Product Type: Argos fryers
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My shallow deep fat fryer!
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Date: 23/09/10, updated on 08/08/12 (246 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: Tricky handle, it isn't very big at all
The one thing I hadn't been brought up when I was a kid was chips really. Occasionally we had oven chips and of course chip shop chips but I don't remember my mother owning a deep fat friyer....only other peoples mums. My mum although not particularly health conscious didn't believe in chips dripping in fat (her words not mine) and I think I missed out!
As an adult now though it is now totally up to me if I want chips and foods in general dripping in fat...... I can and that is why I opted to purchase this on the day I actually moved into my own home!
The reason I opted for this one was not just because of financial restrictions (I needed everything for my home as I left my family home after-all!) but also I wanted white items for my kitchen and not ones covered in what brand they are etc. Flicking through the Argos book I stumbled across this deep fat fryer and it not only looked nice, plain and simple it only cost £13.37
The Fryer Itself:
It came in a white and light blue box and I was told what it was on the front and who it was by and contact details for Argos were given. Inside the deep fat fryer unit came in clear plastic covering with a plug on the end of the lead, and the silver basket came in two parts with the handle being detachable from the actual basket and there was an instruction leaflet in there too.
Well the main of the unit really isn't very big at all and is white with a flip top lid to the top of it with a small window integrated in (not that you can ever use that as it steams up badly!) and it is round in shape. There is a thermostat on the front of it which bears no indication at all as to whether the food is cooked it just lets you know when the food is cooking at the right temperature and nothing more than that and goes off in colour when it is ready to use.
All you do with this is fill it with the cooking oil of your choice and when you plug the unit in in it automatically switches on and the thermostat goes off light wise when its heated (as I have just mentioned). You do have to be careful releasing the lid of this as it bounces hard via a deep push button to the front of it so I always gently have my hand on the lid when opening it.
The basket slots into the handle and it really isn't very big at all. I would say this isn't suitable for a family meal but it is ok for two people where chips say are concerned. The basket is sturdy once the handle is slotted into the basket though it can be tricky to use because you have to take the handle off the main of the basket and put the lid down during cooking which means when you want to grab the basket out you have to put the handle back on, which isn't always straightforward with boiling hot fat around.
There is a filter to the top of the unit which is easy to wipe clean and it does pretty much keep cooking smells down to a minimum though the instruction leaflet says this filter needs replacing after about 60 uses I haven't as yet and I will have to purchase them.
To properly use this there is a dial and 4 small diagrams to the front of the main of the unit telling you what temperature you should cook fish and meat at etc and the dial on the front gives temperatures in degrees. In the instruction booklet some general temperates for certain foods are given and of course you don't have to just cook chips in here but also fish, meat, mushrooms and all-sorts!
I simply make sure that any food I cook in here is well shook off and that is that. There is a little hook on the edge basket so I can rest the basket on the unit if I want to, to let it drain a bit a bit too. I let the unit cool down before I store it and as it isn't huge I find it easy enough to store. Emptying it is simple too! I get rid of dirty, well used fat in a bottle and I use a spout I bought separately to do this job and then I wipe around the inner stainless steel bowl that in unremovable with a soapy cloth.
All in all I like this unit very much. It isn't very deep so I can't get lots in it but like I stated earlier this is fine for me and I can make say two portions of chips up in one go in a few minutes flat. I find it makes crunchy food and not too greasy and I get complimented on the food I serve from in here..my boyfriend loves battered chicken portions and chips done in here and my mate likes scampi and chips...me I like loads of different foods!
Suitable for one or two people and apart from the tricky to use handle this is great and £13.37 I can't moan and it still looks as good as new though I have used it loads!
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Summary: A great every-day small fryer!
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