It's an idea that has got to appeal to ken cooks all over - deep-frying without the bother and danger of large volumes of hot oil, to say nothing of the health risks. The taste of good deep-fried food is something we would all miss, but these perceived health risks and inconveniences mean that it's a type of cooking that is avoided - and that's a shame. The new generation of low-fat fryers go a long way to answer those questions.
The central principle is the use of high-temperature air, directed over the food contained in a basket. The basket just slides into the front of the fryer - so no more lowering of food into hot oil. Simple rotary dials are used to set the cooking temperature and time. When the time is up, a bell rings and the fryer switches off. To cook more than one food item, just use the basket divider - so a great deal of time can be saved by cooking several ingredients to the meal all at one go.
Buyers say they are great for roast potatoes, puff pastry, fried vegetables and many more. They can even turn their hand to brownies and cakes - not things that you would expect to cook in a fryer!
The versatility of these appliances is part of their key to success. Perhaps it's best to think of them more as convection ovens which sit on the counter-top, and that happen to incorporate a basket for frying.
It is the ability to cook fries that will interest most buyers. It's in this area that these fryers come into their own. As long as you make the effort to learn how to do this properly - which are the best potatoes to use, how fine to cut them and so on- you'll be more than pleased with the results. It's worth remembering that you do actually have to use a bit of oil. About a dessetspoonful of oil per load of chips is about right. Your chips will be ready in about 15 to 25 minutes based on the quantity you are cooking.
They occupy little more space than a regular sized food processor, and the futuristic appearance is impressive. The are easy to keep clean, as the basket and other removable parts can go into the dishwasher.
Getting started is easy as you usually get a quick-start manual, and there's usually a useful recipe booklet for further inspiration.
These low-fat fryers certainly work well. Nobody can doubt the benefits to health of low-fat cooking - and machines as adaptable as this will help you to make the most of it.
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