Tips for Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue

Tips for Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue

Cooked up a storm only to find that you can’t get the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid to open? Here’s what worked for me in getting the lid unstuck.

I have been using the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 for a year or so now in my kitchen. It is a digital pressure cooker with multi-cooking functions like saute/searing, baking or even making yogurt. The cooker has been a great help because I can leave the food to cook unsupervised while I do other tasks like laundry or chill out at the sofa. Definitely helps me to save time when it comes to cooking.

There are some draw backs though, it is not great at cooking too complicated dishes. It is tricky to manage the cooking time for different ingredients, and it takes some trial and error to get the dish to taste the way I want it to because I cannot just pop open the lid to check how the dish is doing. It shines the best when it comes to cooking one pot meals like stews or soups.

Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck?

Recently, I ran into the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue. Even though the pressure inside the pot was released to zero, I was unable to open the lid.

Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck

When I turned the cooker on-and-off, the screen showed that the pressure was at 1kpa. Despite letting the cooker cool for an hour and the pressure in the pot had dropped to zero after the cooling, I was still unable to pop the lid open.

I tried to reset the digital settings in the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 by using the steaming function and releasing the pressure manually by cancelling the process mid-way once the pressure cooker was releasing some pressure. But that did not work as well.

Tips to resolve the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue

1. Get help from Philips Whatsapp Customer Care

Thankfully the Philips WhatsApp customer care was still available, so I reached out and the tip they provided was to unplug the unit, let it cool for a few minutes. After it cools down, plug the unit and set it to sauté for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes let it cool again for a few minutes and try to open the lid.

Unfortunately, that did not work and because my soup was still stuck inside I tried to pressurise the cooker up a few times in hopes that the pressure will force the blockage or reset the cooker, but it still did not work.

2. Trial and error with the multi-cooking functions

Searching online showed that some customers have had similar problems but there was no listed solution except for one customer sharing that the lid opened up after he/she experimented with the multi-coking function. The other solution was this YouTube video showing how to open up the lid with tools (in worst case scenario) and to try first using the sauté function for 10 minutes.

I left the pot to cool off for the night before trying again the next morning, and this time I tried the above YouTube video method and sadly it did not work. I had an appointment so left the cooker alone for 3 hours and when I came back, it still did not open.

Gave it one more shot by turning it on manual to 20kpa and cancelling the cooking half-way and TADAH it opened!! What a relief! I was really thankful that the Philips customer care service was very patient in trying to help me schedule a pick up service and for providing assistance through out the entire process.

I wonder if the issue happened because the valves may have been clogged up due to the congee I was cooking earlier in the afternoon before my soup. The other users who faced the same the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue did not mention what they were cooking during the process so it is hard to determine the reason.

Hopefully this is just a rare occurrence as the Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 has been reliable so far!

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Tips for Philips all-in-one cooker HD2145 lid stuck issue

No Prep Kale Chips in 12 Minutes!

no prep kale chips recipe

Kale chips – the perfect guilt free snack: salty, crunchy and a REAL VEGETABLE! (Looking at all you bogus vegetable chips that are marketed as being made from “vegetables” 😛) The down side is store bought kale chips are crazy expensive. $6 for a handful, gulp! Not really guilt free for the wallet. 😭 A fresh bunch of kale thought cost about $5, and that makes about 3 – 4 serving of kale chips. Here’s an easy kale chips recipe that is guilt free, wallet friendly and best of all, no preparation required! No reason to reach for that unhealthy snack because making a healthy snack takes time. Get your kale chips in 12 minutes with this recipe.

➡️ Recipe: No Prep Kale Chips in 12 Minutes ⬅️

All you need is just fresh kale, olive oil and salt!

Cooking time: 12 minutes


– Handful of fresh kale

– Olive oil Spinach

– Salt (I use pink Himalaya salt)


1. Separate the kale leaves from the stem by roughly tearing it by hand. Wash the leaves and pat dry or shake the water off the leaves. Place the leaves in a baking tray.

2. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt. Don’t sprinkle too much salt as the leaves will shrivel up in the baking process and the salt gets concentrated on the leaves.

kale chips preparation

3. Bake the leaves in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 12 minutes or until crispy.

Enjoy the kale chips while it pipping hot or it stays crunchy when cooled too. Tried this recipe? Let me know what you think of it or tag @everydaychooselove on instagram! 

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Save your wallet and time with this no prep 12 minutes kale chips recipe


“Instant noodles” healthy hack

Speedy Healthy Noodles, instant noodles healthy hack

What?! Am I sharing a recipe for instant noodles on the first week of 2019 just as I declared that my #2019goals were to get healthier and eat better? No way!

Sometimes you just need a quick win in life, and also a gentle introduction to the rest of the family that healthy food ≠ death of all comfort food and joys of life. 😆

After a crazy day of running errands, I needed a fast meal to feed everyone. So the “instant noodles” used is not the usual chemical and addictive laden instant noodles that most of us grew up with. There are now various options in the grocery store for non-fried, no preservative noodles. 

With more consumers taking a stand for their health, manufacturers have tried to capitalise on this trend and started pushing out healthier alternatives to our comfort foods. (Although never believe what you see on the packaging, always read the nutrition label. Just because it says it is healthy, doesn’t mean it is healthy. 🤔)

➡️ Recipe: Speedy Healthy Noodles ⬅️

This dish makes use of what you have in your fridge, and it’s versatile enough to change up the flavours to suit the tastebuds of everyone in the family.

Cooking time: 20 minutes


– Cubed chicken filet or protein of your choice

– Spinach, shiitake mushrooms, baby China wongbok or vegetables of your choice

– Non-fried, no preservative noodles. This time, I tried Koka Fat Free Plain Noodles as it cooks fast and the nutrition label seems pretty decent? (< 400mg per 100g of sodium and <5g per 100g of sugar.)

– Soy sauce, dark soy sauce, ginger paste, sesame oil, chilli (optional) 


1. Stir fry chicken fillets (or protein of choice) with olive oil, soy sauce, sesame sauce.

2. Add some chilli sauce for a spicy kick. (I use Mekhala Organic Issan Thai Chilli Hot Sauce)

3. Remove the cooked chicken if you want to serve it separately and in the same pot, stir fry vegetables of your choice with olive oil, soy sauce and sesame oil. I use an easy to wash and chop mixture of spinach, shiitake mushroom and baby China wongbok.

4. In another pot (or the same pot if you like, but do remove the cooked ingredients first!) cook the noodles of your choice according to the directions on the packaging. If you’re good at multi-tasking you can cook your noodles concurrently while stir-frying the rest of the ingredients. Drain the water from the noodles when it is cooked.

5. For the dressing of the noodles, mix together soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger paste (and chili sauce if preferred) to give the sauce more flavour.

6. For a richer taste, stir fry the noodles with the dressing. Alternatively, pour the dressing over the noodles and mix well.

7. Serve with the stir-fry dishes.

Saved the day with your version of this dish? Tag @everydaychooselove on instagram and let me know how it went! 

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Busy day? No problem! Dish out a meal with this speedy healthy instant noodles recipe.