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!