Product Type: Asda fryers
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Good Little Fryer for Proper Crispy Chips!
Asda BDZ-2-B Deep Fat Fryer
Member Name: kellface
Asda BDZ-2-B Deep Fat Fryer
Advantages: Value for money really, does the job.
Disadvantages: Small basket, Handle gets quite warm, slow for oil to warm up.
Me and my fella are on a tight budget at the moment, trying to save some pennies up for our littlen, I've had some major cravings for fried chips, so this was the final excuse for us to buy one. Yeah fried food isn't good for your waistline or amazing for my littlen inside my belly, but it's the only craving I've had and I satisfy it a few times a week now.
- - - My Experience - - -
I've had the fryer now for a couple of weeks, and we use it probably once every other day to make chips to satisfy my craving. It is a 2litre fryer, within a white plastic casing, with a removeable oil cavity, or "bucket". It's not the biggest fryer but it makes nice small portions, and does enough chips for me and my fella. It's simple to use, and easy to adjust the temperature with the sliding scale on the front bottom of the fryer. There are 2 lights on the front of the fryer for power and temperature, when the temperature light is off it means the food is ready to be cooked. The open button is large, but does get a little warm as it's quite close to the lid of the fryer.
The handle is easy to use and supports the weight of the food basket, however it does get quite warm when the fryer is being used for a considerable amount of time. Not enough to burn you of course but I just noticed that it was quite warm. The only downside to the actual fryer "body" is that the little clip that shuts on top of the handle is quite thin, I could see it breaking if you are too rough with it or through over use. Mine is still fine at the moment.
With the fryer comes a simple User Manual, which most people probably won't bother reading but it actually has some useful cooking tips in it, and tips on making the most of your fryer. It also has the basic safety instructions, but also has simple but detailed instructions on how to clean the fryer.
- - - Cooking - - -
The fryer does seem to take it's time to warm up, it takes about 10 minutes to reach up to around 180. Some people will dislike this but I'm never in a rush when it comes to cooking. For chips it takes around 10-15 minutes from frozen, and they're really crispy and tasty. Always check the cooking instructions on products you're cooking against the times recommended for the fryer. The only thing i wouldn't recommend cooking in the fryer is onions, as the oil is then left with the taste of onion so everything you cook afterwards tastes like onion. I haven't cooked onions in this fryer, that was a tip picked up fro my mum ha-ha.
I really can't complain with the way the fryer cooks things, some other fryers on the market might cook things quicker but I'd rather know that my food is cooked properly instead of risking it being undercooked if it's cooked too quickly.
- - - Value for Money? - - -
I paid £19.96 for the fryer and for me it really is value for money. Ok so it's not a shiney silver colour with flashy lights and lots of fancy bits on it, but it does the job.
- - - Overall - - -
I wouldn't recommend it for a big family, or for people with big appetites as you can't cook all that much in it. But for a single person or for a couple of people who like smaller portions then it's definitely for you. It's a simple fryer which is easy to keep clean, and easy to empty the oil with its removable "bucket". As stated earlier, there are a couple of flaws with it, i.e the size of the basket, the handle heating up, and it being quite slow to warm up, but for such a small price I certainly don't regret buying it. It does its job and it didn't break the bank.
I've already looked at buying some new filters to keep the smell down, and they can be found here: http://www.filtamagic.com/acatalog/Asda_Deep_Fat_F ryer_Filter_0002.html
You'd just need to trim the filter to fit the size of the filter holder.
Summary: Does the job. I'd recommend to anyone on a tight budget.
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