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NOW CLOSED: Want to try the new HomeCooker (worth £350) from Philips to the test? Cooks needed....

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Sep-12 15:06:24

We've been asked by Philips to find 15 MNers UK based who are willing to put their new HomeCooker (and cutting tower) to the MN test! This is a brand new product and MNers will be among the first to try it.

The HomeCooker is the first in the new range of kitchen appliances that has been co-created by Philips and Jamie Oliver and is a first-of-its-kind, multi-functional device that does the preparation as well as the cooking, meaning you can cook fresh and stay fresh.

For more information please see www.philips.co.uk/e/homecooker/home.html

Philips say "Enabling you to prepare homemade meals even on your busiest days, the HomeCooker has been specially designed to achieve authentic home cooking with ease. It can chop, stir, steam and sauté and be left cooking unattended".

As Jamie Oliver explains: "We all know it can be a struggle to get fresh, homemade food on the table every day, especially for busy parents who have to juggle so much. It's often a real tradeoff between spending time with the family and getting fresh food on the table. The beauty of the Philips HomeCooker is that it removes this dilemma - you can now do both! Whether you're a beginner cook or a more experienced chef, the HomeCooker takes the pressure off in the kitchen. Because it stirs itself you don't have to stand over a stove but you can still invest all that love and creativity into your meal."

For this we're looking for a range of people - it's aimed at those who like to and want to cook fresh meals but often struggle to find the time.

If you're selected for this product test you will be sent the HomeCooker (and cutting tower) and ingredients to follow one of the recipes provided. You may also want you to try some of your favourites in it.

We'll need you to add three lots of feedback:

1) First impressions on a thread on site
2) Your opinion after you've been using it for a couple of weeks on a thread (we will add more questions to the thread)
3) A review on the MN Reviews section

So long as you do all three you will be able to keep the HomeCooker after testing (RRP £350).

We'd also like testers to send in about 5 photos of the food you create using the HomeCooker - these can be anonymous and will be used on the Philips Facebook pages

If you'd like to put it through the paces please sign up here - if you are selected we will be in touch.

Thanks and good luck

MNHQ

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Sep-12 12:00:18
SharpObject Sun 23-Sep-12 22:52:41

I've yet to receive ingredients etc but w have used Jamie every day smile

Tonight I made chicken casserole for 5 and filled it to the max on the pot.

I sweated onions for 10 minutes and then added carrots, chicken, bacon and let it all stir around for another 20 minutes - heated on the highest and the turned down to 130 to brown.

I then added chicken stock, herbs etc, turned it up to Borland the left it on 110 whilst I boiled potatoes and broccoli and every one enjoyed it so much my batch cooking made one meal instead of two!

I've found the trick is to heat to the max and then turn in down to a little bubble not boil (110) is working for a meal for 5.

Tried stir fry but by the time I had Jamie all nice and hot and the tower spewing courgette and onion all over my kitchen anything that ended up in Jamie burnt really quickly!!

Babieseverywhere Sun 23-Sep-12 22:35:58

We did the butternut squash risotto this evening for ourselves and our friends. There was no burnt bits and we all thought it was very tasty.

But as I forgot to take any pictures blush, I'm off to re-buy the ingredients tomorrow and we'll have another one very soon.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Sun 23-Sep-12 19:56:38

We had a go with hours this evening.....must admit I found it a little lot confusing trying to get it to start heating up...ours just sat there cold until I mashed some buttons, despite reading the instructions. Was a lot easier to use once we got going with it. We tried the risotto recipe, and it was lovely. Cooked very evenly, but clearly not stirred as well as I could do myself as I got all the aparagus, DH all the celery and poor DD left pinching off our plates to get anything other than rice! It did burn to the bottom of the pan, but it wasn't difficult to clean off.

It was compelling to watch though......paranoid me kept looking at it bubbling and stirring away and was most annoyed when my neighbour knocked at the door and disturbed my viewing!! I felt I needed to watch it though to ensure it wasn't burning, but I guess that would lessen as I begin to "trust" it more.

DH is very interested in it. He's planning to try the breakfast in it at the weekend, but I'm veggie so it'll have to be a variation of the recipe. Looking forward to trying it though.

Reggiee Sun 23-Sep-12 18:52:13

How's everyone getting on?

Tried out the squash risotto here (very nice and although it was fabulous not to have to stand over it stirring, I ended up standing over it to watch it stir itself blush. There is something quite theraputic about watching it).

The Rosemary Potatoes were fabulous. Was interested to hear about your tatties burning babies. I followed the recipe (minus the rosemary) and didn't suffer with that, and they tasted gorgeous (if I do say so myself). Although I did pity the people I spoke to today, as I ate all 5 cloves of roasted garlic too.

Sharp I totally agree with your comment about the cutting tower needing a knack. This has caused me more work and I have been left with quite a bit of uncut veg spinning around, whilst half of the veg has ended up on my worktop.

Dh seems a bit intimidated by it . I came down this morning and he was cooking porridge on the stove. Claimed he didn't know how it worked and obviously was unable to pick up the instructions to work out where the on switch is.

Really looking forward to doing the cooked breakfast and hoping to make some granola later this week too. Now need to branch out to my own recipes.

Jux Fri 21-Sep-12 19:37:38

SharpObject and MMeOvary, thank you. It looks lovely, and I shall give it a go next time I do a risotto.

Love that SharpObject has called hers Jamie! grin

Babieseverywhere Fri 21-Sep-12 18:06:51

DH got to play with the cutting tower and we cut a ton of veg for a stir fry in seconds...lets see how easy it is too clean now ? We stir fried the veg in the cooker with moderate success.

Going to have another go at the breakfast for lunch tomorrow IYSWIM, LOL.

SharpObject Fri 21-Sep-12 17:48:35

I've never made so much mess chopping veg for spag Bol shock the tower really needs a knack to it but I have managed to grate mushroom & courgette into the mince and no one else will know they are there wink

I'm now MNing after being at work all day and 5 DC have been told dinner will be ready when Jamie goes ping!

Draining the mince was a bit tricky because I had to clear a complete path of mince to get the stirrer back in and turning, fingers crossed I don't burn the garlic bread this time grin

Oh and I'm still awaiting the bag of ingredients, fingers crossed for the weekend.

Babieseverywhere Thu 20-Sep-12 22:32:56

LOL, at the burning toast smile

SharpObject Thu 20-Sep-12 21:57:30

After reading the recipe book and then a bit of the instruction book, the instruction book said the highest setting is for roasting large quantities and 130 is for frying.

It isn't very clear in the recipe book and I have done a bit of lid on, lid off as that isn't clear either but I suppose it's a bit of trial and error.

My funniest moment (well i thought it was funny) was that I burnt the toast under the grill TWICE because I was to busy watching the cooker stir on my behalf blush

Babieseverywhere Thu 20-Sep-12 21:04:56

Thanks libelulle & SharpObject, we'll try your suggestions and ignore temp/times in the book and try a bit of common sense. 250c sounded far too high for a breakfast.

SharpObject Thu 20-Sep-12 20:53:01

Our first cooked breakfast burnt and then the second time I added a little more oil and turned it down to 130 and it didn't stick.

I used the tower this evening which was a bit tricky to figure out how to attach the blade didn't read the instructions properly I chopped onion, courgette and mushrooms and then fried in a little oil and a nob of garlic butter, kept it on low for 25 minutes and served on pan fried steak.

I plan to make cauliflower cheese with the tower and cooker tomorrow.

libelulle Thu 20-Sep-12 20:33:59

That's interesting babieseverywhere - I noticed that the temperatures suggested in the product notes were much lower than the ones in the recipe book. For instance the book suggested sticking the hungarian stew on at 130 for 3 hours, which would pretty much guarantee ruined meat and possibly a burnt base - it was bubbling furiously at that temperature. After bringing it to the boil, I left my stew at 90c for 2 hours and it was perfect.

Babieseverywhere Thu 20-Sep-12 18:36:28

DH and I are having fun with the new machine but having trouble with food sticking to the bottom and burning sad

We are waiting for the pan to heat up to the correct temp and following the recipes to the letter yet both the 'Classic pan-cooked breakfast' and 'Crispy Rosemary Potatoes' burnt to the bottom. The rest of the food was lovely but the pan has to be soaked and scrubbed clean between each attempt which is taking ages, hardly a time saver sad

Any hints, are we doing something wrong ?

PS. My cooler bag and ingredients turned up intact.

SharpObject Thu 20-Sep-12 17:57:00

Poor Mary. maybe she needs you to send her some gin Ann? Everything always seems to run more smoothly once the gin is poured or suggest a better courier company?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Sep-12 16:02:40

The team sending the cookers and bits out are very sorry for any leaky stock etc - please do get in touch with Mary if you have had a problem (and haven't been in touch with her already) - let me know if you need her number.

SharpObject Thu 20-Sep-12 15:44:49

Haven't received a goody bag here yet,sad for those that have received and they are leaking..

I will wait I'll after the weekend and then let you know.

I'm having steak tonight and plan to do my toms, mushrooms, onions and herbs in Jamie wink

EddieVeddersfoxymop Thu 20-Sep-12 14:59:09

My goody bag came today too....thank you Philps for sending us all such lovely stuff. All arrived safely now, just need to go shopping and get the ingredients. Think that'll be a job for Sunday as its my DDs birthday tomorrow and party on Saturday! Will need wine I reckon!!!!!!

Fiveisenough Thu 20-Sep-12 13:36:41

My ingredients arrived with the glass bottles all smashed and everything leaking out if the box sad
Called up and they are sending me out another.

sarahbanshee Wed 19-Sep-12 23:06:05

Got my bag of goodies too (also with crushed and leaky stock meltlets, I guess we know now they do not travel well) - I too am down for butternut squash risotto. Something I cook fairly often but not with the sage and pancetta doings, so the family will think they are being spoilt!

The coolbag was a nice surprise and will jazz up future picnics no end.

This really is a big treat and I am excited to try it out tomorrow!

Asmywhimsytakesme Wed 19-Sep-12 22:02:59

This has to be the best product test yet - sounds great fun ladies - keep updating us. I'm envy but also grin at all the oohing and aahing!

ClaireDeTamble Wed 19-Sep-12 21:20:06

Both cooker and ingredients arrived today. Cooker package looked like it had been run over, but the box and the cooker were fine!

I've got one of the Risotto recipes to do so we will probably have it for tea tomorrow.

Looking forward to using it.

libelulle Wed 19-Sep-12 19:21:03

ooh, cooler bag and ingredients etc arrived the second I was coming through the door at 5pm, talk about timing.

Happy to report that last night's beef stew was delicious, thumbs up from all four recipients. Looking forward to trying the risotto.

SharpObject Wed 19-Sep-12 19:15:39

Eddie didn't you get a cook book included in the box for the cooker?

I don't have a cooler bag, ingredients or voucher but I did get a cook book with the cooker.

I'll post recipes this evening if you want jux so far I've done paella and cooked breakfast which I'm having again for tea tonight ahem.

MadameOvary Wed 19-Sep-12 19:13:13

Jux The recipe is on the Philips Homecooker webpage here

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