The thought of being able to produce deep-fried food without all the mess, nuisance and health risks linked with traditional deep fryers must appeal to all cooks. The flavor of good deep-fried food is something we would all wish for, but all the downsides connected with it results in this particular style of cooking is to a large degree avoided – which is a pity.
With the new generation of low-fat fryers, the problem looks to be solved. The fryers operate by pointing a heated stream of air over and throughout the food which is enclosed in a basket. The basket is held in a drawer which slots into the front of the machine – so no longer do you have to lower a basket of food, hissing, and foaming, into a vat of hot oil.
You set the cooking temperature with a simple thermostat, and the time with a rotary timer. The fryer turns itself off at the finish. There is a divider that you can slot into the basket for when you want to cook different foods at the same time – so you can save time by putting different ingredients to the meal into the fryer at the same time. Users report that many foods can be cooked with great results. Even cakes and brownies can be cooked in these fryers – not things that you would expect to cook in a fryer!
The usefulness of these appliances is part of their key to success. The fryers could probably be best described as convection ovens, designed to sit on the worktop, with a basket for frying.
It is the ability to cook fries that will interest most people. This is where these fryers actually excel. As long as you make the effort to learn how to do this correctly – the best potato to use, the best way to cut, the cooking time, etc- you’ll get great results. Remember that this is not really fat-free cooking. You need to put about a half tablespoon of oil in with the fries for the best results. Your fries will be ready in approximately 15 to 25 minutes depending on the quantity you are cooking.
The fryers take up no more space on the counter than a food processor, and the futuristic appearance is impressive. Since all the parts that make contact with the food are dishwasher-safe, it’s easy to keep them clean. A quickstart manual will help you to start cooking as soon as the fryer comes out of the box, and a comprehensive recipe book should help you to make the most of your cookery skills.
These fryers, without doubt, perform as the manufacturers describe. The benefits to the health of using less fat in cooking cannot really be denied. These adaptable fryers will enable you to get that – and produce great-tasting food as well.