Product Type: Argos fryers
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It might not be the prettiest but is excellent value
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Member Name: brady58
Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer
Advantages: small size, cooks chips perfectly.
Disadvantages: small size, handle isn't integrated.
I tend to not make chips very often and when I do I usually make wedges and over chips as these are much healthier than fried chips. In fact I didn't have own a deep fat fryer for years but I had been craving proper home-made chips for a while and when I saw that the Argos value fryer was on sale in my local Argos for only £9.99 I decided to treat myself and get it.
The value fryer isn't the prettiest of deep fat fryers and I would have much preferred a sleek looking steel one but as it was such a bargain I can't really complain too much about how it looks. It is made from white plastic on the outside and round in shape instead of the more modern rectangle ones. Be aware that the fryer is very small and even though I knew it wasn't going to be huge I wasn't expecting it to be as small as it is. It is basically just about large enough for one largish portion of chips. I suppose this is a good thing as otherwise I might end up making me and the kids big portions instead of just small treat potions if it was larger.
It has an oil capacity of 1.5 litres but in reality there isn't really all that much space inside it. Other than the size being small the actual fryer works great and is easy to set up and get using straight away.
You just need to fill it with oil to its recommended level and then plug it in and wait for it to heat up. There are different temperatures you can choose depending on what food you are cooking with the minimum being 130 degrees and the maximum being 210 degrees.
Once it is turned on it heats up quite quickly and when you put the chips in they also cook in a reasonable amount of time. When it is ready to use the light will turn off which means it has got to the correct temperature that you have chosen.
It gets to the right temperature where the chips get nice and brown on the outside but are soft in the middle. My mum has a much more expensive chip pan and when it is set at the temperature that they recommend for chips hers go lovely and crispy on the outside but are hard in the middle so for the money this one is much better at actually cooking even if it isn't as attractive.
One annoying thing about this chip pan is that the handle isn't integrated and you need to attach it every time you want to shake the chips or remove the basket. This can be a bit fiddly and annoying.
The pan also has a little window on the top so you can see how the chips are progressing but this steams up and is difficult to see into so I usually need to actually open the chip pan and look instead.
The filter on the lid does do a decent enough job at ensuring the house doesn't stink of chip fat but it doesn't stop all smells from escaping.
At the price I paid for this chip pan I think it is fabulous value and it does the job well. I got it when it was on offer though and the usual price is £14.99 which is still excellent value.
It isn't suitable for large families but if you want a small easy to store chip pan then this one comes highly recommended.
Summary: A fabulous value chip pan
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