Takes way too long
We bought this as a replacement to our old Tefal rice cooker (which we loved but they don't make anymore). Unfortunately we've had nothing but issues with this cooker.
My dog had Pancreatitis & is on a very low fat diet, we have to cook him chicken & rice every couple of days & when your in a rush the length in time this machine takes to cook is ridiculous. We set it to rice & cook for 28 minutes, it takes 1/2 an hour to heat up then it beeps & starts counting down the 28 minute timer, yet when we open it it's still not cooked. I'm ready to bin it.
I hope Tefal can go back to a simple machine that works as we have struggled to find one that can cook this meal regularly & not die.
Useless instructions, unable to slow cook and the delayed timer only works in certain modes
After purchasing this product as a replacement to my old standard slow cooker i thought it would be great to have all the options of a multi cooker. Problem is you can't use this as a slow cooker. In slow cooker mode the unit preheats before counting down the desired time.
The unit preheats, i'd say boils then counts down. Slow cook! my chilli con carne was done in 5 mins.
Awful thing wishing i could return it but being used it may be of use as a garden pot!.
Purchased in September 2019.
I love this machine!
I don't know what I would do without my PC! It's works fantastic. Really quick tasty meals.
Can be slow to come to pressure but I just make sure everything is heated through before turning on.
One thing is the slow cooking side really sucks. You can't change the temperature so I don't use it.
I usually boil soup with this multi cooker. And cook some vege sometime. It is not retained any smell after washing it. I usually boil a big pot for few meals for two people with this cooker. It takes a bit long time to cook which is out of my expectation, but the food tastes good and keep my soup very warm. But too easy to control the product, I think you may need to read the instruction attached with the product. Overall it can save you some time of cooking a lot of food for the family.
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Stopped working after 2 months
The CY505 electric cooker is a joke. The timer on this cooker basically stopped working after I bought it 2 months ago. It kept showing the pressure building up but the timer didn't come on. And I only found out once I had my ingredients in the pot. So after waiting for ages for the timer to come on, I then had to transfer my partly cooked dish onto the stove top to salvage it after I discovered the timer wasn't responsive at all. Called Tefal customer service. They basically said they had no idea why it was doing this & they asked to me take i...t in to some third party repairer. These guys weren't available - they're not answering calls or emails. So the customer service overall has been extremely poor. I also found the product itself was clunky to use from day 1. The lid is not easy open and close even before or after the cooking process. It keeps coming up with the E2 error message. Another error message I got was E6 and the manual doesn't even list what E6 is! What a joke. The product feels like a cheap, sub-standard buy. Maybe Tefal offers better cookers than this one but I'm put off by Tefal after this experience with the shoddy CY505.
Makes even a muppet like me into a gourmet chef
I bought this for my wife, but its me that uses it. I'm what you'd call culinarily challenged. My wife is a brilliant cook with great intuition, but I constantly feel the need to follow recipes and nothing turns out as expected. That is unless you count the food being expected to turn out rubbish.
Enter the Tefal All In One multi cooker. This thing is super easy. I love French food and I now make a Beef Bourguignon to die for. I could use just the pressure cooker function and be done inside an hour (from chopping ingredients to serving it up...), but I choose to lengthen the process slightly using 2 hours of slow cook. The result is super tender, intensely flavourful goodness. Seriously, this is the best beef bourguignon I've ever had. I've also cooked lamb shanks and soup and everything turns out perfectly. There's loads of functions and any slow cook recipe you find will be easy to prepare. The only downside so far is that the non-stick material used to coat the pot will scratch if you even look at it the wrong way. You absolutely 100% need to use plastic of silicone, which is a bit of a pain. Quick note: The purchaser below said she was getting an E2 error. I too got this and it was related to the screw fastening the main handle/knob being a little loose and allowing the lid to rotate slightly (so the machine thought you were shutting the lid. A bit of tweaking and it's been fine since.
Not as good as I expected
I tried browning the meat, but kept getting E2 message. Only way it worked was to close lid, which was a pain as I couldn't keep turning meat. I wanted to make bone broth, but it doesn't cook long enough. Pathetic recipe book.
Would really have liked more instructions & varied recipes Must say it cooked veg soup in 10 mins after it got up to pressure. Overall, I'm disappointed. I could have bought one of the old fashioned one's that you use on the stove top. That way I could brown meat, & cook bone broth as long as I wanted. Thought this appliance looked ok, could slow cook & pressure cook. Sadly regret purchasing.
This is perfect! Can make everything and tasty.
From the day one I bought this I have been using it to make soups, risotto, curries and cakes. Even rice recipes comes out perfect all the time.
Easy to use and best part is just put all your food and put the timer and forget about it and your meal is all ready.
Handiest kitchen gadget!
I use this at least 4 times a week. Great recipes came a long with it with easy instructions. Sometimes it doesn't seal properly but just need to make sure the seal is in correctly and clean. So great having the one appliance for slow AND pressure cooking. I rarely slow cook though as the pressure cooker makes meat so tender, just make sure you get the times right.
Tefal Slow Cooker and pressure cooker all in one
It does slow cooking and pressure cooking all in one, so I have given my slow cooker away. I have had a few problems not with cooking but with the literature provided. Very hard to find a phone number to call as the one in the box does not answer. The Instruction book has a list of the all the parts on the 1st page of the book from A to P but the description of the parts does not appear until page 11 which I thought should be together. Also the cookbook that you get has mainly all day cooking recipes. I had to ring Harvey Norman to get a phone...number and he had trouble finding it as well, but when I did get on I had a very friendly service lady who gave me some more details and would send me some recipes, very nice. Also the unit displays Fahrenheit when cooking on DIY and Browning Mode so they have given you a conversion from Fahrenheit to Celsius.
Slow pressure cooker
First Impressions. I'm wondering if I can swap it for a Minute Cook.
I've just bought the FAST & DELICIOUS All-in-one Multicooker after the Minute Cook I've had for years failed. I loved the minute cook and thought having a slow cook function as well would be fantastic for those recipes that need slower cooking for the full flavour of the dish to come out.
So far I've cooked chicken tikka and brown rice which turned out well but it was a very slow fast cook, probably as long as a gas stove. Probably longer as I would have cooked both the cu...
Great MultiCooker for a First Timer
After recently getting married and moving out into our new empty home, I need to set up my kitchen with some kitchen essentials. I was after a few appliances such as a slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker etc and after investigating I came across these 'multi cookers'. I purchased the Tefal Fast & Delicious Multi Cooker when it was on sale for $179 at David Jones. So far, I am very happy with it and have had no issues on its cooking ability - it is awesome :D I use it several times a week particularly the pressure cook, rice and steamer functions....I have made several stews and risottos and they have come out tasty and tender. Perfect for the upcoming Melbourne Winters My only draw back on this product is the instruction manual - it is a bit vague and I found I was referring to the recipe book to actually learn to use the appliance correctly. Also, the temperature settings are in Fahrenheit not Celsius - I called Tefal and they advised to use a converter chart to find my desired temp in Celsius. This is fine but I think considering it is being sold to an Australia Market they should fix this issue. Also, the lid does not come off for easy cleaning unlike some competitor products. Apart from these minor limitations, I would say this is a great product
Great for more than you'd expect!
We recently bought the Tefal CY505 in the hopes that it would make cooking easier. While it's not as simple as throwing everything into the pot and pressing a button, it is still a handy little unit. It comes with a recipe book that we are currently working through. So far, we have made potato and leek soup, numerous stews, risotto and even a cake! Of course, you can wing it with your own recipes as well.
The CY505 is really easy to use. You just choose the type of cooking (e.g. browning, slow cook, pressure cook, etc.) set the duration of ...the cook and then start/on. The main thing to note is that it does take some time to warm up after pressing start/on, so even though the recipe might say it takes 5min cooking time, it's actually 5min plus the time it takes to heat up to the right temperature, which can add around 5min depending on the cooking setting. Also, most of the recipes in the book will use a combination of cooking techniques, e.g. browning the onions first and then pressure cooking with other ingredients, so again, more time is needed each time you change the cooking method for the unit to warm up. We're having a lot of fun trying out all the cook book recipes at the moment. We were particularly impressed with the pressure cooking function as a curry we would normally leave in the oven to slow cook for 3 hours was done in 40min. Love it!
Questions & Answers
I would like to do a 8 slow cook and start the timer 3 hours later
I cannot read the writing it’s to small for me
How long should the pre heat circle keep rotating when cooking plain rice ? The 9 minute Timer doesn’t seem to come on for me. First time 40 minutes went by and so I opened the pot , rice was crumbly .. second time timer still did not come on so I opened it after all the steam came out and rice was cooked but never had the 9 minute timer come on again..
I am following exactly what the instructions tell me.
Is my product faulty? This is the first time it’s being used ...
Where can I access more recipes for this product other than what is in the book that comes with the machine?
I’ve not used any of the included recipies with the exception of some of the soups. Try Googling Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon recipie for pressure cooker. I followed the recipie to the letter but added a 2 hour slow cook before putting the mushrooms in at the end. Turned out brilliantly and I’m not a good cook. Flicking between the browning, pressure cook and slow cook settings is the key here. Not sure why everyone is so hung up on Tefal recipies.
Thank you Chris Oz I will try to step out of my comfort zone and just pick recipes that suit the functions of the machine. I have used several of the recipes in the book
and find they are a bit bland for my taste so will use them as a baseline only. Justine Schofield from Everyday Gourmet uses the Tefal products and her recipes are great.
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