Intelligent multi-cooker EPC03
The Tefal Cook4me is a pressure cooker but with the ability to also sear food, so there’s less washing up than with a traditional pressure cooker. You can use it in manual mode, but why would you when you have 85 preset programs and recipes ranging from starters, mains, express options, and desserts? The program guides you each step of the way, and is very simple to use. A digital screen displays clearly-worded instructions such as the ingredients needed and the amount, the method, and the cooking time - and you get a beep when it’s done. The pressure is released automatically and is relatively quiet, so there’s no ‘scary’ moment.
- Useful capacity of 4L; automatically cooks for two, four, or six people
- External dimensions in centimetres: 37w x 35d x 31h
- Weight: 6.2 kg
- Operating pressure: low - 40kPa; high - 70kPa
- Removable cord
- Non-stick internal pan with large handles
- Running costs: $22/yr (if used three times per week)
To test the performance using pre-programmed recipes, we cooked lamb shanks and rice. For manual mode we cooked chilli beef. The searing and sautéing ability is very good for both meats and vegetables. The lamb shanks were tender, though they didn’t fall off the bone; the sauce was a little watery, but the vegetables were very tender and held their shape. Overall, this was a very good result and good flavour. The rice was perfectly cooked with no sticking. The chilli beef was perfectly cooked with good flavour; the sauce was fairly watery, but also rich in flavour. All external surfaces remained cool to touch during high-pressure cooking.
Ease of use
It’s very easy to use, with comprehensive instructions and easily understood onscreen prompts. It’s also very easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean. A condensation cup at the rear collects most of the moisture, so there are no messy drips around the lid or on your benchtop. In fact, our home economist Fiona has labelled it as one of the easiest pressure cookers to use to date.
Settings options include recipes, manual, and favourites. It claims that 65% of recipes can be prepared in under 12 minutes. It has a time remaining counter, a keep-warm function (but don’t use it for more than two hours), as well as a 15-hour delayed start option. But we don’t recommend you use the delayed start feature as you risk leaving food in the unsafe temperature zone for too long - as the Cook4Me prepares meals so quickly, you shouldn’t need to use it. The internal pan is non-stick with large handles. The cord is removable and can be placed inside the bowl when stored. Accessories include a stainless steel steaming basket and a trivet.
This Tefal Cook4Me multi-cooker rates very good overall, is perfect for a quick hearty meal, and is very simple to use. It is relatively expensive but it will save you time in the kitchen.