The Tefal Rice Cooker and Steamer Review that you are about to read is my actual experience in using this electric kitchen appliance. I have been using this for three months prior to this review. This is the second rice cooker and steamer that I use at home. We bought this when we moved to our new place. It is the Tefal Mecha Congee.
What’s inside the box of Tefal Rice Cooker and Steamer Mecha Congee?
- Steam Basket
- Removable Ceramic bowl
- Measuring cup
- Spoon support
- Power cord
- Condensation collector
- Rice cooker with control box
The Tefal Rice Cooker and Steamer have four functions in cooking. These are rice cooking, steam cooking, congee cooking, and soup cooking.
In rice cooking, the maximum cooking capacity is 10 cups of white rice. For every cups the water level in the bowl (+ the rice) is two cup mark. Normally, I would cook four cups. It takes approximately 24 minutes for the cooking time.
In steam cooking, all you have to do is to pour water (never exceed the maximum CUP mark. Then place the steam basket in the bowl and add the ingredients in the steam basket. You should switch “RICE/ STEAM” mode by pressing the control switch downwards. The orange indicator means cooking has begun while the green indicator indicates “KEEP WARM”.
To cook congee simply choose “CONGEE/SOUP mode”, press the control switch downwards. You can manually turn the control switch to its top position to finish the cooking procedure. It will be on “KEEP WARM” mode -Green light indicator. Generally, about 8 cups of water for a cup of rice but you can adjust the water according to your taste.
Lastly, to cook soup, turn the switch to “CONGEE/SOUP” mode, press downwards to start cooking (Orange indicator will light on). Same with congee cooking, manually turn the upwards on the control switch position to finish cooking procedure and the green light will illuminate to “KEEP WARM” mode.
Tefal Rice Cooker and Steamer Experience and Review
The ceramic pot of Tefal is thick and looks durable even the body of the rice cooker. I remember some of the rice cooker brand with the same design having a hinge for the lid is usually the first to break down due to the force in opening/closing the lid. But with Tefal rice cooker, the material is more durable.
From their website, I see an upgraded design of rice cooker which is digital. The one that we bought do not have a digital panel that is why in steam, congee, or soup cooking, you have to manually turn the control switch to “KEEP WARM” to finish cooking. This is just a minor cons that I see because you have to monitor steam, congee, and soup cooking. Compared to a rice cooker with digital panel, all can be set in a timer. One more thing is the “KEEP WARM” mode. It may affect the quality of food that you are cooking if you let this mode for long hours. To avoid this incident, after cooking or if the food is ready to be served, switch off the rice cooker appliance by unplugging it.
So far, I am satisfied with Tefal Rice cooker Mecha Congee.