March 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm #256791
I’m a thermomix newbie, but having a ball experimenting with it 🙂 ! I have made this Chicken & cashew “stirfry” with coconut twice now and it is sensational so thought I would share it – http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/chicken-and-cashews-with-coconut-satay.html
At the same time, I’d love to hear of any favorite recipes, or uses that others have for their thermo, or links to other websites/forums with some good recipes.
thanks, DiMarch 25, 2012 at 9:36 am #522512
I am enjoying my thermie also, but tend to use it to prep food rather than cook the whole meal. It does do a great job cooking chicken – I just add a chopped breast to the mushroom risotto recipe.
Use it a lot to grind whole grain for real wholemeal flour, chop up seeds/nuts for LSA, just chopped lots of ginger for jams, chopped chillies for sauce, garlic/chili for the bulk tomatillo salsa I bag and freeze. Their veg stock is amazing and I use it all the time.
Also makes the best custards and sauces – It’s like having a kitchen hand to do all the chopping and stirring.March 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm #522513
Can those of you who have already shelled out the money for thermomix give me some info please.
I find that a fair few of the kitchen gadgets I own tend to be under-used as they are a nuisance to clean. Either they have lots of bits, often sharp, or they have awkward crevices, or they don’t fit in the sink, or you mustn’t use this or that to clean them with :angry:
How easy is the thermomix to wash up? Is it worth getting out for a small job? How heavy is it? How much room would I need on the bench to keep it out? Do the cooking functions result in a lot of heat on overhead cupboards? [ Mine unpeel the surface stuff if they meet too much heat 🙁 ]
Is it really worth all that saving to be able to get one? :shrug:
As a gadget junkie the descriptions make me drool, but some first-hand feedback would be appreciated, lest DH ends up with a “you spent how much?!!!” reaction for something I don’t get much use out of.
edited to add – sorry for the hi-jack. Let me know if you’d rather I began a new thread
edited again to add – Iassume, as a thermomix owner, you already know about this site http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/March 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm #522514
Congrats to those of you who already own a thermomix, I have now had mine for 18 months and it has been such a wonderful blessing to me and my family. I love the recipes on Quirky Cooking, Full little tummies as well as the thermomix forum. Make sure you try the sticky date pudding and easy chicken curry recipe in the everyday cook book.
In regards to questions Marigold first I would suggest that you have someone come and do a demo for you and enjoy having a wonderful food that comes with that and make sure that your hubby is home so that he can taste the food. I have children with allergies so it has made it wonderful to make food easily so that my little boy can enjoy special treats for him as well. Cleaning the thermomix is so easy and quick. I leave my on the bench all the time so then I do not have to pull it out all the time due to that I use mine a minimum of 3 times a day, more like 6-8 times a day, so it would be too painful to have to pull it out all the time.
Savings are real and what I love is that I can make really healthy food quickly and easy and especially that I do not have to stand there and stir what I am cooking.
Have fun investigating more.March 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm #522515
no problem Marigold 🙂 Definitely arrange to have a demo – it really is the only way to see what it is capable of doing. Mine lives on the bench and I doubt it will ever find its way to the cupboard! It only takes up about a square foot but needs clearance overhead for steam when cooking. Its easy to clean – all except the base can go in the dishwasher. The blades are not sharp enough to cut you unless you put a lot of pressure on them – I’m often putting my hand in and pulling bits out and have never had any cut at all. Apart from the fresh food etc, we got it mainly as you don’t have to stand over it to cook. In Adelaide we don’t get home until about 7pm and then have chooks, cat, etc to look after – with a bit of prep’we’ll be able to get home, throw the thermo on and come back when dinner is ready. That’s the aim anyway, we got it just before coming up to Darwin so haven’t tested that, but living in a rental witih limited kitchen facilities its been a saviour to have it! it didn’t take much to sell my hubbie, so have the demo and see how you go!March 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #522516
Marigold, I found a place where you can download the instruction manual.
You need to be careful that you are really buying a genuine Thermomix (via direct selling) as the imposters are already out there now. I don’t have one and probably won’t ever get one. (Do I really need another expensive electrical appliance that uses up to 1500W?)Must say that the comments on this thread made me curious though and I may want one now. 😛
Official Thermomix Recipe CommunityMarch 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm #522517
I have had my thermo for about a year now. I keep it on the bench all the time and gave away all the other gadgets to my son who was setting up house. I use it to cook a couple of times a week but the reason I love it is that I make a lot of my basics without any additives. I make my own bread, yoghurt, butter, peanut butter, juices etc and know exactly what goes in there.
I find it easy to clean although I did buy a bottle brush to better clean the blade bit.
I would have to say its the best appliance I’ve ever bought.March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm #522518
I was spoilt and got 1/2 of mine as a gift (thanks mum). As I was wanting a grain mill and saving for that, this seemed to be a logical alternative as it does so much more.
Mine stays on the bench all the time and is used daily, even if just for a hot chocolate. I tend to plan its use so that one thing can go straight in after another (I’m lazy that way), so I will grind flour then do LSA without cleaning, then chop cheese, then onion, then make a meal.
It is easy enough to clean with a whizz with hot water (just a drop of detergent or you get overflow), then a rinse out using a brush to clean base. I’ve only had to take the blade off a couple of times for cleaning. Spills are easy to wipe off the machine surface.
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