10 October 2013
Me and My Thermomix
By: Laura Trotta
I've been thinking about today for months.
Ever since my friend Leah invited me to her Thermomix demonstration earlier this year not a day has passed without me dreaming of this machine. As a self-confessed foodie and keen "make it from scratch" home chef, I really had to stop myself from drooling when I first saw the Thermomix in action.
Short of stacking and unstacking your dishwasher, this baby claims to do just about anything in the kitchen. It can chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and weigh food and will even wash itself when done.
The catch is the price. It is a slightly-scary $1939. Yup. That's why I've been thinking about it for months and only after going to several demos, and having my own recently where I really grilled the demonstrator, did I take the plunge.
You see, my youngest son is wheat intolerant and I'm a bit over paying $6.50 for a small loaf of gluten free bread that if left on the bench, will stay "fresh" for days. Our family also slurps down over 5 kilos of yoghurt a week and while I buy this in bulk containers, I'd really like to make my own. Based on yoghurt and bread making alone, I figured I'd save enough cash to pay off the Thermomix in no time.
Which leads me to today.
I was like a little girl at Christmas time. I couldn't get the machine out of the box fast enough. After carefully washing each component and skimming over the instruction booklet, I put it into action as fast as I could and made my first loaf of gluten free bread. Oh, and a batch of chocolate almond cupcakes for good measure!
I decided to share my first impressions of the machine with you today, as you'll no doubt hear me ramble on about it in future posts.
- All the things it can do.
- The ability to make food from scratch in a fraction of the time compared to conventional methods.
- Without a doubt, cost. The upfront cost is a big deterrent but if used regularly it appears it can be saved back pretty quickly.
- Noise. I milled my own rice flour and almond meal today and the noise was too loud for me and had Mr 16 months in major tears. I will need to re-think how and when I do my milling and grinding. Ear protection will be a must!
On the whole I was thrilled with my first two dishes and the rest of the family lapped them up in no time. I truly can't wait to further experiment with my new toy.
Do you own a Thermomix? I'd love to hear what you think of the machine and your favourite dishes. Feel free to share below.
Please note: All opinions in this article are that of the author. No payment was received by Thermomix for this article.
About the Author: Laura Trotta is an environmental engineer, eco mum and founder of Sustainababy. She is passionate about organic gardening and clean eating and ensuring her family eat a healthy and varied diet free from preservatives. Laura lives in regional South Australia with her husband and two young sons.