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Talking Thermomix with Don Genova · 4.07.13 by colin newell

Podcast –

The Thermomix kitchen tool!

As most of my readers know, I have been playing with coffee machines for a decade and a half – and in some of my in between times I do take the opportunity of horsing around with related gadgets that are used in the kitchen (that could also have a coffee connection…) and some not so much.

And it was with great delight that Andrea and I managed to arrange a loan of a Thermomix “food appliance” from Island food journalist and author, Don Genova – locally of Cobble Hill, B.C. and a regular on CBC Radio “Food Matters”. We had seen the Thermomix in use at one of Don’s popular cooking classes – on the subject of pasta. And guess what, Don had the Thermomix handy for not only making the pasta but also making the sauce for the pasta! And for this reason and a few others, I do not call the Thermomix a food processor – because (much to my surprise), it is much more than that.

The Thermomix is a powered blender, chopper, stirrer, mixer, digital scale and labor saver – Designed in Germany and manufactured in France, the Thermomix is more industrial grade multi-purpose tool than the kind of single use device that many people would spend almost as much on.

Many folks, in fact, often pick a Vita-Mix over the Thermomix as a cost saving measure – and as awesome as the Vita-Mix is (I have a lighter duty Cuisinart version of it…) – because it does what it is supposed to do really well, it cannot cook anything. And where the Thermomix really, really shines – is that it can prep a dish and then cook it… or steam it. Or do both at the same time for goodness sakes!

In the video below, Don tackles a recipe we tackled a couple of times… with awesome results!

Andrea and I gave the Thermomix a work out with a couple of variations of a popular and relatively challenging recipe: Risotto. For those who have made Risotto, it is labor intensive and requires your attention for the duration of the process.

Apart from getting the ingredients together and getting them into the Thermomix in the right order, the bulk of the work was done by the Thermomix with little interaction from me – the primary thing with Risotto is, of course, the stirring – often 10 to 15 minutes of stirring… which the Thermomix does gently and steadily. We ended up with a restaurant grade Risotto that we would have proudly served any chef in the city… or any of our friends.

We chatted with Don Genova on the subject of the Thermomix this afternoon at Victoria’s Cafe Roaster 2% Jazz at the Hudson – and future home of the Victoria Public Market. When asked, Don pointed out in the audio recording above, that all kinds of people buy the Thermomix and they buy it for a variety of reasons – the main thing for us was labour saving, streamlining processes in the kitchen and making food better – and maybe even saving some money in the journey and eliminating some waste – because the Thermomix measures everything very precisely, the end results are exactly the same every time.

The Thermomix is clearly well made (designed and built in Europe) with heavy duty components for years and years of service. Interestingly, you cannot buy the Thermomix online or in a store – it is sold by a network of dealers in Canada that are particularly hands on when it comes to training and initiation of new users to this very useful tool.

I had the Thermomix for around a week – and I think I may need to borrow one again for another couple of tests (my main loan this month was interrupted by a trip to Hawaii!). In the meantime, if you need any information on where you can find one in B.C. (or anywhere else in Canada…) just drop me a line!

For more information on what Don Genova is up to and where you can see/hear him, pop on over to his Blog

Podcast – If you cannot see the audio player above, click here for the mp3.

  1. Any info for thermomix purchases in the US? Or does one have to drive to B.C.? (Only 4 hrs)


    Tia Richardson    Jun 17, 06:46 pm    #
  2. You cannot buy a Thermomix in the USA – yup, you need to come up for a visit!


    Colin    Jun 18, 06:31 pm    #
  3. Hi, I recently stayed with a friend in Quebec who had a Thermomix and was very impressed. I live in Victoria BC. Is there anywhere near here where you can get them as I am considering purchasing one. Thank you


    valerie    Oct 1, 12:01 pm    #
  4. Hello! Thermomix (the new model TM5) is now available in the United States! I’m happy to help anyone looking to purchase, become a consultant, or simply ask a few questions!
    Jen
    (831)251-6782
    thermominxsantacruz@gmail.com


    Jennifer Hostetler    Jun 21, 09:43 pm    #

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