Then, I stopped. The greasy smell that permeated the house for days after was never something I enjoyed but endured it for the sake of the product. When we moved to the lake I opted out of frying anything because I didn't have a vent hood over the stove. The kitchen was kind of in the middle of things at that house and a hood wasn't part of "the look." So. No more crusciki. No way to vent the oily smoke and fumes.
At one point this winter I had a eureka moment. The previous owners left the gas grill because they had the gas line from the house hooked up to the grill. It's really convenient and I ruminated for a few weeks on whether I could use the gas grill to fry the cruschiki. Oily steam and fumes would stay outside! My biggest concern was if the oil would get hot enough by virtue of being outside. It just seemed like it should work. Oh, and I needed a relatively nice day. We're in the middle of a nice stretch of warmer than winter spring weather so, today I tried it.
I made a half batch.