Nutritious & Delicious ActiFry Low Fat Multi Cooker (35-oz.): White by T-Fal
In response to rising health problems and a clear consumer movement toward better eating, T-Fal introduces the Nutritious & Delicious program with a simple premise: great taste and easy preparation need not to be sacrificed when eating healthy meals. Whether boiled, simmered, fried or baked, the way... See complete description »
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In response to rising health problems and a clear consumer movement toward better eating, T-Fal introduces the Nutritious & Delicious program with a simple premise: great taste and easy preparation need not to be sacrificed when eating healthy meals. Whether boiled, simmered, fried or baked, the way a meal is cooked not only affects the taste but also how well the vitamins and nutrients are preserved. The products under the Nutritious & Delicious product line, all have a scientifically proven health advantage over other small appliances and help in preparing healthier meals. The Nutritious & Delicious program will offer unique cooking solutions that enable nutrition-conscious food lovers to meet their health objectives without compromising on taste. The T-Fal ActiFry is the first appliance of the Nutritious & Delicious range to be launched.
The T-Fal ActiFry is a low fat cooker that enables you to cook tasty dishes while reducing the amount of fat you are having. T-Fal ActiFry is engineered to minimize the use of oil while cooking. This revolutionary appliance allows you to enjoy a wide array of great tasting dishes but stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating at the same time .
With ActiFry you can enjoy crispy, great tasting fries that are low in fat! By using just one tablespoon of oil you can make 2lbs of fresh French fries, which is enough to feed a family of four. That one spoonful is over 200 times less than a traditional 3 liter deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially more healthy, but it is also more economical. The French fries have only 3% fat per serving!
Moreover, ActiFry is a versatile cooking appliance that can be used to create a variety of healthy, low-fat dishes with minimal effort. ActiFry is not just for French fries, it enables you to cook full meals such as chili, risotto, gumbos, vegetable or meat stir frys, seafood and even yummy desserts. ActiFry enables you to create your favorite dishes that are not only delicious but nutritious. Each recipe requires from 0 to 2 tablespoons of oil for four servings.
How does it work?
ActiFry is the result of 10 years of research & development. It has a unique stirring paddle and pulse heat system which cooks foods to perfection. The food is evenly cooked thanks to the stirring paddle and the pulse heat system will ensure an even distribution of the oil on each piece of food. Moreover, the T-Fal ActiFry heating system and stirring paddle combine to cook your food to perfection, hands free! No pre-heating is required; it’s ready when you are!
To make French fries in ActiFry, simply place 2lbs of freshly cut French fries into the removable pan, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of your preferred oil and set the timer. The ActiFry does the rest, just wait for the timer to end and the alarm to sound. You can then sit and enjoy real French fries, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, safe in the knowledge that they only contain 3% fat.
For other recipes, simply place the ingredients in the pan as directed in the recipe, close the lid, set up the timer and switch it on!
ActiFry has a steam free lid and viewing window that allows you to keep an eye on your food while cooking. The automatic lid opens at a push of a button for your convenience.
Finally clean up is a breeze. The removable pan, lid, paddle and tablespoon are all dishwasher-safe. That’s everything you need to clean taken care of.
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This machine makes the best french frys without oil they come out nice and crisp. Great machine!!!
The ActiFry makes very good French fries, but with a controlled dose of oil. The fries taste delicious (particularly with garlic added), and are suitable for many diet programs, like Weight Watchers, which my wife and I follow. It's a delight to be able to add French fries to our acceptable menus.
But. Fried potatos seem to be the beginning and end of what you need this device to do. It won't make batter-based deep-fried foods; the stirring wand would scrape the batter off. What else can it do? The included cookbook has several recipes for stir-frys, and I'm sure they work. But stir-frying is easy; you don't need a $300 appliance to do it.
Don't get me wrong. I love this device, and it's changed our menus for the better. But it takes up a lot of counter (or cabinet) space, and it has limited use.
I'm so thankful I read on -ine reviews about this product before I purchased or I might have been disappointed. It is an expensive product and does what it claims...cooks yummy, healthy fries and some limited recipes. It could definitely cook more, but it will take some experimenting.
If you love breaded fried foods, this will not work. The paddle that constantly stirs the food would likely knock any breading off. This was not a concern for me.
The only downside I have seen with the unit is that it could easily break if not used with a watchful eye, for at least the first 5-10 minutes of cooking. I've found that undercooked potatoes can get wedged and stop the unit from turning. I suspect this is what has caused many of the quality issues that other reviewers have noted. (broken paddles) Since I was aware of concerns...I have kept a watchful eye until the food is softened. There hav been no problems what-so-ever after that ,so long as unit is not overfilled.
Sweet potato fries are addicting. And the shrimp and new potato recipe is outstanding. This cooks the shrimp better than I get in restaurants.I feel like a gourmet chef! And it's so easy!!! I will be trying the scallop and aspargus recipe tonight. I would recommend this product to anyone who is not an experienced cook and has limited time; or to everyone who loves fries but not the guilt!
We hope to use this a long time. (BTW-my family ASKS me to make stuff with this....they rarely ask me to make anything other than grilled cheese or lasagna!) LOL
I adore the Actifry. It takes all of the work and angst out of making and eating fries. The machine is loud - like a hair dryer - and it takes a long time - about 40 minutes - to cook a small batch. It is well worth it when the end result is fries for 3 or 4 people made with only a fraction of the fat. It is easy to clean and fun to be able to produce fries so frequently for dinner.
So far after 2 weeks its great. We have prepared 6 meals from the included receipe book and they were all excellent. The fries were some of the best ever.
We will see how it holds up over time.