Product Type: Tefal fryers
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Wave BYE BYE to the FAT!
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Member Name: Abs2uLOTT
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Advantages: Sooo much healthier! sooo much tastier! LESS FAT!, no greasy horrible smells!
Actifry was introduced to me by a friend. Having lost over 12 stone in weight herself, we were together discussing the joys of dieting! Groan! Being in my mid 30's, having had 3 children, I was finding myself with weight to shift following the birth of my son in 2009. I was most interested when my friend started talking about the Tefal Electric Fry.
If you are looking for something to help aid your efferts to lose weight or are eager to adopt more of a healthy lifestyle for your family as a whole, the Tefal ACtifry would be really beneficial.
**Pricey - so await the sales or check out Ebay!**
At £155 when I ws first hoping to purchase the Actifry, it was simply out of my price range. Following second checks in the Jan sales, I finally bagged my £75 bargain from Ebay. It was £20 cheaper than the sales, but there were some good offers on in the sales, so knowing how good it is now, I would definately say it is worth at least £90.
**The Healthy option**
So what is the Actifry? the Actifry is basically a healthier deep fat fryer that can fry all your usual foods like ye olde fryer, but it uses only a tablespoon of oil and cooks by hot air circulating around the pan. If you are looking to reduce fat from your diet and improve health (but still enjoy your usual foods), the Actifry is well worth a buy!
**Wave Bye Bye to the FAT!**
The thing I detested about my previous fryers, was the fact that when you dished out food, the plate would be swimming in grease. Blurgh! That greasy, fatty residue coating the food is a winner for causing high cholesterol and fatty lumps and bumps! Give me oven chips any day, compared to a deep fat fryer! The smell of the fryers i've had were horrendous too, and the cleaning was a chore and a half. The smell from deep fat fryers get into everything, but not with the Actifry!
The actifry is a large plastic bowl with see through lid. This enables you to see what you are cooking which is a handy feature. To activate the lid, press the button and it springs open. Inside the unit is a pan with a handle so that you can take it out when food is cooked. An arm inside rotates your food ensuring that it is all being cooked evenly and thoroughly.
Conveniently there is an automatic timer so that you can manually program your frying times. When the time is reached, an alarm sounds. A 15ml measuring spoon, warranty and recipe booklet is also provided. With a 1400W motor and able to accomodate 1k of food at a time, the Actifry is quite large so may take up kitchen work top.
**Using the Actifry - How does it work exactly?**
Simple! Place food, ie chips into the non stick pan and add a tablespoon of oil. Yes! That's ALL! Fodo is cooked by as mentioned, hot air circulating. To cook chips for example, you would prepare your potatoes, chop and wash, they dry and add to the bowl. If using frozen chips you would simply just add them straight to the bowl and add your oil in the same way.
Different oils can be used. I tend to use olive or vegetable oil but sunflower can also be used.
Dependent on how many chips you are cooking, you can set the timer and have perfect chips within half an hour. The length of time compared to a deep fat fryer is longer and similar to that of cooking in the oven, but its well worth the wait! Chips are much more tasty! You can actually taste the potato rather than grease!
Approximately 10-15mls of oil if about 3% fat and when you compare that to 15% fat for deep fat frying, you can see and taste a big difference!
**What can I cook in the Actifry?**
Lots! Chips, wedges, fries, crispy potatoes, fish fingers, nuggets, southern fried chicken, sausages, burgers, fish, meat, even stiry fry veg! the list goes on!
There is a removeable insert inside the base unit which is attached to a handle. This enables easy removal for cleaning. Cleaning is easy as long as it's done soonish and it is also dishwasher safe.
**Best thing about the Actifry**
No greasy horrible smells! Gotta love it! and the taste of the chips is crisp and light instead of soggy and greasy! Food is soooooo much more enjoyable and knowing we are consuming less fat is definately a good thing.
Other positives are that the risk of over heating and fire is lower compared the your bog standard fryer. As with any appliance like this though, you should always keep an eye on it and have smoke alarms fitted!
**Be aware of*
The Actifry sounds an alarm when food is ready although it does not switch itself off which would have made it even better!It's also not easy to hear the alarm if you are in another room.
There is a bit of an extractor fan type of noise, but it's not a huge problem for me.
OVerall - Expensive, but a real bargain if you can get it cheaper. IT will change the way you eat forever!
Summary: A must have item for healthier cooking if you can afford it or manage to save
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