2011 Big Prize Week Day 1: T-Fal ActiFry

By Mir
November 21, 2011
Category Contests

This contest post will stay at the top of the page from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern on November 21st, 2010. Read on to find out about todayÒ€ℒs prize and enter to win!

Those of you who were around last year may remember that I decided to count down to Black Friday with a wild week of contests. This year we’re doing it again, and I think you’re going to find these five days of prizes will make it worth your while to stick around.

T-Fal had their nice PR folks reach out to me about a month ago about their ActiFry, which I first looked at and wondered if it might double as a space ship in a pinch. There’s no denying it’s a weird-looking apparatus. But there’s also no denying that it does exactly what it says: Through a combination of pulsating heat and a rotating paddle, it automatically produces lower-fat versions of your favorite either traditionally fried or tremendously fussy (hint: risotto!) dishes while you go do something else.

(Confession: Here’s how the rep piqued my interest—she said, “You can make 2.2 pounds of french fries with just a tablespoon of oil!” My immediate response: “No way!” I take french fries seriously, people.)

So I received an ActiFry to test out, and of course the very first thing I did was make fries. (Obviously.) They were delicious, and unlike every batch of oven fries I’ve ever made, they were perfectly cooked on all sides and didn’t stick to the pan. The children announced they wanted fries with dinner every night. Much to their dismay, in the following days I made a variety of roasted vegetables (not fries), just because I am mean. My favorite so far is roasted sweet potatoes home fries, which we had with a frittata one night. Again, they were perfectly cooked, didn’t stick, and used much less oil than I would normally need to cook them either in a pan or in the oven.

In short, I’m an ActiFry convert. I’m not sure I ever would’ve purchased one (they’re pricey), but now that I have it, I use it a few times a week. Thumbs up!

Want to win one? Of course you do! First go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post today (Monday, November 21st, 2011) by 8:00 p.m. Eastern (that’s 5:00 p.m. Pacific) to be entered for a chance to win. All contests this week will run for one day and one day only; you snooze, you lose.

Ready? Go!


  1. Yay, fried foods!

  2. Would love to try this!

  3. um, yeah I want one! Thanks, Mir. You are the prettiest. For always.

  4. That looks like one serious small appliance. Want.

  5. Yay for super awesome big prize week!

    If this spaceship cooks donuts…that would be trouble. Very fun trouble.

  6. Lower fat fried foods? Is that even legal? I’d love to find out! Count me in, and thanks Mir!

  7. This looks incredibly cool.

  8. Wow – would love this. If they weren’t so pricey, I’d be out buying one right now!

  9. I love small kitchen appliances! Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I have missed my deep fryer DEARLY since the neighbors burned down my house, but just haven’t been able to bring myself to buy another. I would LOVE this! Thanks Mir! You are the prettiest πŸ™‚

  11. Oh this would fit right in with our “eating healthy kick” we are on. Thanks for a chance to win one!

  12. I neeeeeeeed this! Aim always trying to make our meals a little healthier, but still something the kids will like! Thanks, pretty Mir!

  13. I NEED one of these!

  14. Looks good!

  15. oh yeah! I love kitchen gadgets. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Hubby would so love to try this. Thanks, I look forward to the rest of this week.

  17. Wow, that thing looks our of this world! Would love to try a low-fat way to fry!

  18. Sounds delicious! I think I want one…thanks for another FAB giveaway!

  19. Never heard of such a thing. But now that I do I want to try it out.

  20. I LOVE fries!

  21. Would love to try this!

  22. If you were convinced, I’m willing to give it a try. I cook roasted sweet potatoes regularly and the worst part is cleaning the pan.

  23. Would LOVE this!

  24. yes please. I’m thinking a great use for sweet potato fries!

  25. My family just went vegan this would be great!

  26. a spaceship for my kitchen!!

  27. would be neat to try! thanks!

  28. yum…. fried fries!

  29. I’ve never even heard of this – awesome!!

  30. This sounds great! Sign me up!

  31. This would be great for my husband who thinks fried is one of the four major food groups.

  32. I really want this!

  33. I love to snooze, but I hope I win this !!!

  34. You had me at fries

  35. Yes please!!

  36. Always love the idea of deep frying, but not into using gallons of oil to do it, this would be perfect!

  37. fries? I want in on this one!

  38. Wonder how it does with Falafel?

  39. Yes! I would love it!

  40. pretty ! =)

  41. I’ve never heard of this but it looks really cool!

  42. nice!

  43. awesome!

  44. Id love to give this a try.

  45. YEAH to giveaways! This looks really good. Thanks Mir.

  46. Definitely want in on this one . . . .

  47. Please count me in for this opportunity. And thanks for thinking of us Mir!

  48. Love it!

  49. That sounds like a fun kitchen toy!

  50. We just tried a $125 fryer from Amazon – two units of the same model – and returned them both. They just didn’t keep the oil hot enough. I’d love to try this one and not worry with the big container of oil.

  51. We love fried chicken, but I don’t make it very often because of all that oil. My family would love it if I made it more often =)

  52. Me, please! This sounds like a winner!

  53. This would be perfect for our house. We’ve been trying to cut out a lot of the crap we’ve been eating.


  54. sounds awesome!


  56. My husband is big into sweet potato fries, too! Thanks for the chance.

  57. Woohoo! Sounds like a great way to retire my frier!

  58. I would love this! Pick me!!

  59. This is great! Thanks!

  60. I could eat all my favorite state fair fried foods all year round! πŸ™‚

  61. Yay for good french fries!!

  62. This would be GREAT!! We just used our deep fat fryer at noon yesterday and “paid for it” the rest of the day! Something that tastes great but uses less oil would be awesome!

  63. This sounds wonderful. I have 4 kids who love french fries!

  64. My husband loves to fry everything. He would love this. My fingers are crossed πŸ™‚

  65. perfect!

  66. Sounds good and looks very futuristic.

  67. Ooh spacey. Count me in!

  68. Very cool! My family would love this!

  69. This sounds amazing! I love to make homemade fries!

  70. You had me at sweet potato fries. I wonder if I could use bacon fat to fry them… πŸ™‚

  71. This would be AWESOME!!!

  72. Oh heck yes! My fryolator kicked the bucket a few years ago and I haven’t gotten a new one. But can you fry up donuts? LOL

  73. Yes, would love this!

  74. Sweet potato fries? Yes, please. And thank you.

  75. I would love to try this. Whenever I try to make sweet potato fries they’re either mushy or burnt.

  76. Perfectly cooked french fries with little oil. I really REALLY want one! Oh and I’ll cook veggies in it.

  77. Wow, this is right up my alley. Thanks! Jessica

  78. Sounds awesome.

  79. Looks very cool.

  80. I’d love to try this! It soinds great! Thanks πŸ™‚

  81. Fried food with just a little oil? Sign me up!

  82. How cool!

  83. Count me in! Looks very fancy!

  84. Yeah, buddy-love me some French fries!!

  85. This would be great. I have just never been able to make decent fries on my own and everyone talks about how great sweet potato fries are… I’d love to test this!

  86. Mmmmm….sweet potato fries!

  87. It would be so nice to not have to bake fries ever again!

  88. how cool is that? you had me at risotto.

  89. I NEED this!! I love me some sweet potato fries and they are so fussy in the oven.

  90. I love me some kitchen gadgets! Thanks pretty!!

  91. Anything to make supper preparation easier these days!

  92. Homemade french fries made easier – I would earn major bonus points with my kids!!

    Would love to win this!

  93. This seems so cool! I would love to try those sweet potato fries!

  94. this sounds so cool! Pick me!!!

  95. Sounds really neat! Thank you!

  96. My family would love this!!!

  97. Found your blog just today! Love it. Would love this new gizmo too. I have a kitchen gadget fascination but no line in the budget for. Tragic. Oh, and cute shoes.

  98. My husband will kill me if I acquire another kitchen appliance! So I need to win this one, obviously. πŸ™‚

  99. Holy crow! this looks like a must-buy even without a win… or at least a Christmas wish list item. You had me at Sweet Potato Fries!

  100. A new kitchen gadget? I’m in!

  101. Fry me a river of joy!!!

  102. I would love to try this out

  103. This would be awesome!

  104. Mmm I can already feel the fries on my thighs!

  105. Oh I would love this!

  106. This would make an incredible Xmas gift for my dear hubby!

  107. I also take fries seriously!

  108. Frying is fun.

  109. amazing fryer! great addition to my kitchen! πŸ™‚

  110. This sounds amazing! I didn’t even know it existed!!

  111. This is such a cool idea. I would love to try this contraption!!

  112. Never heard of it before, but sounds awesome!

  113. Oh wow! My tator tot loving husband and his waist line thank you for the chanse.

  114. Add me to the list of would never have bought, but would love to win!

  115. This looks pretty cool!

  116. I think i NEED this. πŸ™‚

  117. Pleeeeeease! You had me at roasted veggies! Oh, okay. And maybe some fries. Hey wait – can you do fried green beans? Because that is practically a hybrid. Nom nom nom…

    (I can’t believe you have me dreaming of fried green beans before I’ve finished my coffee…)

  118. Looks interesting – would like to give it a try!

  119. This looks interesting. New kitchen gadgets are always fun to play with!

  120. this looks awesome! Thx

  121. Would LOVE to win…..!

  122. I would love one!

  123. Bring on the fries!!

  124. I would love to try this. My kids would probably want fries for dinner every night too!

  125. Our kids would love this!

  126. That sounds awesome! We eat fries all the time! They might be a little more healthy this way!

  127. Yes, please!

  128. Woah! Great contest, Mir!

  129. I’d like to try it. I love fries.

  130. I would love this – Thanks Mir!

  131. How fun! I’d love to start acti-frying things πŸ™‚

  132. Oooo. Cool.

  133. I’d love to make home sweet potato fries!

  134. My husband keeps begging me to buy a deep fryer but I refuse. This, on the other hand, I can get behind! Please pick me, oh pretty random number generator!

  135. Sounds great!! I can find a spot for this in my kitchen!

  136. Oooh! Yummy!

  137. i was just saying that I need a new vessel in which to fry!

  138. “Honey, I made your favorite!”
    “Mmmm, fried stuff with cheese!”
    (I used to be a huge “Friends” fan…I’m a dork)
    I think I need this!!!

  139. yessss!

  140. Pommes frites, si vous plait!

  141. You had me at french fry…

  142. Never heard of this, but /i love kitchen gadgets!

  143. Hmmm, this sounds like its something I need to taste test. Oh darn!

  144. This looks amazing.

  145. Oh yeah – fried brussels sprouts comin’ up!#!@#@

  146. I think I need this!

  147. Roasted veggies too? I’m in.

  148. My favorite want not week of the year!

  149. Thanks, Mir!

  150. Interesting… pick me! πŸ™‚

  151. Can’t wait to try it out after I win it πŸ˜‰

  152. Now THAT sounds totally cool! I’d love to win one!

  153. Wow, roasted vegies and perfect fries with little oil. Sounds like a miracle to me.

  154. This is an awesome giveaway!! Delicious fried food with less oil. Pick me pretty Mir!

  155. Low fat cooking? Sign me up!

  156. O M G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want this….its awesome!!!!!!!!!

  157. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!

  158. Being on a low fat diet good fries would be a real treat!! Lets not even talk about fried chicken!!

  159. How cool! We love to roast/oven-fry veggies & potatoes, but they are such a pain for such an “easy” preparation! Fingers crossed…

  160. that looks awesome! Thanks!!

  161. I love sweet potato fries!

  162. You had me at sweet potato fries…YUM! We would love this!

  163. This would be so cool!

  164. Mmmm… sweet potato fries!

  165. Sounds delicious!

  166. Hubbie would totally get into this.

  167. Thanks pretty lady!

  168. Do I need this? No. Do I want this? YES!

  169. Would love to win this, pick me please!

  170. Mememememememe!!!

  171. That sounds so neat! I want one now.

  172. Fried with much less fat? YES, PLEASE!

  173. Yay for healthier french fries!

  174. Wow – sounds AMAZING!!!!

  175. This looks like a great gadget, the sweet potato fries sound amazing!

  176. I am all in!

  177. Fries rock! Mir rocks!

  178. fried in less oil?

    sign me up!

  179. I haven’t had good home made french fries since we had to leave our deep fryer behind when we moved from Texas… over 2 years ago! Count me in, please!

  180. Hey, I might actually start cooking again!

  181. A tablespoon of oil? No way! I’ve ever heard of this product.

    Thanks for the great contest– fingers crossed!

  182. Now, I love sweet ‘tater fries…count me in. Thanks, Mir

  183. Would love to cook french fries without a huge mess!

  184. Fascinating!

  185. I want one of these sooooo bad!!!

  186. Yumm slightly less guilt-inducing french fry goodness? I’m so there.

  187. Count me in!

  188. Only thing better than good fries is good fries with toppings! (cheese, chili, nacho toppings, gravy if you’re in Montreal…)

    Love your Blog!

  189. You had me at “French fries”.

  190. This is one of those things I would love to havem but would never buy myself!

  191. Love making my own french fries–this would be so great!!

  192. Oh, this looks awesome. And if it can get my kids to like roasted veggies, or at least sweet potato fries, I may want to marry it.

  193. This would be so great to have! As much as I like oven fries, they’re just not the same.

  194. Wow – this is like a dream come true. Thanks for the chance!

  195. I’m thinking I could finally make fried chicken! Pick me!!

  196. I always need another small appliance and one that looks like it belongs on the Jetsons is even better!

  197. Wow! Would love to take this baby for a test drive!

  198. This is an awesome offer. Thanks.

  199. Fried foods that aren’t fried? See, this is proof that the baby Jesus loves us. πŸ™‚ Count me in!!

  200. Love fries! Great prize!

  201. Me!

  202. Such an awesome giveaway, Mir!
    I’ve been looking at these, wondering if they could possibly work as well as the commercials indicate. Now I know it does – I believe you. And now I’m crossing my fingers and toes, hoping that I win!

  203. Dear Random Number Generator;
    Pick me…please?

  204. Wooo hooo! Sounds wonderful.

  205. Would love to win this!

  206. I never knew such a thing existed…

  207. Yes please!

  208. Oh my, fried food without all the “what do I do with all the oil NOW?”

  209. I never fry anything because of the mess, the smell, and, of course, the health factor. My family would love having this!

  210. I’m all for anything that can make healthier fries. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the chance.

  211. Wow. That sounds awesome! I’m thinking sweet potato fries…

  212. 2.2 pounds of french fries with just a tablespoon of oil? It’s gotta run on magic…

  213. Sweet potato fries FTW!

  214. Yes please! I was actually looking into this at another box store, and I just couldnt do it.

  215. Yes please! This will get me off the ‘mean Mom’ list with my son!

  216. And why can’t they have french fries every day? I want french fries every day? Twice a day on weekends. Oops, sorry, my id was typing again.

  217. Sweet! Just what I need to make more veggies! πŸ™‚

  218. Oh neat – I’d love to try this!

  219. Hey, for free, we would give it a try! πŸ˜€

  220. I have never heard of this, but it sounds awesome!

  221. Sounds really interesting, thanks!

  222. I’m thinking maybe some chicken fingers to go with those fries!

  223. Sounds yummy! And thanks for all the great deals!

  224. Would love to win this!

  225. I’m ready to try making cream cheese won-tons with this!
    Or maybe doughnut holes!
    And my kids will be ALL OVER having fries! ^_^

  226. This sounds amazing! Yes please!

  227. Yes please!!

  228. I’m with you – FRIES!

  229. Maybe I could actually make fried chicken for my gluten impared daughter and husband!!!

  230. Sounds great. Thanks!

  231. My husband has been ASKING and ASKING for a fryer and I think no.

    This could be the compromise we didn’t even know existed!

  232. Oh my….I really hope to win this to give to my daughter.

  233. I want it!!! Happy Thanksgiving All!!

  234. Awesome! Would actually like this for tempura…

  235. Sounds too good to be true–but I SO want to believe!

  236. The RNG can’t always hate me, can it?

  237. Wow! That’s all I can say! WOW!

  238. Gotta try, right?

  239. Sounds amazing!!! French fries…got my mouth watering already πŸ™‚

  240. Looks awesome! I can imagine lots of fun stuff to do with this!

  241. Pregnant and craving onion rings… just sayin πŸ™‚

  242. one tablespoon of oil AND looks like a spaceship. Way too cool

  243. Just got my CSA winter share and would love to throw rutabagas and parsnips into that thing.

  244. wow I am sold

  245. This is one appliance I wish I had!

  246. Yes please! I love fried foods entirely too much.

  247. Oh ya, come to Momma!

  248. Wow! Too cool

  249. Would love to try this! Count me in!!!

  250. this looks awesome, but then again, I’m a kitchen appliance sucker

  251. Healthier French fries are welcome here!!

  252. This looks awesome! Thanks for the contest, Mir!

  253. I would love this.

  254. My kids would love me for this! (and you, too!)

  255. Looks way less messy than regular frying!

  256. That thing looks so cool!


  258. I just talked with French fries. They want me to win this. OK. great.

  259. How cool is that?! Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

  260. Wow: that seems pretty cool. It sounds like, since the grease is greatly reduced, this would help with our family’s problem: the leftover greasy smell that tries to live, like a troll, in our kitchen, anytime we fry food.

  261. WOW! This sounds better than my convection oven! Pick me Please!

  262. Sounds great! I would love to have one!

  263. Love It! pick me ok? you are sooo pretty!

  264. This will be a great addition for my diet…down 9 lbs and counting. πŸ™‚

  265. Man I’d love to have this!

  266. I would love it…gadget gal.

  267. FRIES

  268. Did you say french fries? Count me in! Yummy!

  269. This is great! Thanks!

  270. this sounds great!!!

  271. I would love this for okra in the summer and potatoes all year! Thanks

  272. Way cool!

  273. Sounds great, I would love one of these.

  274. You had me at french fries!

  275. Yep, this thing looks awesome! I want to try! πŸ™‚

  276. spaceship looking AND it fries things, what. it sounds awesome!

  277. This would be nice

  278. Healthy(-ish) fries? SIGN ME UP!

  279. I threw away our deep fryer years ago, just so we would be forced to bake our fries instead of soaking them in grease. πŸ™‚ THIS would rock my world, yo.

  280. This sounds AMAZING!

  281. Yummy!

  282. I am so in!

  283. That would be great!

  284. Wow, It sounds really neat! I would love to win this Mir!

  285. Wow, low fat, delicious fried foods?? I’m IN!

  286. Sounds wonderful! Count me in and thanks for the chance to win!

  287. Sounds like a great device! Would love to win

  288. oooohhhhh…. space agey! i want!

  289. I’m in!

  290. me likey. thanks.

  291. wow sounds suoer cool

  292. We love fries. All 6 of us in our house. Really.

  293. Sign me up!

  294. Oh, wow! I would love to win this…french fries all the time, Baby! (Well, okay, maybe some roasted veggies, too…)

  295. This looks like it would be fun to use.

  296. Would love to try this, please!!

  297. This looks great!

  298. I hate frying because of the mess. I would LOVE to try this!!!

  299. Sign me up! This looks like it would be fun!

  300. Ohh – this looks like a lot of fun!

  301. I want low fat fries! Oohh-and falafels too! Yum!

  302. I do love french fries : )

  303. Well, if you’re gonna have fries, they might as well be healthier. And let’s face it: I’m gonna have fries. 8^)

  304. Way cool!

  305. Thank you!

  306. Sounds good!

  307. Sounds yummy!

  308. Exciting prize. Please enter me to win!

  309. Oh please pick me…lol. Just read a recipe for donuts…thinking (in addition to those vegetables) that donuts would be amazing!!

  310. Ok, when I first saw this, I thought – we don’t do fried foods. But, after reading more, I’m intrigued and would love to give it a try.

  311. love me some french fries!

  312. Okay, I definitely need this because I need sweet potato fries!

  313. French fries would be tasty…but I wonder how fried shrimp would work in this? Oh all the things I could fry…

  314. I’d love this!

  315. Fryday on Monday?

  316. you had me at fried!!!

  317. Hooray for french fries!

  318. Mememe!!!

  319. Looks quite interesting. I’d like to try it.

  320. French Fries, French Fries, Must have French Fries……
    I’m game. We would love to try it out.

  321. Would love to win!

  322. I’d love to try this!

  323. This looks great!

  324. Wow…this would be awesome!

  325. Would love to win this!! Healthy fries covered in cheese!!…LOL

  326. Intriguing…

  327. Must ….have…..fries!! If I don’t win, someone please tell Santa that I really REALLY want one of these.

  328. I never win anything. This is a looooooooooooong shot for me. But, a chance worth taking as I loooooooooooooove french fries.

  329. I absolutely love sweet potato fries! I would love to try this out!

  330. I always love new kitchen gadgets!! Have to try this one!

  331. Way Cool! I hope I win but if I don’t….it just may warrant a purchase. Thanks for the chance.

  332. Wow, this looks fabulous!

  333. That looks cool!

  334. I would love a space ship! Sign me up please!

  335. The only thing better than bacon is something fried to go with it!

  336. Looks like fun. Sign me up!

  337. Cool! French fries with less guilt!

  338. Sweet potato fries, yum!

  339. mmmm! french fried…..everything!

  340. I hate our fryer, so this would be awesome to have!

  341. Pick me, Pick me!! That thing sounds amazing!!!

  342. Oh my gosh! This sounds great!

  343. I almost missed out. My diet would love one of these πŸ™‚

  344. yes please!

  345. This could be the answer to the frying dilimna … plus it stirs risotto? Sign me up!

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