National Chip Week celebrates the humble spudWe reveal how to make the perfect portion of chips

16 February 2010

Which? fryers test cooks chips

Which? assesses the quality of chips made using fryers

Looking for an alternative to pancakes this Shrove Tuesday? National Chip Week is underway, encouraging the nation to get behind the potato industry and enjoy a portion of chips.

According to a study conducted by Aston University, eating chips might just make you more cheerful too. 

Research participants who ate chips after being shown a video clip designed to 'induce a negative mood state' experienced a 10% and 13% increase in 'calmness' and 'cheerfulness'.

Cook your own chips

Which? has tested and reviewed 14 of the latest fryers on the market, including the popular Tefal Actifry, and recommends three fryer models as fryer Best Buys. During our fryer tests we fry fresh chips in each model and rate them for evenness of cooking, overall appeal and the quality of the cooked chips.

According to Which? small appliances expert Lisa Galliers: 'Sales of fryers have grown in recent years - they're a safer cooking option than using a chip pan - and our Best Buy fryers score well for cooking chips as well as being easier to clean.

'However by definition a fryer isn’t going to be simple to clean because it cooks using hot oil, so you might find they're a bit on the messy side.'

Find out more about National Chip Week on the Love Chips website.

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