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Useful cooker with a few faults but many advantages too.
The Tefal “Multicook & Stir” is a combination of a heat controllable cooker with a stirring paddle that can operate during the cooking process. It can operate like a deep frypan, wok, slow cooker, rice cooker, or a steamer.
It arrived well packaged, with a couple of extra implements; spoons and a plastic steamer tray. Two booklets came with with it as well, the operating instructions and a glossy set of recipes for using the device.
Unfortunately the operating instruction booklet left a lot to be desired. The instructions were provided in a...small booklet, printed in tiny script on newsprint-type paper, which soaks up any water on the benchtop, and which has to be held at about nose distance away to be readable (at least if you’re my age). And the instructions were not well written. I had trouble understanding them. The control panel is not particularly intuitive – some of the symbols on the buttons are baffling. Buttons, which appear to be seldom used, are given prominent positions on the control panel, yet the important buttons are mixed willy-nilly among the clutter. The cooking programs are given English names (like “Baking / soup / steam /… function”) yet the controls are not labelled apart from the baffling symbols. (However, the instruction booklet shows images of the buttons with English labels, but my model device only has symbols, so this might be different with other versions of the device?) So when learning to use the device, a lot of time was spent (or wasted), squinting at the instruction booklet trying to find out which button to press, or how to get the correct function to be selected. There is a prominent button, which operates as “auto-rinse” which I could not discover what on earth it did, despite a section in the instruction booklet, that basically says it will carry out a prewash of the bowl? WTH? Anyway, the device is not the space-shuttle. It’s a cooker, so after a bit of baffled experimentation, I worked out how to use the basic functions. Using it to cook stuff is the main purpose, after all.
Purchased in April 2019.
Load it up, set it and forget it
We really liked the Tefal MultiCook & Stir. We think of this device as a slow cooker that cooks much faster due to its stirring action. As such, it is ideal for 'wet dishes' like stews, casseroles and curries. My wife did all the dinner cooking with it over the last few weeks and she loves it! She's put aside her Ninja slow cooker for this Tefal multicooker, but is hanging onto the much bigger Ninja for occasions when she might need to cook bigger batches of food, like for dinner parties. There is an initial learning curve – not too demanding, ...but care is needed to read the set-up and operating instructions. Setting-up the device required carefully working through the small instruction booklet, referencing a list of drawings to work out what needed to be done, including removing the inner lid and pressure valve to give them and the bowl a wash in soapy water before reassembly and cooking. It’s only weird the first time and once done, one reflects on how simple it actually is. The appliance beeps and lights-up its red LED display panel upon power-up. With its gloss black body and red display, wife said the appliance reminded her of K.I.T.T. – the car in the Knight Rider TV show, ha! It took her a couple of goes tapping the function buttons to get the multicooker working the first time. Again, now that she’s past the first encounter, and knows what to do, she says it’s “awesome” and easy to program. Once running, it only takes half an hour or so to cook up a meal, and with the device taking care of the cooking and stirring, one is free to attend to other matters or relax and enjoy the tantalising aroma wafting from the cooker. Unlike the gourmet foodies posting reviews here, we're an old-school family, cooking simple, filling and tasty dishes without any fanfare or fuss – and wife appreciates anything she can 'set and forget' for dinner-making. Stroganoff, spaghetti Bolognese, yellow curry, goulash, red wine beef stew: hearty, satisfying and flavoursome meals that are also nutritious, easy to make and fill the family on the cheap. To get the most out of this device will require experimentation as the recipe book is limited not just in terms of the number recipes but also in the 300 gram batch sizes: wife is inclined to cook 500—1000 gram batches, making enough food for two meals in one go. She had to guesstimate the right ingredient proportions and device settings accordingly. Also, getting the right consistency required a little practice as the stews tended to be a touch runny at first. Her first outing with the Tefal multicooker was the Beef Teriyaki from the recipe book, but getting away from the printed recipe, she set the meat to marinade ahead of her siesta. When cooked, marinading left the meat a little over-sour to taste and a tad dry, and wife over-compensated sweetening the dish in general: all part of the recipe 'tweaking' that she does. Much later, she rather ambitiously attempted to cook a stir-fry in the multicooker but it was too soft and stewy – this isn't a device for that kind of fast, high-heat cooking. On the other hand, experimenting with her own recipes – based on wife's experience with slow cooking – delivered great results, with only a little fine-tuning required to get it just right. her own beef Stroganoff recipe came out better than ever! and she didn't have to drudgingly stand over a pan to stir it. Very happy with that one. Her Melakan chicken curry worked really well too. This is where we think the Tefal MultiCook & Stir excels: making wet dish recipes that one might otherwise cook in a slow cooker, only it does the job much faster because of the stirrer: we think of it as a slow cooker on steroids. The Tefal MultiCook & Stir cleans up easily with just the wipe of a soapy dishcloth. We have found Tefal's non-stick coating – as applied to the removable cooking bowl – highly durable; probably the market leader in this regard and certainly way ahead of the cheap non-stick surfaces abounding in variety stores that peel within a few months of use. Based on our experience with Tefal's coatings, If one takes a little care to avoid scratching the non-stick coating (particularly by avoiding the use of sharp, metal utensils) one can expect years of trouble-free use. Yes, the bowl is much smaller than our Ninja but it proved to be sufficient for our family of four, even for two meals if sufficient sides were added. That was typically rice, cooked separately in our rice cooker, but that appliance is also a 'set and forget' proposition so it works well with the Tefal multicooker. The power cord attached to the machine on the correct side in our kitchen for convenience and we thought it was actually longer than cords we've seen on other, similar devices such as the Ninja for example. And on that point, the Ninja's cord is permanently attached whereas the Tefal multicooker uses a computer-type power cord that can easily be swapped out for a longer item if required. We're giving the Tefal MultiCook & Stir 4 out 5. We really like it and think it's an excellent slow cooker-type device that speeds up slow cooking with its stirring action. It's not for gourmets or foodies who require hands-on accuracy and precision in their cooking, and we haven't yet explored its full functionality (apparently it can steam and sauté, as well as cook rice) but our usage revealed that the Tefal MultiCook & Stir will do a great job at cooking set-and-forget, croc-pot style dishes for busy singles, couples and small families who will appreciate its time- and money-saving advantages and it can even stretch to next-day leftovers if you combine it with a rice cooker.
Purchased in April 2019.
Tefal multicooker and stirrer innovation to the next level and a time saver
We have been using this Tefal cook and stir the last 4 weeks as the ambassador. Here is my honest opinion upon using this product.
Product comes in a big box that is very well packaged. Inside the box includes the Tefal multicooker itself with the stirring attachment, pot/bowl, a recipe book loaded with heaps of recipes (deserts, mains, vegetables, vegetarian, sweets, cake etc...), and manual.
From first look, the design is very sleek, so much functions, big, has a bit of weight which adds to its sturdiness, and got to love the modern st...ructure of it all. It takes up quite a bit of space in the kitchen so it is something to take into consideration. The unit itself is similar to a rice cooker which opens up at the top and inside has a removable cooking pot/bowl and a removable stirrer attachment that fits nicely inside. Thick and very good quality, not flimsy or cheap feel. At the front of the unit has all the buttons and functions of cooking. The cord is a good length and long enough to reach a nearby powerpoint. This multicooker stands out from the others as it has the added function to cook and STIR at the same time. An amazing and useful feature when cooking food. Just add all the ingredients in and the machine does all the cooking and stirring while you can have the time to do other things. Talking about multitasking at its finest :)
Purchased in April 2019.
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Self stirring cooking is very handy!
I had never used a multicooker and let alone one that stirs itself, but wow the stirring function transforms this cooker from a normal cooker into a great time saver.
The cooker is rather intimidating at first use, as I did not think the menu system is very intuitive, but after a few uses and getting used to the unit, it was pretty straightforward - I found that I cooked most things on the fry function and definitely with stirring (and timer)!
So I’ve tried a bunch of meals including stews, pasta sauce, stir frys, risotto & plain rice – th...e takeaway, this self stirring cooker is king of stews, casseroles & risotto! The non-sitck bowl heats up very fast and I normally added in aromatics such as garlic, shallots, onions, herbs etc and then any meat to do the initial seal, then gradually put in the rest of my ingredients to cook. The stirrer is slow and steady and really helps as a time saver – with 3 children, being able to walk away from the pot and know it is being stirred while cooking, lets you use your valuable time elsewhere. Very handy. I normally cook casseroles in a pressure cooker or a heavy base pot or pan but the round shape and size of the bowl is really handy – after cooking, there is a keep warm function which also included a clock function, so you know how long its stopped cooking and how long it has been ‘keeping warm’ – when you have 3 children and dinner time is always is always busy, this is handy to know so you don’t over cook/heat something and also there is a nice warm meal sitting there after putting the kids to bed.
Purchased in April 2019.
Versatile no-fail cooking, quick easy clean-up
I received the Tefal Multicook and Stir RK901 as part of the Product Review Ambassador program, and couldn't wait to not only use it but also to provide my honest, objective opinion about it. When the product arrived it came in a huge box so I was initially worried that it would be heavy and huge on the kitchen bench. As you would expect, it is indeed a larger appliance but it really isn't overly bulky, rather it is actually pretty sleek and impressive-looking with its brushed chrome barrel and black lid with myriad buttons. It was also much...lighter than expected, equipped also with a handy carry handle making it easily portable. I have family that lives closeby so I can see that it will be handy to be able to pop in with soups or stews – just make, pick up and go! Similar to other reviewers I found the recipe book that was included rather uninspiring so I decided to give this thing a good run by winging it with a few dishes of my own. I have made sweet and sour chicken in both 'fry/crust' mode and 'slow cook' mode; pumpkin mushroom risotto; Thai green chicken curry and lastnight's meal was a whole roast chicken. I have also made rice in it, and even made a loaf of bread! While it was a bit daunting cooking blindly, and again, similar to other reviewers, I was unable to find any other recipes or instruction online, I took a little guidance from the recipe book (e.g. if I was cooking chicken drumsticks, I used the mode suggested in the recipe book for similar cuts of meat). I have been impressed with the quality and consistency of each meal. I might have been winging it but this thing seems to be pretty intuitive and cooks food well and evenly, and the functions are largely self-explanatory (e.g. rice function cooks rice, pasta function cooks pasta, risotto function cooks risotto etc...). And if all else fails, you can always pop open the lid (it's not locked down) and take a peek to ensure everything is cooking as you expect. Like any other cooking method, there is still food prep to factor in, and clean-up afterwards but clean-up in particular is MUCH easier than it would be making the meals any other way. Roast chicken, for example, would mean oven clean up and mess while cooking a chicken in the Tefal multicooker meant a cleanout of the bowl and wash of the top inner lid. So easy! I am a working mother of two so this is a blessing particularly on a school night when I want to cook something quick, healthy and delicious and not have to worry too much about having to deal with mess afterwards. The slow cooker function is particularly useful as you use it to do everything! You can brown onion, garlic, meat etc first with the lid either open or closed, whichever you prefer, and then add the rest of the ingredients, close the lid and switch to ‘slow cook’ mode. Where I would previously have used a frypan to brown meats, and then add everything to my slow cooker separately, I can now do this all in one in the multicooker which saves so much time, hassle and clean up! I have my traditional chilli con carne recipe slow cooking today as I write this review, and it was so much easier to make in the multicooker. As for the rice function, my family eats a lot of rice and while the multicooker cooks rice well enough, it seems to take a bit longer than it does in our rice cooker so I will probably stick with using my rice cooker to cook rice, which is fine really, because if your using the multicooker for your main meal then you won't be able to use it for rice, unless you cook the rice afterwards. Onto bread! There is no included recipe for bread so I used a Jamie Oliver basic bread recipe and made a white loaf. It cooked well and tasted good, and I have to say that the bread rising function was fabulous! One of the painful things about cooking bread is having to prove it and on a cold day it can take longer than ever. The 'bread rising' function applies warmth and keeps the dough obviously in a draught-free place so that it can prove quickly. If you're a bread maker, you will likely appreciate this function. After using the bread rising function, I then used the baking function to cook the bread. When it had finished and I checked the top, it still felt a little soft and doughy but when I tipped it out, the underside of the bread had a lovely brown crust, and it was cooked all the way through, and while the spherical shape made it look a little odd, it kinda looked like a cob. While it came out well, I'm not sure I would continue to bake bread in the cooker but I will definitely use the 'bread rising' function. To complement this review and provide a visual on what a finished meal in the multicooker might look like, I have uploaded photos of the sweet and sour chicken; pumpkin and mushroom risotto; roast chicken; chilli con carne, as well as the loaf of bread I made in it. Overall, I have been impressed with this multicooker. While it’s not super-cheap retailing at $249, it’s not super-expensive either for an appliance that does so much. It would be a reasonable investment for time-poor people, busy families, or those that don’t really enjoy or excel at cooking but would like to be able to make tasty, healthy and easy meals. I have given it a run for its money trialling several different foods and functions and it hasn't failed to produce a decently and evenly cooked meal with minimal intervention from me. I haven't yet used the 'delayed start' program but no doubt will when school goes back as we have extra-curricular activities three times a week or more and it will be a huge time-saver to come home to a cooked meal so I'm looking forward to giving that a go. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
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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