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Old Sep 26th 2020, 11:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Steerpike View Post
'Waxy vs floury' - when / how exactly is this observation made? Is this something you can discern upon slicing open a potato, or is is determined some other way (like, how it looks after being boiled)? I've heard it many times but never really understood what I'm looking for or when.
I see it in UK based recipes but I have never noticed a difference in the end result.

By the way - I made another batch of the 'Ore-Ida' 'fast food' french fries last night, frying pan + brief 'pour' of Olive Oil, and they again came out 100% perfect! Crispy/crunchy without being hard; fluffy / soft / chewy center; salty. I still have to try them in the oven ... . The amount of oil I'm using is nowhere near enough to cover the bottom of the pan; it's just enough so that, when I add the fries, I can stir them around and 'coat' them in oil. It's the 'crunchy without being hard' that's the amazing part ... all prior attempts to do these in a pan have resulted in a 'dried out' effect.
What you are describing here perfectly matches the Actifry. The paddle pushes the chips/spuds/carrots/parsnips around so they pick up small amounts of oil and then as it all moves around the pieces rub against each other transferring bits of oil.

There's a separate piece they call a basket - sold separately, although it might be included in a deluxe version - and this replaces the paddle so it cooks without being pushed around (although it still turns) - in effect a very small oven. Frozen fries can be too delicate for the paddle depending how many you do but go well in the basket.
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Old Sep 27th 2020, 3:29 am
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I see it in UK based recipes but I have never noticed a difference in the end result.


What you are describing here perfectly matches the Actifry. The paddle pushes the chips/spuds/carrots/parsnips around so they pick up small amounts of oil and then as it all moves around the pieces rub against each other transferring bits of oil.

There's a separate piece they call a basket - sold separately, although it might be included in a deluxe version - and this replaces the paddle so it cooks without being pushed around (although it still turns) - in effect a very small oven. Frozen fries can be too delicate for the paddle depending how many you do but go well in the basket.
So is odor elimination a big feature? Since I'm getting great results from a frying pan, not sure I can justify another kitchen gadget but if it will stop the g/f from closing the kitchen door, opening every window, turning on fans, etc then I'll certainly give it a go!
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Old Sep 27th 2020, 8:52 pm
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So is odor elimination a big feature? Since I'm getting great results from a frying pan, not sure I can justify another kitchen gadget but if it will stop the g/f from closing the kitchen door, opening every window, turning on fans, etc then I'll certainly give it a go!
Compared to a deep fat fryer, definitely. But steam too - especially greasy steam. Do you get much of that with your method? If not and it's just chips/fries you're interested in then it may not be worth it.

As well as doing carrots and parsnips brilliantly, there's also the convenience. If you have a big turkey in the oven unless you have a double oven, roasted veggies can be hard to find room for. If the roasts are doing too quickly in the Actifry, you can stop them for a bit and then carry on. If that happens in the oven, you need to leave them out - in the way - somewhere and risk them losing outer crispiness.
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I haven't made kimchi in a long time, but I've been thinking about it. I don't have the room or the appetite for the usual 5 or so jars I used to make, but I might try a small batch....
The Kitchn pulled this video off of youtube a couple of years go, but I saved it.
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Just made a special chicken curry.Why is it so special oh yeah eck made it oh yummy slurp slurp
What a dick forgot the pics! what i can't find them sorry peeps

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oh i found it mmmmmmmmm
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Just made a special chicken curry.Why is it so special oh yeah eck made it oh yummy slurp slurp
What a dick forgot the pics! what i can't find them sorry peeps
Shouldn't you be making Paella?
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He doesn't just make cakes. Tonight he made pizza, the dough and everything.



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He doesn't just make cakes. Tonight he made pizza, the dough and everything.


Now that's impressive! Bet it was delicious.
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He doesn't just make cakes. Tonight he made pizza, the dough and everything.

He’s a keeper in my books.

Edit: ask hubby to try crispy bacon slices, sliced onions, thinly sliced potatoes and a couple of cracked eggs on top. Makes great brunch pizza. Not that I’ve ever tried to make one, but a nearby restaurant does.

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Now that's impressive! Bet it was delicious.
It was. The crust is thick at the edge but very light and fluffy and crispy on the outside.
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He’s a keeper in my books.

Edit: ask hubby to try crispy bacon slices, sliced onions, thinly sliced potatoes and a couple of cracked eggs on top. Makes great brunch pizza. Not that I’ve ever tried to make one, but a nearby restaurant does.
Never heard of that one. He asked if it's Irish pizza Something to do with the potatoes. What's it like?
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Never heard of that one. He asked if it's Irish pizza
On the menu it’s called ‘Breakfast Pizza’. The base was very thin, with crispy, bubbly edges. It was to die for. That and a glass or two of cooking sherry...OMG.
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On the menu it’s called ‘Breakfast Pizza’. The base was very thin, with crispy, bubbly edges. It was to die for. That and a glass or two of cooking sherry...OMG.
Hmm. An idea worth considering.
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The last time my son and his girlfriend came to visit, I stoked up the BBQ and laid down some rib-eye steaks. I could tell my son had been got at by the girlfriend whem he sidled up and murmured "Dad, can you make the steaks medium-rare?". I pointed out that this is Dad's BBQ and I have two options, I do well-done, and the second option is Oops the steaks caught fire and you will be munching on a bit of charcoal. After copious amounts of pre-prandial Margarita, I don't think they noticed I got away with it.

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