Shirley Harring

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Why I bought a Thermomix

February 1, 2013
16 comments

About 4 years ago, I was introduced to a Thermomix.  I’d never heard of one before, but all of a sudden, I found myself amidst  a wave of people talking about a kitchen machine that ‘does everything’.

When it comes to people singing praises of any type of miracle – let along a wondrous machine -I am a skeptic. Miracle healing, the ability to transcend into meditation, x-ray specs – these things are all out of my realm.

And in regards to kitchen machinery, I already had a good quality blender, food processor and my best friend, a cherry red Kitchen Aid.

You have to see this, Rhu. Just come and see. It will chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and weigh“.  No mention of meditation. But anyway, I went along to a demonstration and, to be frank, was extremely underwhelmed.  The food was OK, don’t get me wrong.  The risotto was light and fluffy. The sorbet was sweet and smooth. And the bread rolls were lovely and light, and yes, everything was additive free and what a fantastic thing that is for our health. I agree.

But I can already do these things“, I reasoned. With a knife, a chopping board, a stove, a glass of wine. Give me those tools and I am a happy lady. Throw in some Etta James or Billie Holiday and I can lose myself in as close to transcendental meditation as I find possible. “I like to stir. I like to chop. I like to  crush and mash and smash and slice. I like to sauté, to caramelise, to bake. I find it therapeutic and rewarding. I don’t need a Thermomix to do any of those things.”

And so I stayed happy with my blender, knife and chopping board. And I went along to a number of demonstrations, even had meals prepared for me, by wonderful friends, in their Thermomix.  I remained.

Unswayed.

And then one day, someone said to me “Have you ever seen one used in a commercial kitchen? Have you seen what it can do for cooks“?  So I went along, yet again, armed with my “Oh yes,  how wonderful, but I can already do that, thanks“, spiel… and realised that perhaps, just perhaps, there might be something in this machine for me after all.

Why?

Because this was the first time I had seen a demonstration that wasn’t about why you should buy a Thermomix. It wasn’t about how the Thermi replaces the kitchen. No.  This demonstration was about what a Thermomix can actually do in a kitchen. As a tool.

With or without meditation, Etta James, or wine.

First up,  it’s fast. I mean leave-your-blender-behind-on-the-freeway fast. You can take raw sugar and make caster sugar in a matter of seconds, and in a few more you have icing sugar.  You can mill flour from grains, meaning all types of flours from spelt to rye, oat to rice, within a few seconds. You can grind nuts from whole to chopped, or finer to meals. You can grind whole spices to ground spices in under 20 seconds. And if they taste better roasted – either before or after grinding, use the Thermi to both roast and mill.

Here’s some of the things the Thermomix can do: http://www.thermomix.com.au/what-is-thermomix/functions.aspx

(By the way – I am not endorsing it. I am not an ad. I’m just including this link so that people who have never heard of them can take a peek.)

Go on, I’ll wait.

So, at the end of the day, after  4 years of saying no, but thanks…. I said yes.  Yes indeed I did.

And the first thing I made – was bread.

If you are a naysayer, I am OK with that. You won’t hear me preaching about miracle machines from this little corner of blogland. In fact, this will probably be the only fully-related-to-thermomix blog post I will ever make.

But you will see, from time to time,  references to my Thermomix in recipes, because I do use it in my kitchen. I make my own flour, including spelt, rice, corn and more, from whole grains.  I make my own sugars from raw, nut meals from whole unroasted nuts (I roast and toast first) as do I with whole spices before they are pulverised into  powder for fresh spices. Grind fresh coffee.  Mill up megagazbillion herbs and spices for curry pastes. I’ve started making my own cheeses, and we eat home made butter more often than we don’t.  For me I can see it will do more, much more, but it’s early days. So although I am no longer a skeptic, I do still take the whole ‘it replaces everything in your kitchen‘ speil with a grain of – self-milled – salt.

But it gives me hope.

Maybe one day I’ll even be able to meditate.

Do you own a Thermomix?  What motivated you to buy it? And what do you use it for?

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16 Comments

  1. You are funny, Rhu! I am glad you are finding it so useful. I use mine at least 3 times a day. In the space of about an hour, and without too much planning for lunch, I made french dressing, beetroot salad, some butter, and since I had some buttermilk, some blueberry muffins for the kids after school! It was no 7 day wonder for me, as I was afraid it might be. Your bread loks amazing!!! I have e-mailed you the link to the other loaf we were talking about.

  2. I am madly in love with my Thermi and have been for nearly 3 years. I don’t use it every day, but when I do, gee it makes life easier. I still use my knife, chopping board and stove. A lot. I rarely use Thermi to cook a whole meal, but milling, grinding, mincing meat, juicing WHOLE F&V (and not losing all the gorgeous fibre), whizzing together dips, cakes, butter, bread, means I can feed my family less processed food and save money. I LOVE IT!

  3. Bread looks gorgeous! I too have been resisting the purchase for about three years. The biggest problem I have with the thermi is the way it looks! For something to sit on my bench all day everyday it needs to be beautiful like my coffee machine :) I guess eventually I’ll cave in.

  4. Why yes, yes I do…and I looove it and it does save my sanity on those days when there’s 5 hungry people and I have rice, wine and bacon! But please tell me more about the cheeeese Grommit! I have not made cheese with it yet, and I am terribly interested!

  5. So glad you pointed me over here! I am liking that it can do tasks for you rather than replace the kitchen, and you can still enjoy cooking. Thanks :)

  6. Very smart using the term Transcendental Meditation to attract users to your Blog about Thermomix, since I teach and endorse TM I consider it very cleaver thinking to utilise TM’s audience to attract new customers and recognize the parallel between the two groups. TM’ers employ tools to make their day more enjoyable, do less and accomplish more, people who practise TM may be ripe for buying your product. Best wishes…. my money is on TM for real value to improve your life, without clear thinking, effortless decision making and a spontaneous desire to eat well a Thermomix isn’t of much use really…….

  7. I can see the parallels, both groups want effective tools to ‘do less and accomplish more’ as we teachers of TM are fond of saying I think its very smart using the term Transcendental Meditation in this Blog to attract people to Thermomix. My money is on TM, its a better investment- clear thinking, effective time management and a spontaneous desire to eat well are proven benefits of TM and the natural result of the more balanced nervous system it delivers, a Thermomix actually requires all 3 to be put to practical use!

    • Hi Suzanne – Thanks for voicing your thoughts. I am wondering if you read my blog post in it’s entirety? From reading your two responses, I do think you have not read through my post at all, since you seem to have missed the context of the content completely.

      My use of the term

      Transcendental Meditation

      was simply my own interpretation of the multiple usability of the acronym as well as clearly discussing that TransMed is something that has always eluded me. You’ll also see in the post, I’ve clearly stated I stand to make no financial gain from the post, do not sell them, made it clear that my post was not an advertisement or paid endorsement, nor do I have any ‘customers’, as per your comment. My opinions on this issue, as throughout my blog, are purely my own. Happy meditating.

      • Still think u are clever I see the parallels btwn people who love the benefits of TM and their love of the efficiencies and practicality of tools like Thermo mix, maybe u should look into it, best wishes And happy Cooking

        • Negativity is just a sign of some overshadowing effect of stress in your nervous system after all that chopping and milling, I get the punn about meditation as it practised in general but the fact u used the specific name of the most widely practises and well researched meditation tech world wide will gain u some blog action

          • This is spam. Sorry to say it, but there it is. All this Suzanne is looking for is links to her website. :(

            Found you via Frogdancer, adding you to my reader.

  8. Um have no clue what above commentator means, but I love your post. I have heard of the thermomixer from Aussie friends but no one stateside. Grinding you own spices, making your own butter,bread, etc. In one machine seems very efficient! I am assuming it comes with a sturdy price tag, but imagine it is worthwhile for serious cooks.

  9. Very entertaining comments section, Rhu!!!
    I’m really glad you took the plunge and have one. I adore mine and would never be without one.

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  11. I have got to tell you. I looked up your thermomix and am now officially jealous as they don’t offer them over here. What a great kitchen tool.

  12. You mentioned in your ‘about me’ you only cook gluten free. That is the most beautiful looking gluten fee loaf I’ve laid eyes on. I would be most grateful for the recipe if you have the time and inclination.

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  14. I thought, ponder, discussed, dreamed of getting a TM for about 12 months. Having now owned one for 2 months I have not stopped using it. Not only that, I am blown away at the support ,internationally, that is given to the owners community. I would say there are hundreds and hundreds of recipes that thoughtful users have converted and or/tweaked for the TM. After cooking (and loving cooking) for my family for 20 years, I am having so much fun and saving so much time with the TM. Wish I had bought one when the kids were little, would have made life just that much easier.

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