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This was recommended to me and I was keen to try it. I made 2 meals in it and they were quite nice. Nothing special, and took much longer than they tell you it will. They don’t count the preheating time and the cool down time. Despite this I was quite happy. Then I made the creamy chicken and mushrooms. Prepared the ingredients, including the mushrooms, garlic, and onion. Luckily I realised halfway through that the recipe was going to completely omit putting those 3 ingredients into the meal. So I got out my frying pan and cooked them while the...chicken was cooking in the Cook4me. Then the instruction was to open the lid, remove the chicken, simmer the liquid and add the yogurt. I removed the chicken and there was no option as to how to turn the machine to simmer. Also no mention whatsoever of the mushrooms, garlic and onions! What a waste of $400!
Purchased in June 2021 for $399.00.
My best purchase yet.
Purchased from gary thyer betta electrical. $400. Mid to late 2020. Still loving it! As I was growing to hate it for the mess and all ups and downs.I joined the face book page, Such a blessing!,I got great advice from admin and others. Some a bit cynical,but dismiss them. So remeber there is advice and guidance for help. Practice makes perfect. Just love it.
Purchased in October 2020 at Betta Home Living for $400.00.
This is now my favourite kitchen appliance
This appliance when connected to your phone with downloaded app is amazing you can add to the library or scroll recipe using phone or appliance. I use my Cook4Me daily.
Purchased in December 2020 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores.
Not as simple as it seems but great!
Who this Product is For
Those who want quickly cooked recipes made from fresh ingredients. While the inbuilt recipes would suit a cooking novice. Anyone who would like to try new recipes all the way to experienced cooks who can use their own recipes and the manual mode to program times into the cooker. Once set up and you are used to it could be a cooking time and therefore electricity saver (compared to slow cooking).
Pressure cookers are renowned for retaining nutrients in foods. Less nutrients are lost ...in the small amounts of steam released compared to water boiled off or used for steaming. They can’t do crispy and crunchy though so won’t replace your oven nor frying pan. To cook. Select your recipe, whether for 2, 4 or 6 people and the cooker will list ingredients to add, then preheat, ask you to add items to brown if needed and once you indicate you’ve added the measured ingredients and liquid, automatically cook for you and keep warm after cooking has finished. It has built in safety features like automatic steam release as needed during cooking and before you can open it. It will also let you know if there’s not enough liquid. Size and Storage
Purchased in December 2020.
Give it a miss - has gone into storage...
We received this product on 10th November as part of the Ambassador Programme in return for an honest review and these are our findings.
This is quite a bulky machine which is quite noticeable on our kitchen benchtop. The instructions are written in clear english with useful diagrams. It was pretty easy and straight forward to set up.
There is an app to download for the machine which is straight forward to use.
On the display panel of the Cook4Me you turn the round dial around to select your options. The recipes are divided into 3 - Starter,...Main, Dessert. There you will find pre-set recipes in the machine. You have a choice whether to cook for 2, 4 or 6 people and the ingredients will adjust accordingly. What I didn't like about the Cook4Me is that after you've clicked on the recipe it then shows you the list of ingredients which you then need to prepare. You then need to click to the next section for the steps which are quite basic eg. Beat butter and sugar. If you had not got your ingredients ready in the first step you wouldn't know how much butter or sugar to mix together as the steps are very simple. As a busy mum of 2, I like to get an overview of the recipe to know in advance what ingredients I can put in the same bowl instead of having 10 different bowls for every ingredient. In this case I had to search on the app for the recipe and refer to the amounts before getting them ready eg. putting butter and sugar in same bowl and not separately. So the Tefal was not helpful in this way. I looked through many of the dessert recipes which were all quite similar in that they mostly used 8cm ramekins to cook in. Essentially you prepare the ingredients separately then pour into ramekins to cook in the Cook4Me. The issue is - you can only fit in max 2x8cm ramekins at a time in the basket provided which seems like a huge waste of time if you're cooking for more and normally when cooking desserts (esp for a family), you'll be cooking more than just 2... My other issue is all my ramekins are 10cm in diameter and hence only 1 would fit at a time. So instead we decided to just pour the pudding into a large ceramic dish that would fit into the Cook4Me. My first recipe was the peach pudding. After the cooking time was finished I found it difficult to get the ceramic bowl out as the wire basket handles would not go up all the way and the sides of the Cook4Me were still hot, so that took a bit of fiddling to get out safely. So far the pudding looked ok but upon sticking a spoon into it, uncooked batter quickly oozed out indicating it hadn't been fully cooked! So back it went for another cooking cycle. By this time it was late in the night so I turned off the cooker and left it there overnight. The result in the morning wasn't that great - it seemed dry and really needed an additional custard or ice cream to go on the side.
Purchased in November 2020.
We have had a few problems and found no use for this product! Model:SERIE EPC09-A
Question sent to Tefal...
There is no suggestion about removing the icons from the display above the OK control.
Will it just light up when I plug it in??? It is just a decal!!
To clarify... When unpacking the unit the display had icon stickers, or transfers, decals!
I was wondering what to do with them!
Answer: ...If the power is on but the screen off, pressing any button should brings (sic) the screen back to life. If the unit is powered off, yes the screen with the icons will appear again once the power is switched back on. Not the answer I needed! _____________________________________________________________ We have the connect+ wi-fi model and Tefal Support doesn't know why it won't connect to my phone, iPad or laptop! so we will just use our 100+ 55 year old recipe books collected over many years! We still have our 55yo Hawkins universal LGH2340G easy clean and to use, pressure cooker! We even have the 5yr guaranteed safety spare valve. The Tefal App is a 170Mb download and requires IOS 12+, Too Bad! there must be many people out there with old versions of the OS. Why cant they make it backward compatible? It is like the Fed Gov's Covid Safe App, Useless, as it required later OS versions too! We tried cooking some pork, it browned OK, then we added frozen peas but had to reset time back to get the simmer to continue! We then had to return to browning and back to simmering but only 41ºC. Not hot enough to simmer the risotto. We added water and used the browning setting to get it to simmer, but it stopped after 5min. Set to Gentle Cooking which achieved 50º but no bubbling! Tried a few times to get some action. It dropped to 42ºC so we gave up. It is just so much easier to use a pan on a gas stove, turn up the gas, adjust it, stir and cook like we have done on stoves and campfires for 55 years! A good experienced COOK has no use fr one of these! Plus it takes some time to clean all the little nooks and crannies in the parts... Looks like it may be fun for a tech-head if they have bench space and no chef in the house!
Purchased in November 2020.
Cook of all trades!
I've had the benefit of using the Tefal Cook4Me Connect several times now and have found it a very convenient cooking tool, especially where a recipe may require several cooking processes.
The Cook4Me app was easy to install and, after the initial pairing via Bluetooth with my Android device, connected with the cooker itself from within the app. The app gave me ideas for several dishes which I'd never cooked before and following the step-by-step guide was a straightforward process. I must add that the Beef Bourguignon recipe that I tried had f...ull integration with the app, including syncing the cooking timer and progress with the app, however the Chinese-style Pork Belly recipe that I tried did not (requiring more of a follow-the-recipe from the app approach). I'm not sure why this was so but would suggest to Tefal to ensure a more uniform approach to recipe integration with the app and the cooker. The app certainly gave me the confidence to try out new and different recipes and, of those that I tried, all turned out very nicely - even for a moderately-experienced home cook such as myself. My family certainly approved! The cooking bowl insert made the cleaning/washing process quite easy, though the bottom raised gridding of the bowl prompted more cleaning attention, lest remnants of cooked sauces remain. The top steam pressure regulator plate and mechanism was very easy to diassemble and clean, being secured by a secure but easy-to-remove screw bolt. I found the cooker very convenient, as the recipes I tried on it both required frying and then pressure cooking, which was all done in the same cooker. This certainly made the cooking easier, more convenient and definitely easier in the washing-up, rather than having to wash up multiple pots and pans. Do you really need the Cook4Me Connect? Probably not, but for me it certainly exposed me to a wide range of recipes and it has also reinvigorated my desire to experiment with new dishes. The all-in-one nature of the device makes it very useful and I can envisage the merits of it in a smaller cooking space or as a handy and portable cooker (such as glamping!), provided you have access to mains power. Definitely a winner!
Purchased in November 2020.
Great for those on a budget or cooking for many!
This is the first time using a pressure cooker for our household, and it was a very interesting experience, also a learning experience.
We have cooked a few meals using the Tefal Cook4Me + Connect and learnt some things along the way. We cooked a few beef dishes, curry dishes and risottos. They all turned out great, albeit a bit of extra spices and herbs took it from great to amazing!
After initially washing the Tefal Cook4Me + Connect, it still had a Teflon smell about it for the first dish, although this went away after two or three uses.
Purchased in November 2020.
Still trying to figure out if this is worth it for us
Tefal Cook4Me+ Connect is a multicooker which largely consists of pressure cooked recipes. Prior to this I had not used a pressure cooker and had only used my slow cooker, stove or oven for meat, soups and curries.
One of the key features of theTefal Cook4Me+ Connect is the ability to pair theCook4Me app to your smartphone - both my husband and I found it easy to pair our phones to the app and cooker. The app has close to 500 recipes and I liked both the curated selection and search functionality (suggestion of the day, classic collections, in...gredients from fridge, recipes from community etc). I also really like that they have included the ability to rate and comment on recipes similar to functionality of Taste etc so you can get a feel for recipe and any tips. So far we've cooked pumpkin risotto, corned beef (for ruben sandwiches), dahl and rice. The recipes have written instructions and pictures and once you have selected what you are cooking, you get step-by-step instructions that sync between your phone and cooker. In theory this is a great idea as the app and notifications give you a bit more detail than the cooker display but both my husband and I found this step buggy as it kept skipping to the last step. In the end we used the cooker display for prompts which was fine. I haven't tried to trouble shoot this but will try reinstalling the app for next recipe to see if that helps. Corned beef only took 40 minutes in Cook4Me where it usually takes me between 4 - 6 hrs depending on if I'm using slow cooker or induction. We were really happy with how easy and quick it was and the taste, though if I'm being critical it was a little tougher than when I have slow cooked it. I am keen to try the lamb shanks and pulled pork recipes from app too - both get great reviews and in the Cook4Me are ready in less than an hour compared to 6hrs+ in my slow cooker. Dahl, rice and pumpkin risotto all turned out fine but all up I can cook each of these in 30 mins or less on my induction cooktop. On the box, the Cook4Me promotes risotto in 6 minutes but when you include pre-cooking time (ie. browning onion, stock, coating rice) it still took about 25 minutes so it didn't save me much time vs induction and there is a flexibility trade off - for things like risotto and dahl I like to taste, season, and improvise as I go which is hard to do in the Cook4Me. All up, we still haven't decided if this is worth it compared to our slow cooker. We tend to choose fairly quick meals on a weeknight and for those things the Cook4Me really didn't save us enough time, particularly when you factor in the cleaning time of the cooker. But if you are someone that has a well stocked fridge and likes meats, curries and stews for dinner without having to plan too far ahead of time or hang around the stove then this could be exactly what you are looking for!
Great multi cooking tool in the right hands
After a few weeks using the Tegal Cook4Me+ my family and I are quite impressed.
It is easy to use and encourages you to keep trying new recipes and while also using it with the ones you know.
The Bluetooth app is really handy though the novelty kinda fades after a while.
It’s best feature is the status of the cooking process and also the recipes included.
The biggest plus with this cooker is its large capacity.
We are a family of four most of the time and regularly have the addition other immediate family reside with us hence this lar...
Tefal Cook4me Multi-Cooker meets the concept of Hello Fresh!! Well nearly..
Are you new to Pressure Cooking? Maybe your parents owned a stove-top pressure cooker to virtually turn food into a pot of mush after pressure cooking it too long. The concept of pressure cooking is not new as it took off during WWII to save on the cost of fuel due to shorter cooking times. All pressure cookers tick the same box in that they speed up the cooking time, maintain nutritional value, reduce power consumption and simplify cooking somewhat. So what's different between all pressure cookers?
Like many of us purchasing an appliance,...
Purchased in November 2020.
So full of promise, so frustrating in its delivery
I really wanted to like this bench-top pressure cooker, I really did.
The idea of having a bench-top cooker loaded with recipes (or being able to download a recipe to it) and then having it guide you all the through the cooking process seemed like a great and easy way (perhaps even fun) to prepare a meal.
Unfortunately, I found the overall experience continually frustrating to the point that I was actually dreading using it.
I will mention at this point, that this unit was given to me to review as part of Product Review’s Ambassador Program.
Purchased in November 2020.
easy pressure cooking
tefal make some really great cookware and whats more they also make some of the best pressure cookers on the market. When we got the machine I thought the appearance was dated being rounded and reminiscent of a 70s kitchen. I had no problem connecting the app to my IPad and found the feature of adding in what was in my fridge for it to suggest recipes was really helpful and was something tefal could have expanded on. I have tried a couple of the recipes and found the unit to be really good at producing a meal in limited time frames. there were ...some instances where I found the app didn't sync with cooking progress and either the app didn't know where I was in the process or the timer on the cooker had stopped for some reason. I found that now I have gotten used to the machine I can make meals in the manual mode making pressure cooking easy for anyone where typical pressure cookers require use on the cook top and correct heat application. I would have loved to have the option of a stainless steel pot as I am not a big fan of non stick and its hard to find any information on the type on non stick surface used on this machine. I would say if someone wanted to try the world of pressure cooking this would be an easy way to begin and I think advanced users would eventually be wanting for the stainless cook top version. either way it makes long cooking processes super short, I just cooked some red wine beef cheeks in 1.5 hours that normally would have taken 6-8 hours in the slow cooker.
Cook for me Connect
I have both an electric pressure cooker/multi cooker and a thermomix, with Cookidoo connectivity, so I am quite familiar with this type of appliance and downloading recipes and apps. I am a retired Home economics/Food tech teacher. I was a bit disappointed at first use as the lid leaked steam everywhere. I read the fault finding section of the instructions, and tightened the screw in the middle of the lid, and success! I was surprised that it came out of the factory, out of the box not ready to use, and with such a simple fault! I was easily a...ble to download the app on my phone, but blue tooth connectivity between my phone and the Cook4me connect takes several goes and often drops out. I was looking forward to uploading more of the recipe packs, from the app into the Cook4me screen, but I just couldnt get it to work, I will have another try as it would be a very valuable asset. Unfortunately my time to write a review is looming, and I've been busy with Christmas approaching so I haven't persisted with this function, but I will try again soon. The machine itself is quite a sturdy and stream lined looking machine. More modern looking than a lot of other competitor's machines. An advantage it has over my other electric pressure cooker is the very large and cool to touch handles on the inner cook pot. No need for oven gloves to remove the cooking pot. The locking mechanism in the centre of the lid is easy to use, far easier than my other multi cook pot. The ability to sear meat in the pot, and then continue to cook a stew or casserole is a real bonus and saves dishes. The capacity is fine, easily enough meat casserole for four to 6 hungry adults. Once you get the knack of navigating with the centre button and the touch screen functions it really is very easy and very logical to use. I cooked a number of dishes from the onboard menu, and also 'freestyled' as well. I cooked the Beef Stroganoff from the on board recipe, EXACTLY as indicated on the screen and got an error message of not enough liquid to generate steam. I joined the Cook4me Connect Facebook page and this does seem to be a common error, which generates a lot of comments, especially when using the inbuilt recipes and following them exactly. As it is in fact a pressure cooker, it will require liquid to generate the steam, but the liquid/steam sensor seems to trip a little too often. Pressure cookers generally are better on 'juicy' dishes like soups, stews and casseroles, but it is a worry when you follow the on board recipe to the letter and get an error message. The non stick coating on the cooking pot is excellent, even after cooking the stroganoff with cream etc, it took a very very short soak and literally a mere wipe with a dish cloth and it was perfectly clean. I wouldn't bother putting it in the dishwasher as the non stick coating is so good, things just wipe off. Being a machine which requires 'juicy' ingredients, I can see that I, personally, would use it a lot more in winter, but that's just me. It would obviously be useful year round for things like stroganoff, green chicken curry etc. I did not use it to cook rice. I did use it to cook potatoes for mashing. By the time it came up to temperature, and cooked the potatoes, I could have done spuds in the microwave for the 2 of us, in the same or less time. It would have been better to use the Cook4me if there were more than 2 of us at home. I am keen on pressure cooking, which is why I already owned one for the reduction in cooking time, especially for things like chickpeas, lentils beans etc, and also for stews, curries and casseroles cooked to soft meat stage in minutes instead of hours. This is a lovely looking machine, easy to use, and very effective. I would have given it 5 plus stars, but held back to 4 stars, due to the 'not enough liquid' errors and the sometimes difficult connectivity with the app, which prevented me from easily uploading new ' recipe packs' to the screen. This is NOT a machine where you pull it out of the box, plug and play. As other reviewers have said.... read the instructions. Pour a cuppa or a wine and READ. Fire up your smart phone or lap top and download the app. Then turn it on. Also ..remove the protective screen cover, which has images of the functions on it, before you even try to turn it on as it interferes with what you think you might like to see on the screen. Like many households we have solar panels, so we use power during the day, using our own solar, rather than selling it back to the grid for next to nothing to run the dishwasher and washing machine. This machine would suit that, you can cook a meal during the day, and only do a reheat at night. Its a good machine. It looks good. Its easy to clean. Its quite smart. But it has a few quirks in the on board recipes which need sorting.
Purchased in November 2020 at ProductReview.
Delicious food, fast!
I had always avoided buying a pressure cooker. The stories from my family of dinner on the ceiling from one of those old stove-top models scared me; and I didn’t feel the need.
Then I was asked to try the Tefal Cook4Me Connect+. This is a pressure cooker with extra functions, including Bluetooth connectivity to a phone or tablet with a dedicated app with a library of recipes. You can download individual recipes or recipe collections to the machine via the app. The first recipe collection I tried to download failed, but it worked the second tim...
Purchased in November 2020.
Questions & Answers
I bought Cook4Me + Connect, and it has only 2 languages (russian and ukrainian).
I need english language, how to set?
What is the difference between the Cook4me+ and the Cook4m3 + Connect?
Connect have the option for bluetooth connection to uploade new recipes and guided cooking
the cook for me connect has bluetooth incorporated into the pressure cooker, this allows you to connect to an app on your tablet or smart phone. This means little more in regards to menu choices and this means you can use your tablet to program the pressure cooker
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|Category||Slow Cookers, Multi Cookers and Pressure Cookers|
|Keep Warm Setting||Yes|
|Dishwasher Safe Parts||Yes|
|Cooking Bowl Material||Ceramic|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Black/Chrome|
- GTIN13: 3045386378401
- MPN: CY8558
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