A deep pot is an alternative to a deep fryer, and many people already have one in their kitchen. The pot should be at least 8 inches deep to serve as a deep fryer.
Several other common items are also essential for safe deep frying. These include tools used to move food into and out of the boiling oil, such as tongs and long-handled slotted spoons. A probe thermometer is also helpful for determining the temperature of the oil.
Paper towels are also crucial to successful deep frying. Blotting food with paper towels before frying minimizes splashing when the food enters the oil. After frying, draining the food on paper towels removes excess oil.