Product Type: Tefal fryers
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I've had my chips!
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Member Name: anwar7
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Advantages: food taste wonderful ,little fat used.
Disadvantages: bulky,cooking times,noisy
What is the Actifry?
The Tefal Actifry is designed to cook many different types of food using minimal oil. It works by circulating hot air around the food to be cooked. It is probably best known for its ability to produce chips that taste wonderful! However it can do so much more than cook chips!
The Actifry is really simple to use and comes with a recipe booklet containing 30 recipes for you to try. The outer unit is made of white plastic with a clear plastic lid that allows you to view food as it cooks. There is a digital timer display so you can see how much longer your food will need to cook. The lid springs open when you press the buttons on the outside. Inside the unit is a pan with handle to enable you to remove the pan when the food has finished cooking. There is a plastic arm that rotates the food as it cooks ensuring that everything is cooked evenly. A 15 ml plastic measuring spoon is also provided with the unit. The Actifry is powered by a 1400 Watt motor. This is quite a large machine and I don't have enough space to keep it on my work top. However it does fit into my cupboard. If you can keep it on a work top, the unit does handy cord storage.
Using the Actifry.
When I first bought my Actifry I used it mainly for making chips as a weekend treat. These are really easy to do and take very little preparation time. My favourite and chunky chips made leaving the skins on. All you need to do is wash your potatoes and then slice into chunky chip shapes. Dry the chips and place into the bowl on the Actifry, adding just one measured spoonful of oil. I use olive oil even though it is not recommended! You can use sunflower oil or vegetable oil if you prefer. Set the timer; these chips take around 30 minutes to cook and wait! When the cooking process is finished an alarm will sound although the machine doesn't turn off automatically. You can also cook smaller French fries or potatoes wedges in the same way. The Actifry can also cook frozen chips or oven chips. If you cook oven chips you don't need to add any extra oil.
I have also used the Actifry to make sweet potato chips and these are now a firm family favourite! To make enough for 4 people you will need-
800 grams of sweet potatoes.
2 spoons of olive oil.
2 spoons of flour.
1 spoon of sesame oil.
2 spoons of sesame seeds.
A few fresh chives and salt and pepper.
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 cm think slices. Rinse and dry well.
2. Place in a bowl and add the olive oil coating the chips well.
3. Place the chips into the Actifry and add the sesame oil. Cook for 25 minutes, and then open the lid.
4. Sprinkle the sesame seeds onto the chips and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and chopped fresh chives. These chips are delicious with a home made garlic dip!
I have also made chilli con carne, spiced root vegetable, and sweet and sour pork and casseroles, to name a few of our favourites. It is also possible to add fish fingers or sausages to chips. Simple open the lid about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time and add the food to be cooked. I like to add homemade wholemeal breadcrumbs to fresh fish and cook in the Actifry, again the results are perfect! The Actifry recipe booklet also has recipes for cooking fruit such as pineapple, although I haven't tried these so can't comment.
I am really pleased with my Actifry and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It cooks food using very little oil making it a much healthily way of enjoying food that would be off limits for me. A 1 kg batch of chips contains 3% fat and just 192 calories, far less than chips cooked in a traditional fryer. Not only that, but the food is cooked perfectly. Chips are crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle and meat is tender and juicy. I would say that the Actifry makes the best chips I have ever tasted!
Unlike other frying methods there is very little smell when using the Actfry and no mess. All the removable parts can be washed in the dishwasher and the main unit is easy to wipe clean using a cloth.
The Actifry is a lot safer than using a traditional deep fat fryer, with its risk of overheating and fire. However there have been reports of faults with the Actifry resulting in fire, so with that in mind I would never leave mine unattended! I have owned my Actifry for several months now and have used it many times without any problems.
The outside of the Actifry has stay cool walls so is safe to touch. You don't need to preheat the Actifry before use, another plus point for me! I like the clear digital timer that counts down how much longer my food has to cook. At the end of the cooking time an alarm will sound to alert you.
The Actifry comes with a one year manufacturers warrenty.
The Actifry is quite a large machine and therefore takes up space on the worktop. It is also quite noisy when it is in use, although when I'm working in my kitchen I usually have the radio on so this drowns the noise out!
The Actifry can cook up to 1 kg of food at a time. This is enough for a family of four, but may not be enough if you have a larger family to cater for. I have found it cooks best when it is not full to capacity too.
The plastic lid springs open when you push the buttons on the outside of the unit. The lid then has to be clicked back into place before the unit will operate. The hinges at the back of the lid don't appear to be very robust and I can imagine then failing with prolonged use.
There is an alarm that alerts you when the cooking process is finished. However the machine doesn't switch off automatically as I would have preferred. The alarm isn't very loud so you will need to be close by in order to hear it.
I have already mentioned reports that some Actifry units have been reported to have overheated, resulting in a few units actually catching fire. Tefal say this has only affected a few machines and that most are very safe. I have had no problems with my Actifry, but prefer to be in the kitchen when it is in use.
Cooking time does take longer using the Actifry; about 30 minutes for a 1 kg batch of chips for example. However I am personally I am happy to wait for perfection!
I am very happy with my Actifry and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It cooks a range of foods really well and uses very little fat in the process. It is very easy to use and clean and creates little mess and hardly any smell.
The Actifry is widely available and can be bought for around £107 from retailers such as Amazon or Argos.
Summary: low fat fryer from Tefal
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