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Chip-Making Kitchen Gadgets

I'm back in the kitchen trying out some gadgets that are geared towards preparing and cooking chips.

As usual I have mixed results - (the Pifco Potato-Twerker is particulary unusual) but I still manage to end up with a really good plate of chips. Despite the loss of most of my sense of taste (anosmia), I can still appreciate a good chip. They should be hot and crispy on the outside, dry, not greasy and soft in the middle and fortunately I can still taste the salt that I probably shouldn't put on them.


Being a Type 1 Diabetic for the last couple of years has meant that I had to switch away from a low carb diet to a high carb one. Each meal needs to have some form of 'stodge', bread, rice, pasta or potatoes, something that will be be digested slowly over time. I bought the Actifry to make healthier chips as Type 1 diabetics are a lot more prone to getting clogged-up arteries than a healthy person.  I can now have chips a couple of times a week with a meal without worrying about the fat content. 

If you want to buy any of the products shown the links are below. eBay links are only for for the UK. 

Actifry (Amazon US)  Actifry (Amazon UK) 

Pifco Peeler (eBay UK)  Spinning Peeler (eBay UK)  Chipper (eBay UK) 

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Reader Comments (17)

Just Had to order the Chipper best gadget on this video :)

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Yes I agree, simplest but best. The good thing about cutting all your chips the same size is that they are all cooked at the same time. I'll be using this again.

September 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hey Techmoan!

You know that in a year you'll have a kitchen to rival Doc Brown, don't you?

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo


September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

I would imagine that the peelings from the first device cooked in the Actifry would produce tasty crisp-like snacks. Any chance of a follow-up test?

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBugsMan

What a fun review, thanks!

(I would not have mentioned this if you had not made a point about it - but a high carb diet is not the only way to eat if you are a diabetic. For example, see Dr John Briffa or Barry Groves. Hope that is of interest, I'm not trying to spark a debate but thought you, and others, might not be aware of it)

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

I regularly use an Andrew James halogen oven to make fairly good chips from frozen but they do need a manual turning at 5 min intervals with a wooden spatula. Its a bit too troublesome to arrange chips on a wire rack so I use a pyrex dish. Also, worth mentioning is my George Foreman grill, onto which a single layer of frozen oven chips can be cooked to crispy golden perfection between 8 and 10 minutes. Unfortunately if the chips form two layers, the overlap causes chips to be compressed against each other by the weight of the top cooking surface. I have never found freshly cut potatoes any good in either system, and the thinner the chip (or fry) the less satisfying the results seem to me.

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Chip Eater

Absolutely no intention of buying any of these gadgets but this review put a smile on my face. Thanks for brightening up my day.

You're turning into quite a star!

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBoddy

Another brilliant review. It is good to see you in front of the camera and your style is ever more relaxed. I do fancy an actifry, must see if I can justify the price. Most of all I just love watching your reviews. Keep doing them, they are a treat with my morning coffee.
Sometimes 9 bar espresso, sometimes gurgling filter machine that makes enough for the day, I might have more coffee machines than you ? :-)
Also, a health problem that requires you to eat chips. So the glass is half full after all !

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

When you put it like that, things don't seem so bad. Thanks for the positive words.

September 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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