We just received this fryer yesterday, but we put it through its paces last night. We have a fairly large family, so there was plenty to fry up in order to feed everyone. We did fish, french fries, and onion rings. First, we filled the unit with canola oil. There are marks on the inner pot which show a minimum and maximum safe oil level. We filled it to the max mark. The unit has a variable temperature setting that goes up to 375. We set it at 350. When its up to temperature, the green light comes on. I immersed the fries first. I held the top cover over the basket to keep grease from splattering up on me. After the initial "flare up" from the food hitting the hot oil, it settled down and went to the task of frying our food. It fries very quickly. We did not use the little digital timer on the unit as we were sitting right there watching the food while it cooked. I can see how it would be useful for someone who was multi-tasking. After the fries, we did some fish, then onion rings, and by that time, we needed to do more fish. For some reason, this unit seems to fry much faster than our old dutch oven filled with oil and it seems much safer. It's nice that this unit is temperature controlled and lets you know when your oil is hot enough. We never used a thermometer with the dutch oven and there were a few times we set the food in too early. Greasy! So, all in all, this is a good unit so far. It does cook a fair amount of food in one batch, although I can see where doing chicken might be a slow process because of the size. You would only get a piece or two to fit at a time. It does do at least 10 pieces of fish at once and two batches of french fries fed 5 people and there was plenty left over. The main question will be, how long will this thing last? Time will tell. But, for the price, if it lasts a couple of years, I won't complain.
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