Let me add a disclaimer so I don't upset anyone with my comment - The people I know who have a Bellini use it and like it, however they have learnt that buying a $200 machine is not the same as buying a $2000 machine, which is the same for anything. These friends don't want to pay the $2K which is fine, they use their Bellini as another tool in the kitchen that goes with their other appliances. I don't have other appliances...I have my thermomix and love how versatile it is.
I also love the in built scales. No measuring cups and eparate scales saves on a heap of dishes. It's a feature I really, really love. A lot more than I thought I would.
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11-01-2015 07:19 #11Senior Member
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11-01-2015 09:20 #12
I love mine. Had it for a year in may, love cooking and helps me create and minimize mess.
It saves me heaps of money not buying pre package anything. Example is buying my gluten free bread is $7 a loaf and I can make it for $1.50 including electricity. Love my thermomix.
I do cook alot more now though but it just so easy and tempting to create. It's all healthy that's the best part.
11-01-2015 09:48 #13Senior Member
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Well worth buying a second hand TM31. It does everything brilliantly and you can get replacement parts on www.thermomix.com.au cheaply if you want new blades/measuring cup/spatula etc.
You shouldn't have to spend more than $1100 and they are very reliable. Lots of recipes online, and you save money as there is less wastage when cooking (very precise measurements with recipes). Initially though you will do a big shop to make all the yummy options like home made butter, ice-cream, risotto, flour for bread etc. Then you will be fully stocked up with basics and costs will come right down.
11-01-2015 10:09 #14
I was looking at buying the TM31 secondhand and found that Thermomix won't transfer the warranty. I'm very reluctant to spend $1400 with no warranty (average price in my area).
11-01-2015 10:22 #15
Im one of the people who brought a bellini.
My train of thought was id buy the bellini and if i used it loads and loads id then be able to justify buying a thermomix.
Reality is i havent used it a huge amount, im just not a cooking type and i dont think any appliance can change that.
11-01-2015 10:23 #16
I wouldn't buy second hand, personally. They often have interest free and you can do a three month payment plan as well if you don't want to outlay the money all at once (or can't, like us!).
11-01-2015 10:47 #17
I probably saved about $30 a week when i make everything in the thermy.
When u cook with the thermy you basically shop in the meat and fresh produce section; and also herbs and condiments.
Im quite lazy; and i still think that cooking with the thermy is work. Much more work than opening a jar of sauce and dumping it in a pot etc.
I like mine well enough. I dont regret it, but i dont use it to its full potential. I dont make everything from scratch in it because my kids have many food aversions and will only eat one brand etc. if they ate regularly then id get heaps more use out of it.
11-01-2015 11:30 #18
I love mine. It gets daily use. I found it great for baby and toddler food- so quick and easy! DD has never had a bought custard, for example. It depends on you, really, as to how much you get out of it. I am a big fan of home cooked everything, as much as I can. We still buy bread, though it make a fair bit too. But I make my own butter spread, jam etc. I even make our cordial now. I think our diet has improved greatly and although that was a conscious choice- its so much easier with a tmx. I have reviewed it online for another parenting site so can't post the link here but can PM you if you like.
14-01-2015 09:29 #19Member
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What sort of foods do you all cook in them? I know it'd be handy for the kids foods but I'm trying to work out if we'd eat the dinner recipes.
14-01-2015 10:48 #20
Macaroni and cheese with a twist
Chicken and macadamia lime satay sauce served with veggies and quinoa
Chicken tikka masala
Honey soy meatballs
Lamb and bean hotpot
Other favourite dinners where thermie helps make it are:
Fajitas (use it to make the tortillas)
Chicken with a kfc type coating, tortillas and coleslaw (seasoning, tortillas and coleslaw done in thermomix)
Creamy tomato and salami fettuccini
Chicken with rice/quinoa and veggies and some sort of sauce
Um that's all I can think of from the top of my head. I love the following blogs for recipes: skinnymixers, the road to loving my thermo mixer and quirky cooking
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