When I decided I would like a blog to share ideas, information and recipes with both my customers and other people interested in Thermomix, it was my intention to put together a list of Thermomix hints and tips. Unfortunately it has taken me until now to actually put this list on the blog. I was planning on just adding to a word document whenever I thought of something and when the list was substantial enough I would post the list. However, always being short of time, I never actually typed out the conceived list so I have decided just to post what I have and to add to the blog as I think of things so forgive me if it’s a bit ad hoc! PLEASE feel free to add your favourite hint or tip 🙂
Thermomix Essentials’ Hints and Tips
On and Off Button
The Thermomix will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of being inactive. You can turn your Thermomix by pressing the “on” button located next to the temperature buttons. To switch off your Thermomix, hold down the “on” button for several seconds – you will see the words “OFF” come up on the screen.
Place enough warm water in the Thermomix bowl to at least cover the top of the blades. Turn Thermomix to Speed 6-8 for 10 seconds, during which time press the “Turbo” button once or twice to allow water to hit the top of the lid. Press the “Reverse” button and let the machine continue to run for a further 10 seconds at the same speed and again press the Turbo. Turn dial to Open Lid Position and disregard water. You should then just need to give the bowl a quick wipe down. I find the Thermomix brush (available through Thermomix head office or your consultant) fantastic for removing any remaining food items.
From time to time you may like to give your bowl a more thorough clean to make it sparkle. I do this by putting about half a cup of white vinegar in the bowl and then covering it with bi carb. I then top up the water until there is approximately 750 grams of liquid in the bowl and then heat at Varoma temperature on Speed 4 for 10 minutes. You can also add the juice of half a lemon the liquid to give the bowl (and your kitchen) a beautiful fresh smell.
You may also wish to fill your machine with enough water to cover the blades and place ½ lemon inside the bowl. Blend for several seconds by going from Speed 1 up to Speed 10 and then doing the same in Reverse.
Some foodstuffs such as curry and carrots may cause staining and it is suggested that you clean these from your machine as quickly as possible. Any residual staining will disappear over time.
For any lingering food smells, make a paste of bi carb and water and place on the lid to remove any odour. To greatly reduce any food odours being retained, store the lid in the unlocked position with the measuring cup tilted to allow for air to escape. Another alternative is to hang the lid from the Thermomix bowl so the bowl is completely uncovered.
To clean in the gap in the Thermomix where the lid fits in, use the edge of a cloth and move the damp cloth back and forth between the gap.
Wipe down the bottom of your machine with a damp cloth, paying particular attention to the scale pads.
The bowl is dishwasher safe but it is recommended that you do not place the bowl in the dishwasher on a daily basis.
How fantastic are the in-built scales?! To test whether your scales are working accurately, weigh your measuring cup. Your measuring cup should weigh between 25-30 grams. If you have any troubles with your scales, wipe the feet of the machine with a damp cloth and reset the scales. Also ensure that the cord of the Thermomix is fully extended and nothing is leaning against the machine. Your Thermomix must also be on a solid surface to weigh.
The scales do not require the Thermomix bowl to be in place to work and you do not have to weigh food inside the bowl. For example when I weigh rice I place my simmering basket on top of the lid, press my scales and then weigh my rice in.
You can interrupt your cooking to use the scales (just turn the dial to the closed lid position, press the scale button, weigh and then turn the dial to whatever speed you were on – the Thermomix will remember the time and temperature and continue cooking).
If your scales have “lines” instead of “zeros” on the display, you have gone into a “negative” weight. Simply repress the scale button to reset.
Press the “-“ and “+” button together to clear the timer.
Press the “-“ button to set the timer to one minute (the “+” will increase the timer by second increments until it reaches one minute) and then press the “+” button to increase the timer by 30 seconds up to 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the timer will increase by 1 minute increments.
You can hold down the “-“ button rather than continually press for each increment.
You need the timer set for your Thermomix to heat. The “TTS” rule is a good one to remember – Time, Temperature and Speed. Set your time, press your temperature button and turn the speed dial – its as easy as 1, 2, 3!
The kneading button is also known as “interval speed” and is the button with the wheat symbol next to it.
To knead your bowl cannot be hotter than 37˚C and the speed dial must be in the “closed lid” position.
Please stay with your machine during the kneading phase as the ball of dough inside the bowl may cause the machine to do a Thermomix dance and you don’t want your machine to dance off your bench!
To remove the dough from inside your bowl quickly and easily, tip the bowl upside down over a ThermoMat or similar and wiggle the bottom of the blades. If some dough remains around the blades, replace bowl back into the machine, put in closed lid position and hit the turbo button which will force the dough on the blades to the side of the bowl making it easy to remove with your Thermomix spatula.
Closed Lid – Turbo
While you probably think of making chunky dips using the “Closed Lid” and “Turbo” button, it is also a great method of getting every last bit of food from your Thermomix bowl as the high speed will flick any residue from the blades onto the side of the bowl, making it easy to remove with the spatula. This method also works for that last bit of dough caught around the blades.
You should also use this method when you require a dry bowl (necessary for when you wish to mill ingredients or for beating egg whites). Any water residue on the blade will also be flicked to the side of the bowl, making it easy to dry with a tea-towel.
The “turbo” button will not immediately reach full speed when the bowl is hot as a safety measure – it will gradually increase to the required speed.
Care of your Bowl
Please try to ensure that you do not “tap” implements (such as your spatula) on the side of your bowl – I know this is a hard habit to break but it will look after the side of your bowl! Also do not crack eggs on the side of your bowl as you don’t want the egg to cook onto the bowl.
Removing your Lid
The speed dial must be in the “open lid” position. I then place my measuring cup upside down on my bench and place the lid upside on top of the measuring cup to keep my bench as mess free as possible.
If you have been using your bowl for cooking, make sure you lift the lid away from you to allow steam to escape.
Press the reverse button when you wish to stir your ingredients in your Thermomix bowl, rather than chop. You will be able to tell you are in the reverse position as the symbol will appear on the electronic display (an arrow showing the anti-clockwise direction).
Pureeing Hot Food
Puree hot food by slowly increasing the speed to Speed 9-10. I also lift my measuring cup slightly while increasing the speed to allow steam to escape. The Thermomix does have a reluctance motor which adjusts the higher speeds automatically when it sensors hot food inside the bowl.
Where possible, only use the spatula in a clock-wise position to avoid any nicks from the sharp blades.
The Thermomix spatula should be the only instrument that is placed through the hole in the lid of the Thermomix bowl as the shield on the spatula will prevent the spatula from being “eaten” by the blades.
Use your spatula for a variety of purposes – I love my spatula and keep thinking I should post a blog called “101 uses for your spatula”!! It is great for cutting a block of cream cheese in half, cutting dough on your ThermoMat and scraping food towards the blade in the bowl. Try to think of creative uses for your spatula as this will help save you on extra washing up by unnecessarily using knives, etc.
Removing the simmering basket from the Thermomix bowl is done easily by placing the hook of the spatula into the notch of the simmering basket. Then simply lift the basket up and out of the bowl.
The basket can also be used in place of the Measuring Cup in the case of reducing liquid.
Do not use the butterfly in any speed over Speed 4 otherwise it may get “eaten” by the blades! If using your measuring cup when you are using the butterfly, it must be placed upside down.
Your Thermomix is made to be used several times a day so keep your machine on your kitchen bench! When not in use, I store my measuring cup in an inverted position to allow air to circulate through the bowl and I keep the lid resting on top of the bowl (not closed). I also place my spatula through the handles of the machine so it doesn’t get lost in my kitchen drawer!
Using your Thermomix with a Generator
The most important thing when using a generator for your Thermomix is to ensure it has powerful enough to easily provide 1500W of power. Your generator should be a pure signwave generator with an inverter.
Never force anything on your Thermomix – if it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t!!
If you cannot turn the speed dial on – check that the lid is properly in place. Sometimes the lid must be turned on even past the “beep”.
If you cannot take off the lid – ensure the speed dial is set to the “closed lid position”.
Scales not working properly – wipe the feet of the machine and ensure cord fully extended with Thermomix placed on a clean, level surface.
Cannot knead – make sure you are in closed lid position and that the bowl is not hot.
Machine doesn’t heat – make sure you have set the temperature; the machine will not heat without a temperature being set.
Turbo doesn’t work – ensure the dial is in either the Closed Lid position or at a speed greater than 4. As a safety feature you cannot automatically turbo when the bowl is hot, instead speed will be brought up gradually.
“LOAd” appears on your display – you have overloaded the machine by placing over 2 litres inside it. Simply turn off the machine, remove the bowl and reduce the quality in the bowl. Wait approximately 5 minutes and then replace the bowl and turn on the machine.
Condensation in machine – wipe down with a dry tea-towel and wait 5-10 minutes if necessary.
Never put your Thermomix bowl in place unless the blades are also in place.
If you accidently place liquid in the Thermomix bowl without the lids being in place (see note above!!) gently tip the machine on its back to allow the liquid to drain out of the machine. Do not use the machine until it is completely dry.