Do I love my thermomix? You might be surprised…

Take me to your leader.

Take me to your leader.

So last Thursday, the mothership landed. A lovely Thermomix consultant named Kellie dropped in and got me going on the device that will do everything – revolutionise my cooking, fold my washing and felate my husband.

With true cult fevour I spent the next three hours making a risotto, 12 muffins, 1 tub of cashew nut butter and bread. The next day I made bread, homous and jam. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to perfectly soft-boiled eggs, more bread and a soup. (Am I sounding a bit ‘hungry caterpillar’ yet?)

And do I love it? Well, I am actually a bit more reserved than you might imagine. As my hubster eloquently put it – “it’s very German, seems to be more about food production than cooking”. And I reckon he’s nailed it. There’s not much art to it, but heaps of efficiency and repeatable results. Since though, families do deal in food production most of the time, a thermy is never going to be a wasted investment. The amount of dishes you can cook in the time you have changes drastically and the type of things you’ll cook alters too. Bread was never high on my to-do list, but it has been easy to whip up two loaves in two days. Score. And I can easily see how it will increase the amount of stuff that I’ll make from scratch, using wholefoods, and that’s a huge win.

But there’s hype to sift through, too. Making muffins in it was annoying. All the mixture stuck in the blades. I think it’s easier to mix muffins in a single bowl and then divide the mix out. The homous was delicious, but I can also make delicious homous in mini-food processor. I find it’s more about the recipe than the gadget.

If though, you’re not a keen cook and owning a thermy gives you the encouragement you need to make these things, then obviously I’m not going to be critical – my end goal is just to get people cooking, so if the thermy gives you the confidence you need to try it, then that’s awesome.

My biggest gripe though, is that the machine is for right-handers, not left-handers like me. Everything needs to be done clockwise around the blades and I actually find this difficult with my non-dexterous hand. In the end I rebelled and dug out my sticky muffin mix using my left hand – in the process taking some significant gauges out of the fancy $18 spatula. So I need to try and reprogram my brain and get my right hand working better. I’m sure those Germans are actually doing me a favour, forcing my brain to rewire thus helping me ward of dementia for an extra year or two.

But at $1939, it’s frustrating that I couldn’t order a left-handed blade set.

So for me, it’s going to be a great extra tool to have in the kitchen, but one lacking in a bit of soul. It does a great job of churning out food and I am looking forward to revisiting a few of my old recipes to give them a thermomix tweak. Stay tuned.

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80 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Kym Petersen said,

    Your opening para gave me the giggles Wendy as this is virtually how it’s promoted! I’ve resisted 3 demo parties, everyone seems to invite me as they know I have a love of cooking, but I keep saying to everyone I have invested too much in the stuff I have (Kitchenaid, blender, food processor etc) to change streams now.

    I think your sentiments have matched what I was thinking and as I trust your judgement and love your humour, I am comfortable with continuing to resist! I’m not old fashioned but know my shiz in the kitchen so happy with the status quo. Plus I can’t justify parting with ~2K for the privilege! Each to their own and no judgements, it just ain’t for me and I’m fine with that.

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      When you have a spare $2K buy one – but in the mean time, you’ll be just fine without. 😉

    • 3

      Stephanie said,

      Just on the muffin mix, if you get a bit of anything, batter, dough etc. caught on the blade, put it back in the console and whack it up to 10 for a second and it will flick it all back out to the side. Easy. Also you can do a self clean technique using the controls, which means a quick whisk around with brush and ready for the next dish.

  2. 4

    Vanessa said,

    Give it time. Mine comes into its own at Easter when I whip up fresh hot cross buns every morning of the season (with extra peel – just about impossible to buy nowadays in the bought ones). And, like last night when late in the evening husband asks for pudding and custard. I always have the ingredients on hand to make custard. Oh, and curry pastes from scratch. It handles the small quantities way better than my small food processor did. And icecream from the left over mangos that I froze from summer. Just blended with the tiniest bit of cream for consistency. And best boiled eggs ever.

    • 5

      wendyblume said,

      Yep, I totally see how I will become very dependent on it. The bread was great – hot cross buns will definitely be made in it. But I do think the whole ‘cult-like’ thing is worth crushing just slightly. The left-handed thing is a total pain in the arse and I’d never read about that at all before.

  3. 9

    Vanessa said,

    Oh, and the less obvious bonus – increased space in my pantry. Now I only buy white sugar and convert it to icing and castor when required, instead of storing all three.

    • 10

      wendyblume said,

      that’s true. very happy with that.

    • 11

      Stephanie said,

      I only have raw sugar and then make into castor and icing sugar as needed, even go higher up the food chain and get rapadura sugar which contains the raw cane juice/molasses, and process as needed. Not to mention mill parmesan, make you own flour from scratch, dry roast and mill spices to make a curry paste from scratch….

  4. 12

    Camilla said,

    Oh wait until Summer when you are whipping up Fruity Dream each night the kids want “ice cream” or making your own mince from a solid piece of meat. I love that I can hide veggies in almost everything I cook just by adding celery, carrot and capsicum with the onion at the beginning. Oh and on the spatula side – my sister (living with her thermie now for over 3 years) recommended I use just a silicon spatula and it is fantastic! I can get so much more out of the bowl and get under the blades. Bigger bonus is that you can buy them more cheaply! Hope you find even more ways to use it as you go.

    • 13

      wendyblume said,

      well, I did already make the frozen banana desserts regularly and I did already smuggle in a whole heap of vegies into everything without one 😉 But if people think the thermy is the right way to do all this, then that’s fine with me.

    • 14

      Stephanie said,

      True, you only need to use the TM spatula when the blades are moving as otherwise it would be chopped up. The main reason you need to go clockwise is that you are going against the ‘blunt’ side of the blade. If you are left handed and you protect your hand with the tea towel I am sure you can dry the bowl anti clockwise, likewise, if going anti clockwise you will go against the sharp side of the blade and will probably get a few nicks in the spatula but will be more cosmetic than anything. But I do like your idea of a L handed model if everyone is a leftie in the house.

  5. 15

    😀 It is nice to see a balanced response. I love mine, especially now that I am Gluten and Dairy free, making nut milks etc.
    Re: the muffins, once you have scooped out most of it, put the lid back on and turn up to speed 9 for a few seconds, helps to whiz more of the goop off the blades 🙂

    • 16

      wendyblume said,

      thanks for that tip – will do that in the future. And agree, it’s perfect for allergy-friendly cooking.

    • 17

      Kirrily said,

      I was just checking to see if anyone else had written this. Certainly the most effective way to clean the blades. Don’t ever bother to scrape them Wendy!

      • 18

        Mel said,

        Hi all I find the quickest way to clean blades is just hit the turbo button. This takes the blades up to top speed instantly and will flick all the food off the blades. Also handy for drying the blades.

  6. 19

    katie poli said,

    Oh Wendy, thank you for the first honest-sounding review of the good old thermy… I do agree that they are promoted as the be all and end all, and being someone who loves cooking I do feel a bit ‘left out of the club’. But I am just like Kym who commented before, I have a lot of other ‘gadgets’ (and I have been known to say I sometimes love my Kitchenaid more than my firstborn…), as well as a fancy-pants stove and oven (bought in the days of two incomes and no children)… and without $2K hanging around my house I can’t seem to justify it. I make bread without any mixer (I’m an “Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day” convert) but the conveniences of the curry pastes, stocks and custards, (and other potential ‘dairy free’ options for my son) sound very enticing.

    I look forward to hearing your ongoing commentary about your relationship with the great thermy over the next few months (bugger about the left hand option!), but please don’t forget us plebs in your recipe instructions!! 🙂

  7. 21

    Katrina said,

    I went to a demo today and I am sold…..why waste time on 10 bowls, mess and fuss when you just dont have it with the thermomix. If the food didnt taste nice, then I would re-think but the hummus, risotto, mixed berry sorbet, fresh buns and banana muffins that we made within an 1 hour – 30 mins were AMAZING. Everything was so easy to make and it allow you to add your own touches to recipes and do whatever you like. Yes it is $$$$ but in saying that, the amount of money you save in making the fresh and tasty food other then buying, you do save! The built in scales – now thats a winner…and when you have kids, busy lives and non stop action at home!! I need a thermomix to help me stay sane! Each to there own for sure and yes there might not be the “love there” with the use of you loving hands the whole time but you can still use your creativity and make everything so much more healthier to eat! I cant wait my thermy!!!
    ….

  8. 23

    Jo-Anne Wizz said,

    🙂 Me & Electrical things aren’t that good but would love a Thermomix as well suppose to be so fantastic can do so many things with it … Goodluck with Thermomix .. Cheers! 🙂

  9. 24

    hillbillymum said,

    I’m left handed too Wendy. Get yourself a few $2 spatulas from K-mart. they are much better at getting mix out of the TM anyway! My muffin mix never sticks to the blades, I find it easy to get the whole lot out. I usually follow the recipe in the (old) EDC or the lunch box ideas book. I find that with the TM I do lots of gourmet things I never used to do before because they were too hard or took too long. eg hollandaise, mayo, nut butters, bread… I find it quicker and easier than using 3 or 4 different machines and it takes up less room than the 5 different appliances I replaced with it. I am a huge thermo fan and I was a massive skeptic at first. I think it is all about the cooking in the thermo – it is still cooking, just in a different way.

  10. 25

    Sandra K said,

    I think it won’t be too hard to convert your recipes. I already have done a few in the thermie no probs. When I first got mine, after all the hype, I felt a little flat. It has grown on me. I do really enjoy using it for all the above reasons but it isn’t the answer to all life’s worries.
    I can see how it would annoy a left hander. I will have to check with the lefties in the house. A silicone spatula and a few bursts of turbo go along way to making it more fun. Enjoy the spoils of your labours.

  11. 26

    Emily said,

    I agree with your sentiments. Not everything is easier in a thermomix. I do love mine but I dont use it to its full potential. I have certainly made things like bread, donuts and chocolate eclairs that I would never have attempted without it and I must say it make the best white sauce. I use a cheap rubber spatula with mine. My consultant suggested it and they are much more flexible and get more of the mixture out. I only use my thermomix one now to take the rice basket out.

  12. 27

    kristen said,

    not a lefty but can understand that frustration but as for the rest of it – give it time. find some good blogs. i use mine loads of times every day and it makes allergy cooking a dream. and cooking while you are living on an island! I’ve also done loads of your recipes in it. you will find the love!

  13. 28

    Alison said,

    I totally agree with you! While I do use mine a lot I find it very frustrating always having to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl and lid! Whenever I want to process something finely its stop, start, stop, start, stop, start,stop, start,stop, start, I could go on!

    • 29

      Thermo Ali said,

      A little hint to avoid having to scrape down the lid. For anything that doesn’t involve heat I put a bit of cling wrap (or you can use greaseproof or kitchen paper) over the top of the bowl and then put the lid on. When finished you can just tap the stuff back into the bowl and you don’t have to scrape it out of the lid.

  14. 31

    Sofia said,

    Give yourself a few weeks and a couple of dozen recipes more and you will find it’s soul. Especially when you give it a name, mine is called Betty. I too was a bit upset when I dented my spatula after a couple of uses but I actually very rarely use that spatula, I just use a regular one – when the machine is off and the lid is off! To get the sticky muffin mixture off the blades, put the machine on 5 or so when it’s almost empty, that way your mixture will flick off to the sides and easily come off with your silicon spatula.

    It may take the romance out of cooking some traditional recipes, but you will make lots of recipes that you would otherwise never make. Things from scratch have never been easier and left less mess to clean up, and hardly any dirty dishes. Plus you can easily make butter soft if you have a sudden urge to bake and the butter is hard in the fridge. Not only that, it cleans itself!! I use mine 3 or 4 times a day. It’s easy to make almond meal to replace flour to make your baking a little bit healthier and add some nutrients.
    Here’s a great blog for delicious and healthy recipes http://quirkycooking.blogspot.co.nz/

    Your love will blossom, keep us posted :o)

  15. 33

    Kim said,

    I think if both parents work, there are food allergies/intolerances and children then it can be a life saver to assist with cooking healthy meals quickly. I have found being a type 1, gluten intolerant, 4 & 6 year old and working it’s really helped me a lot. I also have found I am saving heaps of money at the shops. I like it a lot. Looking forward to TMVS blog….. 🙂

  16. 34

    Kate said,

    What an awesome and honest review. I have had my thermomix for a year and half and am really disappointed. Sure at first I made sooo much stuff in it but I have always made every thing from scratch and hidden vegies etc and after a couple of months I just went back to doing things the way I used to because I enjoy cooking and putting my heart into what I prepare for my family and just don’t find it the same with the thermomix so it has spent at least a third of its life collecting dust or as a really expensive blender LOL however my hubby is insisting I use it since we paid so much for it so I am making sure I do but No its just not the same. No soul as you said.

  17. 36

    When it also evolves to do the dishes, I’ll be sold 😉

  18. 37

    ANB said,

    I’ve been to demos and been tempted but was really put off by the fact it only has a two year warranty. Something that costs that much should have a lifetime warranty.

  19. 39

    Thanks for your honest account. I couldn’t justify the money but just bought a $200 blender that I LOVE. Fair enough it doesn’t cook, but I can make nut butters, crushed ice, smoothies, cake batters, mince meat… it blends, chops, mixes, smuggles vegies 🙂 My new favourite appliance by far!!

  20. 40

    Gen said,

    It was great to read this – I’m getting very close to buying one. Everyone raves so its good to hear some of its limitations. I really love cooking so I can’t see me using it for every.single.thing. I think that for some recipes I love having a bit of control. I guess for me the appeal is being able to do more from scratch. I’ve tried to prove myself I can do everything the thermie does now with what I have. And I can. But usually with much mess and taking a lot of time. I have a baby and a little boy and find that many of the recipes I love I can’t prepare as I really can’t be chained to the stove without being interrupted. I’d love to be able to regularly make simple desserts in addition to dinner – something that I really don’t have time for now. The thing I really want to know is if it will make my mums ‘secret’ Russian caramel recipe – it involves a minimum of 20min of constant stiring which is not very practical. If it can do that I’ll be sold 😉

    • 41

      Gen said,

      It won’t ever replace my kitchen aid mixer though. I love that thing for baking! I even made sure that when my kitchen was renovated it matched the mixer lol.

    • 43

      wendyblume said,

      Now that sounds like a recipe that we need to know about!

      • 44

        Gen said,

        It’s not really secret, however most of the family have attempted to make it using her recipe and haven’t been able to get it quite like hers. We say the secret is her crappy old saucepan lol. It’s just 125g butter, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tin condensed milk. Melt the butter then add the sugar and cond. milk. You need to let it bubble gently for about 20 min – the catch is you need to stir it continuously that whole time. It needs to be a deep caramel colour. Mum says it will start to pull away from the side of the saucepan. Pour it into a lined tin and let it set. It shouldn’t be a chewy caramel, it should be firm and able to be broken into chunks (or cut into squares). I make no claims to the health benefits of it, although it is good exercise for your wrists as you stir 😉

      • 45

        wendyblume said,

        thanks gen! surely the stiring action would burn all the calories you need to enjoy it guilt-free.

  21. 46

    Jodi said,

    Thanks for the review. I have never heard about the left handed thing either and being a leftie myself it would be an issue. I do enjoy the process of cooking and as it’s only myself and DS I don’t think it would be worth getting one. Nice to know there are some reasons to resist when the rest of the world is going Thermie mad!

  22. 47

    evabean10 said,

    Interesting review!

    I didn’t know that about the right hand/ left hand issue.

    I’m keen to get one as our family is gluten & dairy free. From my perspective I don’t care much about the process but the outcome. being able to cook allergy free food that tastes great, is wholesome and not filled with sugar and additives as most gluten free food is, would be my ideal. I would like to reduce my grocery bill too, the initial outlay of the machine outweighs the cost factor or allergy free food, I can pay up to $7 for a loaf of bread.

    Hopes insight provides another perspective for your readers.

  23. 48

    Alannah said,

    Have you bought the thermomix recently? I agree with some your points but I also have found with time the way I use the thermomix has changed. I generally don’t use the thermomix for meal making- except for steaming seafood along with my veg and rice but have found its opened my mind to world of super foods I would never have used prior to buying one. The process of bread making for example is a soulful thing but no one has the time to make fresh bread daily yet I’ve managed to do this since buying one. Your discussion is refreshing to read thank you.

  24. 50

    Jane said,

    I have been a much more creative cook since owning a thermomix, because if it does go wrong there wasn’t as much effort invested, so having a go is easy. We eat much more interesting and varied things now as we can do more in less time, more from scratch, healthier… It comes on holiday with me (so I actually get a holiday!) We also have food intolerances which it assists beautifully with. I am sure that you will get to know it and then you don’t need to rely on instructions and recipes, then you will really appreciate it/love it!

  25. 51

    Ashley said,

    I thought about getting one – to save time in our day.. But then I thought about it and one my main bonding times with my children is in the kitchen. We bake together we make dinner together. I feel they learn a lot about the food they eat and the effort it takes to make by playing an active role. It’s not something I want to hand over to the thermy I’m afraid..

  26. 52

    Kirrily said,

    I’ve borrowed a Thermie on 2 occasions now. The first time I went crazy cooking all the fancy stuff but the second time I just used it to make / assist making the things that I was going to make anyway. It was when I just used it for my day to day cooking that I truly loved it.
    There was no stress, no recipe searching and testing, no new ingredients, just more effective cooking of my favourite meals. I hope you do learn to love it, as it is a massive investment if you are not truly happy. Just remember that you are not hosting a demonstration in your home, you’re using it to assist feeding your family – just relax and use it how you want to use it and don’t feel that you have to start radically changing your cooking just because you now have a Thermie.

  27. 53

    Kylie said,

    Thank you for such a great review! I have a Thermomix and find my most favourite part is when I can be cooking something in TMX and not have to worry about stirring so I can give the kids their bath and get them ready for dinner/bed. There is often no soul involved in cooking this way but it often saves my sanity! 🙂 There are many reasons for loving the TMX but everyone’s reason can be different – just like people who don’t want one. It is certainly way too expensive to buy for someone else’s reason. (If that makes sense).

    As you can see, whilst I have a TMX, I didn’t join the ‘cult’. 🙂

    • 54

      wendyblume said,

      Ha! Yes I’m sure there are many sane thermy owners – we’re just drowned out by the fanatics! Totally agree about how handy it is midweek which is when most households are engaged in food production rather than cooking!

      Ps I did have lovely soft boiled eggs today and a good fruit bread!

  28. 55

    Michelle said,

    there is so much hype about this, and i’m trying to find out so much info as whether it will enrich my life, lol. I have a slow cooker, food processor, bread maker, etc. It seems it doesn’t do much more than either of those, unless someone can tell me any different. I know all the things it can cook – well what i’ve heard of anywyay, but does it do anything different? is the cooking process any different? I bought the slow cooker solely to get dinner on the table for my tribe during the day, but have to agree it doesn’t actually make you a better cook, it is purely for convenience, lol.
    And yes, unless it completely blows my mind, I can think of other things to spend my $2k on

  29. 56

    Sarah said,

    It felates husbands? I’d pay $2k for that!

  30. 57

    Renae said,

    Wendy, your lamb and feta meatballs are sooo quick and easy using the thermomix to prepare. I’ve also adapted your magic hidden vegie tomato sauce and it comes out the same way, with no tiresome grating. I admit that I was a little underwhelmed when I first got mine but the breadth and quality of stuff I can now make for my fussy little eaters is just brilliant. Can’t wait to see your Thermomix adaptations!

  31. 59

    Anne said,

    I too was late to warm to the thermomix. I am a Home Economics teacher by trade and have a lot of kitchen gadgets and am used to teaching kids how to make things from scratch. However, I finally allowed myself to see a demonstration and that is when I decided to take the plunge. I wouldn’t say that it has made my life complete, but I have forced myself to use it almost every day and “Thelma” (yes, my thermomix has a name!) and I are starting to get along quite well together. There are lots of things that Thelma can do well, we are having porridge every day for breakfast at the moment and she cooks and stirs it for me while I get my son organised and it never boils over or burns on the bottom. Winner! I was lucky that I got mine just before Christmas so had all of the summer school holidays to experiment and try things out.

    Good luck with yours, I hope you can learn to like if not love each other.

  32. 60

    I got a thermomix for Christmas and am not a huge fan of cooking, I prefer to sew!! But I am very interested in eating well and cooking nutritious food for my family, and reducing the amount of preservatives in our diet. I love the thermomix because it allows me to do this – I certainly don’t use it to do everything, muffins is a classic example, but love the fact that it has allowed me to use ingredients and mix things that would have been way too consuming for me to attempt otherwise. Give it a bit more time, I think you’ll be very surprised at how dependent you become on it. I rarely use it to do a whole main meal, but it gets used alot in the process, although I am right handed, which would make it easier. Plus you have to wait until summer to really judge. Sorbet is so yum and easy and I think I get good value just for the kids icy poles. looking forward to your recipes!!

  33. 61

    Kamya said,

    Hi Wendy, your review is so timely as I am very tempted but was not aware of the issues for lefties. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  34. 62

    michellemgregory said,

    Hi Wendy, I am a Thermomix owner of nearly 3 years and your husband and mine speak the same language. My husband often says that he wants food made with love not with the precision of a German machine. Enjoy your Thermie your way. Cheers Michelle

  35. 63

    TC said,

    Thanks Wendy, I love someone who is candid.
    I also love my TM but use it as a tool for cooking. There are many things that I love to cook where the TM does not need to be used and I have found when converting my own recipes ‘speed cooking’ is not always better, things like onion, garlic and tomatoes can taste much better if you cook for longer and turn slower.
    I also love chunky bits in dishes so I cook on reverse or with the butterfly in to not end up with a bowl of mush.
    Kids birthday parties are a breeze and I love the new variety of foods that I successfully attempt.

  36. 64

    Great review, I will be linking to it from the list of Thermomix reviews on my blog! But I have to speak up about the LEFTIES issue. Please all lefties — do not be put off. I am a lefty as well. So what does that mean? I lift up the bowl with my non-dominant hand (the right hand) and I clean it out using a spatula held in my left. Since my left is my better hand, that’s what I use for cleaning. I have never had a problem with this so really am a bit confused by the lefties comment.

    I have always felt the Thermomix was perfect for left and right handed people, so am really wondering how two lefties can have such differing opinions. I’m not being cheeky here, but seriously curious. I guess we all ‘adapt’ differently to different situations.

    I was always a hands-on cook before Thermomix and was extremely skeptical (and cynical) about using this appliance. I mean I was reluctant and had to be dragged to the machine kicking and screaming the first time I saw it. But as others have commented, I too have come to be far more creative in the kitchen due to this machine. It’s because I can walk away from something as it cooks and know exactly how hot it is cooking at and for how long. I know it won’t start to burn as I tend to other tasks etc. Yes, each individual step can give your predictable results, but it’s what you do with those steps that is the ‘soul’ of cooking. It’s how you combine your flavours and how much you chop things and how much you use the fabulous reverse gear etc.

    I have said this many times before but I found it impossible not to respect a machine that turned won me over to such a degree. I was sure I’d hate it, and in fact I now spend my days blogging about it. What a turn-around. How can you not love something that amazing!

    Thanks again for your articulate and thought-provoking review. Glad I discovered your blog 🙂

    Helene

  37. 65

    Melita said,

    I love your blog, and enjoyed the balanced review of the thermomix. I went to a party, and wanted one, but did not have the 2k to spare, but it did make me rethink my current appliances, especially the food processed to blitz my ‘not so hot looking’ veggies, then freezing them to add to any meal I want!

    My biggest giggle was when I went back to my emails, I noticed the thermomix monthly update, landed in my inbox 11 minutes after yours!

  38. 66

    mhosgen said,

    I’ve been searching for a way to describe why I’m not convinced about getting a Thermomix and you summed it up perfectly for me! It is a soul less machine that is about speedy food production and not the heart and soul of home cooking for your family. I also had to laugh at a recent demo I went to when the consultant said how much money you can save and how the thermo will pay for itself, for example… you never have to buy icing sugar again… wow what a saving, icing sugar costs 80c a bag… that’s a lot of icing sugar to pay for the machine!!!

  39. 68

    Jen said,

    It is good to read a balanced review, they are so difficult to find amongst all the hype. I have had my Thermomix for about 2 years now, and while I would not care to be without it, I continue to have a few problems with it; liquids boiling over- and yes, I am extremely careful to use only the recommended quantities – and food baking onto the bottom of the bowl being the main ones. I find that it is often quicker to go back to using a saucepan etc. and with a saucepan clean up is a lot easier too.

  40. 72

    Eve said,

    I too was not totally sold when I first saw the TM demonstrated. I have a kitchen aid and top model food processor ,juicer etc. but hubby surprised me and bought one for my birthday. My love has grown over the two years I have had mine, for me it took time to really realise just what Thermie can do. I love her and wouldn’t be without her now 😊

  41. 73

    Pippa said,

    Mega Tip!

    Any food or muffin mix or nut butters or anything that is stuck on or under the blade can be whizzed off by using the TURBO button. Set to closed lid position and off you go, no more wastage of bits you can’t get going down the sink!

    It’s the best look that I see on so many faces of experienced Thermomix users when they discover this.

    The turbo button is there for a reason!

  42. 74

    Alice Shaw said,

    Felate your husband?? Bahhhaaaaaa.. that’s the best start to a thermomix review I’ve read so far. I’ve been doing a lot of research. I badly want one but it’s crazy expensive and I really want to make sure I’m doing the right thing. Thanks for the honest review!

  43. 76

    Greta said,

    Hi, thanks for your review. Could you please give me an update? What do you think now that you have had it for a while? Worth it?

    • 77

      wendyblume said,

      Hi Greta

      I’ve had my machine for almost 18 months now. I’ve converted a bunch of my recipes for it and created and e-book. So I’ve used it a lot and here’s what I think…. A TM is great if you 1. hate cooking or 2. are catering for allergies and intolerances. It provides real color-by-numbers basic food production, which is great – especially mid-week. You don’t need to have any kitchen flare to turn out good meals. And if you’re grinding rice flours or churning butter then it’s fantastic. Yesterday I made a batch of wheat-free muffins AND strawberry jam with some soggy old punnets – so that’s pretty fantastic. But it had been a few weeks since I’d used it for anything more than soft-boiled eggs (which it also does brilliantly).

      But if you’re a half-way decent cook, who gets some pleasure out of being in the kitchen and you don’t really have the money, then you’re not missing out. A rice cooker, a bread maker and a mini-food processor do a really great job – sometimes an even better job, at a fraction of the price.

      But that’s just me – there are still plenty of folks who couldn’t live without theirs – it all comes down to your situation.

      Hope this helps!

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    Kate said,

    Great review & very in tune with my thoughts at the time. I am two years into owning the machine & we still haven’t clicked.
    I love cooking & it just lacks soul (sorry!). There are not many things it does that I didn’t do without it, plus I find many of the recipes so be not great. I am desperately going to give it a good go until Jan then I am selling it!

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    Sofia said,

    I love mine! I do lots of healthy baking for the kids and do try and use gluten free alternatives. I am in love with http://www.petite-kitchen.com/ and she uses a food processor so I just use my thermie. I don’t really follow that many TMX specific recipes I just use regular recipes. I love cooking and would use my TMX at least three times a day. On Thursday night in the space of an hour and without hardly any dishes I made, almond milk, coconut macaroons with the almond pulp, mascarpone and yoghurt cheese cake and beetroot dip, the next day I also made the berries for the top of the cheese cake. I think if you are healthy and like to make things from scratch it makes life so much easier and fun! But it might not be for everyone. You won’t have any problems selling it!


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