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#46 Camilla

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:15 PM

Flowerrose - My sister uses it to make awesome brioche and bread rolls and cinnamon buns etc etc. It was so easy and quick (a little noisy but it is such a short time). She makes ice cream and custards. She has 6 kids and when we visit it means she feeds 4 adults, 8 kids (two are teenage boys) and there can be left overs. She made an amazing cheesy sauce in the tmx, steamed chicken on top and had made rice before that was kept warm in the insulated container. Yum yum!

As for the slow cooker, my sister still uses hers quite a bit but will use the tmx to prepare most of the things that go into it. I am still very keen on getting one but attic storage needs to come first! wacko.gif

ETA - She also makes her own spreadable butter that is delicious. It takes a bit of time but she makes a double batch so it lasts her family a longer time.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:23 AM

I was convinced by a demo last weekend and I am now impatiently waiting for mine to be delivered sometime this week!

Loved the ability to make risottos without standing there stirring - perfect for my crazy evenings after work tryying to feed the farm animals and the kids tongue.gif

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 02:31 PM

I am another Thermochef owner smile.gif And I love it smile.gif

Does exactly everything a TM does and I use all TM recipes no worries smile.gif The TC is based on the TM21 and the TC has recently just bought out a newer model and have fine tuned a few things smile.gif

If anyone can't afford the $2k pricetag of the TM then the TC is a happy medium smile.gif

I have found the only difference is no reverse speed, slightly noisier and pretty much that is it smile.gif

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE(~MG~ @ Aug 5 2012, 12:31 PM) View Post

I have found the only difference is no reverse speed, slightly noisier and pretty much that is it smile.gif


Am I right in thinking there's a different attachment that you put in for the equivalent of reverse? Is it a problem doing things like changing mid recipe - ie. when going straight from chopping to a cooking stir? I find with my magimix you have to move everything out of the way and still risk losing ingredients down the middle hole while swapping.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:09 PM

Nope....If it is harder and there is more food...I swap bowls...

But usually you have a chance to chop food then put the butterfly clip on and add rest of ingredients smile.gif

I have come across no issues with it yet other than my user error and not putting it on properly!!!

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:27 PM

I don't think the butterfly attachment is there as a substitute for the reverse because the tmx has a butterfly also.

From my very limited reading on tc I think speed one will still stir without cutting, but if you wanted to mix any faster it would still cut up the ingredients. Even in the tmx if you are using the butterfly, you would need to use reverse if going any faster than speed one and not wanting to cut.



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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

Depends what you are cooking - I have learned when I don't have to really use it...For things like Risotto and meals with meat - you would want the butterfly so it doesn't mush...As the blades are quite sharp if you don't add the butterfly it does turn a bit yuk!!!

The TMX butterfly is more for whipping etc - so cream and things like that smile.gif

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:35 PM

I don't understand how it doesn't still mush the risotto though? It's still got the blades going, as per normal, as well as the butterfly. Just trying to figure it out because the tmx uses the butterfly for risotto also, but you still need to use reverse.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:33 PM

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Aug 3 2012, 08:10 PM) View Post

My kids all time favourite meal is lasagne. It's such a fag to make by hand, with all the stirring. Am I right in thinking I can throw together a b├ęchamel sauce without much input?


My absolutely favourite thing about the TMX is how well it makes sauces. It's just so easy. I would make the meat sauce for a lasagne in there as well as the b├ęchamel.

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Aug 3 2012, 08:10 PM) View Post

We do desserts in our place. I'm already doing the berry sorbets and ice-cream from the demo in my magi-mix (admittedly it doesn't come up as smooth but no-one seems to mind). I'm thinking I could do custards, rice puddings, etc without too much hassle?


My other favourite thing about it is how brilliantly it makes desserts. Sorbets are the absolutely best and easiest thing ever and custards and pudding turn out brilliantly with no effort at all.

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Aug 3 2012, 08:10 PM) View Post

My plan is to keep the kitchenaid for meringues and other whisking requirements and ditch everything else in place of the thermomix.


The other reason I would keep the Kitchenaid is that I just find the TMX too "heavy handed" for certain things like sponge cake. It just isn't as nice as something prepared in a proper mixer (and when you look at the blades and the butterfly it is easy to see why). Cupcakes are passable and if you are doing a quick batch for kids it's definitely worth using the TMX but I would keep your proper mixer for proper baking if you are really fussy.

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Aug 3 2012, 08:10 PM) View Post

Also, should I keep my slow cooker? The more gadgets I get rid of the more likely DH is to go for it!

The slow cooker is the other gadget in my house that still gets a really frequent work out. You just don't get that same, tender effect from meat in the TMX that you get in a slow cooker. The only difference is that I now don't make any soups in the slow cooker as they all go in the TMX but stews and similar still definitely turn our better in the slow cooker.

Another plus of TMX ownership has been a far more streamlined pantry/fridge etc. For example I only buy raw sugar now. From that I make caster and icing sugar when I need it (admittedly it's a bit different from commercial icing sugar but I think that's because I am using raw sugar rather than a TMX problem).

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

The butterfly sits over the blade so it can't chop but stirs. I haven't seen the tmx cooking risotto with the clip at the demos i have been to...they only press reverse speed and 1.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

I'd love a thermomix smile.gif

Bit realistically I keep thinking $2k and then just can't being myself to spend that much on one appliance.

I do want to rip out my oven and stove, which means I would have to get the cabinets redone and a stonemason in to cut the benchtops, so maybe in few years after all our renos are finished here.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:58 PM

The thermomix demonstrator is coming round on Wednesday morning and letting me go for it with hers. I will keep you posted. DH does not yet know. ph34r.gif

I have just remembered that my swanky new oven has a slow cooker oven. I'll see how that does and may be able to lose a couple. I have three - small, large and chutney!




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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:53 AM

I've had my TM for almost 2 weeks and love it. Such a huge time saver for me. I love that I can have something cooking and not have to worry about checking or stiring it.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE(~MG~ @ Aug 5 2012, 07:15 PM) View Post

The butterfly sits over the blade so it can't chop but stirs. I haven't seen the tmx cooking risotto with the clip at the demos i have been to...they only press reverse speed and 1.


Interesting. In the tmx the butterfly sits inbetween the blades, so the blades are still exposed. I've been to several tmx demos and they always use the butterfly, and in the recipe book it says to use the butterfly. Just interested to know how they differ.

QUOTE(Leapstar @ Aug 5 2012, 07:24 PM) View Post

Bit realistically I keep thinking $2k and then just can't being myself to spend that much on one appliance.


People often say that, but will then easily spend that amount on an oven and cooktop, or a fridge, or dishwasher or double that on a tv. I think it's because it's small compared to the other appliances listed that make people baulk at it. But I use it several times a day, more than my oven and cooktop and dishwasher.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:37 AM

QUOTE(Thelma @ Aug 6 2012, 11:13 AM) View Post

Interesting. In the tmx the butterfly sits inbetween the blades, so the blades are still exposed. I've been to several tmx demos and they always use the butterfly, and in the recipe book it says to use the butterfly. Just interested to know how they differ.


I always use my butterfly for risotto too. I forgot once and it was a horrible gloomy mess (sort of like porridge!!).





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