When Steve Surmay, vice-president of co-pack operations, Shearer’s Foods, Brewster, OH, is in the market for a new fryer, he looks for one that is going to deliver the quality he expects in a finished product while balancing a cost Shearer’s can afford.

This overarching goal breaks down into the following checklist to consider when comparing fryers:

•??Oil turnover ratio

•??Quality design

•??Life expectancy

•??Initial cost of the equipment

•??Maintenance costs

•??Operating costs

•??Sustainability.