Kitchen appliance first look reviews Jamie Oliver for Tefal Multicook
Electric pressure cooker from Tefal gets the Jamie Oliver magic touch
See our first impressions in this first look video review:
Cooking with the Jamie Oliver Multi Cook
The Jamie Oliver Multi Cook works like a pressure cooker to cook food quickly. Steam that would normally escape from a cooking pan is sealed inside the Multi Cook pressure cooker. This increases the pressure and produces a boiling point above 100°C.
Jamie Oliver says this process will also ‘force the flavour of herbs, spices and other ingredients into your meal, which means you’ll get the best-tasting food’.
To give you an idea of how fast it works, we tried out the chicken pot roast. This normally takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to cook in an oven, but the Multi Cook achieved it in 25 minutes.
Setting up the Multi Cook
We found the Jamie Oliver Multi Cook is easy to set up, with clearly marked buttons, but care should be taken when releasing the steam and taking out the food, especially if this is your first time using a pressure cooker.
The instructions recommend turning the pressure valve with a kitchen utensil. We would go further and say do not attempt to touch the valve with bare fingers as the jet of steam that it releases is scalding hot.
Also take care as you remove food from the cooker, especially food cooked in the steaming basket. The steam holes in the basket can become blocked with food and as soon as you move it, steam can shoot up.
Repeatedly using the Multi Cook builds confidence. Once we were used to the Multi Cook, we found it much easier to use.
Cleaning up the Multi Cook
We found the cooking pot easy to clean as it’s non-stick and dishwasher safe. The rubber seal (gasket) is removable and the lid can be wiped clean.
The font size in the black and white instruction book is quite small, but the separate Jamie Oliver recipe book is much better. This includes 17 full-colour illustrated recipes (two soups, one fish dish, six meat dishes, seven vegetable recipes and one pudding).
Pros: Speedy dinner is guaranteed, lovely recipe book, non-stick and dishwasher safe cooking pot
Cons: Cooking with hot steam requires more care then usual cooking