Philips Jamie Oliver HomeCooker HR1040/90 1500 W Stirrer Steaming tier is rated
4.6 out of
Rated 4 out of
Inventive and innovativeIf you want a product that does everything that it says on the box then the Philips Home Cooker is the machine for you - it fries, boils, sautes, roasts and generally eliminates the need for a set of saucepans. You can make literally anything you like in here and you don't need to stand over the pans to make it work! Great time saving, innovative product - particularly for that busy professional or harrassed mum!
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 5 out of
Wow, the Philips Homecooker is nothing short of Amazing!!Admittedly I was very sceptical of the Philips Homecooker, so to test it 100% I organised a dinner party for 10 people, with all 4 courses cooked entirely by it. The big attraction for me was that the Philips homecooker stirs as it cooks therefor needs minimum if any attention during cooking, which for a busy, working mother of 5 is a dream come true.
What struck me at first was the quality of the product. It comes with a 3-litre family sized stainless steel bowl, and an upper 2 layers to steam or sauté. The next thing that impressed, was how easy the controls are to use. You have a power button to turn the cooker on/off, a temperature setting (between 40C and 250C) and finally a quickset timer (to a maximum of 99 mins). With all the cooking components being Dishwasher safe it's as easy to clean as it is to cook with. The power cable is kept within the unit so you do not have excess cables on your worksurface, however the cable can reach over a good distance if require. The added bonus....... a Jamie Oliver recipe book provided with the Homecooker, with simple, easy, everyday recipes for you to get the most out of your new appliance.
I added all the ingredients for tomato soup, set the temperature, time and pressed start. The idea of walking away until the timer beeped to let me know it was all cooked and ready proved unnatural at first, therefor I lifted the lid to check several times, but had no need to worry as everything was clearly cooking nicely. When the homecooker beeped I had perfect homemade tomato soup, Wow!
Nothing more than a quick rinse and the stainless steel bowl was ready for the next course. I added the ingredients for my Beef Goulash and set the timer. This time having much more confidence in the product and only returned once to add rice into the upper layer for steaming and walked away, leaving it until I heard the beeper. Again an amazingly flavoured meal with soft succulent beef, perfectly cooked and ready to serve with the rice (cooked to perfection#. I was astounded and now converted, this really does everything it states and is quite simply an amazing appliance.
After another quick rinse I added the ingredients for Chicken Tikka Masala, again set the temperature, timer and left until ready. However when it beeped I was enjoying some wine with friends in the garden and didn't return to it for at least a half hour after it had finished cooking. The Homecooker will turn itself down to keep your food warm after cooking time has completed, ensuring it's still at the correct temperature to serve without having to reheat. Once more I'm very impressed, this thing just makes you love it!
And for my final course I cooked a pot-roast fruit with wildflower honey desert. An easy dish to burn if cooking on a stove, however no danger of this happening with the Philips homecooker. Wow and Wow!!
To sum it all up, this product is guaranteed to make your life easier and something every home should have. Every time it impressed, everything was effortless and every course I cooked tasted Delicious with a great depth of flavour my oven has never produced. I love the simplicity of it! I love the quality of it! I love having my time back to spend with my children or guests! I can't sing it's praises highly enough!
I would also recommend the accompanying Philips Chopping Tower #sold seperately#, which makes quick work of anything needing chopped, cut, sliced or grated. This is a seperate tower, which sits perfectly at the side of the homecooker and fires all that's been cut/chopped straight into the steel bowl. It has 5 attachments, 2 that slice #thick or thin#, 2 for shredding #medium or course) and 1 for cutting julienne. And offers 2 speed settings. This Chopping Tower is priceless, as all I had to do was wash the vegetables, then push them down the feeding tube to be chopped. Unbelieveable! All the vegetables for 1 large pot of soup were in the pot within 2 mins. It made easy work of the carrots, celery, onions and turnup.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 3 out of
I am very disappointed in this product.The food burns on the bottom on a low heat and it just does not live up to expectations.It does not release me from watching the pot and I need to add liquid to stop it catching on the bottom. I dont use it now.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 4 out of
Good to UseIt's great you can just leave it to do it's own thing. Easy to use and have a great meal.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of
A Cooker that stirs for youHave been looking for an appliance to do the stirring of food for years. Since dislocating my right arm. Didn't know about this item before. Great invention for disabled people. Can now cook all the meals that have been out of my menu since I have been unable to stir while standing at a stove. Fried rice is heaps better and moist being cooked with a lid on. Cant do that if you are stirring the rice yourself. No longer have burnt sauces and custards. I found I needed to have the lid on to stop splatter and steam on bench area, when using 250% C for the crispy potato recipe. But the glass lid if left on would make the potatoes soggy. A mesh lid to stop splatter , but still allow the items to get crispy. would be a great after purchase item to include. as you cant put the lid on off center like you normally would to stop splatter, because of the stirrer. The little steam hole in the lid is not sufficient, when you want the food to be crispy after cooking.
But it cooked the crispy potatoes perfectly without the lid. Reducing tomato sauce would benefit from having a mesh lid also. Using the lid increases the temp inside the pot so you need to reduce the temp for some types of cooking if using the lid.
Having the food stirred while cooking does make a lot of difference to the taste! Risotto and custard has been out of my diet due to being unable to stir food for the require time for those
types of food. But now I can have both on the same day. Without those foods, being physically demanding
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of
Almost - but not quite...!This is a very well made product - it feels solid and does everything it claims to - so why not 5 stars? Well, it may be a bit unfair, but it is because of what it doesn't do! Ok - the stirrer does a good job, you may have to push food down from the sides occasionally (when cooking onions and spices for example) but that won't kill you - for the most part yes, you can walk away and get on with other stuff. The pot is very good quality - but food can stick to it - nothing a long soak followed by some vinegar won't cure (do NOT use even a nylon scourer - I learned this the hard way!). So - what doesn't it do? Well, when the time is up, the stirrer stops and the unit shuts itself down - but the heating plate is still hot so, with no stirring going on, this is when the food starts to stick and burn unless you are around to remove the pot. If only it would give a choice to switch automatically to keep warm (or no heat) and keep stirring at the end of cooking then this would genuinely be a fantastic cooker that could be left entirely to get on with the work without any supervision. Such a missed opportunity - such a shame!
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 4 out of
I almost use it daily.I've had the HomeCooker for almost a year now. Initially, put off by the price, I got my first HomeCooker from an auction site on the net.
After 2 months the stirring function stopped and as I bought it the way I did, the Warranty was void. Whilst the stirring function was being repaired I just realised how much I love using it. Hence I bought another one from John Lewis. Yes, I have 2 HomeCookers. One is a backup.
Like other comments here, for some strange reason, cooking is more tidy and kitchen is less messy. After you get used to how it operates, which is done in a snap, its all easy. This why the cookbook is particularly good. By reading the recipes I learnt the planning process for using the HomeCooker rather then trying out new recipes.
The pasta insert is the only thing I don't use. To me it is rather pointless. You have to fill the HomeCooker up with so much water, to the max, and it therefore easy over boils. Which was suggested to me the as cause of the stirring motor to fail of my first HomeCooker in the first place.
It's a doodle to clean.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of
This product has all the features you needThis is so easy to use, and make various meals from scratch, having the stirring arm gives this product a great advantage the food does not seem to stick the pan. Once the food ingredients have been added just set the timer and temperature and leave it to do the rest, have only used the cooker a few times but the meals cooked in it have been excellent
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