after reading reviews, I came out mostly successful: First, I sprayed my insert with olive oil; while I got a little scorching on the sides, it wasn't bad. I used one 8oz can of pumpkin and a diced super-sweet apple. Finally, I used only 5oz of water and set on low for 4 hours then warm for 4 hours & it cooked perfectly. I was out of honey (hoped the apple would help), but it still wasn't sweet enough for me so had to add a tsp of brown sugar. If I add honey next time, bet it will be perfect!