Philips Jamie Oliver HomeCooker HR1040/90 1500 W Stirrer Steaming tier is rated
4.6 out of
Rated 5 out of
So simple to use and amazing results every time!Yes, it's a steep price tag, but if you can afford it, you should go for it - you won't regret it!
I'm not a tidy person, it usually takes a good hour to clear up after one of my meals, but the Homecooker makes it SO easy to clear up as you go along.
You put the first lot of ingredients in, set the timer, get on with any other prep still to do and then just chuck it in when the timer goes off. Bobs your uncle.
In between, you can get on with the clearing away, washing up, filling the dishwasher, emptying the dishwasher, etc without any need to worry about what's in the Homecooker as it's constantly being stirred without the need for even one single human hand.
I cleaned the whole kitchen while making a goulash - for some people, that may not mean much, but for me, that's a once a year kind of feat that I'd only completed two weeks before! I had the time to do something I really don't normally get around to as often as I'd like!
Liberated was how I felt. And how I still feel having been using it now for about a month.
The recipe book has some wonderful and simple recipes (I'll never do a full breakfast the traditional way again).
My only complaint is that there is no information about using the gadget to concoct your own recipes, or rather transfer them to the Homecooker instead of the previous method, whatever that may have been.
I have attempted a bolognese sauce with fantastic results, but I still need to work out the correct times as there's just no help with that sort of thing included.
I must say before I finish that the maximum temperature of 250c is reached in less than 2 minutes, so it's pretty much ready to go from turning on.
I love this device and was worried about where I was going to store it in my kitchen, but it's used almost daily so there's no need to move it off the side!
Thanks Philips and Jamie Oliver for a fantastic product that I look forward to using for a long time to come.
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 5 out of
Amazing piece of kit for the kitchenI really enjoyed using the homecooker. It was extremely easy to use, I loved the fact that you can leave the cooker to stir while I could attend to my dinner guests.
There were many features which I loved about the homecooker. Keeping the cooker at a constant temperature meant I could make sure my ingredients were being cooked in the right way without being overdone.
It was great to have lots of ingredients and food being cooked at the same time without have to move around the kitchen as my kitchen is quite small I found it to be a good space saver.
I lead a very busy lifestyle due to work commitments and have very little time to cook for myself - i found that the homecooker really allowed me to cook quickly and conveniently without hassle, combined with the cutting tower really saved me time in the kitchen.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of
Suits any lifestyleWe bought ourselves one of these in autumn 2014, and were so taken with it that we bought one for each of our three children for Christmas. Everyone loves it and uses it frequently.
I think we all started with Jamie Oliver's risotto recipe. It's so successful that the machine is worth the price for risotto alone. But it produces excellent results with all sorts of Italian sauces, Indian recipes, Thai curries, cous cous, soups, stocks, gravies, custards including ice cream custards, and on and on and on. Last night we made a lovely Spanish fish, chorizo and bean stew.
Those with small children find it a particular help, since you can afford to be distracted by the demands of the youngsters, secure in the knowledge that the Home Cooker will switch itself into safe mode when the timer reaches zero.
It's also great for teaching older children to cook, since it will neither forget to stir and so scorch the food, nor stir so vigorously that it slops over. In fact, it's almost impossible to fail.
The steamer works well for things like cous cous, but to be honest we haven't used the pasta basket. Make your sauce in the Home Cooker and boil the pasta in a separate pan!
Once you're accustomed to the Home Cooker, you can adapt any number of recipes for it. After 6 months of use, it's firmly established as one of our favourite kitchen machines. And, as a final plus, it's dead easy to clean.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of
Ever so simple to use!The new Philips HomeCooker is an automatic all-in-one cooking system.
The hi-tech pot has a built-in, stirring arm, providing what celebrity chef Oliver describes as ‘an extra pair of hands in the kitchen’. The stirring arm which slowly turns stops your food from burning and keeps everything mixed. Especially great with tricky dishes, such as risotto that need constant stirring.
I found the controls are simple to use with a basic LCD display on the base showing your cooking time and temperature. Just tap the temperature and timer controls and away it goes. It certainly made my life very easy. Because of the temperature setting and timer it lets you cook and stay in control. It comes with four main accessories; a lid, a steamer tray, a pasta/rice insert. You can also buy a chopping tower. The tower is a great addition that saved even more time, as it quickly chops and grates ingredients. It’s especially designed to do so straight into the Home Cooker so even less cleaning up! The stainless steel pot is removable for easy cleaning too.
It all seems well build and deceptively easy to use. It's not all about trying to do everything for you but rather do a few key functions well. With the HomeCooker you can set it and forget about it, especially good for dinner parties!
I would definitely recommend this product as I don’t think there is anything on the market quite like this or as good.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of
SIMPLICITY AT ITS BEST ......As soon as the box arrived I knew it was going to be good.
It looked stylish and had been well thought out, with all the tray layers fitting perfectly.
It's just the right size to take it's place on the worktop, so it's ready to use whenever the mood takes you.
It is so simple to use, even I didn't need to re-read the manual, bit hopeless with too much gadgetry & instructions.
The stirrer, is just great because you set it to temperature, start the stirrer and you can prepare the next ingredient while the Homecooker stirs, so no panic re burning!
The recipe book is super, there is a great selection for all tastes, and also helps you become imaginative with your own ideas.
My one criticism is there aren't enough recipes in the book to help you fully utilise the HomeCooker, as there are no recipes that use the steamer basket for meat or fish, which I'm sure you can. So my project now is to devise some meals to achieve this.
The chopping tower is a great asset, as it perfectly fits against the Homecooker, but as with many electric choppers, it is always difficult to get all the items chopped or sliced evenly.
I'm happily working my way through the recipe book, and have making good use of the Homecooker, even my husband is using it!
Initially I thought the price quite steep, but when I think of its uses, certainly better than a slow cooker, due to stirrer & variable temp., I would certainly recommend it.
Friends have actually commented on how stylish it is and impressed with meals I've produced, So can there be any better praise.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of
The social cooker!When my wife got me the Philips homecooker I was very excited. It claims to be the cooker that cooks itself. Really clever, I initially thought, but then I got to thinking ‘Where’s the fun in that? If ‘it’ cooks the food that well, who will praise me for the meal I prepared and used every pot and pan in the kitchen to make.
Unpacking and assembling the cooker was really easy. It did not look out of place in the kitchen and would easily break down into its various parts for easy storage. I decided that I was going to attempt Jaimie’s Chicken Cacciatore dish from the recipe book included. I prepped the ingredients as per the recipe and grinned with a small hint of satisfaction that this machine still needed me to do the basic things like grind up spices with a pestle and mortar and marinate chicken. Perhaps this is a team event after all.
I have to say that with regards to ease of use this could not be any simpler. Just add the ingredients at the right time and the integral stirrer does the work whilst you get on with your afternoon. (Although it is sad to admit that I watched the stirrer the first couple of times I used the cooker to make sure it was working properly) The timer is fantastic and every meal becomes a simple task if you follow the step by step instructions of adding ingredients, setting the timer, and then adding more ingredients. The food itself is surprisingly tasty, really tasty in fact, and you still get that sense of achievement when your diners compliment the food. The best thing of all is the lack of dirty pots and pans. You simply remove the stirring attachment and pot and put them in the dishwasher.
It is not a cooking appliance that would replace you as a cook, but it is a handy appliance that would allow you to hold a dinner party and at the same time allow you to actually talk to your guests rather than disappear every minute or so to stir the food in the frying pan and pots.
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 3 out of
Kitchen Ipod? - MaybeThe HomeCooker is Philips attempt at the kitchen equivalent of the Ipod- a multi-functional device that replaces a number of pots, pans and appliances found in the kitchen.
Unfortunately as a "Jack of All Trades" it does most things well but not as well as specific equipment.
Insufficient detail is given in general regarding cooking times and techniques. However with further use and experimentation I believe the results achieved from the HomeCooker will improve and support the claims Phillips have made for this product.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated 4 out of
Super Smart gadget!The look of this gadget is super smart & sleek, I hosted a party recently and used this cooker to make a meal and everyone was very keen on checking it out and impressed by the look of it. I was concerned it might be really tricky to work out how to use it - not so, it's incredibly easy to use. I also used it, along side the jamie oliver cooking tower.
The first dish I attempted was a beef ragu to go with pasta. Since I used the jamie cooking tower, I could grate the carrot/onion directly into the pan, unfortunately I found that the carrot did catch and stick to the bottom of the pan a little, perhaps I needed a bit more oil. Nevertheless, the veg cooked well in the time suggested in the recipe book.
After I broke the beef up a bit in the pan, it browned easily, then I tossed the other ingreidents in and let the cooker work its' magic. It was a good feeling to leave the kitchen, talk to my friends and not have to worry that the stove was on or that I needed to stir the pot or check on it at all...I just left it to cook away. The end result was a delicious ragu, impressive for so little work.
Since then I have made a two curries and some steamed salmon with pasta cooked on the lower level, it's worked super well.
Another bonus, it's easy to clean, no tricky awkward bits! All in all, a good addition to the kitchen if you need a helping hand. Very versitile - although I really would love another recipe book for it!
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