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A Whimsy Life

I use my Thermomix a lot. We bought a Thermomix just before I went back to work after being on maternity leave with Little Whimsy. We bought it because it was going to make life a little easier with meal prep for Mr Whimsy and I. We also were committed to eat healthier meals for our family and we thought that the Thermomix would help us. We thought that the Thermomix would save us money in the long term because the cost of meals would be low.

What is a Thermomix?

The Thermomix website states

‘The most advanced kitchen appliance around, Thermomix ® unites the functions of 12 appliances in one compact unit.’

I think it’s a kitchen appliance that helps speed up the process involved in preparing meals.

How much does it cost?

It’s not cheap. A brand new Thermomix will cost $2,089. You can buy it outright, in three instalments or on a plan.

You can buy the earlier model TM31 or even the newer model TM5 second hand as people upgrade or people find that they don’t use the Thermomix as much they thought they would.

Benefits

  • It makes meal prep quick and easy.
  • It promotes healthy eating as it encourages you to cook with whole foods.
  • The recipe chips are great if you have the TM5 as they will step you through the recipe but you can skip or vary amounts or ingredients as you like. Different people can take over cooking a meal because the Thermomix pauses after it finishes a step and displays instructions for the next step.
  • If you aren’t a confident cook it’s a great tool as it does a lot of the steps for you such as kneading dough.
  • You can leave the Thermomix to cook for different steps of a recipe and it will wait for you to come back without burning the food or the house down. This has been great with having to look after Little Whimsy.
  • The variety of dishes you can cook is endless. There are a ton of recipe books and the recipe community online continues to grow. There are plenty of support groups.
  • You can usually prepare a dish using the one mixer bowl so there are fewer items to clean.
  • It is great for people with allergies or food intolerance as you can substitute items and create your own alternatives.

Disadvantages

  • The Thermomix does not fry or bake. So depending on the meal you will still need other equipment.
  • The Thermomix takes up a bit of space (especially storing all the extras that people end up buying) and needs to be in a well ventilated spot.
  • It can take a while to get used to this way of cooking especially if you are a traditional cook. Traditional recipes need to be converted.
  • You need an electrical outlet so you can’t take it everywhere and if there is a power outage you can’t use it.
  • The extras and service/repairs are expensive.
  • It is a bit cultish. You can’t buy one in store. You have to have a demo and deal with a consultant.