On receiving an invitation to a Thermomix demo recently, I jumped at the opportunity. I keep hearing good things about the Thermomix T31, supposedly the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market. Only a handful of my friends own a Thermomix "the world's smallest, smartest kitchen", but those that do rave about its ease of use, efficiency and capability.
Developed in Germany back in 1960, there have been 4 generations of the Thermomix. This is a kitchen appliance that has taken over Europe by storm and is currently expanding globally with supposedly 2 Thermomix sold every minute.
After attending the aforementioned demo, and seeing a Thermomix T31 in all its glory, I am certainly impressed. A sorbet and hummus (not together I might add!) made in a matter of minutes, a delicious risotto made without stirring, and bread dough prepared in under 10 minutes are just a few of the dishes this magic machine can produce. Thermomix beats, mixes, stirs, mills, kneads, blends, cooks, steams, weighs and melts providing an all-in-one solution to the kitchen.
A Thermomix certainly proves to be the mother-of-all kitchen appliance but what holds many people back is the cost. At a hefty $1999 price tag, that's a lot of money for what some might classify 'a glorified blender', and so the question would be whether a Thermomix is worth the investment from a family perspective.
It is possible to make meals from scratch, therefore reducing the need to buy packaged food. Ideal for any parent that would like to eliminate nasty additives and preservatives from our child/ren's diet, and great for baby food.
Cooking becomes faster - always a bonus for busy parents, e.g its in-built weighing ability and cooking function means you can literally throw it all in and walk away.
The price. $2k is a lot of money for most families to part with, particularly for a kitchen appliance.
If you already own a whole bunch of kitchen appliances such as a blender, food processor, rice cooker etc, would they become redundant and therefore money wasted?
My mind is not made up yet, and the great Thermomix dilemma continues.
A few friends have got these, and for them it's made a huge difference as previously they weren't great cooks, and suddenly they are making meals from scratch and it's changed the way their whole family eats. However, I love cooking, I love the feel of kneading dough with my hands and I genuinely enjoy bringing the meal together. At times, yes, this can be timely and I can see how a thermomix might speed things up, but I think for me it might be a bit of a killjoy. For $2k I need a bit more convincing.
I agree. There are so many great skills to be learned in the kitchen. As a former cooking teacher, I hope the Thermomix revolution doesn't take off as we may have a future generation of people who can only cook when all the ingredients are thrown into a machine!