We love french fries at our house. Who doesn’t? Obviously we don’t need all the extra added fat when it comes to the deep fried variety. That’s why when we heard about the T-fal Actifry and how we can cook a batch of french fries in 1 tablespoon of oil we had to get one immediately. The T-fal Actifry works so well. We empty one package (567 g) of frozen fries in to the Actifry, no added oil needed and set it for approx. 22 minutes and let it run. You can watch your food cook as it rotates inside the unit. It shuts off automatically but gives you a warning beep just before it shuts off. At that point you can open up the unit, sample your food and decide if you want to cook for a bit longer depending on how crispy you want your fries. They come out perfect.
There are a few different models of the T-fal Actifry depending on what size you are looking for. Our model is the family model which can make enough to feed four people no problem. This T-fal Actifry is not to be confused with a real deep fryer that you can add batter to to make donuts or other goodies. It does fry your food but doesn’t work with large amounts of oils or liquids. I have used our unit to make roasted potatoes, baked apples and Rice and Shrimp dishes. The T-fal comes with an 83 page recipe book with several options. The teenagers in the house can throw in a batch of prepackages frozen wings or chicken bites and have a hearty meal with little kitchen mess.After the food is cooked and enjoyed the unit will need to be cleaned up. It has several parts but the main unit pan can be used to serve the food. It looks like a deep frying pan with a handle that folds down. Because of the three main parts involved it’s not the easiest unit to clean up but it’s worth the extra work. The parts are dishwasher safe for convenience. There is a plastic ring that fits around the pan and has a hinge in the centre of it. Truthfully I am afraid one of the kids might snap it in half when attempting to wash it so I would just rather clean it up myself. The worst part of the unit is that it is fairly large and takes up a lot of space when not in use. You can pick up the T-fal Actifry at most department stores for around $200.