Lately when I put a recipe or mention my thermomix on Facebook I get a few of the same questions coming my way. What is it? Is it worth it? Is it suitable for large families? How often do you use it? And I do a bit of a spiel and say I must write a blog post on it. Well here it is. The blog post. I’ve also written this one here about why I love my thermomix and kitchen aid …………
So first up what is a Thermomix?
Well to me a Thermomix is a kitchen gadget that has all the bells and whistles. It has built in scales so you can measure in your ingredients as you go. It will reset to zero between each addition of food so you weigh in everything as you go. It cooks your food, stirs your food, finely or roughly processes it, it steams, it cooks sauces and curries. It can chop your vegies, it makes a soup from start to finish. It dices and sautés your onion and garlic for you. It does the best white sauce ever and will also grate your cheese and combine it with the white sauce for the best and easiest cheese sauce ever.
Is it worth it?
For a few years I couldn’t imagine spending that amount of money on a thermomix. They are a smidge under $2000 which is a lot of money. I know that. But I wish I had one when the twins were born. It would have saved us from eating frozen fish and chips, takeaway and frittata most nights of the week. I use my thermomix almost every day for dinner. I always use it for my baking too and we love desserts in there like custard and sorbets. For me it has paid for itself within the first year. Instead of grabbing pizza on Friday night because I think there is nothing in the freezer it does a quick dough and the kids pop on tomato paste, ham, cheese and other toppings and bang in the oven and done. Much cheaper and healthier too.
If you’re living on your own or a couple you can make a quick meal all in the one bowl in about 20 minutes, delicious and creamy soup from just an onion, pumpkin and some butter and stock powder that will taste so much better than your canned soup. You could steam a little portion of fish or meat with some vegies while your rice is cooking in the bowl. With a busy family you can be doing other things while pasta or dinner is cooking in the thermomix bowl. It heats, cooks and stirs it all safely and when the timer rings you know to go back and get dinner on the table. And it stops cooking once the timer is off. Genius.
And what about large families?
If you are used to feeding a tribe of people at your house then you might be looking at the 2L bowl and thinking there is no way I could get dinner out of that. We usually get leftovers but we have lots of little eaters and one big man eater. And often when I have leftovers they get eaten by my big man eater.
When I make a risotto or pasta dish cooked entirely within my Thermomix then it takes about 350-400g raw pasta/rice which is more than enough for us. Often I might just make the sauce like bolagnese or cheese sauce or curry in the bowl and cook my pasta on the stove or rice in the bowl. That’s the great thing about the thermomix. You could be making a big bolagnese and make oodles of pasta on the stove and feed a huge family.
And there is the steamer. The thermomix comes with it’s own steamer called the Varoma which can sit on top of your machine and while the bowl is cooking you could be steaming your meat /fish/veg up above. Another great way to make a big meal for your family.
When I do cookies I get at least 6 trays of cookies from the delicious choc chip cookie recipe in the book that comes with your thermomix. And cookies from scratch just taste better and have less of the nasty preservatives and stuff that go into packaged food. That’s probably one reason that people love their thermomix, making things easily from scratch means you know what is going into it but you’re cutting down your preparation and cooking time.
Cake recipes are generous and making your own caster and icing sugar as well as almond meal is a great way to save money. I think the thermomix is just perfect for large families. It’s a great way to be saving money by making most of your food from scratch. You can teach your kids how to use it and get some help in the kitchen. You get lots more variety and if you’re a busy mum then you’re going to love that you can be doing other things while your soup or curry or pasta is stirring itself.
I just love that I can walk in the door after keira’s activities, chuck a few things in, do a bit of sauteeing in the bowl, add a few more things and dinner will be cooking and on my table in about 20 minutes. That is what I love about it most and why I couldn’t live without it!!!
So how did I go? Did I mention everything I love about it? Anything you want to add about why you love your own? Or are you lusting after one? Or are you just not into them?