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Enjoyed by more than five million households world-wide, the Tefal ActiFry has been cooking deliciously healthy meals in British households since 2007. In a nutshell, the ActiFry is a revolutionary product which allows you to enjoy tasty, traditional, home-cooked chips, but at the same time stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating. Its patented technology ensures you can cook a variety of delicious meals with excellent all over cooking results.
Want to enjoy fluffy crispy chips and not feel guilty about it? Simply cut up fresh potatoes, and using just one spoonful of oil, you can make one kilogram of golden, crispy home-made chips, which is enough to feed a family of four. The ActiFry allows you to cook crispy and fluffy chips and enjoy them with your family, guilt-free. That one spoonful contains 100 times less oil than a traditional deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially healthier, but cooking is also more economical and safe for the whole family. For frozen foods, you can even cook your meals without adding any additional oil.
You can cook much more than just chips though. The ActiFry is so versatile it allows you to cook a range of foods from fresh and frozen, including sausages, chicken, fish, stir fried vegetables, frozen chips and much more. A free recipe booklet is also included, to give you that initial bit of inspiration you need when creating the delicious, healthy meal. Why not try the turkey breast with three peppers recipe or a traditional chilli con carne, and if you really want to impress, cook up a casserole or curry – all in the Tefal ActiFry. There are endless possibilities, so set your imagination free and make the most of the dishes you prepare.
ActiFry has a patented hot air system and stirring paddle which together ensure excellent all over cooking results. Also, there's no need to shake or stir during cooking, so you can enjoy hands-free cooking, not to mention more free time as well, as you don't have to constantly tend to your cooking. The ActiFry is temperature controlled for the best crispy chips every time, and since it requires no pre-heating, it's ready to go when you are. In order to ensure you enjoy a pleasant cooking experience, the ActiFry is also equipped with an odourless filter and since a fresh spoonful of oil is used each time you cook, you won't have that fatty chip shop smell lingering and your kitchen and cleaning-up is a breeze.
ActiFry is simple and hassle-free to use. All you need to do is place your food in the bowl, add a spoonful of your chosen oil, close the lid, set the timer and let it cook away. Whilst cooking, the ActiFry will maintain a constant cooking temperature, at approximately 170°C to ensure excellent and even cooking results. For peace of mind, the steam-free lid and viewing window also allows you to keep an eye on how your cooking is progressing.
Once you've finished cooking your meal, the lid, bowl and paddle can all be removed and are all dishwasher-safe. The rest of the ActiFry can be easily wiped clean with a wet cloth or soft sponge - that's everything you need to wash up taken care of.
The ActiFry also features a timer, which can be set for up to 99 minutes. Simply switch the ActiFry on, place the ingredients in the non-stick bowl, close the lid and set the timer. An audible "ready" alarm at the end of the cooking period will let you know when your food is cooked, so you can just sit back and relax while you wait. On the Family version of the ActiFry, which serves up to 6 portions, the cooking process will automatically stop when the timer reaches zero.
The lid can also be opened during cooking at a push of a button, in case you want to add some ingredients or seasoning to your recipe. When the lid is opened, the ActiFry will pause the cooking until you close the lid again – at which point it will resume cooking from the time it paused.
Tefal ActiFry boasts a removable ceramic coated pan which ensures it is easy to clean. And if you have a dishwasher, feel free to place the pan, paddle and lid all into the dishwasher for easy, hassle-free cleaning.
Each ActiFry comes complete with its own recipe booklet containing a variety of mouth-watering meal suggestions for the whole family, including Chicken Tikka Masala, a vegetable stir fry and even Mediterranean style calamari recipes.
For more meal ideas and tips, you can also download the new 'My ActiFry' app.
Tefal owes its origins to Frenchman Marc Grégoire, an engineer and keen fisherman. Monsieur Grégoire wanted the reel on his rod to run more smoothly, and experimented in the 1950s to see if a non-stick coating would work. It did, but it was his wife Collette who made the real breakthrough, suggesting the coating would be more useful in making cookware easier to use and clean. Now, Tefal is the number one name in non-stick products and small appliances, operating in more than 120 countries. Tefal remains committed to making household tasks easier and cooking results better, through a constant flow of new ideas, technology and innovation. Examples of that cutting-edge innovation can be seen in the ActiFry, Tefal Steam Generators and the Jamie Oliver cookware range boasting Tefal's Thermo Spot, which ensures your pans are always at the ideal temperature to start cooking.
Q: Should there be a small gap between the cover and the body of the Actifry?
A: Yes - this is normal. The lid and body should not be air tight so that moisture can escape and avoid any pressure building up within the appliance.
Q: Does the Actifry automatically turn off when the cooking time is up?
A: Only on the Family Actifry and the Actifry 2-in-1, the other models beep to alert you but carry on cooking until they are manually turned off. Please also note that electrical items should not be left unattended.
Q:The lid gets hot during use – is this normal?
A:Yes – this is perfectly normal.
Q: How can I avoid the lid cracking and breaking?
A: Always clip the lid into place firmly but gently. When closing the lid, do not bang the lid shut but use the finger tab on the front of the lid to gently press the lid into place. If putting the lid in the dishwasher, always place it near the top of the dishwasher (the cooler area) and use a cooler setting - refer to your dishwasher manual.
Q: My Actifry will not switch on, there is no light and no power - why?
A: 1. Try putting the plug into a different mains socket - as there may be a fault with your mains socket. 2. Try changing the fuse in the plug. 3. If there is still no power, call the Tefal Helpine: 0345 602 1454.
Q: What temperature does the Actifry cook at?
A: The cooking temperature of the Actifry is approximately 180°C (160°C at the heart of the food) at the end of the cooking.
Q: How much oil is recommended for use in the Actifry?
A: For the standard capacity 1kg Actifry and 1.2kg Actifry Plus, there is a spoon provided with a volume of 14ml. The 1.5kg food capacity Actifrys are supplied with a spoon measuring 20 ml. The majority of recipes will use one spoonful of oil, however this may change according to the recipe. Some foods do not need one full spoonful of oil to be cooked in the Actifry: frozen chips will already have oil on the exterior and fatty foods such as sausages may not need a full spoonful of oil as there may be a lot of fat already in the foods.
Q: What types of oil can I use in my Actifry?
A: The Actifry can be used with a variety of oils such as Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil.
Q: How much oil do I need to add for frozen chips?
A: None as the chips already contain oil.
Q: Can I purchase the recipe book?
A: These are not available to purchase but you can download the recipes.
Q: What are the best potatoes to use in the Actifry?
A: Maris Piper or Red Rooster generally give the best results. However, results can vary for all potatoes used depending on the season and also how they are stored in supermarkets. If you do not achieve good results then try changing where you purchase them from.
Q: What is the best way of cooking chips and to avoid soggy chips?
A: Ensure that the chips are all cut to a similar size. Wash the cut chips twice in a bowl of water before cooking to remove any excess starch. It is then essential to dry them thoroughly before cooking in a clean, absorbent tea towel and finally patted dry with kitchen paper. Any moisture will give soggy chips. Also, see above for the best potatoes to use.
Q: Do I have to use the paddle during cooking?
A: Yes in the 1kg and 1.2kg Actifrys to prevent food falling into the motor unit.
Q: What do I do if my product fails?
A: Visit the Tefal website and complete the Contact Us form or call the Tefal Customer Relations Helpline: 0345 602 1454.
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No stars , this is the worst product I have ever bought, within 2 weeks the paddle had broken , within 2months the ring round the useless piece of crap had broken, the chips are... Read morePublished 16 days ago by matt
Very poor build quality with flimsy components easily broken. One month out of guarantee it developed and internal power socket fault. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Stuart
Each incarnation of Actifry is better as Tefal iron out more problems with each one. This is our third and is the best yet. Read morePublished 16 days ago by PaminSpain
There are many mixed reviews about Tefal ActiFry units, I feel many come from user error when trying to cook to much in the small units and asking the unit to do to much. Read morePublished 22 days ago by David Allen
takes a long time to cook chips,40 minutes compared to 10 in the old deep fat fryer but the results are worth it,no longer do you end up with a greasey plate just tasty chipsPublished 1 month ago by Gary Taylor