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This looks like a electrical pressure cooker. I had Jamie Oliver's one, paid over £90. 3yrs warranty on top, this is a steal!

Cook perfect rice, stews and casseroles with this 3-in-1 cooker.

Stainless steel body and lid
LED display
Non-stick
Timer
5 cooking programmes
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#1
manufacturers guarantee`s 3 years ?
aldi guarantees are 3 months ?
looks interesting, more research, before buying,
( digital display )
#2
Only available from 11th July 2013.(_;)
#3
mrtech007
manufacturers guarantee`s 3 years ?
aldi guarantees are 3 months ?
looks interesting, more research, before buying,
( digital display )

Aldi warranty used to be great because you can take it back to store and get a full refund. Last year, I bought a oil heater, after about 8 months use, it leaks oil. I have to contact manufacture instead of Aldi to get refund. But process was straightforward as sending the plug back to them. Cost me the postage though. I think it will be the same here. I am going to get another one if I can find one in local store on Thursday.
#4
Doesn't look like a pressure cooker..... Are you sure it is one?
#5
adamt0309
Doesn't look like a pressure cooker..... Are you sure it is one?
Not 100% to be honest. But 95%. If you look closely at the photo, it has a pressure release valve on the top.

Edited By: spring.happy2009 on Jul 09, 2013 17:19
#6
adamt0309
Doesn't look like a pressure cooker..... Are you sure it is one?

Just to confirm it is a pressure cooker. Got one but have not got time to look into the menu yet.
#7
picked up one earlier this morning ..massive!
..I could do with a smaller device
does anyone know of a smaller device? ..I have seen the cooks essentials 2.5l cooker ..but it has mixed re views
#8
Just got this one. Was reading the instructions and seems ok. Its all steel so surface can be hot when touched.

Item is bulky and i hope it does the job it says.
#9
I already have Morpy Richards electric pressure cooker but decided to buy this Aldi Delta Multicooker as Morphy Richards have discontinued mine.

I paid a lot more for the MR one and one of the difference in the two machines is that you can fry off the ingredients in the bowl with the lid off and then add the liquid, then seal the lid and set the time to cook. The MR one has a really good manual and cookbook to guide you through its features and uses.

This Delta one has the poorest instruction manual ever ! The instructions are so basic that they are a joke ie the instruction to cook "Meat" is " This program is set to approx 30 minutes of pressure time, however this could be increased or decreased by pressing up/down button" No mention of how long to cook per kg of meat !!! No cookbook or even any examples of how to cook a cake in it - ie some kind of guide as to what size cake it will produce on its default 25 minute "Cake" setting !.

I have never had an appliance without a cookbook of some kind to demo the product and I am really disappointed and suprised that Aldi have not picked up on this lack of customer service; particularly since they have recently upped their status and gone all tv ads and grocer of the year award !
#10
..popped into local Makro's to check out their multicooker
found this smaller one Tefal brand does practically everything the Aldi machine does ..except cook at high pressure..The Aldi machine has 2 seals in the lid area..This Tefal has only one seal ..and the steam vent didn't appear to be weighted .. so i guess it doesn't cook under much pressure..otherwise does all the fancy stuff from rice puddings to cake bakes
I think I'll be keeping the Aldi unit.
Incidentally saw their micro crockpot rice cookers for less than a tenner so picked up one too for when I just want to cook "simples"
Crockpots rice cookers are usually 20£ plus
http://store.makro.co.uk/p-43132-crockpot-rice-cooker-ckcprc4725-06-litre.aspx

link to makro multicooker item below
http://store.makro.co.uk/p-41087-tefal-8-in-1-multi-cooker.aspx

further info from Tefal direct via link below
http://www.tefal.co.uk/All+Products/Cooking+Appliances/Table+Top+Cooking/Products/8+in+1+Multi+Cooker/8in1multicooker.htm
#11
The pressure cooker will cook meal in a fraction of time than the normal cooker as per you mentioned in Markro. Sb claimed they taste better too. I can only confirm this is true to cooking rice. Once you taste rice cooked using pressure cooker, you will never go back to normal rice cooker. I was given this tip by a Korean lady, who has been cooking rice for all her life!
#12
I have just bought one but am confused on the slow cooker function. The instruction book (very spartan) mentions "Slow cooker function. This can be achieved by pressing "Cake" and setting the time to maximum of 99 mins."

Usually a slow cooker is on for at least 6 hours. Has anyone tried it as the setting could just be a set up position to start the slow cooker until the power is cancelled. I tried phoning the helpline at 4.30pm on Friday but they appeared to have closed early. I haven't even used it yet as it needs a prewash and I do not want to do that if I am going to return it.
#13
In reply to UKtexan... hiya ... I have cooked a stew or curry in like, 40 minutes in my Morphy Richards electric pressurecooker, so, bearing that in mind, i have found electric pressure cookers better for slow cooker results (meat tenderised and veg softened and stewed) that waiting hours upon hours like you do when using a slow cooker. I often have to whip up a full on meal swiftly and a curry is a good example. I have made a chicken curry with onions, garlic, chicken, carrots, potatoes, red peppers etc in my electric pressure cooker in 30 minutes flat cooking time from start to finish ! If you take that into account I reckon that the slow cooker function is pressure cooking at a high rate so that you get the result as you would if you did the meal in a slow cooker.

I do agree though, the instruction manual is the worst ever and even a seasoned electric pressure cooker owner as myself, is scratching my old head wondering how much food i am going to ruin whilst i ply russian roulette with my new toy !
#14
Thanks for you're input Mama123. I have tried searching the Internet for a multi cooker recipe book but they all have their different settings. All I can say is that the Aldi one is very misleading. I have bought many Aldi gadgets in the past and most of their instruction books are " challenging" but this has to be the worst one.
#15
Hi UkTexan

I have posted on Aldi's facebook page about the problem. I feel that the more of us who post on their fb page, the more chance there is of them responding as there are many hacked off customers on Aldi's fb page, as it appears that Aldi does not have good customer relations or service ! I shall keep posting on their fb page until i get a response. I am not holding my breath as their responses to posts on fb seem pretty scripted and their ethos is pack em high, sell em cheap !

I am going to experiment with my multicooker. I bought it as a back up machine if my Morphy Richards goes kaput as it was cheap ... we will see if Aldi responds ... not holding breath !
#16
From Jamie Oliver's pressure cooker manu, if you divide the time to cook normally, eg in a pan, by 3, will be the time you need for cooking in pressure cooker. I have just done chicken, Leg and wings with carrots, onion, tomato, potato, curry powder, with a bit water for 15 minutes, plus brown the pierces first. It is yam yam. I would suggest you do not care about the auto-buttons too much because you can adjust taste and texture of your own food using manu cooking. Water needed in presure cooking is very little campared to normal cooking or slow cooking beacuse there was not much lost of water any way, Because of this, I found food taste much better.
#17
I have just had a return phone call from the aldi service centre. I explained they advertised the cooker as a slow cooker as well as a pressure cooker but the slow cooker instructions are not clear. To cut a long conversation short it appears that is is NOT a slow cooker but a pressure cooker that can be set on a delay timer therefore allowing the cook to be at work all day and come back to a home cooked meal. I pointed out that to leave unrefridgerated chicken or meat out all day not being cooked is dangerous, especially in the summer, and that a slow cooker cooks the food all the time. We did not resolve the problem but I was advised to return it if I wasn't happy. The Aldi rep was courteous and even agreed he would not like to leave meat out all day in its raw state.. I also asked how to cook a cake in it but didn't get an answer. My complaint is not on the pressure cooker side of it but how to use it as a slow cooker as they have advertised it. I have used pressure cookers for years so can use my various pressure cooker recipes. I did say the instruction book was bad. So it is basically an electric pressure cooker with a delay timer and no recipes included and it happens to cook rice but even the basic instructions for rice say you have to try trial and error. I may keep it as an electric pressure cooker which has a 3 year guarantee (there doesn't, appear to be any replacement silicone seals though).

Sorry to be so negative but I like things to do "what they say on the tin". However the Aldi service centre DID call me back to their credit.
#18
Hi UKtexan,

Could you share how exactly to set-up the delay timer please?
#19
Timer use instructions from the "manual"

Manual Cook

This is a delay timer, each press will delay the cooking by 30 minutes, so if you want the cooking to start after 1 hour press manual cook for 2 times then select the program you wish to use.

Note by me. Manual cook is a press button feature on the control panel.
#20
I just had a lightbulb moment as to how to use it as a pressure cooked slow cooker for many hours. Set it to the programme you require with a small delay if necessary. On page 10 When cooking process is complete: a) the unit will beep 3 times and the display will be on keep warm function. I assume the pressure will decrease naturally but the heating element underneath will stay on. X)
Anyone have any other thoughts?
#21
uktexan
Timer use instructions from the "manual"

Manual Cook

This is a delay timer, each press will delay the cooking by 30 minutes, so if you want the cooking to start after 1 hour press manual cook for 2 times then select the program you wish to use.

Note by me. Manual cook is a press button feature on the control panel.
Many thanks for this. I thought menu cook means that you can set up the cooking time at your choice. Why did not they call it delay timer?
#22
I managed to make a curry in the Aldi multicooker last night ! It took 40 mins from start to finish ! I was able to use the Multicooker to fry off the onion, garlic etc by switching it on, set it to Rice (12 minutes) add oil and put the onion, garlic curry powder in the bowl to fry, then add the other ingredients which were all veggies - carrot, potato, sweet potato, carrots, courgettes, celery, tomatoes and split peas and lentils. I finished frying off the veg etc and then added stock to cover slightly, turned off machine and then put on lid set the pressure guage to closed, switched on machine and chose STEW and in 25 or 30 minutes the curry was done absolutely perfect ! The lentils and root veg were all tender as if the dish had taken hours in a slow cooker, so this machine is well worth its place in my kitchen as it is simple to actually use, but it means i am going to have to experiment with the cake and make sure the bowl is oiled. I have read that you can use a cake tin and make a sling from tin foil and wrap it round the tin before immersing the cake into the bowl with some water in the bottom, like a bain marie. I reckon that as the bowl is a non stick one, there will be issues putting another vessel in, so i will bake the cake in the bowl on CAKE setting, as I am not sure if there is any pressure on that setting or if it is heat only. It is a proper pain in the proverbial, not having a comprehensive instruction manual to explain the modus operandi of this machine. This appliance is definately sent to try us !
#23
Thanks Mama 123. You have added another piece to the jigsaw as you have shown us you can fry off the raw ingredients before cooking. Well done! Could you use a silicone cake "tin" to bake the cake. I am not sure if it would change shape in the cooker as it is pliable, however it would not scratch the non stick. I remember the saying " Necessity is the Mother of Invention". We sure are getting are thinking caps on with this gadget.
#24
Hiya UKTexan

Thanks for your comment ! I am sure not going to let this beat me :) I have a silicone mould and your suggestion did cross my mind but i think i will research using them in a pressure cooker before i dare to be so brave ! Sometimes I can get over zealous like a nutty professesse and ooops danng ... i broke it :| I am soo tempted to whizz up a cake right now but i am on the Joe Cross Juice diet thingy and trying to be all good and holy and deny myself cake ... think it might end up ooops dannngggg.... i broke it and ate cake, later ;)
#25
Mama123
Hiya UKTexan

Thanks for your comment ! I am sure not going to let this beat me :) I have a silicone mould and your suggestion did cross my mind but i think i will research using them in a pressure cooker before i dare to be so brave ! Sometimes I can get over zealous like a nutty professesse and ooops danng ... i broke it :| I am soo tempted to whizz up a cake right now but i am on the Joe Cross Juice diet thingy and trying to be all good and holy and deny myself cake ... think it might end up ooops dannngggg.... i broke it and ate cake, later ;)

3yrs warranty
#26
Hey could you please tell me if it is a pressure cooker or not? I am looking for something that can cook meat and stuff? thanks
darklight
picked up one earlier this morning ..massive!
..I could do with a smaller device
does anyone know of a smaller device? ..I have seen the cooks essentials 2.5l cooker ..but it has mixed re views
#27
YES
#28
Agreed with all the comments about the instructions. Really poor and vague - basic is an overstatement! Cooked a soup on the so-called 'slow-cooker' function which isn't. After 99 minutes at 'Cake' the vegetables were overcooked.
Secondly, there is no drain hole for any scalding water trapped in the handle under the pressure release valve. Consequently, if you are right-handed and lift the lid up as one would take the lid off a saucepan, the scalding water will pour over your hand.
Thirdly, a temperature dial would be useful or at least some mention in the piece of paper they call a handbook of 'warm' and 'cooking' temperatures.
Fourthly, I like the concept and would prefer a smaller unit, say about 3 litres (I live by myself) so I have given the unit to a friend who has a family (with a warning about the hot water in the handle).
#29
I bought one of these this morning, having been considering an electric pressure cooker for a while. It's a whopper! I can't even fit it in the cupboard. The massive size, coupled with a lack of clear instructions is making me debate whether or not to keep it. I use my slow cooker a couple of times a week and wanted something more energy efficient. From your experiences on here, is it worth keeping?
#30
have tried it too cook belly pork prior to barbecuing and was fantastic - 15 mins and they were really tender then just reheated and crisped them up on the barbecue - went down a storm
#31
Been following all the very helpful comments above.Thankyou to everyone, I agree about the manual and that Aldi's response to customers is so uninterested.
#32
Has anyone tried the europasonic website. I contains at least two recipes.
#33
Earlier today made a 1 pint rice pudding with recipe from an old pressure cooker book. Used Rice setting for 12 minutes and reduced pressure quickly with the thingy on the lid. Very thin so I turned it off and put the lid back on and came back an hour later. It was cooked to perfection by the residual heat. Checked the old cook book which said let the cooker reduce pressure slowly. I hadn't noticed. There is more to this cooker than meets the eye at first,
#34
Thanks JohnAsh1 for your valuable comment ! I guess that negative feedback has reached some listening ears and Europasonic have produced an addendum to the vague instruction manual penned by the manufacturers ! Although it is an enlightenment, the updated instructions on the Europasonic News page have obviously been written rather hurriedly and are still not quite informative enough as the writer assumes customers have used a pressure cooker before ! I have never used a conventional pressure cooker as they seem dangerous and a bit of a pfaff about; I have always admired the principle of pressure cookers and I am glad that i bought an electric one. My Morphy Richards one is not as easy to operate as this Aldi one ! I must say, the Aldi one has a better lid design and operating controls and now we have updated recipies and information, I am thinking of buying another one !
#35
We have used a pressure cooker before but not for a long time. My mum was a big enthusiast and cooked the best shin beef in gravy I have tasted to this day in one. Because we have no kitchen at the moment (new one being fitted) I bought one of Sainsburys £7 chicken in herbs and veg meals. Cooking time in oven normally 35 mins from chilled. It had a small amount of cream sauce with it so I just emptied the lot into the pot with a couple of tablespoons of water (nowhere near the 1/5 mark) and set it on chicken for 10 mins. Came out delicious with more, if somewhat thinner, sauce. Perhaps if I had left it to stand in the cooker for a bit it would have thickened up like the rice pudding.
#36
Can i adopt you JohnAsh1.... hehehe ... my "him indoors" never offers to cook ! The excuse is that he is spoilt rotten as i cook from scratch and am too good at it and he says he cannot compete ! :)

I love shin of beef ... i think it is better than stewing beef; only place seems to sell it is Morrisons, so i am with you in being in awe of your Mum's masterpiece !

It is true, as someone said earlier in this thread, you cannot beat rice in a pressure cooker !
#37
I must try their new recipe for Full Chicken Roast, sounds delicious. It says press Chicken and leave so that must be the default time of 20 mins. Pretty quick.
#38
Will have to ask Chris first about adoption. Both of us cook, and I've cooked since the 1970's. My first meal was Chicken Paprika out of Family Circle mag. That got me going as it looked just like the picture in the mag.

Re Scottish shin beef, for some time it has been cheaper on the Sainsbury meat counter than the so called cheaper beef (never shin) in the pre-packed section. Just look at the price per 100g you might be surprised.
#39
http://www.europasonic.com/Multi%20Cooker.pdf

AND

http://www.europasonic.com/MULTI%20COOKER%20Recipe%20Book.pdf

Might help some people with details of the product before purchasing. :3

Unsure if exact model would need to get someone to confirm. PLZ! :D

Edited By: EmmieShadow on Aug 04, 2013 12:14
#40
i agree with all comments about the appalling instructions. I have been experimenting with mine and chose soup reduced to 5mins for potatoes and they cook beautifully with no more burnt pans. I also cooked normal long grain rice using rice button reduced to five minutes and that worked too.
I have also cooked a lentil type soup in twenty mins. What i realised though is that getting the right mix of water was difficult to decide as with an open pan steam evaporates, but in pressure cooker if there is too much water it wont be thick. In the end i took the plunge and for about 6oz lentils and a mix of veg i used about 4 to 5 cups water.
The mince stew I did on meat for fifteen mins using oxo for flavour and thickening with gravy when cooked.
I did braised steak adding mushrooms and onion same way as mince five mins longer.
Not tried anything else yet but have been using an old pressure cooker book as a guide to how long things should be in for.

Hope this helps anyone who wants to put the cooker to use. I have gone from being a frustrated owner to a satisfied cook.

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