I have a small house. Cute, but small. Actually, as a single girl living in Southern California, it’s a minor miracle that I’m even able to afford to buy my own home in the first place.
But that’s a topic for another article.
The real point here is that small house = small kitchen. So, as much as I’m a gadget girl, and love all kinds of doohickeys and thingamabobs, I must curb my kid-in-a-candy-store urges and refrain from buying them all.
But the T-fal ActiFry is an exception.
This glorious beast is the answer to my fast food prayers. I love French fries, but don’t like the calories, guilt, and extra cardio that go with them. A single girl has to keep her figure, after all, right? The ActiFry takes away the guilt, and a lot of the extra calories, and lets me enjoy the fries I love without the extra gym time I hate. It is a marvel in the appliance world. Yummy, crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside fries cooked in only a tablespoon of oil. It is almost too good to be true. But true, it is.
(The marketing material says it’s also good for meats, seafood, risotto, vegetables and many other dishes. But does anyone actually use it for anything other than fries? My guess is no.)
Now, let’s get real for a minute. The ActiFry does require a significant commitment on many levels. It is a space hog. At 17 inches long and 12 inches wide, this French fry wonder takes up some serious counter real estate. (I keep mine in a closet when it’s not being used.) It’s also very heavy. No bicep curls needed on the days you use your ActiFry. It’s also a bit pricey. Although, I did find it for a little better price on Amazon than I could find it at retail stores. And finally, this is not an instant gratification machine. In order to get the best fry results, you must slice your potatoes into thin sticks, rinse them thoroughly (to remove the starch), dry them very thoroughly (to remove all moisture), and then cook in the ActiFry for 25-30 minutes.
But if you are a dedicated fry lover like me, the pros of this unitasker are worth the cons. I mean, just look at the results.