Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack
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The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack is a major improvement on previous models. They have found a way of evenly distributing the hot air, which some models struggle with. This means the Salter EK2817 performs as well as more expensive models, even for chips!
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First Impressions on the Salter EK2817
The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack is a well made hot air fryer, also known as a low far fryer.It may look very similar to previous models with frying draw. However, the Salter EK2817 hot air fryer is a real step change when it comes to cooking. One of the problems manufacturers have had to address with this design is how to force the hot air to distribute evenly. This is crucial in a hot air fryer where any hot spots result in burnt food. The good news is that this latest model deals with this problem very well, and all for one of the lowest prices on the market. Lets not forget, it was Salter and its cousin Tower (we are convinced that Salter and Tower must share design and production given their obvious similarities) that inspire the design by other manufacturers such as Duronic. No wonder then that Salter has managed to produce such as good hot air fryer for such a low price.
The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack as the name suggests comes with a removable frying rack. The frying rack is instrumental in ensuring evenly distributed air flow. The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer is powered by a 1000 Watt heating unit which reaches temperatures of 200°c. This is a powerful heater for a low fat fryer which is only 2 litres in volume. Larger Halogen Ovens which can be as large as 17 litres have higher wattage heaters but when it comes to frying food, it is the ratio of power to volume which makes all of the difference. The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer performs well in this respect.
Like many other hot air fryers, the this model has both a temperature control and a timer allowing up to 30 minutes. There is also an auto shutoff feature when the timer reaches completion. As well as a removable frying rack, the internal bowl can be removed for cleaning. This is non-stick and so makes cleaning straight forward.
The Salter EK2817 at 23.5 cm x 30.5 cm has a small footprint which means it takes up a small amount of room either on the counter or when stored.
We used the Salter EK2817 for a number of different recipes such as fried chicken, steak and of course chips. We did not use it to bake scones or cakes but given the accurate timing and temperature controls, we do not expect this to be a problem. All of our food was cooked very well and evenly brown. We cooked both hand-cut and frozen chips and these are very god. certainly as good as more expensive models.
Salter EK2817 Conclusions
The Salter EK2817 Compact Hot Air Fryer with Removable Frying Rack represents a step change for Salter. Salter were one of the original manufacturers of hot air fryers and this is probably the best model they have produced taking into account price and performance.