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What's a Thermomix?

By June 13, 2009

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Are you lucky enough to have a Thermomix? I’d never even heard of a Thermomix until a few months ago. I had posted a question on my blog asking readers what advice they would give to a someone newly diagnosed with celiac disease who could only afford to buy one new kitchen appliance. Should it be a bread machine, a good stand mixer, or something else?

Six out of seven responders said, “Get a Thermomix!” What is a Thermomix? My first thought was that it must be a product from some small company, and I wondered whether this company had told its friends to recommend it. Boy, was I wrong. (Everyone who lives outside of the U.S. is probably laughing right now.) It turns out the Thermomix is an incredibly useful -- and expensive -- appliance that’s not sold in the U.S. (They are sold in Canada.)

Here’s what Elaine Lamm, About.com’s Guide to British Food, said about the Thermomix in a review she posted recently:

    The Thermomix is used and loved by the professional chef and the home cook equally because it is a workhorse. It replaces virtually every other gadget in the kitchen so you can throw out the food processor, the bread machine, the coffee grinder, graters, electric whisks, the steamer, the juicer, slow cooker…

And here’s what the Wall Street Journal said about Thermomix last month:

    The best kitchen appliance on my countertop is ugly, overpriced and not for sale in any store. In fact, the Thermomix isn't for sale in this country. But at the risk of sounding like a vegetable-peeler pitchman holding forth in a supermarket aisle, I am here to tell you that this $1,400 German widget will do everything a blender, a processor, an electric mixer, a steamer, a Crock-Pot, a timer and a kitchen scale can do, but better, and all in one small spot.

The downside, of course, is the high price, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out and as Elaine discusses in her review. Elaine says, “For the professional chef this money is quickly recouped but for the serious home-cook it may take longer…. I would question its relevance to the casual cook unless having the coolest piece of [kitchen equipment] is a must...”

Would you like to have one of these gadgets? Do you have one? I wish I did!

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Comments
June 14, 2009 at 2:46 am
(1) Dean says:

We have had our Thermomix for almost a year now and, without exaggerating, we have used it at least once every day. Three or more times a day is not unusual. As Elaine said ‘A machine of this quality does not come cheap.’

June 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(2) karen aka brazen says:

I’m so glad you didn’t think we were spammers! most thermomix owners are quite passionate about them, and for anyone with food “issues” they are a godsend :) such a shame they don’t sell them in the US so you can see before you buy!

there are a heap of movies on youtube though

June 17, 2009 at 10:10 am
(3) Aunt Annie says:

Yep. I got one in Canada after the WSJ article (I live in Pennsylvania). I was skeptical at first, but I love it. I do have celiac disease, but the machine is useful for anyone who likes to cook. It makes difficult recipes much easier and goof-proof. I can’t understand why it is not sold in the US.

June 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm
(4) Giovanni says:

Hi I’m Italian, thermomix is by vorwerk and here is called Bimby… it’s very famous here everyfamilies have a one… i’t fantastic, the best investiment, italians love it and couldn’t do less of it.. It’s fantastic… best chefs here use it… its automatic u put things inside programme it with time temperature and it cooks for u… thats the best thing u could buy in ur life becoz u r sure to eat and drink good things and u r sure to don’t spend money anymore for pre-made meals.

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