I meant to write a tidbit about this magical machine over a year ago when I first came across it in a friend’s apartment in Madrid, Spain. The Thermomix seems to be this closely guarded industry secret. You can’t buy it in stores or online, you can only buy it from the makers themselves and through their authorized demonstration associates.
When I say magical machine, I mean magical. This is no fancy blender with a high ticket price, this machine weighs, cooks, chops, crushes, emulsifies, whips, mixes, steams, blends, kneads, grinds simmers, grates, mills, and the list goes on. My friends in Madrid have four kids and quite a small kitchen so the Thermomix is literally a lifesaver for them. It is compact and covers the need for a blender, a juicer, a food-processor, a slow-cooker, a bread-maker, a coffee grinder, a grater, and an electric whisk! (phew, try saying all that in one breath) My friend was able to throw in all the ingredients for a lunch-time soup, set the timer, head off to grab a shower and get ready, and the machine took care of preparing and heating the soup. All she had to do was serve it onto the soup bowls piping hot!
The downside of this machine seems to be the cost which is around the £800/$1,300 mark (give or take as that info is also really hard to find), but when you consider the benefits, I would say it is ideal, especially for apartment life where space is limited. It also definitely seems to be the ideal companion for young families where time and hungry voices are always a challenge.
Here in the U.K, their main site is http://www.ukthermomix.com/, and here is their main official international website where you can inquire about availability in other countries http://www.vorwerk.com/thermomix/html/. I know that it is now available in the U.S. and Canada.
If any of you have any direct experience in using this machine, I would be very interested in learning more about your experiments cooking with it.