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Why should we have to pay for Cookidoo?

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Cookidoo is not just a recipe app. It offers many features you may not even know are available. I see a lot of people’s comments complaining about the cost of the Thermomix Cookidoo annual subscription. Sure, it’s yet another ongoing payment (like Netflix and Gym memberships), but I thought it was about time I shared my views. I’m not sure if you care, but you may not have considered these things.

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The first and probably the most common objection is usually,

“With the cost of the Thermomix machine, you should get Cookidoo for free”

Yeah, sure, free forever would be great. But the reality is that it’s free for just the first 6 months, during which you can decide if an ongoing subscription of $69 per annum (or about $1.30 per week) is worth it to you.

Do bear in mind that things that are “free forever” tend not to be developed further (i.e. more recipes), or they find other ways to monetize (i.e. by adding annoying advertising)

Another is

“I’m not buying a Thermomix because you have to pay a subscription for recipes, it’s crazy”.

OK, so let’s put this in perspective. You don’t HAVE to pay for recipes. The Thermomix TM6 has 120 guided recipes built in, and they’re yours to keep whether you have Cookidoo or not. You also get a hard copy of the cookbook. Plus, there are more recipes on the net than you could possibly make in a lifetime.

Cookidoo currently gives you access to over 90,000 Thermomix-specific, guided recipes via the Internet.

Of course, you don’t HAVE to use Cookidoo (despite its obvious convenience), as you can also use ANY recipe from ANYWHERE by using the Thermomix without guided mode (i.e. manually, like any other dumb kitchen appliance). Guided recipes from Cookidoo lead you by the hand for a “no fuss” experience, whereas recipes found elsewhere will need varying levels of additional cooking expertise, depending on how “Thermomix friendly” the recipe is.

So, do I have a Cookidoo subscription? Yes. I think it’s a valuable addition to the Thermomix (see below for the reasons).

Thermomix TM6 and Cookidoo on phone and screen.

Why I love Cookidoo

  1. Variety of Recipes: Cookidoo offers over 90,000 recipes to date. These recipes span different cuisines, diet types, languages and meal types, which provides a wide array of cooking options. For me, it’s all about inspiration.
  2. Guided Cooking: Cookidoo integrates with your Thermomix and provides step-by-step guided cooking instructions directly on the appliance’s screen. This can make it easier to try new recipes and techniques, particularly complex ones, that you may not have considered before because the device walks you through the process.
  3. Save Personal Recipes: You can save YOUR recipes in cookidoo (i.e. the cloud) for use again and again.
  4. Collections and Bookmarks: You can add your favourite recipes to your own private collections, and you can do as I do and bookmark recipes you’d like to try later.
  5. Consistent Updates: The Cookidoo platform regularly updates with new recipes and collections. By keeping your subscription, you can benefit from these software updates and always have new culinary experiences to try. New modes etc are constantly being worked on providing us with exciting new features rather than having to upgrade each year.
  6. Meal Planning and Shopping Lists: Cookidoo offers features like meal planning and automatic shopping list creation. These can simplify the process of planning meals for the week and shopping for ingredients. I use all these functions right up to making my list, sending it to my Woolworths account, and having my goods home delivered. Not lazy, just cost and time-effective. We all know we purchase more than we need if we go to the shops. Well, I do…
  7. Recipe Testing and Calibration: All Cookidoo recipes are designed and tested specifically for Thermomix. This ensures that the recipe will work well with your machine and yield predictable results. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt them to your taste.
  8. Access Anywhere: With a Cookidoo subscription, you can access your favourite recipes, collections, and planning tools from any device – your smartphone, tablet, or computer and they sync automatically.
  9. Learning Opportunity: When you first purchase a Thermomix, you receive 6 6-month Free subscription. I encourage my Thermomix followers to grab this opportunity to test it out. By using Cookidoo, you can gradually increase your cooking skills, knowledge and confidence. The diverse range of recipes helps you learn new cooking techniques, ingredient combinations, and dish presentations. Then, re-subscribe if YOU think it’s valuable.
  10. It’s cheaper than Netflix, about $1:32 a week. (of course, you may choose to have Netflix AND Cookidoo :-))

Updated, 01/07/2024

11. But Wait, there’s more. Vorewerk keeps adding more modes and making Cookidoo easier to use. Now, you can add your own recipes, make them guided, and share them with anyone you want, provided they have a TM6 and the same Cookidoo Subscription (country-based). You can share your recipes with a click of a button. I love this feature. You can find some of mine here.

Want a Cookidoo demo? I offer free 30-minute Zoom sessions that concentrate on specific topics like menu planning, shopping, how to use the filters and adding your personal recipes to Cookidoo as guided recipes. Join me. What do you have to lose?

PS – If you don’t see a suitable date, you can add your name to the waitlist.

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12 Comments

  1. Hi Bec, Thank you for taking the time to post about Cookidoo subscription. Being new to Thermomix, I am trying to learn as much as I can and I applaud you on your efforts to help us all make the most of our machines.
    First may I say that I agree with Florence. Comments are an important part of rating a recipe and I usually start with the comments when considering a new recipe to try. Thank you for bringing this up for consideration at your Thermomix meetings.
    I have had my Thermomix for 4 days now. I have not yet had a demo (hope to have this soon) but have learned much from your videos (thank you) and general internet searches. I signed up for the 30 day trial on Cookidoo and have made 3 things on the Thermomix so far! I agree that the guided cooking is convenient and easy. I understand your explanation above of the reasons for Cookidoo subscription, however I have the following concerns that perhaps you could raise at a Thermomix meeting for future reviews of Cookidoo:
    1. When I buy a cookbook I get to keep the book, I dont have to return it after I stop paying a subscription – the book is static, not dynamic like Cookidoo, but I still have something to show for my money at the end. To make another comparison, think of Cookidoo like the GPS navigation on a car. If you do not subscribe to GPS updates then you still retain the old maps, you simply do not have access to updated versions. Again, you have something to show for your initial money, it just becomes outdated and eventually annoying. The loss of access to all recipes when subscription ends, including those that were personally created, is a major detractor as it means there is nothing tangible to show for the money paid for subscription. I must admit this is the major sticking point for me.
    2. Guided cooking is a built in feature of TM6 and yet you cannot use it without access to Cookidoo. In my opinion, it would be helpful if the TM6 allowed you to create your own recipes on a tablet or laptop then Bluetooth to your TM6 so that the guided recipe function can work independent of Cookidoo. Having said that, I would like to thank you for explaining how to use manual mode so that we can still follow recipes without the guided function.
    Thank you again for all you do to support newbies like me to get to know their machine. I have a lot to learn and really appreciate your posts, videos and recipe suggestions. Have a great day 🙂

    1. Hi Edwina, Thank you for a lovely message. I’m not 100% sure on some of the points you’ve made so I’m going to ask those that do. I’ve had Cookidoo on my TM6 from day one and not let it lapse so it’s always been up to date and I’ve not lost anything. I won’t forget but I will get back to you when I’ve had these questions answered.

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