I first heard about the Thermomix a few years ago through my girlfriend. She swore it was a cost saving, time reducing, all-in-one machine. She also mentioned the price… I thought she was crazy! That was (initially) the end of my Thermomix journey.
Gestational diabetes, the birth of my daughter, the introduction of solids and the journey towards a healthier lifestyle each in their own right, contributed to (re)finding my passion for cooking. As a result, my daughter and I began to spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen.
As a time-poor mum, I began looking for a device that could assist in the cooking process. Blenders, food processors, slow cookers, thermal cookers… You name it, I researched it. It was throughout this process that my curiosity of the Thermomix was reignited. After much deliberation, I organised a Thermomix demonstration in my home.
Despite being impressed with the device and its abilities, I was incredibly nervous to spend such a significant amount of money on something that was a ‘want’ rather than a need. My girlfriend suggested that I join some Thermomix Facebook pages in order to see what Thermomix owners were creating in their kitchens. Sifting through many month’s worth of Facebook posts allowed me to see vast amount of delicious (and free!) recipes, whipped up in next to no time. It was at this point that I was SOLD!
In order to assist anyone else who may be curious about the Thermomix, I have compiled a list of my pros and cons relating to the purchase, use and functions of the device:
- The most obvious positive associated with the Thermomix is its ability to prepare and cook meals in very little time. I can have a delicious Chicken, Spinach and Pumpkin Risotto out in 30 minutes (this includes the time for dishes!), with very little expenditure of my time and effort.
- As it is essentially a self-cooking device, you can literally walk away and tend to other things whilst it is cooking.
- It can create most things, if not all, from scratch, limiting the need for processed foods.
- The Varoma component of the Thermomix is a phenomenal tool (think perfectly steamed vegetables!).
- It can chop, grate, pulverise, blend, cook, steam and mix.
- Between the Recipe Community, Thermomix websites and the many Thermomix Facebook pages, you have an endless supply of free and delicious recipes.
Of most importance though, the food really does taste amazing!
- The most obvious negative associated with the Thermomix is the price. At just over $2000, it is a significant expense. For many, the cost is justified as it eliminates the need for processed foods, hence reducing grocery bills. However I am yet to see any sort of reduction in my grocery bills.
- The Thermomix recipe books are expensive (although there isn’t much need for them now that the Cook Key is available).
- As you are cooking from scratch, you will most definitely require herbs and spices to flavour the dishes (this is only a relevant cost factor if you don’t already have these stocked in your pantry).
- The ‘chop’ and ‘grate’ function are rough cuts meaning each cut piece is different in shape. As such, there are times where I prefer to use my knife and/or grater to get that nicer cut.
- Diced meat and poultry will break apart if they aren’t cut large enough.
- It does not do what cannot already be done by hand.
All in all, I absolutely adore my Thermomix. As a family, we eat healthier and more nutritious foods simply due to the ease and convenience of using the Thermomix. It truly is the perfect addition to my kitchen!