Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Product Review: Brylane Home Deep Fryer

This week I got a great surprise from Brylane Home - they delivered their Deep Fryer with Triple Basket to the house (on sale now for $59.99 - regularly $99.99)! Larry didn't waste a minute getting this set up and planning our first dinner with it! 

We set it up on the counter - there wasn't much to getting it ready. It does take up a bit of room - but once you take the basket out - it's not too bad. There are definitely a few features about this deep fryer that I really like:
  • 3 baskets - so you can use the one large or the two smaller
  • magnetic cord that attaches to the back - I like that if it gets bumped it comes unplugged - a little safer
  • temperature gauge - it's really easy to set and the light goes off when it's up to temp
  • vented cover - everybody says fryers are so messy - but this cover keeps all the mess inside!
Larry was set on having fish & chips - so off I went to Kroger! I wasn't sure what to buy for batter so I just grabbed a quick box from Kroger. All you do is add water and stir - it's really simple. We've since used it 3x and still have 1/3 bag left - so it lasts a while.

After mixing the batter - we dipped cod & tilapia and then put in the basket. This is a mistake - put the basket in the hot oil- then drop the fish into the oil. I was an airhead and didn't realize this. If you do it this way - the fish sticks to the basket. Duh! So remember - basket IN the oil - then you just use it to drain and grab the fish out.

Bubble away...I took the lid off just for the photo. Fish only takes a few minutes - it cooks so quick!

Larry put a few pieces in without batter - mostly by accident - but they tasted good. It was a quick flash-cooking but not sure I'd do it again without batter.

They were MUCH BETTER with batter! I can't even honestly say which I liked better - the cod or the tilapia. They key is getting the pieces the same size and thickness so they cook the same. They didn't really come out that oily but I drained them on paper towels just the same.

We also dropped some frozen french fries in for 2-3 minutes as well - just like McDonalds in my own kitchen!

Now - what else can you do in the fryer?

DONUTS!

That's right - you know the donuts from the Chinese Buffet?! They're my favorite - it's ridonkulous how much I love these! And now I can have them anytime I want! The best part -- I just used the CHEAPEST 49 cent biscuits from Kroger. Drop them in 350 degree oil - about 1 minute on each side (you do need to flip them) - pop them out and roll them in sugar - done!

We are really enjoying this fryer and I think that fish & chips and donuts will be a staple in the Johnson house. We made a pile of fish & chips and everybody enjoyed them and the donuts were great for breakfast this morning!

You can get this fryer for under $60 - I think it's a great value! Do you have a deep fryer? Let me know!





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