Product Type: Asda fryers
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Asda BDZ-2-B Deep Fat Fryer
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Asda BDZ-2-B Deep Fat Fryer
Advantages: Very well priced, but still does the job as well as more expensive ones, 1 year guarantee
Disadvantages: Uses a lot of oil, could have been easier to clean, died the day after guarantee expired
I bought one of these as I wanted to have chip shop style chips, and having moved out of my parents' house it was finally possible; they didn't think a deep fat fryer was a good idea as it wasn't healthy enough.
I managed to get one from Asda when they were reduced down to £12, which was brilliant really; only £1 more than their Smart Price variant. The good thing with Asda's kitchen appliances is you get a 1 year guarantee; no matter if it's the £5 Smart Price Toaster or the more expensive stuff.
First things first with this fryer, it's only cheap white plastic; not exactly a style icon, but at £12 you really cannot argue here. The next thing you will notice is it takes rather a lot of oil; a minimum of 2 litres is required, but this will last you a fair while if you only use it occasionally. My flatmate also used this thing as well, so it was getting daily use, and we only needed to change the oil every week, although the more health conscious will probably change it a bit more often.
Setting the temperature is ridiculously easy. There's a slider along the bottom with some temperatures and markings on it, and printed down the left side is a list of which settings you need for different foods. However, I found it far simpler to just whack it up to maximum temperature and check your food occasionally to see when it's cooked.
This thing cooks chips beautifully. From frozen, they take around 10-15 minutes, which is half as much as they usually take in an oven. Depending on the oil used, they should come out nice and crispy, but not so much that there's no potato left in the centre. Better still, peeling potatoes and cutting them up to make your own chips is a much better way of doing things; they come out perfectly after less than 10 minutes.
You can do more than just chips with it too; I always had difficulty frying black pudding in a pan, but 5 minutes in this baby was all it needed to be cooked to perfection! Sausages come out nicely too, but that said, I only used to stick the cheap sausages in there; any posh sausage was oven cooked or grilled. That oh so unhealthy but so nice tasting treat called fried bread is impossible to get wrong here; just a few minutes is all it takes, compared to half an hour, a whole loaf of bread and much swearing as I experience with a frying pan.
Trying to make my own KFC style chicken was a bit more tricky; the batter mix runs off the chicken and into the oil a bit too easily; but speaking to my friend, who is an amateur chef, I apparently didn't put enough flour in the mix. So I tried again, and it worked. I was so pleased I decided to treat us all and make that most Scottish of artery clogging treats; the deep fried Mars bar. It went well, but not without coating the basket in batter; which is a nightmare to get off once it's cold. Overnight soaking in hot water/washing up liquid, but with much more washing up liquid than normal.
All in all, this fryer served me well over the course of a year, mostly when hung over and cooking unhealthy, greasy treats. However, literally the day after the guarantee expired, it died; failing to get up to temperature at all. Naturally, I wasn't impressed that it did it the day after the guarantee expired, but for £12 it fared very well, having been used by either me or my flatmate on a daily basis. So I went out and bought another one.
I have since been on the Asda website; this is now in the Smart Price range rather than the core range, and the price has gone up, but only to £14. It's still a bargain though, and comes with that one year guarantee.
Summary: It may not have lasted as long as a more expensive one would, but at this price you cannot do better
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