100% safe: no oil bath, no condensation Automatic cover opening/closing Cover, basket and vanes can be removed and are all dishwasher-safe Audible warning at end of cooking period Capacity: 1 kg Recipes-book and measuring spoon are included Power: 1 400 W
Trendspotter: Light touch
By Nicholas Spencer, FT.com site
Published: Aug 03, 2007
Trendspotter is suffering from wellbeing fatigue. It is a condition brought on by the marketing and public relations industries' fetish for dreaming up far-fetched health benefits and attaching them, willy-nilly, to almost any kind of product. Symptoms include a tendency to dismiss labels such as "the world's first 3 per cent fat chip".
However, a tasting of the abstemious chips (also known as frites or French fries) suggested that the machine that produced them might bear closer scrutiny.
The Actifry, from kitchen gadget manufacturer Tefal, dispenses with the reservoir of cooking oil common to other fryers and instead employs just a spoonful, which it converts in to a fine mist to coat the raw potato batons. It then subjects them to a constant stream of hot air to cook them to a crispy, golden brown.
The resulting chips are indeed 3 per cent fat, compared with 9 per cent for those cooked in a conventional oven, 13 per cent for those heated in a microwave and 14 per cent for those deep fried. In addition, the chips have higher levels of omega 3 than those produced by other cooking methods because the oil is used only once and doesn't degrade.
The Actifry, which is priced at £150, can also be used for cooking meat, fish and vegetables.