When I was considering buying a Thermomix a friend said to me she made herself cook with hers for 4 nights out of every week in the beginning so she got used to it quickly and it became a habit to use it rather than let it sit on her kitchen bench. This was a good idea given a Thermomix is not a cheap investment!
I was actually a bit scared of mine when I first got it too, I thought it might eat me it was so powerful or blow up my kitchen with hot soup or something!
Now I am so thankful for it as it really does save a lot of time and energy and it has taught me a lot about cooking and baking from scratch.
A lot of friends say they never use theirs though and ask where I get recipes from to cook in it or how I cook with it so regularly.
I don't often cook full meals in the Thermomix but I do use it multiple times a day.
Here is how I taught myself to use my Thermomix more and get the most out of it.
HOW TO USE YOUR THERMOMIX MORE:
KEEP IT HANDY
Put your Thermomix somewhere that is easy to use, keep it plugged in and ready to go. Mine is half way between the stove and sink with a good bit of bench space in front of it so I can have ingredients and jars out as I'm throwing things into it. Because the Thermomix scales are so sensitive to movement and they don't recommend moving the Thermomix without putting into travel mode, a friend of mine suggested I do what she does and keep it on a large wooden block. That way the suction pads seal to the block and I can drag the Thermomix in and out of its corner smoothly without disrupting the scales. This is a great idea if you don't have the space to keep your Thermomix in a handy position. I also have a drawer directly under my Thermomix which keeps all of its accessories in it for easy access such as the Varoma steaming trays, simmering basket, thermo server and spatula. That way its all close together and means I don't put off using it for the trouble of setting things up and down each time.
These are the easiest recipes and you generally can just put whatever you have in the fridge in them and they are a great light lunch or addition to a meal when you have visitors.
Use it as a food processor.
I use mine to make smoothies, chop ingredients, mill flour, grind coffee beans, make healthy ice creams, pancakes, bread crumbs and all sorts.
Let it do all your food prep for you either for the meal you're about to cook, or to freeze for later.
Speed up your cooking time:
I often end up using it to multilayer cook some of my side dishes such as potatoes or vegetables or rice while I'm cooking the main meal. Then I'm only focussing on one hot dish on the stove. This is also great for when you have something in the oven and the rest in the Thermomix-you don't need to be in the kitchen until serving time!
Use it as a 'kitchen aid':
The Thermomix is brilliant for baking, so once you get to know its settings it can do all the tricky and fancy things you need to have baking success such as wisking, creaming, melting, beating, milling etc.
Cook from scratch:
This is a great way of using your Thermomix more while learning how to make things easily from scratch such as curry pastes and powders, stocks and broths. I make all of ours now from scratch and store in the fridge, freezer or pantry and I know exactly what goes into them!
There are many ways you can use your Thermomix more in the context of your own kitchen and what you like to cook or eat, I will be reviewing some of my favourite Thermomix cook books and blogs on this page over time so if you're looking for inspiration on how to use yours more, keep a look out here!