A lot of chefs use them to make curry pastes, sauces etc.
"Cooking from scratch" means often things like milling your own flour from wheat or spelt grain- making your own spice blends or vanilla bean paste- making your own yoghurt- these things are far easier with a tmx than without so that holds a strong appeal for people who prefer less additives and preservatives, people following certain eating plans etc. if you are happy cooking from scratch without a tmx that's great. For me- I wouldn't be able to mill grain without one. I wouldn't have time to make our butter spread and jams and nut butters without one. I wouldn't have time to make stock paste and spice blends and cordials etc. we eat far better than we used to, that's for sure. To each their own- we certainly have gotten our money's worth.
I bought my thermomix a little over 3 years ago and really didn't use it for the first year. A friend became an agent and I went to a few more demos and cooking classes and then, almost overnight, I fell in love. I went from using it if I was lucky once a fortnight to 3 or 4 times a day.
I work, have 4 young children who eat massively different things and DH and I also love entertaining, but I am definitely not at that stage of my life where I can stand at a stove for hours on end. I need to make healthy food quickly. I like being able to make curries in 20 minutes (from scratch) and a cake batter in 40 seconds. My kids love sorbets and I love being able to make them without much planning.
I reckon if it was $1000 it wouldn't be such a contentious item of equipment. For $2k it had to change my life. It didn't initially but now it certainly has.
I went to the thermomix classes (as in at the head office). If you go online they have a schedule of the classes running in each capital city. I definitely think they'd be worth going to before you buy one as you get to meet a lot of thermomix "chefs" who give you the run down on the machine.
I think I was a little intimidated by mine when I first got it. Like I was waiting for it to change my life without me actually having to do anything about it. Once you actually start cooking, and looking at the recipes online you realise how easy it is.
I'm in love with mine. Have had it 1 year. For me cooking from scratch means also being able to make base ingredients like almond milk in 90 seconds, coconut flour from coconut flakes, rice flour from rice, butter etc. I'm busy with 3 kids and can whip up meals in the jug while steaming chicken to be shredded for lunches at the same time. What I love best is that you save time cooking and cleaning - because everything is with the tmx bowl or varoma - so I'm not lumbered with cleaning heaps of pots and pans.
Tmx is a godsend if you have anyone in the family with dietary allergies or if you are starting a health kick.
Check out the website of Quirky Cooking by Jo Whitton - I have her tme cookbook and it has changed our lives - hubby had gut issues and son has allergies. Everything from her blog and cookbook is delicious
DH and I are both interested in a Thermomix for different reasons, our issue is I am vegetarian and DH most certainly isn't so not sure how it would work around that?
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