My mum bought me this deep fat fryer when my girlfriend left me for reasons that I won't go into right now and I moved into my own flat, and it's perfect for me. I do tend to eat a lot of chips, and this deep fat fryer fries them perfectly. I like my chips lightly fried, and this is what this deep fat fryer does. It's quite small, but that doesn't bother me, because there's only me at the minute, and I'm only cooking chips for myself. So actually, for me, it's quite big, and can easily cook as many chips as I want. It's very easy to use, and it seems safe enough, but obviously it's not very well made - I've seen much better deep fat fryers out there that I would love to buy if only I had enough money. The only negative is it's not very reliable - I've had to buy three more of them in the last four months, but because of the cheap price, that really doesn't matter for me. So if you like chips, and there's only one of you, I'd treat yourself to this deep fat fryer.
I had just moved into my house with no kitchen equipmet whatsoever and was on a serious budget. Asda was nearby and my first port of call, I saw this little white fryer at a cheap price so bought it.
For a few weeks it had worked fine until one day the fuse went which was replaced. Since that time I had nothing but problems with it. I would recommend this product for a short period of time but not as an a long term possession.
It is quite small considering it is a fryer and would not be suitable for large families but is probably suitable for a single person who would use it sparingly. You would be better investing in a larger, more expensive fryer if it is for regular use.
I have to admit that cleaning the thing was not easy and quite a messy task. Since my fryer broke, I have gone through two more value range products with similar experience. Personally I think the more you spend, the better quality of product you recieve and are probably saving more money in the long run.
The deep fat fryer is basically just plain white, it has a lift up lid at the top and has the chip drainer handle in a small gap. On the front of the fryer you have your heat settings, also pictures of certain foods which should be cooked at what temperature. Myself I have not cooked most of the food that it shows.
At the top of the lid, you have grill like holes, this is to allow the steam out, also under the grill like holes, there is a filter, this stops anything from going through the holes.
On the front of the fryer you have two lights, an orange one indicates the power is on, and the red one lights up when the fryer is at the right termperature.
how to use
The fryer is really easy to use, to switch it on is only possible by the plug, then wait for the fat to warm up. Insert what you want to cook into the grill pan, and lower into the pan, Make sure than you do keep an eye on the chip pan at all times, and give the chips a good shake every few minutes.
Once cooked lift the grill pan up and slot it into the gap where the handle lays when stored away, then leave it there to drain for a few minutes. You may also want to give them a good shake as I have noticed that it does not drain all the fat away.
Its as simple as that, however always remember to take the plug back out, I know it may sound daft saying that, but how many house fires start from people forgetting such a simple thing.
The fryer has settings that go from low up to 190o. I find it easy to just keep it at 190 and it seems to cook everything perfectly.
This is really easy to clean, for the outside a damp cloth will do. As for the inside, empty the fat out. The metal part where the fat is kept comes out of the fryer. just soak that with hot soapy water and leave to soak for a while. The inside can also be done with just a damp cloth as this does not get that dirty.
After soaking the metal pan empty out and clean with a cloth then put back together it's as simple as that. If you do empty your fat down the sink though make sure you run hot water at the same time this will stop the sink blocking up.
Do filters need replacing
I have had this for 2 years and never replaced the filters yet, I would not even know where to buy them. All I do is run the filter in hot water give it a quick wipe down, then put on a radiator to dry, i have never had any problems in doing this and probably saved a packet in filters.
I paid £19.95 for this and I think its a bargain for how well its lasted and for how easy it is to use.
How much fat
I usually put 2 litres of oil in each time I fill it up, as I find this is just enough fat for what I need, although some larger families may require more. I only usually change the fat every 2-3 months also.
How well does it cook
I have only ever cooked 3 different foods in this fryer so I will describe what i think to each one.
Sausages: I do find the sausages a strange one, as they do taste nice and cook pretty well, but sometimes the sausages split in the middle, and then it can make the inside not taste as nice. Apart from that it does cook them well.
Chips: I always use frozen chips and they cook really nice into a lovely golden brown colour.
Roast potatoes: Now there is a trick to this to make them nice, as I found that when just putting potatoes in the chip pan, they would turn a nice golden brown but would be hard in the middle. So what I do now is half cook them first like boiled potatoes, do not over cook them or they will just fall apart in the fryer, they still need to be slightly hard. Then place them in the fryer and cook till golden brown and they come out perfect.
Any problems so far
So far I have never had any problems with this fryer and I think that's really good for the price I paid for it.
I would recommend this to anyone, its cheap easy to use, anyone would be able to find this easy to use, I mean even a man who reckons they can't cook could use this, so the men would have no excuses loll.
With the price easy of use and ease of cleaning this gets a big 5 stars from me, I would buy another one of these should this one ever break.
I am very happy with my Asda fryer. I have had mine for a couple of years but I was thinking of getting a new one this summer 2013. So, I set off looking to check out a different brand but when I went in Asda I was shocked at how economically my actual fryer was priced! £19.99. My plan was then changed to buy the same one again!
*** We use the fryer for chips, lots of chips!
***It is a foolproof appliance you just plug in, turn up the heat and go really.
There are a few minor negative points I need to mention:
1) I would NOT recommend it for a big family. We find that we cook chips for one or two people max. The chip basket is fairly small and if you over load it then the chips will not cook properly.
2) I would NOT recommend it if young children are around the kitchen. Only because we tend to leave the lid open when frying. This is due to the fact that the basket lowers into the fat/oil better. So this could be a potential hazard if 'little uns' are around.
Now the more positive points are:
1) It heats up quickly, cooks quickly and does the job it was made for.
2) Cleaning is easy - I can't get the metal inside unit out and generally we need to heat the fat/oil up first to pour it out. I literally take the whole unit to the sink! Pour out the fat into a container and then take a damp sponge to the inside and outside. The filter comes out easily and I wash it under the tap. I am yet to break it!! The lid came off for a while, but it was actually immensely simple to put back on.
3) You can't beat the bargain price but only for cooking for one or two people.
4) A nice size unit. We had a fryer before that took up the whole work-surface counter. We find we can leave this out on the counter and it is nice and compact.
5) Durable, no small parts that seem to break off, basic functions (I only turn on the temperature slider). I had a more expensive fryer prior to this and it did not last as long. I actually did not need to buy a new fryer this summer. I just cleaned up my old one and put the lid back on and it looks like new! My family even asked me if it was a new one!
The kitchen in my last house was ridiculously small, there was barely enough work top space to prepare food on never mind store appliances, so I has to make do with the bare essentials. Thankfully the kitchen is much larger in our current house and as soon as we moved in I began making a list of all the kitchen appliances I needed. I decided I wanted to purchase a Deep Fat Fryer but didn't want to spent too much money on one as its not exactly a product I intended to use everyday. In the end I decided on Asda's Smart Price Deep Fat Fryer which I purchased in store for £13.99.
Asdas Smart Price Deep Fat Fryer came well packaged in a really basic looking white and green cardboard box which displayed the green Smart Price Logo on the front along with a picture of the fryer itself. There was very little information about the product on the box except that the fryer had a 2L oil capacity and is cool to touch to prevent burns.
There was an instruction manual inside the box which gives general information on using the fryer along with important safeguards and warnings. All of this should be read thoroughly before using the product.
The fryer itself is white in colour, it quite small in size and is a sort of square-ish cube shape. It is made out of quite thick plastic. Whilst it is not the most glamorous looking piece of equipment it isn't an eye sore either, its rather plain but it doesn't look overly cheap.
The front of the fryer has some cooking times for various foods, most of which I have not cooked. At the bottom there is a slider, when the slider is completely to the left the fryer is in the off position, the further the slider is moved to the right the hotter the oil is, the maximum is 180oc. The slider is really simple to use but I do feel it feels a little unsteady and wobbly, I ensure I am always really careful when using it in fear it may break off. I am also really paranoid about simply leaving the slider in the off position when not in use, and so I always switch it off at the wall as well.
There is a red light which illuminates when the oil is heating, once the oil has been heated to the correct temperature the light goes out and the fryer is ready to use. There is a large grey button which opens the fryer lid on top. I generally heat the oil to 180oc, it takes approximately 15 minutes for the oil to heat up on this setting, so its not mega fast.
On the lid top there is a filter compartment, I have only had the fryer a few months so have not yet changed the filter, but it looks easy enough to do. I have had a quick look in Asda and cannot find any replacement filters so I may have to do a little shopping around when the time comes to replace it. Underneath the filter there is a small window through which you can watch food cooking, although more often than not the window gets a little steamy so not much can be seen anyways.
The instruction manual suggests cleaning the fryer out before first use. This is simply a case of washing the basket in warm soapy water and giving the inside of the fryer a quick wipe over with a cloth. Of course it is important to ensure the product is dry before switching on.
Inside the fryer there is a min and max marks which show how much oil is needed, between 1.6 L and 2.0 L. I find it is best to use a good quality frying oil to get the best cooking results. Butter, margarine, olive oil and animal fat cannot be used, although strangely it does say in the manual that blocks of fat can be used and there is instructions on how to do this. Personally I just use good old vegetable oil.
True to Asdas word the outside plastic does remain cool during use and I have never experienced any burns. Still, I wouldn't exactly recommend carrying it around the kitchen whilst it has hot oil inside or anything!
Since I have had the fryer I have changed the oil twice, I guess this may vary for people and depend upon how often the fryer is used and what is cooked in it. I tend to pour the oil away and soak the basket in a warm washing liquid solution. The inside of the fryer can be a bit tricky to clean as it cannot be removed and so it is a case of cleaning and rinsing a damp sponge until it comes up clean. I do find the cleaning process overly time consuming and a bit of a pain really. I like to give the outside white base a good wipe over regularly to keep it looking nice as it does get a little greasy and sticky. It is important to let the appliance cool down before changing the oil / cleaning it out.
I am aware that frying food is a rather unhealthy option and as mentioned earlier I do not use this fryer everyday. I mostly purchased this for frying chips and also for deep frying my home made falafel patties. I am a vegetarian, so I have no idea how well this product would cook meat. It does cook frozen chips really well and they always come out crisp and golden, it takes around 10-12 minutes to cook the chips but I guess that may vary depending on how you like them.. The basket is quite small though, so if I am cooking for more than two I have to fry in batches, which is a bit of a pain.
Asda's Smart Price deep fat fryer is a decent little appliance considering its low price. If you want a fryer to use everyday to cook large amount of food then its certainly not for you, if like me you just want a simple small fryer to use every now and again then its certainly worth purchasing. I give it 4 out of 5 Dooyoo stars, it is in no way perfect but I still think it is excellent value for money.