Product Type: Argos fryers
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Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Member Name: kama0529
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Advantages: Works on a basic level. Inexpensive. Variable temperatures possible. Easy to use.
Disadvantages: Small barrel. Filter doesn't seem to work.
I have to admit that I generally don't use a deep fat fryer very often because we all know that its not very healthy! But every so often, I really do fancy some properly deep fried chips because, lets face it, oven chips are just not the same! Because I never planned to use it very often, I certainly did not want to spend very much on the deep fat fryer - and so it was ideal when I stumbled across one about six months ago in the Argos catalogue for just £13.50.
As you would expect for a deep fat fryer that cost less than £15, it is pretty basic - which, as I've explained, was all that I felt I needed. For your money, you get the fryer, as well as the fryer metal mesh basket that goes inside it.
To use, as with any deep fat fryer, you fill the chamber with cooking oil and then wait for the oil to heat up. There is a light indicator on the front of the barrel which goes off when it is heated to the appropriate temperature. There is a dial on the front of the fryer which recommends what temperature you should set the fryer to for various foodstuffs - hotter for chips and vegetables, cooler for meat and fish basically. I would say that from plugging it in, it takes about 6-7 minutes for the fat to be heated to the hottest temperature recommended.
It does cook food adequately and I have no complaint with its cooking effectiveness. However, I do have a few complaints as regards its functionality.
Firstly, there is a glass window in the top of the flip top, supposedly so you can check on the progress of the cooking. However, this immediately becomes steamed up and so it a bit of a useless addition.
Secondly, the actual barrel and basket is actually very small and I think far too small for a family of more than two! The barrel is not wide or deep and so if you're cooking for a larger family like me then you have to cook in batches - or alternatively invest in a larger fryer!
Although there is a filter installed, I don't think it really does a very good job of keeping the smells down - although I don't find this to be a major issue.
Overall, this fryer is okay for a single person or a couple, but for a family I would suggest getting another fryer simply for purposes of size. It produces crispy chips and batter and the basket allows a good shaking of the oil prior to removing it from the barrel. Its just what it is....basic and okay but nothing special.
Summary: OK for a single person or a couple. Not for a family.
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