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Is this going to end up another gadget behind cupboard doors?
So I was sent this for an honest review as part of the ambassador program which I was thrilled about. At a quarter of the price could this be another version of a very expensive cooker out there starting with T and ending in X???
Taking it out of the box it was surprisingly light, I was expecting heavier but it is an attractive enough unit to have sitting on your bench so that was a tick. A negative was the cord, it is on the side and very short. I found I had to cook in a weird spot in my kitchen because of this.
Then the recipe book haha. ...
Purchased in March 2019.
Not really required but it's ok!
So where do I start with this multi-cooker? I guess it's a multi-cooker because you can keep multiple things in it but then again I've seen people cook multiple things in a rice cooker. It stirs stuff so there's this Tara side of things but to me, I honestly see this as a rice cooker that has inbuilt time is and programs and stirring paddle.
I have cooked a few things in the multi-cooker and I just want to quickly touch on the fact that this unit is not there to replace a chef, it does not take work out of the kitchen, it does not add ingredi...ents at other times by itself automatically. So I noticed someone was bagging the unit out saying everything comes out looking like slop and well yeah it does pretty much but what do you expect? Do you expect it to make something that you would find at an expensive Italian restaurant or a roast because, well, no it's not designed for that! However, the things that I did cook in this unit were actually quite good. I made the vegetable stew and it came out tasting pretty good, I will say that I didn't follow the half-written recipe to the-t because I added some of my own stuff, extras of others and I'm not so much of other things because when I realised how much 50g of mixed herbs was it would have equated to at least 4 jars of mixed herbs! Obviously, this was a typo As there are many typos, missing steps, missing phrases in the recipe book that comes with the unit. The recipes are pretty easy to make you just have to use some common sense when reading and deciphering through the poorly written text but I mean they're pretty basic recipes and what is missing is pretty self-explanatory anyway. One thing I'll say about this unit is it feels high-quality. The non-stick bowl that comes with the unit which you cook the food in, is quite thick in the right places to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. it a ladle and a Steaming tray attachment however, the steaming tray attachment does feel kind of cheap but I'm sure it will be fine. I just want to touch on the fact as well that if you are expecting to feed a Large family that this unit will be good if you're making say for example beef stroganoff in the unit and then having that with rice which you would you know use to bulk the meal up or have as a base rather it then would be ok however if you are going to use it for example when I made the beef stew I don't think it would have sufficed for myself, my cousin and our to Foster kids if our Foster kids were of teenage years which they're not they're quite young so and it only just managed to feed us up and that's saying something as I can't eat much because I have had a gastric bypass. The units pretty easy to use I don't have any issues with the use or trying to program out I think it's quite easy it's not difficult at all once you know what band does what and this is explained in extreme and length in the actual user manual. I do hate how I could not adjust the time for exactly what I wanted it but I do understand it would have made the process a lot longer if the timer worked in minute intervals instead of blocks of five or ten etc. Overall this unit would be good for a family who has a busy lifestyle they get home late and they just want to put everything in the unit turn it ongoing chase after the kids go wash uniforms vacuum the couch look after the dog whatever you gotta do and then once dinner is done the unit beeps ready to go it's more of a time-saving unit than what it is anything else it is not a chef replacement it is not a kitchen robot but for what it is and it's price point it's not too bad
Purchased in April 2019.
A Good Rice Cooker but not much more
If you have no time or don't really enjoy cooking then this thing might be for you. I don’t mean that to be insulting to this product, for many people they’re looking for something that makes their life easier so that they don’t have to cook complicated things. This unit is essentially a rice cooker with a built in stirring device. In my experience using it, I didn’t find the Stirling device overly helpful however different people might find different uses and the stirrer can be easily removed/not used leaving it to function very competently...without it. Pros: - It's a good rice cooker/slow cooker (3 stars for this) - Very easy to clean and store Cons: - It's a really expensive rice cooker - It is not intuitive to use, you will need to read the manual - The recipe book is useless and there are no other recipes or community out there
Purchased in April 2019 at Ambassador Program.
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A great idea that just misses the mark.
My wife and I used the Tefal Multicook and stir several times over a two-week period. Initially it was quite daunting going through the instructions and working out how to use such a different style of cooker, but after one or two goes, we became confidant with it and got used to all the bells and whistles.
The first thing we noticed about it, was its appearance. It is quite large but very attractive with its glossy black and grey finish. In a smaller kitchen it could be difficult to house as it would take up a considerable amount of cupboard ...space if not on display and a very large percentage of bench space if left out. Sadly, our kitchen is on the small side, so we were forced to leave it out when not in use and lost half a bench consequently. On the plus side it is a very attractive unit, so isn’t in any way an eyesore. In the box is a colour brochure showing a list of detailed menus, including 2 breakfast, 3 soups, 19 main meals including vegetarian options and 3 desserts. The menu for each was easy to follow and, in each case, the meal that resulted was superb. The cooking time was considerably shorter than using pots and pans on the stove and the clean up after was a dream. However, and it is a HUGE however, there is a limitation to the use of the appliance in as much as we could not work out how to make anything that WASN’T in the recipe brochure and it is hard to justify the Multicook and Stir if it can only make 27 dishes in total! The process required for most of the dishes required more than one step of chucking everything in together, setting a simple timer and waiting for it to go ‘ding’. And to set the cooking time means setting more than a simple timer. For example, to make a (DELICIOUS) Beef Stroganoff, you start with some of the ingredients and you need to set the cooking function first, then the food type, then the cooking time (5 minutes) and THEN the stir function.
Purchased in April 2019.
Three stars because non stick is my no-no
I was sent this item for review.
Four stars if it's a useful size for you, and you don't care that it's non-stick. Two stars for our house, because we don't want non stick, and it's just way too small! Average : 3 stars
I really love that this unit stirs, stirs from the top, for ease of cleaning, and has manual controls for time and temp, if you don't fancy the presets.
I used the stew preset for a curry, and found I had to put it on for longer. I did a good Bolognese sauce, and the rice came out fine when I tried that. There is a bit of a...
Purchased in April 2019.
I was sent this gadget because I'm a member of the Product Review Ambassador Program. They send me things and I review them. This is a long review because I tried very hard to give it a fair trial. So let me work through the positives of this machine.
It's funny. There's a laugh-a-minute in the instructions for its incredible – yes, really not credible – array of “functions”.
The recipe book that comes with it is the absolute gold standard by which you should never write a recipe book. Incomprehensible instructions, missing ingredients and/or...steps, accompanied by truly awful photographs that splendidly reflect the insipid slop that is produced if you follow the recipe. Or not. It takes up a huge amount of bench space and is really really shiny flimsy plastic. My two year-old twin mates loved the cardboard box and the thing itself (if you squint hard) looks like Daft Punk's headgear.
Purchased in April 2019.
If you liked programing a VHS Recorder this is the pot for you
I feel dreadful, it’s the kind of feeling I get each Christmas when my much loved relatives give me a present. My immediate family and I get a great laugh each year about how much we hate the presents. But we love the thought, and it's the thought that counts.
I was given the Tefal Multicooker & Stir and well it’s only April but it feels like Christmas to me.
Its a non stick pot with a timer and a paddle.
You can make the decisions about how long you cook, and at what temperature (just like a pot on the stove) but with added advantage that it will stir stuff continuously for you (or turn off the stir paddle and it will not).
Purchased in April 2019.
Questions & Answers
The bottom of where you put your ceramic pot has gt marks. Is there any way to remove the mark? I don't put wet pot wheb i cook anything, it can be from the steam. How to remove it?
Are you referring to the heating element on the inner bottom of the MultiCook and Stir? If so, I use a clean damp cloth to wipe the heating element plate.
Should the red light be on when using stir function
Yes the red light will be visible on the Stir Function button when the stir function is operating.
No red light means it is off, and not stirring, which you can select by depressing the stir function button.
Somewhere I read that this cooker can pressure cook. This is not true?
The Tefal MultiCook & Stir does not pressure cook.
If you’re looking for pressure cooking then I suggest the Tefal Cook4Me which does have pressure cooking.
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|Dishwasher Safe Parts||Yes|
|Keep Warm Setting||Yes|
|Dimensions||285 x 328 x 518 mm|
|Cooking Bowl Material||Ceramic|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Black / Stainless|
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