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When it comes to making dinner, my thought process is usually as follows: how long will it take and how easy is it to make? T-Fal’s new ActiCook & Stir wants to answer those questions with “no time at all and super easy.” Okay, we may be exaggerating with the “no time at all” part, but the T-Fal’s new multicooker makes everything so simple that you can use the time you’d usually be using to stir and watch over the pot to partake in more valuable activities, like scrolling mindlessly through Instagram.

What exactly does the ActiCook & Stir do? You can slow cook, sauté, bake, make soups, stews, rice, jams, porridge, yogurt, cheese, bread, risotto, pasta and more. You can even defrost and reheat (yep – this’ll replace your microwave too). But does it fry? It sure does (though it admittedly lacks the low-oil, air frying technology of its ActiFry cousin).

Unlike regular pressure cookers, you can cook with the lid open, as well as open it at any time to add more ingredients (or to put in something you forgot – no judgement here). It also has a 10 cup capacity, so you can cook a whole lotta food.

The coolest thing about the multicooker is that it’s got an intelligent stirring paddle built right into it, so you really don’t have to do much. That’s right. Put your ingredients in the pot, hit a little button — then check up on your emails, cuddle your dog, work on that painting, entertain your children, do some yoga, write that great Canadian novel — and come back to your delicious cooked dinner.

And when you’re done? There’s an autorinse function too.

 

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Recently @tfal_canada asked me if I would check out their New ActiCook & Stir. This is a really cool all-in-one cooking tool that has a unique Intelligent Stirring Paddle that automatically stirs the food for you. And it has over 18 different cooking settings as well as a manual mode! I thought that due to the delicate nature of a seafood chowder it would be cool dish to test the T-Fal ActiCook & Stir with. Here’s what I did… I put 1 tbsp of butter in the ActiCook & Stir’s Spherical Pot along with the 1 diced carrot, 1 diced onion, 1 celery stalk, and 2-3 diced Yukon Gold Potatoes. I set it to the vegetable sauté setting with the stirring tool and cooked it for 12 minutes. Then I added 1 tbsp of flour to the vegetables and reset the sauté function and timer to 5 minutes. I added 1 cup of white wine and set the sauté setting for another 5 minutes. Next up, 1 cup of clam juice, ½ tsp dried tarragon, and 1 bay leaf then sauté for another 5 minutes. After that I removed the stirring tool and added in ½ lb mussels, 2 haddock fillets cut into 1-inch pieces, and 6-10 scallops cut into quarters. I set the ActiCook & Stir to “Seafood” “Soup and Stew” for 20 minutes. Finally, I added in the 1 can of clams, 2 tbsp of parsley and salt and pepper to taste. The verdict… The chowder was delicate and delicious. It couldn’t have been better, and the ActiCook & Stir did great! Having the option of combining different cooking settings gave me the control to properly cook the vegetables first, and then to control the cook on the seafood. I can’t wait to discover what else I can do with the ActiCook & Stir. #TfalByMySide #ActiCookandStir #sponsoredpost #homecooking #seafoodchowder #homecooked #food #goodeats #recipe #cook #cookingtools #seafood

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WHO IT’S FOR:

People who want to make delicious, versatile meals but want to spend less time in the kitchen.

HOW MUCH?

From $233

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon or Canadian Tire