13 February 2022

Upgrading to Cookidoo 3.0

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Written by Megan

Megan is an independent Thermomix consultant based in Mackay, Queensland. When she isn't at her day job or the library, you'll likely find her tinkering with her Thermomix (closely supervised by a cat or two). Megan gets a kick out of inspiring others to use their Thermomix and you can download her Thermomix Fakeaway menu for free.

My Thermomix, my way! Add your own recipes to Cookidoo with the created recipes feature

Back in November, Vorwerk announced an update to Cookidoo – Cookidoo 3.0. This update gives subscribers the ability to create recipes from scratch, adapt existing Cookidoo recipes, or import them from the Recipe Community.

All existing Cookidoo 2.0 owners at the time of the launch were given a free, four month trial of Cookidoo 3.0.  That trial period is now coming to an end and you may have questions about what’s next.  I’ve created a video and this post to answer some of the common questions I’ve been getting.

What’s Cookidoo 3.0?

Cookidoo is a subscription-based website which includes thousands of Thermomix recipes created and tested by recipe developers from around the world. You can:

  • search for recipes by name or ingredient,
  • bookmark your favourites,
  • curate your own collections (like mini cookbooks),
  • meal plan, and
  • generate shopping lists.

You can then follow the recipes step-by-step on the screen of your Thermomix. However, Cookidoo has always been limited to approved recipes created by official recipe developers.

That all changed a few months ago when Vorwerk announced a new way of cooking with Cookidoo 3.0. Now you can create and upload up to 100 of your own recipes! Check out the launch video:

Why does my TM6 say I need to upgrade?

If you have been getting a message on the screen of your TM6 that says “your Cookidoo subscription needs an update” it’s because the free trial period for Cookidoo 3.0 is coming to an end on 31 March 2022.

If you have added some of your own recipes to Cookidoo, you’ll need to update your Cookidoo subscription before 31 March 2022 to keep your created recipes. If you don’t update before this date, you will lose access to any recipes you created during the free trial period. Make sure you also accept the new renewal cost of $69 per year to finalise your upgrade.

How do I upgrade?

There are a couple of ways to upgrade. If you can see the message on the screen of your TM6, go ahead and press it to go through to the upgrade screen.

Otherwise, you can do it through the Cookidoo website (not the app). After you log in, either click on the upgrade now button in the banner or follow these steps to upgrade through your account:

  1. Click on your name
  2. Click on account
  3. Click on membership
  4. Click the upgrade now button

I have an older Thermomix; should I upgrade to Cookidoo 3.0?

If you have a TM31 or a TM5 (or even a model before those), you can still upgrade to Cookidoo 3.0. That will give you access to all the new Cookidoo 3.0 features available on the website and in the app. The big one of these is Created Recipes because you’ll have the ability to import recipes directly from the Recipe Community. This means your favourite Cookidoo recipes and your favourite Recipe Community recipes will now be in the one place, making it much easier to use the meal planning and shopping list functions. You’ll also get access to any future upgrades and improvements to Cookidoo 3.0.

However, please be aware that the full functionality of Cookidoo 3.0 is only available with the TM6. You can only use the “interactive manual mode” to follow created recipes step-by-step on the screen of the TM6. This functionality isn’t available on the TM31 or on the TM5. Even if you have a Cook-Key.

You’ll still be able to use guided cooking for official recipes if you have a TM5 and a Cook-Key.

Do I really need to upgrade?

If you are a new Thermomix owner, you’ll automatically start with Cookidoo 3.0.

If you are an existing owner who is happy to stick with Cookidoo 2.0, you don’t have to upgrade right now. If you do nothing, you will revert to Cookidoo 2.0 from 31 March 2022. You also won’t receive any future upgrades and improvements to the functionality of the site. If you change your mind in the future, you’ll be able to upgrade then. However, be warned! Once you click the upgrade button and accept your new subscription, you can’t change back. So again, you can upgrade at any time, but once you do you’re stuck with the fantastic features of Cookidoo 3.0.

I still have some questions…

If I haven’t answered all your questions in this post or my video, you can read more on the Thermomix in Australia blog and Vorwerk’s FAQs. If you still have more questions, please reach out and I’ll do my best to help out.

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  1. Ian Brereton

    i have sold my Thermomix , how do i transfer details to new owner

  2. Peter White

    I would like to know why in other countries Thermomix 6 has a CHOP function but in Australia it seems we don’t

    Have asked my rep and also support and they seem unaware of the function shown clearly on YouTube

    What is the reason for this – it’s only a software download.

  3. Megan

    Hello Ian,

    Sorry about the delay in responding; I missed the notification that you had commented. You didn’t mention which country you’re in. However, in Australia, the new owner can update their details here: https://thermomix.com.au/pages/transfer-of-warranty. If the Thermomix is out of warranty, this form can still be used to update ownership details. Providing the new owner with a copy of the original invoice will help to make the process smoother.

    For future reference, it’s also good practice to reset your Cook-Key and deactivate your TM5 in your Cookidoo account or to log out of Cookidoo on the screen of your TM6 before transferring it to another owner.

  4. Megan

    Hello Peter,

    Due to my tardy response, we do now have the chop function in Australia.

    Your question is still a valid one though because Vorwerk is continually working on updating the Thermomix software. That means it is entirely possible that we may experience similar delays in the future.

    I know Vorwerk like to stagger the rollout of new products and updates and the chop mode wasn’t unique in that regard. I don’t work for Vorwerk so can only presume that is so they can deal more easily with any technical issues that are uncovered once a wider range of people begin using the software. It is also possible that Vorwerk must ensure any updates comply with regulations in different countries and regions.

    I know it can be frustrating to wait, but it is worth it in the end!

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