HolidayBuyer's Guide

Fit to be fried

The Krups High Performance Deep Fryer features an onboard ventilation system to reduce unwanted smells.

Do it right, and it's not bad for you.Photo by Williams-Sonoma

It is no great secret that fried foods can often be unhealthy for you. Whether you are frying a Mars Bar or a nice piece of healthy fish, the resulting fat content often shoots through the roof. (It doesn't have to be this way, but that's another story.) While sneaking out for some fast-food french fries may sometimes be the solution for fried food cravings, other times you just want to make them in the comfort of your own home--and then hide the evidence.

Deep frying at home is a sure-fire way to invite long-lingering smells into the kitchen. Perhaps that's why Krups developed the High Performance Deep Fryer. The family-size super-sizer holds 4.75 quarts of oil and is capable of frying up to 2.2 pounds of food at a time. An internal thermometer monitors the oil and alerts users when the proper temperature has been reached. As a capper, a clear lid covers the fryer, which not only helps keep splatters to a minimum, but also reduces smell.

The real humdinger about this fryer is that it houses a ventilation system to dramatically reduce smells associated with frying. Featuring a carbon filter along with an internal fan, the ventilation provided by this system should help cover up fits of deep fat frying. However, as far as hiding your expanding waistline, well, you are on your own.