Product Type: Tefal fryers
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Not Healthy - But Very Tasty
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Advantages: Quick, Easy, Tasty, Cheap
Disadvantages: Not Healthy!
Recently we exchanged our Clubcard reward vouchers for money to spend in store on electrical items. We got the hand vac we'd wanted for a while, and a new whisk for the kitchen too. Then we were left with around £15 still to spend in vouchers, and eventually decided we'd get this deep fat fryer. We didn't have any great need for one but we agree that things like onion rings do taste nicer when they're fried instead of oven cooked. A bit of a whimsical reason for purchasing a deep fat fryer then.
The full retail price of this item is £24.97 and we got this in store from our local Tesco Extra, and it is also available online at Tesco Direct. If you look at similar models, such as the Russell Hobbs 18149, you're saving around £5 by buying the Tesco own brand name without compromising on capacity and ability. There are a couple of cheaper options but we liked this style the best out of the options available in our chosen price range.
Getting the fryer set up was simply a case of unpacking it and plugging it in. There were a couple of bits of packaging to disgard, then we just had to attach the handle to the basket and turn on the power. To use this, it requires filling up with a fair bit of oil (2.5 - 3 litres) and there's a handy line inside to show you where to fill the oil to. The handle is easily attached and detached from the basket for cleaning and storing purposes, and the lid on top is thin and lightweight. The lid is there for storage purposes and not used during cooking. There's a little catch on the edge of the fryer so you can hang the basket on the edge while the fryer is cooling down or warming up and this is sturdy and effective.
To use the fryer you just turn the temperature dial to the desired setting and turn the power on at the socket. There's no on and off switch on the fryer, which I quite like myself. It means there's no sticking your hand near spitting fat to turn it off when you're finished! Just hit the power at the socket. There are red and green lights beside the temperature dial so you can see the red light is lit when the power is on, and the green one is lit when the fat has warmed up to the chosen temperature. The green light goes on and off during cooking, as the temperature dips and raises for obvious reasons, but the instruction booklet clearly tells you to expect this and ignore it.
The results have been excellent every time we've used this fryer. Mostly we've only used it for chips or onion rings, and those have come out perfectly every time. The fryer heats up in around two or three minutes, and it cooks things like onion rings in just a couple of minutes. It's not just a tasty way to cook but a quick one too. The lid is effective at keeping the oil clean and dust-free in between uses, and the lift-out inner tray makes this really easy to clean inside.
Obviously a deep fat fryer is not a healthy kitchen appliance to own, but my onion rings taste so good now that I can't really care too much! If you're looking to buy an appliance like this, I definitely recommend this particular make and model. It's easy to use, easy to clean, well designed and as quick as I expected it to be. I can't see any reason to bother paying out even an extra fiver to get a brand name version.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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