Tefal Actifry, a Christmas gift for the home.
I’ve heard a lot of people give mixed feelings about an air fryer. Some say it’s a gimmick, others say they are fantastic. As an air fryer owner, I have to say I love mine.
Have a look at this quick overview
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What is a Tefal Actifry?
The Actifryer uses hot air and an automatic stirring paddle to distribute the oil so food can cook evenly, giving you good crispy results.
The internal paddle (which can be removed) automatically rotates and stirs the dish for you, so no more stubborn burnt on food at the bottom. This is part of Tefals patent and really makes a huge difference to how the food is cooked.
It has a mega amount of potential, you only need to develop your own style with it and bang, great meals!
Let’s talk about cleaning it – easy! The pan comes out and pops straight in the dishwasher or cleans very easily by hand as it is non-stick. The lid also comes off and can be out in the dishwasher or cleaned easily by hand. The base is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth too as there isn’t much of a build up.
My Tefal and I.
I wasn’t keen on getting an airfryer to start with, we have a tiny kitchen and I knew it would need a home. My partner however is a keen slimming worlder so it would mean an easier way to cook home made chips etc, they do tend to stick to the baking sheet in the oven as well. So after much thought, off I went to the shop and bought said Tefal Actifry.
Got it home and unpacked it, put the filter in where it need to go and secured the lid on. I’m a little anal so I read the instructions and the recommendations book, to be sure to get the best out of it of course. Then we were good to go!
My first use –
Chips. It’s a good starting place as there’s not a lot that can go wrong here. All I did was prepare the chips as I would normally and then wash/dry them to get rid of the starch.
TIP: When you are doing any type of potato in an airfryer, make sure you wash and dry them thoroughly. Otherwise you will end up with the starch powdering on the surface which will give them a floury surface.
With the Tefal Actifry, you get a little spoon to measure the oil and tip it in. Making sure you control the amount you put in. To which I did and then set the timer for 20 minutes.
Crispy chips with very little oil, especially when you compare it to using a deep fryer. They were lovely and we still use the Tefal Actifry every time we make chips.
Now who said you had to have boring chips? Or boring means in general? With chips for example you can mix herbs and spices into the oil before dribbling it around or throw in onions and chilli to cook with them. Once you get used to it, you’ll be doing all sorts of tasty meals.
What can you cook in the Tefal Actifry?
The sky is the limit. You can do a number of different meals, as well as chips here are a few things I have done myself –
- Roast potatoes
- Chicken Nuggets
- Chicken Curry
- Fish fingers
- Cake – YES CAKE
- Tomato pasta
- Fried Chicken
- Bacon potato pieces
And the list goes on.
There’s a few things you can buy for it but one of the most popular add-ons is the the wire rack for doing fried chicken etc.
The Tefal basket allows the air to flow through easier and crisp more evenly.
I know a few of you read the list up there and thought ‘How the F can you make cake in there?’. I’m glad you asked!
For starters you can easily put cup cakes in there without the stirring paddle and watch them rise through the glass lid. Secondly you can pour the mixture straight into the pan and away you go!
Take a look at the range to find one that suits you size wise – HERE