Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Three months with my Thermomix....my review

Here and there on Facebook I had heard the Thermomix mentioned, seen a few recipes shared around, read a few reviews....and I had seen the price....eeek !

Then when I was with Miss 5 having a play date with one of her friends I noticed that this mum had a Thermomix sitting there on the bench top...!!  Instantly 20 questions....I quizzed her about its functions, it abilities, its usefulness.  I left the play date so wanting a Thermomix but still the price was beyond my means.

A few weeks later miss 5 was invited for another play date and the mum said that I was welcome to stay for a Thermomix demonstration that she was having that day.  What the heck I thought....no harm in seeing the Thermomix in action.

I left that demonstration with a page full of notes and a bowl full of dip to take home.  The dip was devoured by everyone and they didn't believe that it was homemade.  The German engineering was a winner with hubby as was the interest free payment plan that was on offer at the time.  Luckily for me Miss 5 was just finishing preschool which meant that I would have a small amount of cash that I could re-divert into Thermomix repayments.

I ordered my Thermomix the next day!  My Thermomix arrived, the consultant went through its functions and we made a batch of vegetable stock.  Christmas was fast approaching as was our first family holiday in a few years.  So the Thermomix was packed up and put aside to be taken on holidays.

We were away for some 12 days and the Thermomix was used from the very first morning to make boiled eggs til the very last day to make bread rolls for lunch.

The Everyday Cookbook was brilliant and so easy to follow.  By the end of our holiday we had used the cookbook to make boiled eggs, crepes, dips, bechamel sauce, bolognaise sauce, mashed potato, chicken and cashew nut, pizza dough, herb and garlic pull apart, soft butter rolls, creamy traditional ice cream, sorbet, apple tea cake, numerous smoothies, fresh juices, traditional lemonade, hot chocolate and whipped cream.

I was amazed by the Thermomix.  I love the preciseness of it....just follow the instructions and each time the boiled eggs cooked to perfection, the pizza dough came out just right.....

The holiday was over and we came back home to the craziness of work, school, after school activities, weekend sport.  I wasn't sure how the Thermomix would fit in to our mayhem.

But now we are just over three months into the year and the Thermomix is still getting used pretty much daily....usually multiple times a day!

I love that I can pop the boiled eggs on, jump in the shower, and hop out to perfectly cooked eggs for the girls breakfast. Or if time is not on our side for some reason I can have a smoothie ready for them to drink on the go in literally seconds.

Afternoons are crazy with activities, homework, assessments and amongst all of that I have to remember Miss 5's readers.  Again the Thermomix is perfect as I can have the mash potato or the pumpkin soup cooking away whilst I focus on the readers and thanks to the timer there is no chance of burnt offerings for dinner.

We have expanded our use of the the Thermomix since being home and frequently jump online and find new recipes to try.  Cinnamon scrolls are one of the favourites as is garlic and rosemary pizza.

I had concerns about the bowl not being big enough for a family of 7 but it surprisingly makes quite large quantities.

Many mention that the Thermomix is quite loud....but in a family of 7 there is seldom silence so I don't notice it too much.....though sometimes I can find the timer sound a tad frustrating when it chimes continuously!!

I love that we are now using fresh herbs from our garden a lot more.  We are using less packaged foods and cooking more things from scratch.

Thanks to the ability of the Thermomix to chop and grind I am able to hide a whole lot more goodness into some of our meals, for example oats and chia seeds frequently make their way into cupcakes, steamed and pureed apples make it into tea cakes, and bolognaise sauce has a whole range of vegetable goodness thrown in.

Sorbet has been one of the favourites with the girls.  Whilst they generally do eat a lot of fruit they are now willing have fruits that they usually don't like if they are added to the sorbet....so that's a win!

I feel like we have a lot less waste as we will now turn fruit into sorbet or smoothies, veggies into smoothies or stocks.  And since meals are so easy to make a day spent in the kitchen with the Thermomix can produce a great range of snacks for both work and school and it can also fill the freezer with some home cooked meals for nights when things don't quite go to plan!

Since I have a tiny old kitchen with only 2 working hotplates the Thermomix is a lifesaver! 
I also prefer to have things cooking in the Thermomix when I can't be in the kitchen the whole time, rather than having things boiling away on the stove....just for safety reasons. 

When you don't have a dishwasher and you are out 4 afternoons a week and both days on the weekend at activities and sport it doesn't take much for my kitchen to be a real disaster...when this happens I find that I can pop dinner in the Thermomix, luckily it doesn't take up too much room, and while that is cooking I can get about cleaning up the kitchen...then dinner can be served and there is only the plates, cups and cutlery plus the Thermomix to be washed!  I have found the cleaning to be quite easy....I think once the risotto did stick a little to the bottom when I tried to cook it without the butterfly attachment...but that was easily cleaned up when I took the blades out and washed it all...since then I have used the butterfly attachment and had no problems.

The Thermomix is so easy to use that the girls have had no trouble using it with great success.  Having the Thermomix has seen them try a lot of new things too which is always good.

I know that a Thermomix is not for everybody but it works really well for me.  I still have a long way to go in using it to its maximum potential but I am really enjoying making different things and it will definitely accompany us on our next  holiday!

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