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Thermomix anyone?

I am considering buying one of these for my home kitchen:

http://www.vorwerk.com/thermomix/html/

it is a rather expensive appliance (about $1600), so I am looking for feedback from people who are using it. I am planning to use it mainly to save time when I come home late during the week and I don't feel like having canned food...
Any comments?

thanks!

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  1. The thermomix is a great addition to the kitchen I purchased mine about 5 years ago and I love it. especially making the cuppuchinos and soups and salads plus you do get the recepie book with it for reciepies from breakfast to ddinners as well as deserts and drinks. awesome.

    1. Did you ever buy one? If so, what do you think?

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      1. re: UnConundrum

        Unconundrum, I am not dudesinmexico, but I wanted to share my 2 cents on the thermomix. I bought it from Canada (I live in US) almost 1 year ago, after drinking the cool aid while on a trip to Spain. Many of my friends who live there have one - some have had it for a decade. I LOVE it! It is super easy to use, a space saver, apparently saves energy because you can do many things for which you would normally need the stove. The cookbook that comes with it (Australian edition) is ok, imho. I did get hundreds of recipes from friends in Spain via e-mail and have been trying them. Amazing mushrooms with garlic in 15 minutes with very little work... garlic is chopped & sauted in the thermomix, chop mushrooms and add to the bowl, 15 minutes and done. Huge hit at thanksgiving.
        I could go on and on and on!! My husband, who limits his cooking ability to grilling, makes a delicious white fish with wine/garlic/parsley sauce that's to die for and takes 20 minutes. If you have specific questions, let me know! I love this beast and will share my experience with anyone that will put up with me (ask my family and friends!). :-)

        1. re: sofsmum

          Thanks for the reply. I bought one through Canada and have fallen in love with it. I also found an Australian forum where we can trade ideas and recipes in English... www.forumthermomix.com.

          1. re: sofsmum

            Sofsmum, I saw your reply and wanted to connect with you regarding the Thermomix. I just purchased one from Quebec and I am now learning how to use it. I live in New York City and since there is really no place to learn here how to use the machine, I am using YouTube videos as well as trial and error. I am very interested in gathering more receipes since the book is quite limited in scope. Do you have any suggestions as to where I may get more recipes? I like Italian, Indian, Korean, and Asian cuisine as well as everyday American dishes. I want to try preparing most foods by scratch so that I can control the ingredients to create healthy meals. Thanks in advance for any guidance.

        2. I just heard about this machine a few weeks ago here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...
          I see people here are saying they bought it in Canada. I'm in Canada but haven't found any vendors in Ontario. Any tips?
          It seems they do demos first. I'd like to attend one of those before paying that much money.

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          1. re: Modotti

            I have one - I'd be happy to show it to you and arrange for you to get one if you are interested. I'm in southern Ontario. Feel free to contact me kerry(at)thechocolatedoctor(dot)ca

          2. Can someone explain what exactly this is? Thanks!!!

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            1. re: CookingwithMochi

              The Thermomix is a kitchen appliance the substitutes around 23 other kitchen appliances. It chops, beats, mixes, whips, grinds, kneads, minces, grates, makes juice, blends, heats, stirs, steams and weighs food, among other functions. I have had it for over 5 years and it is amazing I used to cook horribly, truly, even if I followed the recipes to the dot something came out wrong. But with the Thermomix I cook delicious healthy meals in no time and it is so easy! The Canadian office is in Montreal and they have there more books in English. I have many different books but they are in spanish. I'll see if I can find a recipe data base in english and I will post it here! :D

              1. re: CookingwithMochi

                I found this one. I hope it helps...

                http://www.forumthermomix.com/

                There you guys can swap recipes with other people and there're also tips and that kind of stuff.

                1. re: majo31

                  That's a great forum for all things Thermomix.

                  1. re: chocdoc

                    I am really skeptical about this thing but, admittedly, know very little about it. I looked at the forum briefly, and it seems that people are using it to make the kinds of things I would never make and have no desire to make, such as chicken fricassee and other casseroles. I am also wary because I like the hands-on experience of cooking. I've been cooking for a long time and it seems this thing would wrest control of the process from me, which is a very scary prospect. Any other experienced cooks who have had good or bad experiences with this? Does it take the joy out of cooking?

                    1. re: bella_sarda

                      Well, if you enjoy the whole process of cooking and doing things yourself Thermomix might not be for you. Thermomix is thought to make cooking easy either for busy (or working) house wives that don't know how to cook or have no time so they need healthy and tasty food for their kids faster or for restaurant Chefs that need to make sauces and complements faster and that can be left making while they do something else. So it's about being practical and making ingredients stretch for more portions.
                      Thermomix is not a "wonder product" (or a scam) which might or might not work like diet pills or what ever, it's a kitchen robot (as they call it) and it works as when you buy any other appliance (may it be a refrigerator, a blender, a coffee machine...), the thing that is important is if it's right for you or not. I've know many many people that can't live without their Thermomix, but if you enjoy doing everything yourself, as I told you before it might not be what you need. I hope this helps :-)

                      1. re: bella_sarda

                        It's a tool - and a damn good one! I don't spend a lot of time on that board anymore because they don't cook the way I do. I don't make casseroles and chicken fricassee in my TMX - instead I use it for things like choux paste, nougat, sauces, purees, ganaches, buttercreams...

                        It's about the only tool on my counter anymore - all my cuisinarts and the Kitchen Aid are relegated to the cupboard.

                        And I travel with it - I got the rather expensive case for it so I can take it up north with me when I go there to work. I hauled it along to Cleveland this summer for the eGullet heartland gathering where it was used to make the sauce for the molecular Mac and Cheese from Modernist Cuisine, the choux for the puffs, the modernist lemon curd to fill the puffs.

                        I agree it's not for everyone and if you enjoy all the hands on parts of cooking may not be what you need right now - however as much as I enjoy kneading bread - often I'm just as happy to live better electrically and let a tool do it for me. I think it's important to know how to do things by hand so that the use of tools is not done blindly.

                        1. re: chocdoc

                          I absolutely agree, that's why I use it to, besides I don't know how to some things by hand but anyways, Thermomix is a great tool to do great things in no time (or at least compared to traditional methods). I love it but I do believe it's not for everyone and it's not either a product to be skeptical about. It's definitely not a TV Scam or something like that. It just depends on the way yo like to do things in your kitchen :-)

                          1. re: majo31

                            Hoping for some help here - i bought my Thermomix a couple of years ago - in Toronto - but I've lost the contact name of the guy I bought it from... I need to get it serviced, does anybody have any wisdom on where i could do it?

                            Thanks!

                            1. re: andyb99

                              Contact Nathalie at Importations Noblehaus in Montreal - she will be able to give you Robert in Toronto's contact information - or you may be able to deal directly with her for service.

                              Nobelhaus Importations
                              1269 Van Horne street
                              Montreal (QC), H2V 1K5

                              Phone: (514) 270-3735
                              Fax: (514) 277-3735

                2. I'm considering purchasing a Thermomix. For those of you who have owned one for several years, do you still use it? What do you primarily use it for? Would you recommend that I purchase one? I like to make quick healthy meals for my family during the week, and cook more leisurely on the weekend. Is it light enought to pack in a suitcase and travel with to use in a hotel suite? I live in the US - is it best to order from Quebec? How often do you find that it needs to be serviced? TIA

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                  1. re: mamaleh

                    Mamaleh, I've had my Thermomix for about 5 years and have never had to had any repairs/servicing.
                    With the holidays, I've been cooking with oven/stove more, but still have used it at least a couple of times per week.
                    I've not made anything very elaborate recently. Here are some of the things that I use it for constantly: tomato sauce for pasta, lentil & split pea soups, hard boiled eggs (at least once a week), grinding coffee, smoothies, egg nog during holidays; steaming fish & shellfish; steaming veggies - particularly like it for broccoli and asparagus; mushrooms with garlic & white wine; pulverizing nuts for baking. I'm planning on making yogurt this weekend, and also getting dough ready for Spanish roscòn.
                    I've not travelled with it, but we just got a camper and will probably take it on a 2-week trip next summer. It's a breeze to clean.
                    Let me know if you have any other questions.
                    Cheers

                    1. re: mamaleh

                      I purchased a used one about 4 years ago - never had to have any service. Have purchased a new gasket for the lid.

                      Apparently americans can no longer order directly from the Canadian distributor I discovered the last time I tried to arrange one for a friend in NYC - instead they would need to get a Canadian to purchase it for them and send it along. So service issues would be more challenging.

                      I use my regularly - in fact I've made about 10 batches of ganache in it in the past 48 hours. I take it with me when I go up north to work for a month in the summer. Travelling with it is great if you drive - it would not be easy to take if you were flying. There is a great travel bag available for it that makes moving it easy.

                      1. re: chocdoc

                        Thank you. Do you have any idea why it is not available for purchase in the US? Are there ever any live demos done in Southern California? I would be interested in attending one.

                        1. re: mamaleh

                          Thermomix are sold via the 'house party' just like Tupperware. I think the company found that it just wouldn't fly in the US - it's not really popular in Canada either. Does well in Australia. I do know someone in Southern California who has one, perhaps she'd be willing to demo it for you - where are you located?

                          K

                          1. re: chocdoc

                            Oh. It's a multi-level marketing thing. Maybe that's the problem. I'm in Orange County, but willing to travel anywhere between the San Diego and LA greater areas.

                      2. re: mamaleh

                        You couldn't pack it in a suitcase - it's too big.I would liken the size of the case to toting around a bag carrying downhill skiboots with some rocks inside! It has it's own carrying case that you can purchase separately. It isn't really meant as a portable machine. I have never had to have one serviced (and I've had one for 5 yrs in France which I sold and then bought a new one in Canada because of the electrical 110V/220V issue). I use it for EVERYTHING. Blending, heating, steaming, kneading bread dough, grinding spice blends. I can make dinner in a flash, and I am not tied down to the kitchen while it's doing its thing. Tried to live without for 3 months when I moved from Europe, but just couldn't....

                        1. re: mamaleh

                          Mamaleh-

                          Please would you contact me as I also live in Orange County and am interested in purchasing a Thermomix. I would like to see one in action and would very much appreciate it if you would reply to me as soon as possible.

                          Sincerely,
                          Maideleh