What is a Thermomix?
The Thermomix is basically the world’s most powerful blender that also cooks and stirs. You can use it to knead dough or mix batter. It comes with two steamer baskets, a small one that fits inside the blender bowl and a large one that perches on top. My favorite feature is its built-in scale, so you can add ingredients by weight.
How do you use a Thermomix?
To cook, you choose a time, a temperature (100˚F to 250˚F by 10 degree increments) and a blender speed, from a leisurely stirring, to the fastest, a truly insane 10,000 RPMs, about the speed of turbines in a jet engine.
The machine comes pre-loaded with recipes, so it can instruct you, step by step, how to make, say, salmon in mushroom cream sauce, or Parmesan risotto, or focaccia. The promise is that you can cook without thinking about cooking—no need to evaluate onions’ progress as they brown in some oil, no tasting to see if the carrots are tender.