|How’s that for a chip butty?|
I don’t usually do reviews on my blog. To be fair, I’m never asked! However, I must have become rather excited on a review post by Tim on “Bringing up Charlie” when I commented on the Tefal Actifry he had been asked to test. I recalled a defining moment in the relationship with my lovely husband, when, for our first Christmas together, he bought me a deep-fat fryer on Christmas Eve. He didn’t even wrap it: bought it from a local supermarket and hoisted it out of the boot of the car to show me. If I remember rightly, when I asked him why he had chosen such a thoughtful gift, the best he could come up with was “I really fancied some chips”.
Our deep-fat fryer kept us going for a few years but I wasn’t keen on the huge slabs of lard I had to put into the machine. Then there was the smell: after a few sessions the whiff was so unpleasant we had cook our chips on the back step of the kitchen so the pong would waft outside. The neighbours must have loved us.
We have managed for the last 15 years with no fryer: oven chips have sufficed. But they’re not the same, are they? So Dougie and Rory were just a bit excited when we were asked to test the family-sized Tefal Actifry over the holidays.
|Chips in….press start|
|Approx 40 mins later….ping!|
No horrible smell
Hardly any oil needed so very healthy
Capacity for up to 1.5kg chips
Very simple to use
Ability to cook potato wedges, stir-fries and even chilli con carne
Teenage boys and their friends loved it.
It is big and bulky – would need its own cupboard.
Price – about £200, but shop around for discounts.
I didn’t have the urge to cook anything bar potatoes in it: I do prefer a wok for stir-fries so I can pretend I’m a celebrity chef.
Husband craved an unhealthy, oily chip after a while. Caught him looking wistfully out of the car window as we passed the local chippy.
Would I buy one?
I would have to have a clear-out of gadgets before I contemplated spending more money. Out would go the pasta maker, the grilling machine, the sandwich maker, the electric fondue, the Simpsons doughnut-maker and the ice-cream maker…. and then I might find a home for it.