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Easy to use
I bought the pressure cooker so that I would be able to do other chores while the pressure cooker did its job. When I ordered the pressure cooker online, the confirmation email attached a link to the user manual, which I considered to be a handy reference point. I followed the instructions to clean the pressure cooker the first time. Normally I make soup and slow stews using it. I'm happy with the process - once I have prepared the ingredients, all I need to do is to pour in adequate amount of water, select the right option and wait for it to do its job. It's easy to clean afterwards also. I would recommend it!
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Is there a method to manually cook? It seems not.
My old pressure cooker died after 15 years, so I thought a Kogan 9 in 1 might make a great replacement. It arrived on Wednesday, today is Sunday. The box had little if any useful information in it. So I downloaded the user manual and found it of little help. it does not explain how to cook the items featured in the recipes guide (which I also had to download from the Kogan website before buying, which was good as it was NOT being in the box - read the section "items in the box", it does state that there is a recipe cooking guide included).
So,...one has to ask, how do you set a manual cooking time of 3 to 4 mins? which is how long the recipe book (page 56) tells me it takes for cooking potatoes. In fact, all the recipes provided state a cooking time, e.g. "step 3: Close and lock the lid. Select [Pressure Cook] or [Manual] and then adjust the [+] or [-] button to set for 4 minutes of pressure cooking time." Simple to read instructions, but not so simple to carry out if you don't have a [Pressure Cook] or [Manual] button to press. To make matters worse, there is nothing on the Kogan Help web pages that helped, in fact, a search of the product revealed nothing for that model number, how very frustrating.... If, as I suspect, there is no method to cook by setting a manual timer, then the product is not suitable for the advertised task and therefore I feel would require a full refund. If you are looking for a fully auto, press a button, pressure cooker, this might be what you need, if on the other hand, you want to follow the recipes that are linked to this product, well just two words can sum up this review:- Buyer Beware.
Purchased in April 2019 for $68.99.
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Overly complicated but works once you figure it out
The user manual had the barest of instructions and did not explain the differences in function between the different modes. However, once you figure it out (by trial and error in my case, since looking online was not a lot of help), I was able to make what I wanted. It is great as a replacement for a slow cooker to make stews, or stock. I've also used the slow cooker function to make pulled pork and it worked great, especially since the pot is a bit deeper than my old slow cooker, the liquids covered more of the meat and resulted in more juicy meat. I have noticed it does tend to retain the food smells for a while after use, and I have to leave it open to air out for a day or two before it goes away.
Disappointing, feel like I wasted my money
I’m not a expert master chef or anything so I’ve rely on recipes and manuals to make anything in the appliance. I wanted to use the regular “pressure cook” function for a beef roast recipe I found online, which simply said cook for 45 mins but it only had the meat/stewing function which didn’t have any steam being released when I pressed cancel. So I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the make the meal I planned.
Without spending a lot of money on ingredients to figure it out by trial and error I don’t feel I can get much use out of this appli...ance so it may end up going for sale online. I attempted to start a Facebook page devoted to figuring out how other more experienced cooks found it. But not a lot of tutorials online either. I did manage to track down the 2nd version of the manual but it didn’t really provide any helpful info. Maybe it’s less versatile and only does those 9 functions and nothing else.
Extremely good pressure cooker with a multitude of features. Use it quite often, must admit I have not used all functions but do love the pressure cooker and slow cooker features. Only problem I have found is that I need to have it on longer than the set times or turn the temperature to high. Would certainly recommend.
I wish the manual had been a lot better - received as a gift. If you are at all nervous then buy a
I am not a snob when it comes to appliances, but sometimes it is better to get a brand that comes with local support and a much better quality manual and cooking guide than this. The rattling can be a bit scary, and it was not at all clear on what setting to vent the pressure cooker. As it was a gift I cannot complain, but I was not confident in using until I looked up some youtube videos on someone who was using the same product. Markings are also not clear/rubbed off so you are having to look at the indentations/depressions to work out what it means - and even then it's just symbols, not works like 'VENT' or 'OPEN' or 'CLOSED', just weird tear drop type shapes.
Worst Pressure Cooker I’ve ever used
This would be the worst Pressure Cooker I have ever used. The manual is not good. Doesn’t have a Manual feature/ button (which is unheard of) so you can only cook what is written on the Pressure Cooker. You can’t cook veggies, brown rice potatoes various types of beans and so many other things. The Kogan customer service was terrible it took me ten days calling and emailing everyday to finally be to it doesn’t work like all other Pressure cookers and to send it back I will need to pay postage. I have two other electronic pressure cookers/ multi cooker and use them daily so I know what I’m doing. I would never buy anything from them again.
Lacks a Manual you can actual read, understand and follow.
I can't really rate the performance of this product because the provided and downloaded Manual is useless. Pressure Cookers are not necessarily a safe cooking device, so you would think Kogan would have produced an informative and instructional Manual on how to use the device.
Simple instructions on how to safely use and cook are paramount. The method for varying cooking times is a ritual and based almost on guesswork using the "Texture" and "Food" settings.
Look for another brand that actually has "how to cook" instructions with knobs/buttons that control cooking times and temp settings.
Download and read the online Manual to understand what I am on about!
Questions & Answers
how to set manual time when following a recipe
I would like to know how long to cook things e.g.. chicken cacatora.First time user, manual confusing
To be blunt, the manual is next to useless, there is no way you can set the time without using one of the preset buttons. I downloaded the cook book that was designed for this unit and that's how I discovered it would not do what I needed it to. Kogan were unresponsive and I had to ask my bank to get my money back. Good luck
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