I can’t stop using my T-Fal Actifry. After getting this as a gift from my husband who tends to drive the health movement in our house (his
late night snack is Greek Salad!!) I threw out my deep fryer. We made our first batch of french fries with it and they were admittedly good. The do taste slightly different than deep fried french fries because they are not saturated with oil. They have a nice flavor and get just enough crisp to them.
Now the biggest reason I like this kitchen appliance is it versatility. It comes with a magnificent cook book filled with all in one meals that are super tasty and convenient to make. I love being able to throw the ingredients into the actifry…set the timer, walk away and come back to have a complete meal. It is easy to clean and the convection cooking and rotating arm cooks meals perfectly. It is endorsed by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The recipe book is fantastic. It was well thought out and the recipes tested. They are tender, flavorful and I just love this machine.
See the Actifry in action cooking up my weekend morning hashbrowns: Actifry Video
Some of the recipes we have tried include:
Madagascan Beef Tenderloin (garlic, ginger, tenderloin beef, tomatoes, baby potatoes all cook up in 40 minutes)
Spicy Thai Chicken Curry (ginger, chili pepper, green pepper, zucchini, coconut milk, corn starch, curry paste, cilantro done in 18 minutes)
Baby New Potatos with Garlic, Tomato and Shrimp (recipe name pretty much covers it, ready to eat in 31 minutes)
French Fries (25 minutes)
Sweet Potato Fries (30 minutes)
Hash browns (20 minutes)
Fresh Chicken Wings ( NO ADDED OIL – 35 minutes)
The only drawback we found is we bought the introductory version which cooks 2lbs maximum at a time. Had we known how much we were going to use and love it we would have bought the family version that cooks 3lbs at a time. This does not pose as much of a problem when making a side dish, but when making a stir fry as a main course the portions can be a bit small. Although so are our kids right now, but the capacity will need to grow as they do.
Many outlets carry the Actifry (Sears, London Drugs, Walmart). The cheapest I have seen the 2lb version on sale for has been at Sears (albeit I had to get a raincheck and they never did get any in stock<– insert frown here)
We ended up getting ours at Walmart, but better deals can be sourced online and usually at anytime (not waiting for the next sale)
Here is one option:
Buy 2lb T-Fal Actifry Online