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If you like soggy, greasy deep-fried foods, this is the fryer for you. Otherwise, RUN.
on August 14, 2016
I love fried foods. If it were socially acceptable, I would would dredge myself in flour and seasoned breadcrumbs and deep fry myself for long periods during the cold winter months. But I'm saddened by this product from Delonghi. It really underperforms in the single job it is supposed to do well.
Can we agree that the most important thing when deep frying is the temperature of the oil? And maintaining that temperature is critical so you have consistency in quality and cooking time? Proper temperature makes your food crispy and crunchy and frigging tasty as all get-out. But if you fry in oil that is not hot enough or teetering on the edge of acceptable, it will produce food that is limp, greasy, and saturated with extra oil. Oil that seeps into the food throughout the (longer) frying process instead of initially creating a nigh-impenetrable crusty outer barrier.
This product does NOT heat high enough and does not MAINTAIN the heat it can get to. That's a big problem. I do not overfill the basket with food for each frying session and I fry exclusively with peanut oil. This fryer has produced sub-par fried foods since day one. Fresh chicken tenders, the test of any deep fryer worth its salt? LIMP. SOGGY. DISGUSTING. And the cooking times are psychotic. You should be able to quickly fry a batch of fries in around 6-8 minutes with hot oil. This thing takes upwards of 20 minutes. And during every extra second of cooking time, the fries are becoming chewy and absorbing more and more oil, defeating the purpose of the "roto" gimmick. Sure, you're using less oil in the machine. But more of it is going into your food.
Can you tell I really hate this fryer? Frying in a pot on the stove, while more dangerous, provides far more consistent, quality, and timely results. And costs a heck of a lot less.
Lastly, the absolutely stupid magnetic "safety" cord on this fryer is comically short and extremely sensitive. You may think its frying and then wonder why the sizzling has stopped. Oh, yeah, the plug sneakily detached and cut the power when someone walked by. Twenty. Minutes. Ago.
Any recommendations for a quality fryer are welcome.