Is Thermomix the world’s most awesome kitchen appliance ever invented?
Firstly, let me just say that I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have never heard of Thermomix until a few days ago when a lovely lady from church told me about her brand new Thermomix and seeing as I write in a food blog, she thought I might be interested in coming along to a demo. Ever since the initial invitation, before I even went to the demo, I started doing my research online and asking people about it. Again, how embarrassing that I had no clue! Shame on me. So called foodie.
From what I have read alone, I’ve gathered the conclusion that the Thermomix is more than just a food processor. It does EVERYTHING! Well, almost everything. Take a look at what it can do: http://www.ukthermomix.com
Mills, Grinds, Pulverises and Grates
•All Grains eg. wheat, barley, buckwheat, oats, rice
•Parmesan and other hard cheeses
•Sugar into icing sugar
•All Seeds eg. linseed, sesame, poppy, sunflower (make LSA)
•All Nuts eg. almond, walnuts, hazelnuts (make Dukkah)
•All Spices eg. peppercorns, cinnamon, lemon zest, nutmeg, vanilla (make Garam Masala)
• All Breads, Pizza, Foccacia and Brioche
•Pastries including Choux
•All meat including chicken and fish
•Onion, Garlic, Ginger and Chillies
•Drinks eg. juices, lemonades,
cocktails and milkshakes
•Pâtés, Dips, Pesto and Tapenades
•Dressings including Mayonnaise
•Ice creams, Sorbets and Desserts
•Cakes and Pavlovas
•Jams, Marmalade, Preserves and Spreads (eg. peanut butter, hazelnut)
•Cappuccino, Caffè Latte and Ice Coffee
•Sauces and Pastes
eg. tomato, seafood,
•Curries, Stews and Casseroles
• Cake frosting and fillings
•Fish and other seafood
•Meat and chicken
•Dumplings and buns
All that in one appliance that will even wash itself! (Are you kidding me?!)
Did I mention it’s also a digital weighing scale?
So apparently this current Thermomix model is a result of 20 million Euros investment in the Research and Development of this product. It has won many design awards, and is actually very popular even in commercial kitchens. Professional chefs apparently love using Thermomix for various types of usage in their commercial kitchens. Let me just get one thing out of the way… HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Well, whether you are a commercial user or a home user, you can ONLY purchase Thermomix via a consultant by attending a demo or hosting one or becoming a consultant yourself to earn one. Otherwise, the price is the same across the board for anyone who wishes to purchase the Thermomix…
£885 a pop.
But wait, wouldn’t you pay that much if it significantly saves you time and even money in the long run? You see, you’ll be able to make a lot of things from scratch, and it’s fast and easy, and you have control over what goes in your food. No preservatives, no artificial flavors. It is a healthier option, and gives you freedom to create delicious anything in your own home. Making food from scratch also proves to be cheaper than store bought food in many cases, and our consultant Kate demonstrated a few examples last night.
She started off by making an Apple, Pear and Ginger Sorbet. She used Raw Sugar and literally pulverised it into Icing Sugar in 10 seconds! Then she added the Apple, Pear and Ginger and Ice and processed it all together and within minutes…
Fresh sorbet! You never have to worry about not having dessert to serve when people randomly come over again… I can just imagine all the yummy “custom” flavors of sorbet and ice cream I would make.
Our demonstrator also showed us how to many home made dip. I can’t remember what herb she used (Kate, if you’re reading this.. a bit of help? Forgot to take notes, hehe) but the Thermomix was cool enough to be able to finely chop ONE GARLIC CLOVE, just a teeny tiny garlic clove and it was chopped finely, add your herbs and cream cheese and voila! Again, my mind is already thinking of all the various flavors I’d like to try in a dip. And store bought dip are not cheap! Edit: The herbs used were garlic, spring onion and parsley.
You can also transform fruit and veggies into a salad in just a few seconds, with dressing!
Here’s one of my favorite feature. I never make bread from scratch because it is messy and I am too lazy to knead. The Thermomix kneads bread for you! It may not cook it, but by the time the Thermomix is done, you don’t have a messy kitchen bench and all you do is stick the dough into the oven!
This was the dough before it rises.
And after letting it rise in the oven at low heat, you start rolling the dough and making your homemade bread rolls! Wheee… so much fun 🙂
The bread rolls are now ready to go in the oven. On the left, is the Mushroom Risotto sitting in a Thermomix warming bowl (food stays warm in it for up to 2 hours) but I will get to the risotto soon.
The end result! Soft, and warm, freshly baked bread… mmmm…
It was so fresh and warm the butter melted immediately. It was soooo goooood…
The 5th course… Chocolate Custard! Again, this looked way too easy and was ready within 10 minutes. From memory, I believe the ingredients included a block of chocolate (completely crushed and pulverised using the Thermomix) and milk and eggs. What did I miss? I wish I took notes… lol.
And finally, the pouring of this wine in this photo above brings us to our final 6th dish and my personal favorite – the Mushroom Risotto. Imagine having the onions and herbs chopped in the Thermomix, and then the Thermomix stir fries it for you, and then you add your Arborio rice and season well and add wine and mushrooms, etc… and you just let it cook itself for 20 minutes.
When it’s done, just stir in some freshly grated parmesan cheese…
Although the Thermomix jug only fits 2 litres, I’d say that is more than enough risotto to feed a family!
So that was pretty much an inside look at a Thermomix demonstration. Six dishes in just over 2 hours, and with talking in between! At the end of it, there wasn’t much of a mess to clean up at all, since we only used the one appliance (and the oven) to do most of the cooking.
The way I see it, Thermomix is perfect for people with food allergies, gluten intolerant, busy mums, busy career people, chefs, foodies who love experimenting with their own flavors, foodies who love making their own spices and curry paste and their own jam, etc, and lazy people who enjoy the convenience and speed, who hates cleaning, who will otherwise not bother cooking. Doesn’t that pretty much cover everyone?!
They also send you a Starter Recipe Book with every purchase, and they have more specific recipe books available if you want to focus more on Vegetarian, or Asian, or Soups, or Dips, or anything any other niche. But then again, you don’t have to worry there are heaps of recipes available online everywhere!
So the only thing stopping me from buying the Thermomix immediately is what am I going to do with all the other kitchen appliances I will no longer use?
The business is growing that fast in the UK as well at the moment we are looking for demonstrators in and around the midlands, so get in touch if you want to find out more!!!