Product Type: Tesco fryers
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Tesco DFPSS11 3L Pro Fryer
Member Name: Red51
Tesco DFPSS11 3L Pro Fryer
Date: 23/09/11, updated on 18/04/12 (390 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, looks good, very simple to use
Disadvantages: Very unhealthy, no on/off switch
We bought this around two years ago, when my other half really fancied some proper chips rather than oven. I sort of regret buying this, as it is now way too easy to make unbelievably unhealthy meals with it! There is nothing like fresh homemade fried chips, which are soo easy to make and soo yummy!
~ Availability & Cost ~
This is a Tesco own brand fryer therefore only available in store or online at Tesco Direct. We bought it for around £20, I can see it is currently available on Tesco Direct for £19.97 (reduced from £24.97). Delivery is £5.00 for small items (next day), however, if you have a Tesco store near you, you can click and collect for free. However, the collection is not available in all stores.
~ Product ~
The reason we picked this in opposition to the usual big white square fryers, is because of its looks and slim size. It is stainless steel all over apart from the handles and part at the top with the dial. It is classed as a "professional" fryer, but I'm not sure how they define professional, as this is a basic model, maybe because it looks like an industrial fryer with the stainless steel.
It is a no frills model (what do you really expect for the price), it comes with a removable fryer basket and a dial to choose the temperature, the heating filament is attached to the dial bit at the back & is removable for cleaning. There are two lights on the top - a red one to tell you the fryer is on and a green one to tell you that it has reached the specified temperature. That's about it!
The oil capacity is 3 litres and food capacity is 1 litre. This is not huge but does enough chips for a family, however, if you are looking to fry things like battered fish or chicken (not advisable as it is a bit too nice!) you will have to do it in a couple of goes. We did battered chicken thighs and you can fit two thighs max in the basket. If you are doing fish, you could fit two smaller pieces or one large.
The measurements are - 24cm * 41.5cm and height 26cm, however the handle to the basket sticks out and doesn't fold down, therefore if you don't remove the handle it is actually 56.5 cm long. The handle is removable, but we don't normally take it out as it is all sticky. We only remove it when we are cleaning & changing the oil.
The unit heats up in a reasonable length of time, its not quick and not slow. (I'll time it next time I use it and update this review). The temperatures range between 150-190 C, which is enough for a range of fried foods. However, we only really cook chips at 190.
When you are using the fryer, it says to cook with the lid off, therefore this is a bit of a safety issue if you have kids around. Make sure this is way out of reach of inquisitive hands, as if they grab at the handle the whole thing could tip over! The other types of fryers seem a little safer with the clip down lids.
Also, the sides are stainless steel and get very hot when in use. The only part of the fryer you can touch is the handle to the basket and the temperature dial.
The frying basket is a simple rectangular basket with a clipped in handle attached. It does have a rest so you can have the basket out of the oil when you are putting the food in, then lower it into the oil. There is no auto rotation/movement of the basket that you get with the more expensive models.
However, the most annoying thing on this fryer is that there is no on/off switch on the fryer & you have to turn it off at the wall. Unfortunately in our kitchen the plug sockets are in a ridiculous location behind the fridge/freezer, so every time I use this I have to lean around the fridge to turn it on and off. This may not be an issue with most peoples kitchens, however, I find it most annoying!
The internal tray which the oil goes in is removable for cleaning, however, there is no easy oil removal spout like I have seen on some more expensive fryers, you just have to tip it up (normally get DH to do that bit). It does clean quite easily once you have removed the oil, and there are not many nooks and crannies for bits to get stuck in. But as with any oil fryers its messy!
~ Would I recommend? ~
Well yes, it is a very simple fryer, but it does the job, looks quite good and is smaller than a lot of the fryers out there.
However, it does make it WAY to easy to make very bad food for you! If you have the willpower to avoid eating chips every day, then go for it! But if you don't think you have, I would say to avoid!
Summary: Cheap simple fryer
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