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Posted March 14, 2015 - 05:35 PM

The company I work for has lots of slack time in the winter.  In fact, I'm laid off every winter and about the only time I get to work is for their famous fish frys.  Usually its just enough to pay my health insurance, which has very good coverage, and to keep me current in the books so I don't have to go through all the pre-employment crap each spring when I go back to work. 

 

These fish frys are for our larger customers as kind of a "thank you for your business".

Friday I did the last fish fry of the season so I took a couple of pics of the cooker to show you what I'm jabberin' about.   This time around I cooked 120 pounds of fish.  A little more than a month ago I cooked 190 pounds in 2 and 1/2 hours.  Also cooked potato's too but can't remember how many pounds.  It was a bunch!  I hope to never do that much again at one time. 

The fish is bought in 15 pound boxes.  After thawing, we cut the fillets into small chunks so it cooks quickly.  There are 4 burners on the cooker and I suppose they are at least 200,000 BTU's each.  I seldom get cold.  Lots of places I'm outside and the people are laughing at me saying something about not being able to stay warm.  Even at 10 degrees [F] I been known to be out of my coat and just in my short sleeved uniform shirt. 

If I'm lucky enough to have two people breading the fish I can keep them so busy they start looking forward to running out of fish.   Most times I only have one guy breading and I have to do some of that as well. 

Of course the cook has to "sample" every batch to make sure the fish is cooked properly.  :smilewink:

 

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Posted March 14, 2015 - 05:42 PM

I like fish!


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 05:48 PM

That is one serious fish cooker! I couldnt afford to buy the fish after I bought all the oil to fill that thing


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:10 PM

You need an APPRENTICE!
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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:30 PM

Looks so good....! How about a gt talk fish fry
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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:31 PM

I'm somewhat surprised that your propane tanks don't loose pressure running that much of a load on them in the winter. 

What kind of fish are you serving?


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:44 PM

   Well if your going to have a fish fry you may as well have a FISH FRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Nice setup you have there.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:45 PM

Looks so good....! How about a gt talk fish fry

I'll agree to that one tomany.   Looks like fun. Hope work picks up so you can get back to work.                                                                         Roger


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 07:04 PM

O.K   All in favor of a GTT  fish fry Just say I . And  all those who apose say na ...... We will have the details and location posted later.

 

 

 

Patrick  .... I


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 07:36 PM

I'm somewhat surprised that your propane tanks don't loose pressure running that much of a load on them in the winter. 

What kind of fish are you serving?

Funny you should bring that up.  Back on March 4th I was just north of St. Louis in a little town of Orchard Farm, MO for a cook.  The temp was about 16 degrees and the wind was blowing 30 mph out of the northwest.   I was behind the Legion Hall under a lean-to so most of the wind was blocked.   The tank on the up-wind side did freeze up and lost pressure.  I had to shut down one burner even though I had the tank set right against the cooker.  Since I was nearly done cooking when it conked out it was no big deal.  Only cooked 60 pounds of fish that day.  I think the real cause was when I got there it was so cold I cranked the burners wide open to warm me and my helper for an hour until time to drop the fish.  Never had that happen before and this is my 5th winter doing this.  Again, I was out of my coat for the entire cook and toasty warm.  The minute I shut down the last burner I put my coat back on.

This is catfish bought from the local Hy-Vee grocery store here in town.  Fillets in a 15 pound box.  Really good quality meat!  I believe its usually $48 per box but my company buys enough they get a special discount. 


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Wow, that thing is impressive. I bet even the lids are heavy.
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Posted March 14, 2015 - 07:44 PM

That is one serious fish cooker! I couldnt afford to buy the fish after I bought all the oil to fill that thing

The oil comes in 35 pound jugs which is just shy of 5 gallon.  The pots are so large that 5 gallon is only about 4 inches of oil in the bottom.   Each pot gets one jug of oil although each would hold 30 gallon easy enough. 


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 08:14 PM

That is a seroius fryer!

I could go for a fish fry!


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 09:58 PM

When I was a boy we lived for a time in a mining camp near Dunsmuir, California.  It was right up in the woods with Mt. Shasta not too far away. 

 

We had a big fish fry there... everyone in the camp caught a mess of trout and then we got together, set up boards on sawhorses for tables and had a feast.

 

They cooked a bunch of small fish for the younguns like me (I was 5)--they were so small, and the bones so soft we just ate the whole fish!!! (minus the heads and tails, of course).

 

Ahhh... the memories...

 

Smitty


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 10:33 PM

I like fish!

 

 

Me too!






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