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I know we should all be about healthy eating but sometimes a little bit of what you fancy does you good. I love chips for a start and you just can't do good chips in the oven. Frozen chips just do not compare to the real thing. The main reason behind buying the fryer is a recipe Jamie Oliver had for thrice cooked chips, they are blooming marvellous and need cooking three times to make them just so beautiful. Another reason why I needed a deep fat fryer is that I like Indian starters and to cook these you need a fryer, I tried to make my own bhajis and fried them in a pan full of oil but it was dangerous with it spitting and they burnt and didn't cook inside.
This deep fat fryer is black so it looks good and it has an individual fry basket. The fry basket can be dish washed and it fits snug inside the machine. The exterior of the machine is black plastic with a 3L oil capacity. The lid fits on tightly and there is a window so you can see what is going on, which is not a lot really although I always know when my onion rings are ready because they start to float.
Mastering the act of flour batter flour is not easy and tempura batter is even harder, however you just can't do it without a fry machine. Inside the machine the bowl is enamel so this is easy to clean and the oil does not damage the bowl. The basket is 1L which is plenty big enough and there is a cable storage so there is no mess on the worktop.
As much as I like this machine and I always use fresh oil with it to prevent it smoking; it smells when you use it and the exterior of the fryer gets thick with grease if you do not clean it properly. I like the fryer and I use it every week but I have to cook with the door open as it makes the kitchen really hot and smelly. Although it is better than cooking with a pan of oil which smells even worse. The last thing I made in my fryer was homemade falafel as I had a vegetarian friend over. These were brilliant and again, something I could not make without the fryer. The balls were crunchy yet moist and tasty on the inside. Served with humus and pitas they were a naughty veggie treat.
Most people I know do not have a fryer, my mum won't have one and my brother things they are quite common but when you go to a restaurant and order fries, onion rings, battered prawns, do you really think they come from the oven? Nope, to make tasty food you need to cook things the naughty way. Not all the time, but a treat every now is ok. I always lay whatever I have cooked on kitchen roll and this takes the excess oil out. Overall, this is a good fryer and it is really easy to use. It is also quick to cook and easy to clean afterwards.
I have the same situation here, with this product that I had in a review I have previously posted.
When my daughter went off to university, she collected and bought a great deal of crockery and pots & pans etc.. and we tried to help her by buying some useful things to help her out.
We bought her a small deep fat fryer, which as it turned out she was not able to use, as the Halls of Residence's kitchen has strict rules about not using any electric products that were not already in the kitchen and had the regular, ongoing safety checks.
So, although we bought this for my daughter, it ended up coming home with us again and is now in my kitchen.
The Russell Hobbs Food Collection Fryer, was bought for one reason, and that is it's size. It is as a compact model, in other words a small model and suitable really for one person
At the time of writing this review, this model costs £14.99 in Sainsbury's (February 2013) I think that we paid a little bit more than that when we bought it, but that was probably over a year ago now.
The fryer has an adjustable thermostat; of up to 190 degrees - which for such a model in a low price range, is a good feature - most basic fryers do not have this facility.
It has a light on the front, showing when the fryer has reached the required temperature.
The fryer comes with a basket and a handle that attaches to the basket and sits externally, so that you do not need to get your fingers near the hot oil/food.
It is made of white plastic and stainless steel.
It is 10" width x 7" long and 8" high.
Like any other deep fat fryer, you need to be stringent and keep on top of the cleaning of this machine, otherwise it will soon become greasy and "tacky" This one of ours though has stayed in good, clean condition - but that would possibly be something to do with the fact that it only gets used around once a month, as it is too small to use for cooking for a larger family - not a grumble though, perfect for one, which is why we bought it.
To cook chips, or potatoe products I would have the fryer set to a high temperature - 180-190% and make sure that the basket is no more than a third full - with hot oil these chips should take around three or four minutes - very convenient fast food cooking, not so good for the waistline though!
It comes with a one year manufacturers guarantee
It takes 0.900 litres of oil and it is recommended that you cook up to 350grammes of food in it
Would I recommend this product? Yes I think I would, it costs under £15 and is a brand name with a decent guarantee, so you couldn't really go far wrong, as long as you were aware that it is for single servings only.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 18238