts Behind Fried Food

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Whether you are here for Fryer 101 or you want some help mastering the consistency of your own fried creation, the Pitco culinary experts are here to help. We can help you understand the science behind deep frying foods in oil, how it will effect different ingredients and why, as well as help give you some operational advice on getting a consistent product batch after batch.

Some may call it a science, some may call it art, but we know it's a combination of the two. With fried food being popular across all cuisines, deep frying knows no borders and we want to make sure your imagination is the same. 

Get our tips and tricks on ingredients, operations, and more from the experts who know that Pitco will always deliver your masterpieces with quality and consistent frying performance.

Learn more about Pitco culinary experts! Each month we feature a new Pitco chef as they share their fried food adventures. Ready to talk to your local expert? 

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Meet Our Culinary Expert of the Month:

Chef Jeff White, CEC, CFSP

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Combining entertainment with knowledge is this man's specialty! If you haven't been to our video library you are missing out. Jeff is the star of our Operation Fry Day videos that combine wacky adventures in fried food. Don't let the jokes fool you, Jeff knows what he is talking about when it comes to any aspect of commercial foodservice, especially when fryers are involved. He has held many roles in the Indianapolis ACF, most recently as VP, as well as the Chef and Child Committee on top of over 30 years of experience in hotels, restaurants, private clubs and more.

No matter what challenge you are facing, Jeff can take care of you. From kitchen design all the way down to the day to day of fryer oil management, he can coach you through to a successful, efficient, and profitable frying operation.

Jeff is with Phoenix Marketing, Inc. that covers a wide area in the midwest including their home base in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin. So if you are in his neck of the woods, get ready for some great laughs and top of the line consultations. Head down the page to see him in action while he deep fries some coconut shrimp....

Here are Chef Jeff's Top Tips for Frying

  1. Keep it clean. Make sure you are cleaning your fryer(s) on a regular basis and your Pitco fryer(s) will take care of you.

  2. Rotate your oil. Get the most out of your oil and don't let it sit unfiltered. 

  3. Be mindful of flavor transfer. Always have a separate fryer just for seafood and shellfish, like the coconut shrimp he risked his life to cook because of his allergy!

Culinary News and Trends from Pitco

Some people spend their careers perfecting a staple fried food menu while others will explore new ways to create deep fried treats. Check out some of the history of some of the most common fried dishes and see a few tips on some new menu items you may have tried or want to try. 

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Jalapeño Poppers

A History Behind the Famous Snack

The dish that has crossed cultural boundaries and popped up on menus everywhere, jalapeño poppers have won over hearts of fried food lovers. Learn about their rise to fame.


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A Look Back at 2020's Top Fried Food Trends

From the fried chicken sandwich wars to the protein alternatives, fried food held strong as the most popular option for diners. Long gone are the days of the beef burger reigning supreme, fried chicken has taken over.

Not only that but meatless fried foods are also on the rise. Check out the top ordered menu items of the year.


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Want to Know How to Make Candy Taste Better? Deep Fry It!

Don't let the enjoyment of your favorite candy be limited by the way they are manufactured. Explore a whole new level of taste and texture by introducing it to a deep fryer.

Check out how the Easter Bunny used a Pitco fryer this year in the latest culinary.


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The Science Behind Blanching French Fries

The key to a great french fry is a crisp exterior with a properly cooked interior. Sear the outside properly so the steam can continue to cook the potato inside.

It's not a one step process, but it is a labor of love for the best fries.


Pitco's Frying Guru: Joe McAuley

When it comes to fryers, Joe McAuley is our resident expert. He's traveled all over the globe and has worked in just about every department in our company. When you're ready to dig deep into both fried foods and the equipment that makes them, pull up a seat and listen to Joe as he shares his wisdom in Fryerside Chats with Joe McAuley.

Watch here as he discusses fries from around the world and learn more in his video series.

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Fried Food of the Month Feature

We love fried food and want to share our love by highlighting some favorites. Each month we'll share a new great menu item that's been on our minds. This month, check out the Operation Fry Day episode for coconut shrimp! 

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For all your fried food needs, there's a Pitco fryer for you. We offer a full range of fryers in different makes and models to handle whatever frying capacity you need to handle. From the new entrepreneur exploring a few fried food options, to the powerhouse operations that need to pump out food to meet heavy demand, Pitco has you covered.