A Meal in Minutes? {Tefal Cook4Me Review}

I was invited to London last month to attend a cook-along event with Tefal. We were trialing the Tefal Cook4Me to see in full just what this appliance can do. I wasn’t too sure what to expect of it to begin with. Was it revolutionary? My main question was, would it make cooking meals easier than it is already. Because quite frankly, while I have two toddlers climbing, running and bouncing around the house, it’s very difficult for me to spend time making a delicious and healthy meal every night. Not to mention the washing up that follows. We’ve been stuck in a rut lately of that same things every week, purely because they’re quick and easy. So I wondered whether the Cook4Me would be a complete game changer for our meals.

We made prawn risotto at the event and it was delicious. It took minutes to cook, no stirring and the whole process of this meal was incredibly easy to make. Then once we’d finished our meals, there was only one pot to wash. Thankfully I didn’t have to wash this one as Tefal had that covered.

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After the event I was itching to receive my own Cook4Me and test it out for myself. Once it arrived I knew we had to use it that night,   so I found a simple recipe which was already programmed in to the device. I made a Pesto Chicken Risotto. The preparation was easy and we were eating the meal 8 minutes later. I was absolutely amazed how quickly meals are cooked. It’ll not only save time (and washing up) but it’ll come in so useful when we’re running a little late in the evenings. We can still prepare a healthy home-cooked meal as easily and conveniently as something from a packet.

So if you’re wondering whether the Tefal Cook4Me is for you, then I want to highlight it’s key features and share why I love it. I really feel it’s a brilliant appliance for busy families. We received the Tefal Cook4Me Connect, which is the version that will connect to a mobile device or tablet, meaning many more recipes are available to automatically use with your appliance. It talks you through each stage via your device, which is incredibly clever. Unfortunately the app for Android devices isn’t available yet so I’ve been using it freestyle or with the recipes already programmed.

Tefal Cook4Me Connect Key Features

  • Send recipes to your Cook4Me using the app via Bluetooth

  • Create shopping lists using the app

  • Cooks meals for a family in a matter of minutes, most take under fifteen minutes

  • You can alter the amount of people you’re cooking for from 2, 4 or 6

  • Step-by-step on screen instructions

  • Freestyle mode

  • Ability to keep meals warm

  • Delayed start for up to 15 hours

  • All in one bowl (non-stick)

  • Includes a steamer basket which is perfect for rice and vegetables

  • On screen indicator to view your meals progression

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Why we Love it

We’re a family of four and time is precious. As I said before, it’s also becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate on preparing meals. With the Tefal Cook4Me it requires very little attention from myself. The preparation has been fairly easy, and I’m able to walk away from it while it cooks. Meaning my attention can be on clearing up and my little ones.

Because the meals cook so quickly, with the cooking time shown with each recipe, I don’t have to rush around an hour or so before we’d like to eat. At the most I’ve started preparing our meals have an hour before dinner time. Usually I’ve started preparing the meal fifteen minutes before I have a very hungry family and it’s ready just in the nick of time.

The menu is incredibly easy to use, you can select to cook individual ingredients, your own pressure cooker recipes, the programmed recipes or using Bluetooth to connect to even more recipes. It’s simple to select whether you want to create a starter, main or dessert and how many servings of it you’d like. Then the rest is done for you. I’m so impressed with how easy it is to use and how simple it makes each recipe to follow.

I’ve been able to get my little ones involved with the food preparation and cooking which I’ve never been able to do before. Because there’s no hot pans or oven. Their little faces lit up because not only was there a big red button to push and twiddle with, but they could throw the ingredients in and watch the screen waiting for their meal to cook. Some might think that’s a little boring, but it’s all very exciting to a toddler and it gives me a chance to clean up while they’re distracted.

Another brilliant thing about the Tefal Cook4Me is the lack of washing up. It really is just one bowl and usually a chopping board and knife. How perfect is that!

I’m all for making life easier. I think it’s a smart way to live, being able to better manage your time and with the Tefal Cook4Me you can better manage your meals too. It’s also a very sleek machine, I know how pressure cookers used to look, but they certainly look a lot more appealing to the eye now and have many, many more features.

The Recipes we’ve Cooked so far

We’ve only used the recipes programmed into the appliance so far, but I will be going freestyle soon and will share all the recipes here and on my YouTube channel.

  • Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Bolognaise

  • Beef Tacos

  • Bread and Butter Pudding

  • Butternut Squash Risotto (I added chicken too)

  • Bacon and Leek Risotto

  • Pesto Chicken Risotto

  • Thai Chicken Curry

  • Italian Soup

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We’ve used it regularly and it’s since become a part of our family. Each meal was delicious and although my son wasn’t too keen on the risotto dishes, he enjoyed every other meal while the rest off us loved them all. Being able to choose the portion size was also very handy as we haven’t had Mr F around for every evening meal and I like to cook only what we need. Although on the odd occasion there were leftovers, that was our next days lunch sorted!

Of course there are many other recipes and I’m working my way through them (with approval of the other three family members) and will be popping videos up on YouTube if you fancy taking a look.

Overall I think the Tefal Cook4Me is a brilliant kitchen appliance. I’d never considered a pressure cooker until now, I’d always thought they were a little old fashioned. I couldn’t be more wrong. It’s taken the stress out of mealtime and has made me fall back in love with creating unique and different meal plans again. If you’re looking for something to make cooking easier, quicker and stress-free then I’d recommend trying a Cook4Me.

If you’re unsure, then maybe this will change your mind…

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You can also keep an eye on my YouTube channel for our latest Cook4Me meals and recipe ideas.

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22 Comments

  1. August 9, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    We got a Cook4Me at the back end of last year and absolutely love it! It is such a fantastic piece of kit for cooking, especially things like risottos which normally take forever to cook normally! It even persuades me to cook when normally it is my husband who does all the cooking in our house. 😉

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Ha! It’s made our evenings much less stressful and cooking is so much simpler. Gives me an excuse to be a little lazy at tea time too!

  2. August 10, 2016 / 6:02 am

    You can do so much with it and it looks easy to use it! Love the sound of it as I am far from being a cook! #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      It’s so brilliant!

  3. August 10, 2016 / 11:53 am

    I’ve seen a few of these reviews and they look AMAZING! I need one x #bloggerclubuk

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      They’re so brilliant Emma we’ve used it nearly everyday I never knew it was so easy to cook a family meal! X

  4. August 10, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    That looks amazing! We have a slow cooker that I love and that gets used regularly, but I love the idea of having something that can get a meal sorted so quickly for days when I’m not so organised! x #BloggerClubUK

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      It’s very handy for that! I’m certainly a little random at meal organization! X

  5. August 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Ohh this looks really good, I love the idea of only having one thing to wash up! Great review, thanks for linking up #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      It’s like heaven!

  6. August 11, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I’ve not seen this before. It looks great, you meals are making me hungry 🙂

    • firstooth
      August 11, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      It’s fab! They were so tasty and my fridge has plenty of leftovers too which we’ll be tucking into x

  7. August 14, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I have been looking at these for a while and am sooooo tempted. it’s just the price that’s putting me off, really. That and the fear that it could end up being a large and underused gadget (a bit like my breadmaker…) in my small kitchen.
    But it does look really good…and evening meals are an issue for me as I work full time and am a single mum so the nursery pick-up to bedtime slot is very tight, with dinner thrown in somewhere!
    #kcacols

  8. August 14, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Oh my goodness I need one of these in my life! This looks wonderful! I’m a big slow cooker fan so anything else that gets a meal cooked with minimum fuss is my kind of thing. The meals you have made look amazing! Tor xx #PoCoLo

  9. August 16, 2016 / 4:47 am

    That looks amazing! The meals you’ve pictured look very tasty too! #kcacols

  10. August 16, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Oh I love the look of one of these! – much simpler cooking and looks great if you are in a rush xx

    hanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  11. August 18, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    It’s amazing how quickly it cooks things. Love that it has built on recipe instructions too! #kcacols

  12. August 19, 2016 / 8:13 am

    This sounds really good. I’ve previously been intimidated by pressure cookers but it sounds quite easy. The beef taco looks delish! #KCACOLS

  13. August 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    This looks like a useful kitchen appliance for any busy family. I’m sure I’d be able to find a few uses for it! I’ve just got used to using my slow-cooker and it’s wonderful getting dinner ready after breakfast and knowing that I’ll have no cooking to do later on. 🙂
    I’ll have to check this one out – thanks for the great review!
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    • firstooth
      August 22, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Slow cookers are fab for limited time in the evenings as all you need to do is dish up! But if you can spare a few minutes this is brilliant I’m amazed by it x

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