You just have to put the handle on right. I came home one day to find the fryer in situ and set up by my partner and thought it looked great, it was a great price, great looking (for the price) did great chips, but the only problem was the handle. On further investigation and by deducing that other people saw it as a problem (as is witnessed in the reviews here), it must have been put on wrong (by my other half). Indeed after meddling about with it, once it had cooled down I hasten to add, it was sorted. The handle doesn't go through the rectangular opening at the top of the net but should be sprung into the two eyelets and then clipped back over the rectangular opening.
Just bought this fryer and already putting it through it's paces with good effect. I intend to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer cause I'm a bit dubious about how accurate the dial is due to my first use of this cheap but perfectly useable fryer when I burnt my chips.
The user guide advises 190 degrees (max setting) for up to 12 minutes for chips. PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS under any circumstances. I put my freshly chipped taters in at 190 setting and they were CREMATED within 4 minutes. Black on the outside and raw in the middle. You will need to use it a few times to get a handle on using it. I am happy to say that at the 175 setting my chips are perfecto and nicely browned.
One of the reasons I plumped for this model is that it is rectangular and quite long allowing full fish fillets to be easily fried unlike in those girly round fashion items that women like lol. This looks like a professional style fryer but to be honest it is a bit light and flimsy.
Now I have the hang of it I am very happy with the fryer especially considering that it only cost £18.
Points to note as observations rather than criticisms are that care should be taken when removing the lid as the handle grooves channel very hot steam (is there any other kind?) over your wrist. You need to use a cloth or glove to be totally safe. Also the unit has no heat insulation so the sides are basically the same temp as the oil, hot, hot, hot; Hot enough to burn you or melt the plastic wrapper off your sausages. Please also be very careful when lowering your chips in as the oil will foam up and may spill over especially if you have the full 3 litre oil capacity in it so gently does it. The power only comes on when the timer is set. The timer is a great idea as both a cooking aid and a safety feature as the unit will turn off automatically after a maximum 30 minutes although of course it should never be left unattended...but just in case this is a great feature.
Another great feature is that the controls and element are a one piece unit which you can completely and easily remove for cleaning purposes. The mains lead stores in a handy slot under the control panel. With common sense and good practice this fryer should serve any user well. It is well featured and well thought out considering it's very reasonable price.
The Asda DF-300 fryer comes is made out of stainless steel and you will find it in the kitchen section in large Asda supermarkets. This particular model will set you back £24.99 and it's a medium sized fryer that takes three litres of fat.
If I'm being honest I didn't really want to purchase a fat fryer, but my partner was adamant - he said that it would be a quick and easy way for us to cook fries, scampi and other convenient (and fatty food). In the end I gave in and we bought this model approximately three months ago.
***** Getting started ****
The instructions within the box are quite simple to follow. There are two dials on the fryer, one is a timer that allows you to heat the fat for a maximum of thirty minutes - this is a good safety feature, because it means that unlike a chip pan, this fryer will turn itself off after a certain amount of time has passed. The other dial determines the temperature, which will vary depending on which item you are cooking.
There is also a removable metal handle that attaches to the frying pan (well I say 'pan' - it's more of a net with holes in). Make sure you get to grips with this handle before you start cooking because it easily slips out and you haven't developed the knack of keeping it in place before you start cooking then you might have a nasty accident with the oil.
Also, it's worth mentioning that you will need at least three litres of oil within the fryer, so make sure you pick a bottle up while you're in teh supermarket.
***** My opinion *****
I wouldn't recommend that you use this product often, because it is obviously a fatty way of cooking, but I can't deny that the results are tasty. We bought a bag of curly fries from Iceland for £1 - they were cheap, we got about ten portions out of teh bag and they tasted lovely when they were fried up in the Asda DF-300 fryer.
You can make a generous portion of fries for two people each time you use this item and it doesn't take long to fry food up so I'd say this product is more than sufficient for the average family.
You have to make sure that you stand over the fryer while it is cooking because your food will easily burn. Also, you need to remember to occasionally shake the food so that everything is cooked thoroughly.
This item looks smart on the kitchen unit, but design-wise I do have one gripe... the handle is really fiddly and I wouldn't be surprised if other people have had accidents when using this fryer, because even now, after using this product for three months, I still find that the handle occasionally comes off while I'm cooking.
Overall I'd say that the results from this fryer are fab, food does taste delicious when it's cooked in here, but because the handle is (in my opinion) a bit dangerous, I can only award this product three stars.
Short name: Asda DF-300