Do I love my thermomix now? An update 15 months later….

Someone just posted on my old post – Do I love my thermomix (you might be surprised), asking for an update on how I’ve settled in with my machine. I was fairly strident in my skepticism back then, so it seems only fair to fill you in on how I’ve gone, long term. It’s been 15 months now, so the novelty has worn off and I can assess its usefulness without my mind being swayed by the TM hype.

So here’s the truth…. I don’t use my thermomix very often. But when I DO use it, it’s fantastic. But I can get by without it for days on end.

My husband calls it the $2000 egg poacher, since I’ll go for a couple of weeks doing nought with it but bunging on a bit of breakfast. ‘But what a breakfast!’, I say. Perfectly soft-boiled eggs. Almost. Every. Time (colder water temps in winter meant I had to up the cooking time – learned that the hard way one morning, cracking open an almost raw egg).

Needless to say, husband raises an eyebrow and checks out the space on the wall where his $2000 television could have been proudly mounted. He’d probably have watched that for more than 5 minutes every week or so.

BUT. (And there’s always a but, isn’t there.) I LOVE TO COOK. So pots and pans are a bit joyful for me. Stirring sooths my soul. Chopping calms me down. Cooking is some strange therapy. I totally understand, though, that many people hate cooking and feel the nightly need for food production as a weight of concrete pulling them into the depths of mediocrity. And for those people, then the thermomix is a brilliant device. You need no kitchen flare to produce a good meal. Apparently the new model even tells you what to do next, so you need not even worry yourself with the tedium of recipe reading. GOLD.

And I’ll confess that mid-week, when all the shite is flying everywhere, the TM has saved my skin on many occasions. For me, this is where the machine shines and this is the theory behind the recipes that I chose to convert for my Thermomix ebook (check it out here). It’s perfect for those mid-week food production nights when you just want everyone to just shut up, eat and go to bed.

Yes, it does do it, and it does do it well. If you are dealing with food allergies and creating everything from scratch then I can see how much you would love your thermie. I have used it to mill sugar and I use it to mill brown rice into flour. And it’s absolutely-freaking-fantastic at all that. Yesterday, I used it to easily make a fantastic strawberry jam out of some soggy old cheap berries that were definitely no good for eating. GOLD.

But if you’re thinking about buying a thermie, I would keep in mind that rarely does a contraption truly change our behaviour. If you think that a TM will help you eat more vegies, you’re wrong. If you think a TM will allow you enough time to bake bread from scratch, you’re wrong. If you think a TM will save you money, you’re wrong.

If you’re making broader lifestyle changes, then a TM might assist you with those. Going gluten-free is a little easier. Cooking every night from scratch is a little easier. But a thermomix is a lot like a gym membership – forking out the money is NOT ENOUGH to motivate you to truly change your lifestyle if you’re only half-hearted.

If you want to make bread, a breadmaker is a wonderful thing. A $40 rice cooker is essential and does a wonderful job, as does a $40 mini-food processor. For less than $200 I can have all the kitchen help I need to make lasting changes in my lifestyle.

I’d recommend giving some of those gadgets a go before making the big thermomix commitment.

Oats, but not wheat. And quite yummy, too.

Oats, but not wheat. And quite yummy, too.

Wheat-free blueberry muffins

1 cup brown rice flour (brown rice, milled in the TM on 9 for 30 seconds)
1 cup oat bran
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tsp chia seeds
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup fat (either oil of your choice or melted butter, cooled)
1 punnet blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180C – line 12 muffin holes with paper cases.

In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk the egg, milk & fat together. Pour into the dry ingredients. Combine well then mix in the blueberries.

Use spoons to divide the mixture evenly between the muffin holes. Bake for 30-35 minutes until firm and golden.

Makes 12.


13 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    kylie-ann said,

    Thank you!! A very honest review without all of the hype.

  2. 2

    Jessica said,

    I recently bought a Bellini Thermal Cooker ($299) and i’m really impressed with it, It can cook everything you can cook in a TM, but I didn’t have to fork out my savings to buy it. Thanks for the recipe, looks yummy 🙂

  3. 4

    Jodie said,

    I agree completely! I LOVE my thermie, but it hasn’t changed what and how I cook. All my sauces and baking and what not was done from scratch prior to it, but, what it HAS done is made it so much faster. This has been a lifesaver when I returned to almost full time work and part-time study with a 7 month old and 3yo earlier this year. I’m a convert for this alone!

  4. 5

    Jenny Waterhouse said,

    Really appreciate this honest (15mths on) review. I had debated whether to purchase one for a few years, and decided to go for a much cheaper food processor which I love and use often. I too enjoy cooking, and was given similar advice to the above from my SIL (who is time poor and loves her thermie for that exact reason). Great honest article.

  5. 6

    Lisa. said,

    Great review! I thankfully have managed to keep far enough away from the hype. . . As I can honestly say I am a gadget-aholic and very easily swayed into a new new one! Now if they made a gadget that guaranteed to make 2 fussy kids and 1 fussy husband eat what is put in front of them. . . then sign me up 🙂

  6. 7

    Colette said,

    Thanks. Really appreciated this review as i have a few friends with a Thermomix and have heard the hype so was wondering if it was worth the expense. in the end I have decided it’s not, cause we have no food allergies and quite frankly, I love cooking and baking. As it is I much prefer making something in the oven then using my slow cooker/pressure cooker so I think that the Thermomix is not for me. (unless I happen to win one!)

  7. 9

    katie said,

    Thanks for being so honest Wendy. This is such a well timed post, as I read it out loud from my phone on our way home from a TM demo today (the first time I’ve ever seen one properly in action!). I have had so many friends tell me I NEED one, but my hubbie (yup, he came too out of pure intrigue) and I came away thinking that it would be fun but we couldn’t justify the expense. It would help with our kids’ allergies, but I do so much already from scratch I don’t think it would completely change the way I work. Like Colette said, I’d take one if I won it, but for now I think we will be a TM free household (we just bought a new dishwasher after our old one died, and I think it will be money far better spent for sanity and time saved!).

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    Dawn Lewis said,

    Great review & also made me chuckle ! I have been intrigued for a while and always wonder when I hear about the demos how you can make icing sugar from sugar, and butter from cream – always hear about “sorbet” and many things I wonder why you would spend so much money for the above. I have read reviews from chefs and have come to the conclusion they would be very good for sauces! Also v.interested to read about how happy people are with their very much cheaper versions……another comment I hear frequently from homes that have one is all the food starts to taste the same! So interesting. I’m still keeping an open mind because many people I know are so passionate about them.

  9. 11

    Shorty said,

    Perhaps you bought yours because of the hype? We had a couple of appliances to replace and replaced them (and more) with our Thermomix. It’s been part of my kitchen for two years and love it. We use it as much now as we did when we bought it and seem to be forever trying new things. For mine…it cook more variety, bake more often, use less packaging, love meal planning, always have helpers ready to get involved and wouldn’t be with out it. It is like a gym membership absolutely you get out what you put in.

  10. 12

    Nic said,

    Late in replying, as only just come across your site.
    Yes, a great review. Love the honesty. I thought I would want one, but went to the demo from hell, so thankfully left laughing at the product and the sales person.

    I do get tempted at times, but to be honest, at this stage I do not want to change the way I cook. I like that the bread maker can do the lot, not just the dough, which me KA can do anyway. I can quickly make a white sauce on the stove. The one appliance I do find “life saving: is the 5 in 1 pressure cooker. Does a better risotto than than thermie ones I have tried and so much quicker.

  11. 13

    I love this review too without the hype. I borrowed my neighbours last month and blogged about how I found the experience too. Lets just say – after sitting on the fence about them for 2 years I still don’t see the need for one. 🙂 Simone from Play with Food

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