Product Type: Breville fryers
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Not so easy clean actually
Breville DF28 Easy-Clean Deluxe Fryer
Member Name: mumto3
Breville DF28 Easy-Clean Deluxe Fryer
Advantages: it has a lid - the handle folds away - comes apart
Disadvantages: not easy to clean - not a very big basket
About eighteen months ago my Tefal chip fryer spewed hot oil all over the worktop and floor just once too often and found itself banished from our lives.
I went in search of a new fryer with only one specification...it must have a lid that closes while it is frying.
In my local town to get from the car park into the main shopping centre the easiest route is through the co-op. Just inside the entrance to the co-op is their electrical department and as I have a co-op dividend card I thought I would have a browse there first before going to Argos which is the only other store we have that sells electricals.
Most of the fryers available at that time were the stainless steel professional style open fryers that seem popular but as I had just ended a very bad relationship with one I wasn't interested these. I eventually found tucked away on a bottom shelf the Breville DF28. I was immediately interested in the fryer because it had the lid I coveted. I was also attracted to the fryer because it was in the sale at £29.99 and I had enough dividend points to cover the whole purchase.
The fryer is white with a fold away handle a pop up lid and a small basket. It takes approximately two litres of oil to reach the correct level for cooking and the basket can hold around one kilo of food. The heating element is in the bottom of the fryer and the pan than holds the oil sits on top of this so the elements are not in the oil but underneath it. The pan lifts out easily for cleaning and the lid can also be removed for this purpose.
Putting the fryer together is very easy but the fryer does come with full instructions. On the front is a dial to alter the temperature and there are suggestions regarding the best heat for certain food items. Also on the front is the temperature indicator light that shows red while the oil is heating and then turns green once it has reached the desired temperature.
I find that to make enough chips o feed my family of six I do need to make two or even three batches so I could probably do with a bigger fryer but on the whole I have been very pleased with the cooking abilities of this fryer. The chips that I make are usually crisp and don't take many minutes to cook once the oil is up to temperature. I have also fried battered fish, onion rings and scampi and have been pleased with the results.
My one issue with the fryer is cleaning it. Now I admit this is not a job I particularly like and I find it awkward and messy at the best of times. The manufacturer does claim that the fryer is easy cleaning but I think they have never actually tried to clean it. The pan comes out and the wire basket are can obviously be removed but they take a lot of scrubbing as the oil seems to stick like glue to them. Trying to clean the rest is just as fiddly because although you can removed the lid it still needs to be scrubbed which affects the look of the fryer. The bottom has the electric elements in it so cannot be immersed in water and trying to clean this with a cloth is almost impossible. This is not a particular problem with this fryer but it is just one of those messy jobs that I put off until absolutely necessary.
Although I got the fryer at a very reasonable price I have not found such a good deal while researching for this review. Online the fryer is available from approximately £50 to £70 depending where you get it. It is currently (Oct 11) available from www.amazon.co.uk for £55.01 with free shipping.
A good fryer that I would recommend.
Summary: As fryers go it is quite a good one
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