What the heck is a Thermomix, and do you really need one?
The new ‘must have’ kitchen gadget, which can replace 10 appliances, is the Thermomix. But what the heck is it, and do you really need one?
The Thermomix is a device which can “chop, beat, mix, emulsify, mill, knead, blend, cook, stir, steam, weigh and melt”. You can use it to make salads, dressings, sauces, soups, cakes, ice-cream, smoothies, risottos, pizza, bread, jams, custard, juice, butter and more. It’s really an all-in-one and, as the product of more than 40 years of German engineering, you’d expect it to be well-made.
One of the major benefits of the Thermomix, often cited by those who have been converted, is the ‘healthiness’ of the food it can produce. All the cooking is oil-free, and you can make basics such as butter, dressings and sauces with natural ingredients, rather than eating shop-bought products which contain chemicals.
It is a good time-saver too, as you don’t have to watch it cook – it can stir as it cooks, so your meal won’t burn if you aren’t around to attend it. Having said that, it is never a good idea to leave appliances running while you are out of the house, so make sure you are home, if not in the kitchen, while it works.
Lastly this device is ideal for those living in smaller spaces, as it can replace some of your other appliances, such as a slow-cooker, blender, beaters and rice-cooker.
The Thermomix doesn’t come cheap – the average price in Australia is about $1939, before you’ve purchased any accessories. You can’t buy a Thermomix in a shop or online, either. The only way to buy one legitimately is to book an in-home demonstration with an official Thermomix consultant, and to purchase it from him or her.
But do you really need one? No, probably not. Anything a Thermomix can make, you can produce in a standard kitchen with appliances most homes already have. It’s just that the Thermomix makes it more quickly, efficiently and conveniently. Nobody really needs a Thermomix, but it’s definitely a gadget worth wanting.
Find out more at the Thermomix website.
Thermomix owners, speak up. Do you use your Thermomix? Was it a worthwhile purchase? Let us know your thoughts on this popular appliance.
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