Product Type: Tefal fryers
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Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Member Name: Lovehearts
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Electric Fryer
Advantages: cooks great chips, healthier, need to buy less oil, easy cleaning
Disadvantages: very slow at cooking, tiny noise, a bit large, expensive, not great with breaded mushrooms
I have to be honest and say that I fry nearly everything in my home. Some foods, for example, chips, I don't think I could have them without frying them. My diet is awful and consists of oily foods and a lot of salts. My mum is one who saw the tefal actify on the advert and it was she who bought it for us only a week ago. The kids never get fatty foods and everything is made fresh from scratch, oven baked, with no salt. However, I felt bad about this as a few fried foods once in a while isn't too bad and this is why I loved the idea of the actifry.
he advert showed the chips being cooked in only a teaspoonful of oil and chips were cooked. I didn't like the look of these chips at first as I thought they looked a little bit burnt. However, I knew I needed to improve my diet immensely, and this machines only used 3% fat so I thought it was worth a try and if not, on to eBay it goes. This did set my mum back £140 but we needed a new one anyway as we were working with a tiny £20 fryer from Morrison's. It was a lot but it was worth it in the end and I assume it was last us a good few years.
It came with a little recipe book which I thought was a sweet idea but as a busy woman I haven't had the time to have a good look at this. It also comes with a 15ml measuring spoon in order to weigh out your oil meaning you don't have to work with your own spoon.
I first used this to cook garlic breaded mushrooms as these are my favourite dish. Usually they take 6 minutes in the frying pan and are very juicy and greasy inside (I know it doesn't sound great). I placed them in the machine where there is a clear plastic lid to let you see the food cooking. It came with a timer and a little alarm to inform me when they were ready. I was a bit fed up about the fact I had to wait 25 minutes just for a few breaded mushrooms to be cooked. However, when they were finished I did notice they weren't as greasy as what they usually would be. Also, this meant they didn't have the same taste as they should be. The outer of the garlic mushroom tasted wonderful as it was crispy and not too hot. However, the mushroom itself was more crispy and this made me a little sick, it almost tasted undercooked, so I now oven-bake my garlic mushrooms.
I then made some frozen chips for the kids. They were quite thick as they were the cheaper brand from Morrison's and I always enjoyed the taste of them. We cooked them and waited a very boring 35 minutes for them to cook. The bad thing is I forgot about these cooking times and had already cooked the kid's fish fingers in the oven, so they had to have cold fish fingers with hot chips. As a tip, if you are cooking anything with the chips, put the chips in first to ensure that they are both ready at the same time. When they came out, they were the most beautiful chips I have ever tasted! They did looks fairly golden brown, but the outer skin was hard (in a nice way), and the inside was soft, fluffy, and not dripping with oil. I couldn't believe how wonderful they tasted, and I then realised chips are a beautiful dish, it is only the fryers that drench them in fat that ruin the taste and texture.
It really came in one piece with just a few bits and bobs in the box, so there's no high-tech installation involved. I have to say compared to my cheap little fryer this larger frying machine it harder to place due to it's size and the size of my kitchen. The kids find it fascinating to watch them cooking as it rotated and they find it very fun, and my worries of it blowing up on fire are lower as it isn't a tub full of roasting hot oil, so it puts my mind at rest a little. I think we do feel a lot healthier as a family and I can cook the kids some fried meals once in a while as a treat without worrying too much about the fat intake. I think families with kids should try to buy this if finance permits as it is a great fryer and foods with full fat just isn't great for kids, I have never have an issue cleaning and I feel it's a lot more hygienic as I can clean it more often as opposed to having to wait until the oil in a conventional fryer has finished off which means a clean once a month. Although this may set you back £140, you will save money on cooking fat as it uses less.
There are a few setbacks to it, for example there is a slight noise that comes from it. I don't think it is a huge problem as it is only slightly louder than a microwave so there isn't much of a difference. The cooking times are definitely a pain and considering the amount of time it takes to cook food, I think the manufacturer should reduce the selling price. Although I think they are using a penetration price strategy at the moment and the product will reduce in price as soon as other competitors come into the market.
Overall, this is a brilliant cooker that cooks good food, healthier, saving you a bit of money as you go. And as long as you are willing to wait a little longer for your food, then it's a brilliant investment and worth every penny.
Summary: Expensive but worth it
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