Friday, December 15, 2023

Presto GranPappy Electric Deep Fryer Review

Granpappy Deep Fryer
When my husband requested beignets this past week, I realized it was time to purchase a new Fry Daddy.  After all, my original Fry Daddy was over 40 years old.  It served me well for decades, but the time had arrived to retire it.  The last few times that I have made beignets, I fried them in my electric skillet.  Of course, that works just fine, but I prefer the deep fryer that a Fry Daddy offers for beignets or french fries.

My husband's parents were born in Louisiana and we still have relatives living in Louisiana, including my own sister.  Beignets have always been a part of our lives.  After all, one cannot hail from New Orleans and not be familiar with the fabulous Cafe Du Monde and their delicious beignets.  In fact, you cannot visit New Orleans without visiting Cafe Du Monde.  It is just not done!

Since we reside 400 miles away from New Orleans and Cafe Du Monde, we must settle for the next best thing.  A box of Cafe Du Monde Beignet Mix and a deep fryer!  

Preparing to replace my beloved Fry Daddy, I ventured over to Amazon where I discovered the GranPappy!  Oh, yeah!  Now we're talking!!!  

This larger version of the original Fry Daddy is awesome!  I can cook approximately 10 beignets at a time in the GranPappy, which means I am eating them much sooner.  Okay, well, it really means I am sitting down to eat them much sooner.  I always "snack" on them as I am cooking.  They are simply too hard to resist!

By comparison, the Fry Daddy holds 4 cups of oil and the GranPappy holds 6 cups of oil.  The GranPappy deep fryer is taller and wider as shown in the photo below.


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Presto GranPappy Electric Deep Fryer

I love the larger size!  It makes me wish I had purchased a GranPappy years ago.

I cook in my electric skillets a few times each month, but when it comes to deep frying smaller items like french fries, beignets, hush puppies, fried okra, etc, I prefer the FryDaddy or my new GranPappy deep fryer.  Because of the taller, more narrow designs, they simply do not pop or splatter oil out as much as the shorter sides of an electric skillet will.  I don't enjoy being popped by hot oil, but we do love our fried foods.  Therefore, I consider the GranPappy deep fryer an essential appliance in my kitchen. 

It takes 15 minutes for the oil too heat in the GranPappy deep fryer.  Keep in mind, you are cooking with hot oil.  I highly recommend using the slotted spoon that comes with the GranPappy to lower your food into the oil.  "Dropping" food into hot oil causes the hot oil to splash back on you and trust me, it burns.

When you are finished cooking, be sure to allow your oil to completely cool (I allow a few hours) before you remove the oil and clean the deep fryer.  

Since the GranPappy has a detachable electric cord, I wash the deep fryer after each use.  I have a separate pot with a strainer for storing the oil for reuse.  The lip design allows you to easily pour the oil from the unit without making a mess.  Alternately, you can store cooled oil in the GranPappy itself.  It comes with a plastic lid just for that reason.  Just be sure to wait for the oil and unit to completely cool before you put the lid on.

The GranPappy has only one temperature, therefore there are no controls to adjust.  It maintains the proper frying temperature automatically. 

It comes with a frying timetable to help you determine how long you need to cook food.  For instance, fresh cut french fries take 6 to 10 minutes, but raw, battered shrimp only takes 3 to 5 minutes.  Chicken will take longer (up to 18 minutes) depending on the size of the piece.  Personally, I cook fried chicken in my electric skillet since I am cooking 8 to 10 pieces at a time, but I wouldn't hesitate to cook chicken in this deep fryer if I was only cooking a few wings or legs. 

The beignets only take a few minutes to fry to perfection!


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  1. If I'd known you were making Beignets for breakfast this morning, I would have been right over. Yum~ This GranPappy Deep Fryer looks like the perfect replacement for your FryDaddy. Appreciate the description in your review. Still trying to decide which size fits my needs the best. :)

    BTW, thanks for including a link to my Cafe Du Monde review. I do miss New Orleans.

    1. Not to worry Elf, they don't take very long to make and I'd be more than happy to fry up a batch when you do visit. We also have chicory coffee available in my kitchen :) We are not Cafe Du Monde, but it is better than going without!

  2. I love Beignets! Thanks for a great review. By the way have I ever told you my kids own a New Orleans style restaurant in Atlanta called the Po Boy Shop? They specialize in Po Boys, Gumbo and other Cajun food.

    1. No, I did not know you kids owned a restaurant, Mary Beth! That is so cool!!! I don't make it to Atlanta much these days, except when passing through, but I will certainly find and visit Po Boys for lunch or dinner the next time we go through Atlanta. Thanks for sharing that information!

  3. As I’m sure I must have mentioned previously, my husband proposed to me at CafĂ© du Monde in New Orleans over beignets. So they have a special place in my heart! The Presto GranPappy sounds like a wonderful addition to any kitchen where deep frying is done often. Thanks so much for your delicious review and recommendation!

  4. The Presto GranPappy sounds a wonderful addition to your kitchen, making all those delicious foods ! I have never eaten a beignet but yours sound gorgeous :) Thank you for your review and recommendation.

  5. Looks like a match made in Kitchen Heaven. That Presto GranPappy deep fryer sounds like a must have for anyone who is doing some serious (and not so serious) deep frying. Thanks for this review!

  6. Great product and wonderful gift idea as well - I love the name hahaha, the Presto GranPappy :)


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