Frequently Asked Questions
- How is ActiFry different from other cooking methods?
- What are the nutritional advantages of cooking in ActiFry?
- How many calories and grams of fat are there in a serving of ActiFry fresh French fries?
Usage & Technical Questions:
- How does ActiFry work?
- How do you use ActiFry?
- Is there an adjustable thermostat?
- What is the cooking temperature?
- Does the machine have automatic shut off feature?
- Does the machine get hot?
- Will condensation build up on the lid?
- What material is the removable pan made from?
- When will I know that my dish is ready?
- What can you cook in the ActiFry?
- Can I use my own recipes in the ActiFry?
- How long does it take to cook other dishes?
- What type of oil can I use?
- How many servings can I make in the ActiFry?
- What is the food capacity?
- Can I put liquid in the ActiFry?
- What type of food does not work in the ActiFry?
How do I make French fries?
- How long does it take to cook French fries?
- Which variety of potato should I use?
- How much oil should I use for French fries?
- How should I prepare the potatoes to make fresh French fries?
Warranty and Specification Questions
How is ActiFry different from other cooking methods?
Thanks to a unique technology, your favorite dishes are healthier due to little or no required oil. One tablespoon of oil is all that is required for two pounds (approx. four servings) of fresh French fries with only 3% fat. All the other recipes require between zero and two tablespoons of oil.
What are the nutritional advantages of cooking in ActiFry?
There are several:
ActiFry’s cooking solution allows for creating healthy and delicious meals with minimal calorie intake.
U.S. Dietary Guidelines indicate that fat is part of a healthy diet but that the type of fat is important. These fats should come from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Because ActiFry allows you to use a variety of different healthy oils, you will be able to switch between these different fats to balance your intake (example olive and canola oils).
How many calories and grams of fat are there in a serving of ActiFry fresh French fries?
here are 192 calories and 3 grams of fat in ActiFry fresh French Fries vs. 298 calories and 15.8 grams of fat in frozen fast food fries, based on a serving size of 3.52 oz.*
*SEB laboratory test report
Usage & Technical Questions:
How does ActiFry work?
ActiFry has a hot air distribution system. The heat pulse and optimized hot air circulation evenly cooks the food while the paddle gently rotates the food.
How do you use ActiFry?
Simply add the ingredients into the pan, close the lid, set the countdown timer and turn the product on. ActiFry will do the cooking for you.
Is there an adjustable thermostat?
No. ActiFry always cooks at the same temperature to ensure even and thorough cooking of the food.
What is the cooking temperature?
Does the machine have automatic shut off feature?
No. The machine has a countdown timer. At the end of the cooking you will hear a beep. Then you press the button to open the lid, which automatically turns off the machine.
Does the machine get hot?
The product has a cool-touch body. However, the lid can get a bit hot while cooking.
Will condensation build up on the lid?
Condensation will not build up on the lid during cooking. However, condensation may appear if you open and close the lid during the cooking process. It will disappear after a few minutes once you start cooking again.
What material is the removable pan made from?
The pan has a ceramic non-stick coating. It is free of PTFE and PFOA
When will I know that my dish is ready?
ActiFry has a countdown timer. An alarm rings when the dish is ready.
What can you cook in the ActiFry?
ActiFry is a versatile appliance, perfect for cooking meat, fish, risotto, vegetables and desserts with delicious results each time. It also makes tasty, crispy French fries. The product comes with a recipe book that includes over 35 healthy and appetizing recipes, each featuring specific nutritional information.
Can I use my own recipes in the ActiFry?
Yes, you can make your favorite recipes in the ActiFry. You may need to adjust the cooking time and reduce the amount of oil normally used.
Please note that high liquid recipes are not recommended in ActiFry.
How long does it take to cook other dishes?
The cooking time will depend on the type of dish you want to make. Poultry will generally take around 15 minutes, beef will be 20 minutes and vegetables will take between 10 and 20 minutes. The cooking time is clearly indicated in each recipe and a summary sheet for each type of food is provided at the end of the recipe book.
What type of oil can I use?
With the ActiFry, you can use a very wide variety of healthy oils including canola, olive and sesame.
How many servings can I make in the ActiFry?
Up to four servings.
What is the food capacity?
The maximum food capacity is 2.2 lbs (e.g. for French fries). For the other dishes, please refer to the maximum quantity indicated in the recipe book.
Can I put liquid in the ActiFry?
Some liquid is okay, but the ActiFry is not recommended for liquid dishes such as soups, puddings, etc. Please refer to the quantity indicated in the recipe book.
What type of food does not work in the ActiFry?
Freshly battered foods and high liquid dishes are not recommended in the ActiFry.
How do I make French fries?
How long does it take to cook French fries?
Fresh French fries take 30-35 minutes depending on how crunchy you like them.
Frozen bagged French fries take 20-25 minutes.
Which variety of potato should I use?
You can use any type of potatoes that are recommended for French fries, such as Yukon Gold or Russet.
How much oil should I use for French fries?
For fresh French fries only one tablespoon (one ActiFry spoonful) of oil is needed. For frozen French fries no added oil is required as these fries are already precooked in oil before being frozen.
How should I prepare the potatoes to make fresh French fries?
- Wash the potatoes and then cut them into fries. The fries should be equal in size.
- Wash the cut potatoes with cold water until it runs clear in order to remove most of the starch.
- Dry the French fries thoroughly. The French fries must be perfectly dry before being put in the ActiFry in order
to get crunchy results.
How do I clean ActiFry?
The pan, lid, paddle spoon and filter are dishwasher safe. The base is easy to clean with a cloth.
Warranty & Specification Questions
What is the full warranty statement for the ActiFry?
T-fal offers a 1-year limited warranty for your purchased ActiFry.
What is the electrical consumption of the ActiFry?
The ActiFry has the electric power of 1450 watts.
What are the dimensions of the ActiFry?
16.7 by 13.6 by 9.4 inches, 8.9 pounds.