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I have had the Breville VDF034 for a while now, I don't remember the exact price though I think it was quite reasonable. I am familiar with the Breville brand and so thought it was a safe enough bet.
This model is an update of an older version, it is reasonably stylish and will fit in well with a modern kitchen. It is small enough to fit into the cupboard when you're not using it.
The lid is lockable and easily removed with the large handle in the middle.
It has a capacity of 2kg of fresh food or 1.5kg of frozen food, which is more than enough for a small/medium sized family. The oil capacity is 3 litres and the maximum temperature is 190 degrees. It has both power and temperature indicators to keep a check on the temperature.
It has cool zone technology which means that the oil does not have to be discarded after use.
The fryer performs well; it makes chips that are well done without being greasy. It also heats up quickly and the oil is easy to change.
The only negative is the lack of a window to allow you to keep an eye on progress, but that doesn't deter from the great performance of the fryer.
Lets start with the technicalities............ The Breville VDFO34 has the capacity for 3 litres of oil and 1 kilogram of food. With an easy to use temperature control function, allowing a greater choice and flexibility for all your frying needs. Once the required temperature is selected, the indicator light will illuminate indicating that the oil has reached the required temperature for frying. The fryer is really easy to dissemble which is important for cleaning and changing the oil. I would definitely recommend for extra tasty food, always make sure you replace the oil to ensure a nice crispness/freshness.
If you choose to purchase this product, the Box Contents include........
1 x Deep Fryer
1 x Fryer Lid
1 x Enamel Bowl
1 x Instruction Booklet
1 x One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
I bought my Breville from Amazon because the price was second to none. (I do love amazon for all my electrical products!) The product is fairly (dare i say it) stylish? or at the bare minimum inoffensive if you choose to leave this item out on the kitchen side. It is compact too so can easily fit into a kitchen cupboard if you like minimalistic kitchen worktops.
Now whilst frying may not be the health conscious cooking method of choice, you really can't beat some home cooked fish and chips!! There are some great recipes online and you will be surprised how great your own will taste and how much cheaper it will be compared to the chippy. I have experimented with mine making my own samosas, onion bhajis and onion rings...... delicious.
It is a very basic fryer, but if you are like me, just cooking for the family, you don't really need much more. Safer than a chip pan, but makes cracking chips! Easy to clean, simple to use, reasonably priced......... great basic fryer!
I do love homemade chips they taste so much better then oven chips but i guess thats just my own personal opinion know there not healthy and we all know you should defiantly not deep fat fry your chips but once in awhile can't harm surely. I bought this one for my dad, even though i am the one that does the cooking in the house. We used to fry his chips just in a pan of boiling oil which I know isn't very safe as it does spit a lot of fat and many of times i would get a burn mark so I decided it would be better to get us a brevilleVDF034 fryer as we have used this make before and t has been very good.
It's made of stainless steel apart from some parts which is the top and the handles and back drop which are plastic, this one holds 3litres of oil which is quite a lot in my onion, and we always use it a few times before we change the oil. The oil does heat up quickly which is good as it does need to be really hot.
There is a red and green light on it which is to show when it is ready to use this is a good idea as then you know that the oil is at the right temperature. The chips do taste much better than they did before I have also done onion rings in it which turn out much better than when I have attempted them in a hot frying pan of oil this could be because they have more depth to cook in. it roughly takes about 15/20 minutes to cook chips, i bought mine new from amazon at £44.99. You can buy used ones but i thought new was best.
My favorite food has to be, homemade chips. As unhealthy as they are, they taste fab! I used to use and old pan, to make chips, however I decided that it was not very safe and I purchased this Breville fryer.
One thing that does matter to me is how this looks. Since decorating my kitchen I like everything to look good that is on show. This fryer is stainless steel with a brushed finish, which fits in so well. I looks very modern and I find it easy to clean on both inside and out.
Inside is an enamel bowl which is removable - this means I can clean the fryer whenever I like. I have even put the bowl in the dishwasher before.
The fryer holds 3 litres of oil which is more then enough if you are just frying chips. The oil temperature can vary, the highest being 190ºC
The use the fryer is very simple, one your oil is in the bowl you plug the fryer in, It turns on automatically (no on and off switch) Once the oil is at the temperature you have requested the light will switch on. You are then ready to put your desired food in for frying. The oil does not take long to heat up, I would say it is roughly 10 minutes. Your food will take hardly anytime at all, depending on how well cooked you like it!
Once your food is ready you must ensure you have turned the fryer off at the switch. You can then leave the oil to cool down. I like to clean and wash it out every couple of times I use it.
Overall this was a good buy, especially for piece of mind that it it safer than my old method of frying chips! It cost me £49.99 from my local supermarket and I am very pleased with it.
We all know that we shouldn't deep fat fry our food, but let's face it - we all do it and we want the best results possible. This fryer is almost there.
With a capacity for 3 litres of oil this is an averagely sized fryer, perfect for the average family and maybe a large one if the portions are small. The design is excellent, it looks modern and clean and shouldn't clash with any kitchens unless they are extremely retro.
To use the product you simply plug it in and turn the dial to get the desired oil temperature, which then heats up at a quick speed of about 10 minutes, maybe 15 with the highest settings applied.
There is no specific on or off button which I consider useful as it means the user will always unplug the device, rather than leaving it plugged in and switched on accidently (even though I'm sure it has safety features built in it is never a good idea to leave oil heating).
The results are always great with this for me, and I think the secret is that it is always clean. This is because it's extremely easy to take all the insides out and give them a good scrub, that way there is never any old oil or food lurking around waiting to lower the quality of your produce.
One small problem is that there is no real lid for this product, I don't like to leave the little plastic cover on whilst cooking and therefore anyone standing too close or looking in run the risk of getting spat at. Never been too much of a problem for me though.
If you need a deep fryer and have a smallish family then this is the perfect product.
We all know that deep fat fryers are a no no, there is nothing worse for you than throwing nice healthy fish and potato's into 3 litre's of boiling oil and cooking it, but it's really tasty.
After a long patch with no deep fat fryer I was getting fed up of oven chips, no matter what brand you buy they are just not as tasty as home made chips. So I decided it was time to purchase a new deep fat fryer, after a quick look around the internet I settled on the Breville VDF034 as it seemed to be good value for money.
The Breville VDF034 is a catering style deep fat fryer with a brushed stainless steel finish and black handles and a black control panel. I like that the deep fat fryer has a modern finish and is quite a smart looking addition to the kitchen.
I chose this particular style as it is easy to take apart for cleaning. The heating element and control panel lift of and then you can easily remove the old oil and clean the bowl and stainless steel outer. After many cleanings the deep fat fryer still looks like new apart from the white writing on the control panel has wiped off, this does make setting the temperature a bit of a guessing game but as I do nothing fancier than fish and chips in the machine this is not a problem for me.
The deep fat fryer holds up to 3 litres of oil and has 1kg food capacity; I find that this is large enough for my family of five.
During cooking the lid can not be used as it is a dust cover only this does result in some oil being spat out of the pan, it is nothing too major and I have never been burnt by this and the small amount of oil easily wipes away with a hot soapy cloth.
The deep fat fryer does not have an on/off switch you just plug it in and turn the temperature dial up to the desired cooking temperature and when the light turns off it is ready. When you have finished cooking you turn the temperature dial back down and unplug it and when it has cooled you can put it away or clean it out.
The speed at which the oil heats up is very quick around 8 minutes, the quality of the cooked food is very good, everything is evenly cooked and has a lovely golden crunchy texture. Unfortunately there is no timer so you do have to keep an eye on the length of time the food has been cooking for, but I would think that no-one leaves the kitchen when they have what is technically an open pan of boiling oil on the work surface.
There is a cord storage area in the back of the control panel, you have to loop the cord around your hand and then slot it into the hole in the back. The deep fat fryer is very small and neat and store easily on a shelf in my cupboard.
Inside the cord storage area there is a reset button, I have only had to locate this and press it once in the whole time I have had my machine, I'm not sure why it needed resetting it just would not turn on but this cured it.
I save my old oil bottles and pour the old oil into the bottles and dispose of them with my regular household rubbish I never pour oil down the drain as it can clog the drain and is also bad for the environment.
Removable immersed heating element and removable enamel bowl
Variable temperature control to 190ºC
3 litre oil capacity and 1kg food capacity
Cool zone area
Brushed stainless steel finish
In conclusion I am very pleased with my purchase, I have been using it once a week for over a year, it is very easy to keep clean and gives great results every time. I did pay £59.99 for it but it is now available on Amazon for £37.20.
Thank you for reading x