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When did ChefSteps start charging for recipes?


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I just bought a joule and installed the app. I was planning on making risotto with it for Valentines day. I found the recipe, but when i went to view the full recipe it wants me to pay for some membership! No thanks, this thing is getting returned and im buying another Anova. I have the old bluetooth version which still works, but is making rattling sounds. Chefsteps was great 5 years ago, but they lost my respect.

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Didn't they go bankrupt then get bought out by someone?  I vaguely recall being excited by the pending liquidation auction for all their toys a year+ ago but the auction never happened ...  so probably new evil corporate overlords charging 🤣

 

edited to add:  they were acquired by Breville in 2019

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/months-significant-layoffs-joule-cooking-device-maker-chefsteps-acquired-breville/

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I think its rediculous to expect people to pay an additional fee to use the recipes on the required app. I can't support a company like that. Already printed out my return label for amazon. Got to love free returns via local affilliate stores.

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I just checked the app and the sous vide risotto recipe takes me to the Chefsteps.com website.  I am a Premium and Studio Pass member so I could see the SV risotto recipe.  However, I experimented and logged out of my subscription, now it shows the SV risotto as a Studio Pass recipe only.  So, that recipe is indeed behind the paywall.  

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The Joule app itself doesn't have a SV risotto recipe.

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The Joule app's search function can search within the app itself (which provides no results for "risotto") or the ChefSteps website (several results for "risotto") or both at the same time. All of the recipes actually contained in the app are free and aren't behind a paywall. The recipes on ChefSteps.com are mostly free, but there are some behind paywalls. And it's been that way for many years.

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@btbyrd is correct, but the difference is not at all obvious to new users, which is partially the point of doing it that way. and as we can see from this topic, people clearly make the mistake of not differentiating. imo you're sort of well actuallying the issue, and really the fault lies with chefsteps for implementing poor ux

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On 2/15/2021 at 4:12 PM, btbyrd said:

The Joule app itself doesn't have a SV risotto recipe.

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The Joule app's search function can search within the app itself (which provides no results for "risotto") or the ChefSteps website (several results for "risotto") or both at the same time. All of the recipes actually contained in the app are free and aren't behind a paywall. The recipes on ChefSteps.com are mostly free, but there are some behind paywalls. And it's been that way for many years.

Well, i find that rediculous since their video recipe for rissoto uses the Joule. It just so happened i recieved the Joule a day or two before V-day and my wife wanted rack of lamb and mushroom Risotto. Very disappointing to find out the dish you wanted to make the first time using the Joule, cost an additional $$$ to read. That said, i am happy i returned Joule and got another Anova with WiFi. Not that i really need WiFi with SV though, lol.

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