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Air fryer review: Seb – Actifry GH8061

The fryer without oil Actifry Family GH 8061 is the new version of the Actifry Seb AL8060, with a slightly greater capacity. This model is able to produce up to 1.2 kg a batch (instead of 1 kg) of fresh chips with just one spoonful of oil. With its range, Actifry Seb was a pioneer fryer without oils. Here come a review of this product.

 

Description:

The Actifry fryer can prepare fries without oil, light and good. One spoonful of oil is enough to prepare 1.2 kg of fresh chips, within 3% fat, against over 15% for a conventional fryer. Dietary fries so you can eat without feeling guilty or increase cholesterol levels.  Frozen chips do not need to add oil as they already contain.

To achieve this performance, the Actifry uses a forced air system that cooks the fries (Actifry’s patented technology system), while an articulated arm rotates gently to make the fries golden brown all sides. The tank is made of aluminum with a ceramic coating. It can be placed in the dishwasher with the lid.

 

The taste is very good and much better than the oven fries. To find the taste of classic French fries, it is always possible to add a tablespoon of oil. It is recommended to use potatoes adapted to units without oil: we obtain without difficulty light and crispy fries.

An additional advantage of the Actifry fryer without oil is that it is possible to cook the fries with several types of oils. So you can experiment with oils enriched with Omega 3, olive oil for example, to try fries tasted different.

Use:

Using the Actifry is very simple: just adjust the cooking time and start the fryer. Firing is automatic, and the Timer alerts you when time is up. Warning, the timer does not stop the cooking and we must stop it by hand.

The cooking time is about 45 minutes for 1.2 kg of French fries, and 30 minutes for 500g.

The Actifry GH 8061 is versatile and can cook something other than fried: fried vegetables, sliced chicken or fruit soup for example. The cookbook is included with the fryer described 60 recipes covering starters, mains and desserts.

 

Strengths

The Actifry is versatile and can be used to cook other dishes as fried vegetables, prawns, …

  • Removable aluminum bowl with nonstick high-strength ceramics coating.
  • The transparent opens automatically lid monitors the cooking.
  • Large LCD display that shows the remaining cooking time.
  • The walls of the fryer remain cool to prevent accidental burns.
  • Limited odors.
  • Easy maintenance of the fryer that is safe when going in the dishwasher (tank, rotating arm and cover). Otherwise, there is no end of cooking oil, a simple sponge is enough.
  • Made in France.

Weak points

  • Longer cooking time than the Philips AirFryer.
  • A little noisy.
  • The Timer still does not stop cooking, making it necessary to be present to stop the machine, and the bell is not very strong.

Customer reviews

If you do not like the smell of frying but like fried potatoes, chicken … .. this device is for you. In addition,  not need to monitor cooking. The only small problem … the price.

Good product that does what it promises, but the ergonomics are improving. The timer is not coupled to the operation, making it necessary to turn off the unit manually. The device is bulky and noisy. The rotating part is hollow and is filled with food. The distribution is not always perfect either, foods tend to accumulate rather than be distributed regularly.

Black gold-oil

Oil also called black gold; the reference oil has different names in different regions. The most popular are traded in Europe, in the oil standard is London Brent (North Sea Gross), the United States has negotiated oil WTI (West Texas Intermediate) and the Middle East with Arabian Light. Raw energy at the heart of global interests in the early 20th century, oil became coveted and suffered several historical shocks known as the oil shocks. The supply and demand govern the price of oil in physical market but there are also futures contracts for the actors to cover a price change or speculate bringing to market operators to diversify their portfolio.

The evolution of oil prices

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The attraction for oil in the 1920s has increased the importance of the mastery of prices for multinationals.

But since the 1960s, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries called OPEC regulates oil prices to counter these multinationals. This group alone accounts for 40% of global production and thus can agree on an offer price.

The futures market and the development of trade limited this trend in 1986 causing a “shock against oil.” It was then agreed between Saudi Arabia and the United States together to increase the production to the West. The prices of all exporters are then collapsed notably the Soviet Union was originally heavily dependent on its oil exports.

But it was in 1973 and 1979 that took place the first oil crises for political reasons respectively the Yom Kippur War and the revolution in Iran.

Oil prices of stock

Oil prices are changing 24/24 and represent the price of a barrel is equivalent to 158.9873 liters or 42 US gallons*.

The unit of measurement of oil stocks is the “blue barrels” (which comes from the bright color of the barrel) millions (Mbbls) or billion (Gbbls) per day.

Oil can be negotiated by the “spot” market for physical deliveries. The players in this market are mainly oil companies and refiners. These players can also trade in the market “Forward”, or physical futures market, to benefit from a fixed price in advance at a later date. This then allows market traders to have a guaranteed price but less used to the benefit of futures.

Futures contracts for oil are traded worldwide mainly via the ICE (Intercontinental Exchange) which is traded in dollars for Brent to Sullom Voe delivery and NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) on which exchange dollar WTI for delivery in Cushing, Oklahoma. The other financial markets are electronic platforms that only retransmit the information from these two major markets.

Unlike contracts “Forwards”, futures contracts do not result in a physical transaction. It is this market that the actors in the oil markets can be covered with a price change. The development of contracts on the price of oil also allows investors to place in order to diversify their portfolio and that some may call speculation.

This topic is subject to different opinions among stakeholders erratic effect on macroeconomic news that may cause significant volatility in prices and others who feel the intervention of these investors to the market more fluid, called the liquidity and allow petroleum industry to find a counterpart immediately.

Each contract represents 1,000 barrels of oil or 42000 gallons*. Thus, the change in the oil price of one cent of a dollar equals a variation of 10 dollars per contract.

*how much pound in a gallon:

Oil, petroleum

Specific Gravity 0.88

1 gallon weighs 7.344; 7000 gallons would weigh

7000 * 7.344 = 51,408 pounds

Solar panels: what to look for?

In 2015, you see more and more solar panels not only in large commercial buildings but also in homes and gardens. With solar panels, you can save a lot of money over the years, but the purchase of the solar panels is expensive. What should you notice when buying solar panels?

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Where are the solar panels from?

The land where the solar panels are made can be of great influence on the quality of the panels. There are about 1000 solar panels suppliers, most (90%) of these suppliers deliver solar panels from Asia because that is where most technical knowledge in this field comes from. The other modules that sell Dutch suppliers are often made in Germany. If you find a supplier of solar panels from another country, the quality of these solar panels is often unknown. Chances are high that these solar panels are much cheaper. If you can not find any positive experience with these solar panels, it is wiser to purchase solar panels only made in Asia or Germany. It’s not like solar panels that are made in countries other than Asia or Germany, is bad.

How many solar panels do you need?

For a home, it is most important to purchase a number of solar panels only enough that you need to generate the required energy for your household. If the supplier has calculated this correctly, your solar panels produce every year just as much or more power than you need for your household. You will therefore not pay any money for your energy company, giving you a return on your solar panels expenditure over the years. If your solar panels produce more power you have needed last year, you’ll get about € 0.07 per kilowatt for the return of your energy company (for the current decreases you pay around € 0.23). This may make for a tidy sum, but in relation to the purchase of the solar panels, it is not much. So it is not helpful to put your roof as full as possible with solar panels. The supplier of the solar panels can help you to decide how much energy for your household and to determine that how many solar panels you should buy. Besides, the number of solar panels, of course depending on the size of your roof or another area where you want to place, but an average space on the roof is always large enough. An average household electric use in the Netherlands is 3600 kilowatts a year, to generate this with the sun you should have about 18 solar panels on your roof.

What are the solar panels made of?

The majority of solar panels that are sold are made of the polycrystalline or monocrystalline. The polycrystalline solar panels are the most popular. These have a blue color and are slightly cheaper than monocrystalline panels with a black color. Both of these materials can generate about the same amount of energy. Otherwise, the black colored solar panels are often chosen because people find it beautiful, but this happens especially in countries where the solar panels are visible on the ground.

Which converter?

In addition, to the solar panels you also need a converter, which is the inverter converts the power made by the solar panels (DC) into alternating current, which is the electricity you use in your home. Without the converter, the power generated by solar panels can not be used in your home. The quality of the converter has a large influence on the power made by the solar panels. A good supplier will always compare the power of all solar modules together and find a suitable inverter. When purchasing the converter, it is wise to buy the same brand or at least of the same supplier of the solar panels to be sure that these panels and the inverter can be combined.

Where do I place the solar panels?

The most obvious place for solar panels is on the roof. Also, the solar panels on the roof are quite out of sight, you often see them only from a distance or from above. The solar panels can however also be simply placed on the ground or at another location, as long as it is in a place where light is as much as possible. Upon the placement of the solar panels, it is important that there is no or as little as the possible shadow falls on the solar panels throughout the day, in order to generate the highest possible power output. Pay attention to the placement of the solar panels because there are always possible trees, tall buildings or other objects that will provide shade in the area.

What guarantee do I get with the purchase?

Always pay attention to the warranty you get with the purchase of your solar panels. Many vendors have to come once a year to clean and check the solar panels, but they do not at all. If you have to do this by yourself, this can create additional costs. It is also useful for you to purchase solar panels from a supplier that you receive comprehensive advice to get the optimum yield from your solar panels and where you can ask questions.

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