When I tried the peanut oil, it was on a gas range and I adjust the temperature manually. I've been deep frying from a young age so I have good sense for adjusting my oil temperatures. It has been quite a few years since I've tried, and I'm assuming that good brands just were available to me. I've sen the Lou Ann during the Thanksgiving season, but I'll check walmart in a few weeks.
My deep fryer sucks, it dosen't get as hot as is says it does. It's great for blanching larger batches of potatoes for the freezer and that is about it. I really don't believe it is reaching over 300F when frying small batches. I miss the old GE deep fryer we had when I was in elementary school, it was the best. I still have the light scars from bumping my forearm on the outside of the thing.
I seriously want to get a good fryer. I only have 1 "power burner" on my gas range, so I'm limited on what and how much I can cook at one time. What brand has an element with rapid recovery? I thought they didn't exist in home appliances, something to do with "safety" to reduce likelyhood of grease fires.