ActiFry Crispens 1kg Of French Fries With 1 Spoon Of Oil

Oh, you read that headline right. The T-fal ActiFry is a healthy fryer—which you already know is too good to be true.

Yes, with just 1 tbsp of oil, you too can "fry" 1kg of fries. And that claim seems legit, as the ActiFry uses a what looks like convection cooking (hot air blowing around) and a big stirring paddle to make potatoes crispy on all sides.

Think of it as a hot version of an ice cream maker.

Now maybe T-fal's AvtiFry works, and maybe it doesn't (just glancing at their site, this method of frying doesn't fare so well for, say, chicken—at least according to their own photos that show drumsticks that look straight-up boiled). But by making frying healthy, not only are you spiting the gods, you're defeating the most pleasurable part of consuming that which has been born of grease: the looming danger of cardiac arrest. $US300

AU: I've published this despite the fact it's been available in Australia for at least 12 months, probably more, because A) I love how it's called "T-Fal" in the US (as opposed to "Tefal" here in AU) and B) OMG we got a gadget before the US! Suckers!! -NB

[T-Fal via GadgetGrid via OhGizmo!]



    Has anyone actually used one of these? I would be interested to hear whether it does what it says.

    I saw one of these in Good Guys just other day, Sunday maybe. Never seen one before. Are there any actual published figures of how much healther it's meant to be. Sure it uses less oil than a deep frier, but when things are deep fried they are meant to be fried at a temperature that causes outside to crisp up and sort of create a seal, and then the inside of whatever is being deep fried is cooked from the heat, rather than the oil itself. That's why in theory fatter chips should be slightly heathier than french fries. So even though a deep frier might hold several litres of oil, it doesn't mean you're eating several litres of oil everytime you cook stuff. Also can the oil in these things be reused, or do you need new oil everytime. If so it could possibly mean that over time you're using more oil depending how many times you can reuse the oil.

    Apparently it is much healthier than a fryer.

    I looked up at the manufacturer description on and it seems amazing :
    "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."

    As I was curious (and also have to admit I love French fries) I checked the fat content for a regular French fries and it is between 12 and 18!!!!

    Will think seriously about it

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