One of my lovely blog readers Rachael recently had a great question about the Thermomix for me and I thought that I’d share it and my answer on the blog today (since there are lots of people with similar questions out there).
You might recall that a few months ago I actually won a Thermomix. I feel so lucky to have this machine for free because I know that so many people out there are umming and ahhing about getting one themselves but might find the cost pretty prohibitive.
We are looking to purchase either a thermomix or a kitchen aid mixer for mothers day- lucky me!! Any thoughts on which would be better?? I’m really not sure if I would use the thermomix every day and for the $$ you spend not sure if it would be worth it. I do quite a bit of baking/ birthday / wedding cupcakes etc and my old mixer has just died so wondering whether a kitchen Aid might suffice. I need to make lots of buttercream icing in the coming months!! Would love to hear your thoughts or maybe those of your readers too??
Thanks for your question Rachael. I’ve had my Thermoix for a couple of month now and honestly, I’ve been using it less.
I think you have to think about what appliances you already have and also what kind of assistance do you need in the kitchen.
To me it sounds like you really want to do a lot of baking. Whilst I think that the thermomix does a pretty good job at mixing cakes, it’s essentially exactly like a food processor, so if you’ve ever mixed cakes in a food-processor, that’s the kind of result you’ll get. I have a kitchen aid too, and for cakes and baking, you can’t beat a kitchen aid.
I would only shell out for the Thermomix if you have a real desire to start making most of your foods from scratch (like making all your own sauces, stocks, nut butters etc). If you’ve got someone in your family with food intolerances it can be great in terms of milling flours and making things without additives.
I personally don’t think it does a fantastic job at cooking all-in-one meals like stews and pasta sauces.
It does really good soups, it makes great béchamel sauce, great dips, good custard, good sorbet and lovely polenta. The risotto’s are ok, but I think you can do better on the stove, though it’s certainly good to have your hands free.
I hope that helps a bit. It’s really a personal thing. Lots and lots of people rave about the Thermomix, but I think it’s partly because they’ve paid $2000 for it and kind of have to justify their purchase a bit (I know that I would be like that!). Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely a high quality machine. Essentially though, it’s just an extremely powerful blender that can heat at the same time.