Tefal Rk302e15 8-in-1 Multi Cooker

8. July 2012 22:01 by Foodshack in Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The Tefal RK302E15 8-in-1 Multi-Cooker is perfect for cooking a variety of foods to perfection using minimal effort.

Using the machine could not be simpler thanks to the easy-to-use electronic control panel, this machine boasts a ten cup capacity, allowing you to cook for the whole family with ease. And thanks to delayed start and keep warm functions, your dinner is always ready when you are!
The 8 in 1 cooker is stylish with its black and stainless steel finish and also includes a non-stick removable bowl for easy cleaning. This ingenious cooker also has a large 2.2L (10 cups) capacity and comes with a free recipe book.
Delicious food need not be time-consuming with this handy Multi-Cooker.

Cooking could not be simpler as this gadget has 8 cooking settings:

  • White rice and brown rice settings for beautifully fluffy results whichever type you use
  • Quick rice for faster food
  • Grains
  • Oatmeal porridge for a filling and effortless breakfast
  • Slow cooking - just leave this machine to take care of your dinner
  • Steaming for a healthy meal
  • And it even has a setting for desserts!

Box Contains

  • 1 x Tefal 8 in 1 Cooker
  • 1 x Recipe Book
  • 1 x Spoon
  • 1 x Measuring Cup
  • 1 x Steam Basket
  • 1 x Instruction Booklet

Tefal Kitchen Machine (Qb400da4)

31. May 2012 21:18 by Foodshack in Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

As Tefal enters the stand mixer arena with the Tefal Kitchen Machine, we wonder if the boasts of power, elegance and efficiency at a reasonable cost are accurate. We are also intrigued to see if it can perform or even outperform the Kenwood or KitchenAid stand mixers.

On first impressions the stand mixer looks smart but the main body of the machine is made from plastic and the tools are made from aluminium , which makes you wonder if this machine is made to last but keeps the machine light and easy to manoeuvre around your worktop. It also has suction feet to stop it from moving when in use. The plug can be stored in the base of the machine however some of the accessories can be quite tricky to store away.

The kitchen machine is easy to use, and fitting the attachments is a doodle when using the markings on the machine as a guide. Most of the attachments are dishwasher safe, which is great with the harder to clean fiddly attachments.

There are 6 speed positions and a pulse setting helping you to combine that delicate cake mixture with control to guarantee the perfect consistency.

The Tefal Kitchen Machine can handle everyday baking and food preparation tasks well and if money is tight a great purchase. However if you are looking for a machine with a lot of power a lot of reviews are suggesting that this machine will struggle. This is disappointing as at the moment the machine only comes with one motor option which is not the case with other stand mixers on the market.

Product Description

  • Trendy and powerful kitchen machine, includes many attachments
  • Easy to use : ideal combination of tools & speed
  • Electronic speed controls 6 positions + pulse
  • 4L Stainless Steel bowl with handles and splashguard
  • High quality metal pastry tools
  • Die cast kneading hook and beater
  • Metal whisk
  • Planetary movement system
  • True attachments : 1.5L blender, shredder / slicer + 3 drums
  • Recipe book
  • Power: 900 W

Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer better than the Tefal ActiFry?

1. April 2012 17:35 by Foodshack in Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)



When we first created Foodshack, our very first product review was for the Tefal ActiFry FZ700215 Low Fat Electric Fryer and we loved it. So you can imagine how excited we got when the Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer was launched.  Sadly in our opinion the Actifry is the better air fryer and are unable to give the Breville the same glowing review.

On first look the Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer is better than the Actifry as you can cook a lot more in the Breville. Cooking cooking chips can be far from perfect due to a large percentage of them get damaged by the rotating arm when cooking, also the cooking time is a lot slower than you might expect, for example chips can take up to 35 minutes to cook.  The Halogen lamp helps the Halo get hot quickly and the paddle turns them to help them get crispy but can be a little aggressive.  The fryer also comes with a handy roasting rack for fish and chicken and works well.  An advantage when using the Breville & the Actifry to cook chips and other fried foods at home is that your home will not smell of fried food.

Another great advantage is that the bowl also turns. Because the fryer uses halogen lamps, it lights up the inside so you can see how things are cooking, which is not as simple with the Actifry.

Even if you are on a Weight Watchers or Slimming World diet, you can still enjoy chips and other fried food when you use the Halo Health Fryer as you only need a spoon of oil you can cook 1 kg of chips.

The instruction manual includes a selection of recipes, as the fryer cooks a lot more than chips. There are recipes for making various fish dishes, baked potatoes,  crème brûlée and baked apples with butterscotch sauce. 

The Halo Health Fryer looks and sounds very high tec however it is simple to setup and use. It is quite shallow and we cannot see how it could be used for baking scones, buns as you may well be able to do in a Halogen oven. The Halo only has one heat setting, so it is impossible to vary the cooking temperature and you can only vary the cooking time. On a positive note stays cool on the outside and is probably safer to use than a basic halogen oven.

So what do we think? Well if you are looking for something to just fry chips and wedges then we would still use our trusty Actifry. If you have little space in your kitchen and are looking for a fryer & a halogen oven then the Breville VDF065 Halo Health Fryer is for you!

Technical Details

  • Requires only one spoon of oil--99.5% less than a 3L standard fryer
  • Removable paddle and unique non-stick rotating bowl give food constant movement. Rotates and turns the ingredients for even browning and crispy results
  • Use with or without the paddle to fry, cook, bake, sauté and roast
  • Double action cooking method: fan-assisted convection and radiated heat sources, with halogen heating element for instant heat up, means there's no need to preheat
  • Includes reversible roasting rack to cook delicate items such as fish, measuring spoon and cooking guide with recipes