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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 01:32 PM

They fed my addiction for Christmas

For a few years now I have coveted the Actifry which was only available in Europe. I have longly watched the youtubes of happy europeans making their gobs of chips in just one tablespoon of oil. I have satisfied myself knowing that I could of course do all that in the oven...Bah who needs this little UFO of kitchen joy?

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ME! And now it's MINE!

Chips...tomorrow! Then onto Stirfry and Risottos...

And here's Ming Tsai making Larb

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Reply They fed my addiction for Christmas (Original post)
The empressof all Dec 2011 OP
pinto Dec 2011 #1
Denninmi Dec 2011 #2
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #3
housewolf Dec 2011 #4
csziggy Dec 2011 #5
csziggy Dec 2011 #6
The empressof all Dec 2011 #7
csziggy Dec 2011 #8
The empressof all Dec 2011 #9
The empressof all Jan 2012 #10
kestrel91316 Jan 2012 #11
The empressof all Jan 2012 #12

Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 02:20 PM

1. Ha! Congratulations...

And the Larb looks delicious.

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 02:23 PM

2. A cooking robot. Who knew?

Let us know how you like it. I've checked into those, too.

Neat video. I have always liked Ming. I would get one if it worked well (the Actifry, not Ming).



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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:50 PM

3. "NO DON'T OPEN THAT DOOR!"

 

Making lard? It looks much more useful than that.

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 06:14 PM

4. How fun! You'll have a blast with that

I'd love to see one in action some day. It's fascinating!

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 04:29 PM

5. The larb almost sells it to me!

I love stir fry but can no longer stand at the stove and stir it - and I was always too impatient to do it right anyway.

To be able to simply dump all the stir fry ingredients in and let the device to the stirring would be great!

I'd have to fight the temptation to make chips with it - though I could make my own veggie chips!

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 04:42 PM

6. This sounds like a perfect recipe for the Actifry!

(Edited to make it clear I didn't write this)

From the David Lebovitz site: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/02/sweet-and-crispy-chicken-wing-re/

Korean Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings
Four to six servings

Adapted from Dakkangjung: Sweet & Crispy Chicken from Maangchi (http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/dakkangjung)

I made a few changes to the original recipe. One was that I used the Actify, whereas Maangchi deep-fried her wings, twice. I plan to try them with baked wings, but anyone tries it in the meantime, let us know in the comments. I also used rice syrup instead of corn syrup, which I buy at Ace Mart, the Korean shop in Paris.

I divided her recipe in half, since it made a lot of wings. So if you’re having more people over, feel free to double the recipe.

1/4 cup (35 g) flour
1/4 cup (30 g) cornstarch or potato starch
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
10 chicken wings, tips removed, then each wing cut into two pieces
1 tablespoon frying oil (I use colza or peanut)

1/2 cup (125 ml) water or beer
three-inch (7 cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup (packed) light or dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 cup (160 g) light corn syrup or rice syrup

1/3 cup (35 g) roasted peanuts, very coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes

1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, starch, egg, salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground chili pepper until it’s a thick paste. Add the wings and mix with your hands until they’re thoroughly coated.

2. Put the coated wings in the ActiFry and drizzle with the oil. Close the lid and cook for 35 minutes, until brown and crispy.

Or the deep-fry the wings in a pot of hot oil (Maangchi recommends 350º-380ºF, 177º-193ºC) twice, in batches. Then drain well.

3. In a large pot or wok, bring to a boil the water, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and corn or rice syrup. Let cook until the mixture becomes syrupy and thick, and starts to foam. It should be about as thick as honey.

4. Turn off the heat and stir in the cooked wings, peanuts, sesame seeds, and chili flakes, until completely coated.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/02/sweet-and-crispy-chicken-wing-re/

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Response to csziggy (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 06:29 PM

7. Those wings look wicked and will be on my to do list

Both David Lebovitz and Ming Tsai are big fans of this machine and both have killer recipes posted. I confess...I haven't even taken it out of the box yet Things here have been insane. My SO got such a deal on it. He got it at Costco and it came with two really nifty Tefal Pots. One was a flat griddle with a thin lip and the other was a 4 quart wide kettle kind of thingie that looks great for making soup or stews. The special is over now I think but he got the machine and the two pots for under 180 bucks. Since I've been jonesing for this machine and talking about it pretty much non stop when a first saw it on the European market two years ago...He got off cheap to shut me up already. I will post updates as I begin to use it. My plan is to first do fries..Then I may just jump to the risotto but the stir frys look really fun too. Once the SO realizes it makes wings...I may never get my hands on it again

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 06:50 PM

8. I didn't even finish reading your message before I checked Costco!

The special is still on, as long as supplies last. $197.99 Shipping & Handling included!

You are such a wicked enabler.

And the idea of risotto is great! That is another dish I love but can't stand long enough to manage these days.

Let's see - I could get rid of the toaster oven I never use and put it in the corner where that sits now. Oh - this is sooooo tempting!

Maybe next year....

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 03:31 PM

9. Well I just made my first batch of french fries

I used Yukon Golds and hand cut them into medium wedges. I put them into the machine for 50 minutes with a tablespoon of olive oil. FANTASTIC! Next time I will soak the potatoes a bit in salty water as they lacked a bit of flavor that some brining in salt will cure. I'm so excited to do stir fry and chicken wings for the SO.

It's very easy to operate and clean. My only complaint is that the timer doesn't shut the machine off so you need to keep a mental note to not forget it if you aren't in earshot.

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:11 PM

10. I wanted to update everyone on this

I LOVE my Actifry. My electric pressure cooker has now been sent to the pantry. The only downside is that I've been straying a bit too much into eating meat.

The Potatoes are great and I've done the Larb quite a bit. It makes a terrific stirfry and I've done chicken masala as well. I've been toying with the idea of doing Polenta in it....Maybe this week sometime.

Today SO is getting some "Mexican" fried rice

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Response to The empressof all (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 05:24 PM

11. FRENCH FRIES??? IN A TBSP OF OIL??????

 

Zomg, I don't like to fill my kitchen with new gadgets, but I might have to get one of these.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 06:01 PM

12. They are pretty impressive

I think better than oven fries for sure. It also browns ground beef perfectly and makes a terrific crispy pirogue or pot sticker. It is my favorite new toy. I even do apples in it. It's been a few weeks now and I am not bored playing with it yet. The only thing I didn't succeed with was sautéed spinach. It got it kind of crispy even with the water in it. It does a terrific stirfry with cabbage and onions so maybe I just haven't gotten the moisture ratio right.

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