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Not what I had hoped
I won this product 1 year ago and it has mostly sat in my cupboard just taking up space.
I cook all of our meals from scratch. I love to cook and bake but I could not get into the Tefal Multicook & Stir.
The instruction manual isn’t great, it can be a little bit overwhelming to try to get through it all. The recipe book is a decent size but there was (at most) 2 recipes that interested my family. I joined a Facebook group for recipes but people were just using packet mixes to make food in it and I don’t do that. There were no extra recipes an...
Purchased in May 2019.
Really complicate your cooking with a Tefal Multicook and Stir RFK901
This machine is the size of a small oval microwave oven. It sits on the kitchen bench. It is best placed near a source of steam venting, so I placed mine next to the induction stove with vent fan on high. This works, but it does mean clearing my favourite work bench area every time.
I found the instruction book particularly frustrating. The translation into English is okay. Some of the safety instructions are in a decent sized font; everything else is too small. One diagram is so small I need a magnifying glass to read it faster. 'Just the ri...ght size print for mice to read', I thought. The diagram is a bit larger in the recipe book, but is white print on grey or bright green; almost as bad. The worst diagram is 16, and is of the most important control panel. It is labelled: a, b, c, etc, and one has to keep flipping the page back and forth to translate this alphabet. There are two alphabets on the second page to add to the confusion. With the multiple button pressing required, it is almost impossible to manage. I cut out the inside of a Weetbix box, and redrew a large diagram 16 on that, complete with the proper use names on the buttons. Now I could start to use the machine. Recipes are suitable for two or more people. I live on my own so usually cook for two and put aside half for the next day, or freeze it. It is useful to use Tefal recipes to explore the range of cooking options. The minimum rice cooking is for 3 - 4 people, so I did not use this. Yoghurt. (in manual, not recipe book). I bought a fresh shop yoghurt as the ferment. I added one UHT whole milk. Process takes 8 hours on default setting. It works. The result was very sour; nowhere near as nice as the original. I will use my yoghurt on the garden, and stick with shop-bought.
Purchased in April 2019.
Good for risotto lovers with bench space
I was sent the Tefal Cook & Stir as part of the Ambassador program. I do like the brand as I have a few different Tefal products in my kitchen.
First thing I noticed when I received the box was the size of the unit. This thing is HUGE. I had a breadmaker a few years back that was nearly as big. As I wasn't making bread all the time, my wife made me get rid of it due to the space it took up in the cupboard or on the bench.
The included recipe book contained about 25 recipes, most of which didn't look very appetising. My wife is also a vegetar...ian and there were very few that didn't contain meat so I guessed I'd be eating leftovers for lunch the next day. I had a look online for more recipes but there were none to be found on the Tefal site and nothing on YouTube. Guess I'd be sticking to the book. The instruction manual is confusing and filled with typo's and unclear instructions. Again I went to the Tefal site to see if they had instructional video's but the site only contained a couple of vague promo videos. In this day and age a company like Tefal should consider upping their media on their website to include this. Thousands of YouTubers make good content every day with just a simple camera and mic at next to no cost and they aren't trying to sell products. Once you work out how to use the machine it is relatively easy to use.
Purchased in April 2019.
Lots of potential
You? Are you sure? That was the reaction when I presented the rest of the family (wife plus daughters aged 12, 14 and 17) with the fact that I had been asked to review the Tefal Multicook and Stir. Admittedly, I had been so excited about being asked to become a Productreview "ambassador" that I said yes to this task first and then started thinking about whether I was actually going to be able to be of any value. That I am most definitely not part of the target audience for this product only dawned on me when the family watched me unpack this "s...mart cooker" and the comments of questionable support just kept coming. A month later I am happy to say that I have managed to engage (almost) all of them in the project and that they all had their input into this review. And engage is a key word with the Tefal Multicook and Stir. More than other products that enter the kitchen and that one knows how to use from the get-go (like a the new retro-style fashion statement of a toaster, a sandwich press or whatever), this one just stands there in its shiny new black outfit, sporting a few extra bits and pieces, lots of buttons and a power plug. Well, I knew where the power plug went, but after that, there is nothing I could to with it without delving into the manual. My first thought was that this is a (rather late) attempt at jumping on the Thermomix bandwagon (or is the better word craze?) at a fraction of the price. First things first, read the manual. Yes, usually that is reserved for absolute emergencies, but in this case, there was truly no other way to get started. No quick start guide, no link to an introduction video, just a little pamphlet mimicking something called a manual. I immediately made a note for my future review – that manual is pathetic. Black and white, tiny font, terrible graphics and, one thing that always amazes me, in part appalling English. Don’t get me wrong, my mother tongue is not English either, so I know how to make mistakes in English, believe me, but please Tefal, before a manual goes to print, send a draft version to your Australian HQ and ask someone to proof read it. Oddly enough, most of the manual’s grammar is fine, but some parts seem to have been added at a later stage hastily. Mind you, the grammar is not what makes the manual useless, it what it says. Here is what I mean. I quote: ‘In DIY function (only first setting) allow user to activate or stop stir function at any time by press the stir button, with the light of “stir” on and off to show the stirring status. […] After select the DIY to cancel, if user press “<” and “>” keys together, the setting go to default settings (first setting) for the selected DIY.’ I think you know what I mean now. Inside the box was also a little cook book. In the absence of any other documentation that cook book became the go-to document and it helped us getting to know this device. There are a few recipes in there, covering entrees, mains, deserts and they all are quite easy to follow and produce really good results. The high gloss production helps keep the damage spills do to the booklet to a minimum and very soon we started to long for more of those recipes. We assumed (hoped) that there is an online area that allowed users to find more info, read tips and download and share recipes or interact with others. But boy, none of that.
Purchased in March 2019.
Trial and error - not for time poor home chefs
I’m a fan of Tefal products, we have been using a few of their non-stick pans and cookery for years, so I was excited to try this new cooker. One of its unique features is the internal stirrer, which basically stirs your food while it cooks. So you could just put all the ingredients in and leave it to cook - in concept perfect for time-poor family like us.
Having a 4L capacity, it has cooked for our family of 4, cooking 6 servings of food with no problems.
The first thing we tried was cooking rice. Comparing with our pressure cooker we use f...or rice cooking, the Tefal cooker failed to impress the family. My dad thought the rice quality was similar to the $20 rice cooker he bought from Aldi. And the Tefal cooker takes 45 mins to cook rice, whereas our pressure cooker takes 25 mins. When I tried their green curry chicken recipe, I found the chicken cooking step a bit of a let down, as I don't think the chopped pieces of chicken were stirred properly (when I opened the cooker up, the chicken pieces were clumped to the one side). Since you had to put the rice and the liquids in after the chicken is cooked, the rice turned out to be a quite soggy, so you might have to experiment with their suggested ingredient proportions. We also tried the stew/slow cook function to make beef briskets using online recipes. The process is a bit of trial and error, but luckily the result was delicious!
Purchased in April 2019.
Great if it works!
I was sent this cooker as part of the Product Review Ambassador Program, so received it as a complimentary item to try out.
Whilst this particular Tefal model is not the largest available, with a total capacity of 5 litres and a rated capacity of 10 cups or 1.8 litres it nevertheless does what it is says well and in the price range performs as expected. Whilst there are bigger capacity multicookers on the market, this one is an ideal size for caravanners, 2-4 person families or those with smaller kitchens who require 1 appliance to do a multitu...
Purchased in April 2019.
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.
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.
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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