Do you love cooking, but hate the mammoth task of cleaning the numerous mixing bowls, pots and saucepans afterwards? Or maybe you are tired of all that chopping, whisking and kneading you have to do.
If you are forever looking for this blade or that attachment for your multi-function food processor, or your kitchen cupboards are full of the latest gadgets and useless gizmos that you are probably going to use only once in a blue moon, then, we think we may have found the perfect solution.
We present to you the Thermomix. This is not your typical kitchen gadget. This incredible machine can replace all other kitchen appliances like your bread machine, slow cooker, steamer, juicer, coffee grinder, electric whisk, scale or food processor.
You may have seen it in action on programmes such as MasterChef or the Great British Bake Off. It is becoming a huge asset even to professional chefs. One massive benefit is that you will have pretty much no need for any other appliance. You can replace it with the beautifully compact and efficient Thermomix.
This piece of kit can:
Pretty impressive, eh? If you had a Thermomix you could all but get rid of your oven!
Designed by Vorwerk, it has all the finesse, detail and quality typical of German engineering. With that said, you can feel assured that this is a sturdy and reliable little tool before you go throwing out all of your other machines.
So how does it work? The operating unit comes with one sturdy stainless steel jug. You can buy additional jugs, but we warn you they are not cheap! For chopping, stirring and mixing, a double pronged blade sits in the middle of the jug and rotates. To weigh, cook or steam, just use the touch controls on the main unit which control the function and temperature around the jug. You can even cook a soup whilst steaming something above it. This thing can really multitask!
Unlike a food processor, the Thermomix does not come with fifty different blades and attachments, just simple accessories such as a two-layer steamer (called VAROMA), a butterfly whisk and a spatula. This amazing kitchen gadget even has a setting to wash itself. But for times when you need to remove the blade, it simply takes one click of a button to detach the jug unit and blade.
I have rambled on about this gadget as though it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but what about those tasks which are not listed in its extensive repertoire? There are still a fair amount of techniques this super-cool tool has not yet mastered.
While you can’t bake, fry or roast food in the Thermomix, you can steam, boil and simmer. You can’t use it as a pressure cooker or for making preserves. You can’t actually freeze ice-cream in it, either. While you can watch the Thermomix sales team demonstrate how to make a sorbet, it is made by adding frozen ingredients to the jug, which are then blitzed. To make ice cream or gelato involves chilling and churning at the same time to prevent large ice crystals forming and to give a smooth consistency, a process that really necessitates a devoted ice cream maker.
The biggest downfall with this amazing bit of equipment has to be the price. The unit, which comes with one stainless steel jug, costs around £1000 with each additional jug costing around £225. For such a high price, you really do get your money’s worth in terms of functionality and versatility. However, I think the amount you use it will dictate its worth.
Currently, Thermomix units are available to purchase through group demonstration tours and home visits. There are alternative products available, such as the ThermoChef Natura made by NewWave Kitchen Appliances. It is available for a considerably lower price than the Thermomix, but is only on sale in Australia, unfortunately. It is only a matter of time before there will be a cheaper equivalent available in the UK.
- Alison Wright