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I am considering buying an Actifry as I enjoy the occasional plate of chips but obviously they are not healthy and the deep fat fryer does smell and get very messy. I have read reviews and the general feeling is that they are very good for many different things but there seems to be some concern over the fragility of certain parts of it and they are not very cheap, does anyone own one of these and if so what are your thoughts please.Regards,Bill...
well, Blondie, I don't own one of these. But have seen the demos on QVC.But, I can say that about 4 months ago i sucuumbed to hubbys request to get a DFF, after the intial amazement of owning a DFF and lots of experiments we now only use it purely for chips.I made scotch eggs, chinese spring rolls, samosoas and battered fish as well as chips.and like you because of the aroma left behind and the faff of straining oil for next use, i relgated it to purely using for chips - and my DFF only cost just uner £30.I think if like me you would only use it a handful of times for chips a normal DFF is more than good enough - but i am speaking from someone who does not own an actifry - and lets face it, if your in the mood for chips, nothing beats the once a fortnight chip hit of deep fried chips - goodness if you can;t have a little bit of what you fancy then - well - they are now even saying that 2 glasses of wine with your evening meal is so bad for you!!!!and also to be honest i really couldn't justify the cost of an actifry - not for a once in a 2-3 week period - and the chips in a DFF twice fried is really quite heavenly.
The machine is a total waste of money, I know several people that totally wish they had not parted with twoo hundred quid.Tefal is well know for producing unusable rubbish, but I do not doubt that my delia internet stalker Dolas De F Wit will soon be on the case to correct me.
I have one and I love it although I have to confess that I don't really use it for anything other than chips but as it replaced a rather large deep fat fryer (which was also only really used for chips) I don't have a problem with that. It makes excellent chips and because of the minimal amount of oil it uses (I confess to preferring 1.5 Tblsps oil rather than the 1 it calls for)Les gets chips more than I'd let him have deep fried ones. We are very pleased with ours.
Waste of money imo, as you can make low fat chips in the oven. Chop spuds as usual, put in a plastic bag with 1 tbsp oil and mix up, then spread on a non stick baking tray and shove in a high oven. Time depends on size of chips, and if you are in a hurry you can part cook the potato in the microwave before mixing with the oil. The actifry isn't doing anything special, it's exactly the same process.
I agree that low fat chips can be done in the oven but I don't think they taste the same - daft, I know but each to their own. There must have been enough sales to encourage one of the other manufacturers (although I can't remember which one) has brought out a similar machine. I suppose the argument is similar for a breadmaker - you can bake a loaf in the oven without needing a breadmaker but loads of people love them although I've never been tempted by one myself; don't know why though.
Yes. Its very high wattage. You'd have to eat an awful lot of chips for it to pay for itself, and if like me you pre cook in the microwave and cook other things in the oven at the same time, net it would cost you.
The Actifry had a lot of very bad reviews on various sites in the internet. Lakeland stocked it when it first came out but dropped it - anecdotally because of the problems.It's possible that Tefal may have got to grips with this and improved matters since then.
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