I own a Thermomix. I don’t belong to a cult, I don’t try to sway non Thermomix owners to buy one. I just own one. I bought it because I suck at cooking and the idea of what this machine could do for me was pretty appealing. It wasn’t an impulse buy and I don’t feel the need to vehemently defend the purchase. I like my Thermomix, I would even go as far as say that I like it a lot. But I haven’t given it a pet name and I can’t say it has changed my life. If it could make wagon wheels and do a load of washing then, well, maybe.
So the Thermomix people are in a bit of hot water at the moment. I’m not going to comment on that because I don’t have the facts and I don’t want to dismiss those who have been injured and how or why the injuries happened and if anyone is at fault.
A few months ago I posted a picture of Charlie sitting on the kitchen bench helping me make a batch of banana biscuits and together we were using the Thermomix. At three, he is already showing me up in the kitchen. Anyway, I’m pretty certain that if I was to re-post the picture on social media there would be a flurry of people telling me how irresponsible I am to have my child sit so close to the Thermomix. Firstly, we were making cookie dough, so just a bit of stirring, no heat. The only casualty possible was that said child had tipped most of the flour on the floor.
Just for the record, I would never, not then, not now, have him so close to any hot kitchen appliance.
No need to call the authorities.
That said, I am looking forward to the day the kid can make me a cup of tea.
Anyway, from someone who doesn’t sit in the “oh my lord, it will change your life, you have to buy one” camp but also from the same person who doesn’t sit in the “you must be bat shit crazy to spend that amount of money on a kitchen appliance” this is just my honest, unbiased review.
Since becoming a Thermomix owner I have never had so much zucchini slice in the freezer and since this is about the only green thing Charlie will eat and because the Thermomix can grate zucchinis in less than a nano second, well I make a batch of the stuff every week. Two grand to get Charlie to each vegetables.
What I like most about it is that I can be cooking and yet not be in the kitchen. This is the genius of the thing. Only just this morning I made real porridge. (real, as in, no sachet involved.) Anyway, I managed to do this in 11 minutes and at the time I was sitting on the couch enjoying a coffee and the Sunday papers. #winning. When the toddler of the house then eats the porridge I would consider this as #WINNINGATLIFE.
I do like that I can now cook something from scratch rather than use a jar. Honestly, the best thing I have ever cooked, from scratch is Quirky Cooking’s Butter Chicken. Seriously, insanely good. Even the cauliflower pretending to be rice is good. If you haven’t tried it then you should and yet ironically Quirky’s recipe comes with a stove top version.
Unfortunately the Thermomix is loud. Charlie actually calls it the “noisy”. Which it is, but it is so bloody fast, the noise is over before you realise it’s making a noise. Except you should know this in case you have a baby napping in the next room – you might want to time your chopping.
It’s also not cheap. You would already know that. But it is all relative. I’m not about to go out and spend $2K on a handbag so one person’s Thermomix is just another person’s Louis Vuitton.
Here’s the thing though, It is just a kitchen appliance. Which is why I find the whole thermo versus the non thermo thing a bit weird. Surely, the crock pot never got so much attention or incite so much debate?
Meanwhile, can anyone tell me if the $700 Dyson Hairdryer can do a salon worthy blow dry WITHOUT FAIL and do so in less than 5 minutes?
Curious, that’s all.