Total Cook Time

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Have you ever started a recipe only to find the next step needs half an hour for the dough to prove or it needed to be done the night before?

To avoid the stress of this happening always check the total cook time of a Thermomix recipe.

The active cook time may be nice and short (and that’s what we love about using a Thermomix) but cooking can be a fine art and there are some steps that need more time before the master piece can be created. Continue reading

Cracking eggs

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Crack eggs one by one into your MC while you are creating your dish.

Not only will this help you avoid a rotten egg ruining your dish but it also means you have one less bowl to wash!

You can use the MC to help separate eggs.

Crack an egg onto the lid and allow the egg white to drip in while the MC catches the egg yolk.

For precision baking like pavlova I would still separate my eggs the old fashioned way šŸ˜‰

Kitchen toolkit care

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Did you know that the steel parts of the kitchen toolkit are made from strengthened Solingen stainless steel?

Look after your knives by getting a professional toĀ regularly sharpen them or use a knife sharpening appliance.

All utensils are dishwasher safe but it is preferable to hand wash all utensils.Ā Long-term exposure in the dishwasher will cause the steel to corrode.

Add a drop of olive oil to the connective screw to loosen your scissors if they become difficult to open.

Hand wash the toolkit roll bagĀ with warm water or machine wash with aĀ cold wash on a delicate cycle. Do not use in a clothes dryer.

Don’t have the kitchen toolkit? It is still available as a host reward until 23 November 2015. Click here to read more about how you can get one for yourself šŸ™‚

Easy pouring

  

Did you know your mixing bowl lid can be used as more than just a lid?

Just like all Thermomix parts, the lid has a multi-purpose.

Use your lid as a funnel to easily pour liquid or vegetable stock paste from your mixing bowl into a jar or small container.

This prevents any mess and ensures you don’t waste a drop šŸ™‚

Removing dough

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To remove dough from your Thermomix bowl turn it upside down onto your ThermoMat or floured surface.

If the dough doesn’t drop straight away just give it a little help by turning the bottom of the blade attachment (the black knob) and then the dough will be released from the blades andĀ bottom of the bowl.

If you still have some dough left on the blades then return the bowl to the Thermomix base unit, put the lid back on and turbo pulse a couple of times. This will flick the dough off the blades to the sides of the bowl for you to easily remove with your spatula šŸ™‚

Self clean

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There are so many things to love about your Thermomix and the self clean function is definitely one of them!

The self clean function is perfect to use after you have made something sticky in your Thermomix likeĀ fresh dough.

All you need to do is pour enough water into the mixing bowl to cover the blades.

Add a tiny drop of detergent (a little goes a long way!)

Mix on speed 5 and press reverse on and off a few times.

If you need to clean under the lid then press turbo a couple of times.

Rinse under clean water and you’re done!

Butterfly whisk

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The butterfly whisk is perfect for whipping egg whites and emulsifyingĀ to make creamy mayonnaise.

The tip to insert your butterfly whisk is to place it on the blunt side of the highest blade (as shown in the picture above) andĀ be sure to give it a little clockwise turn to “lock” it into place.

If you already have food in the bowl thenĀ use the butterfly to move the food around so it goes into position easily.

When making risotto make sure you insert the butterfly before pouring the rice in.

Please ensure when cooking using the butterfly whisk that you do not exceed speed 4.

Converting recipes

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On the weekend I officially uploaded my first recipe onto the Recipe Community. It wasn’t my own recipe. It was a recipe I converted for my Thermomix. You can view the recipe here.

While my recipe was relatively simple to convert I still had to think about the process. Here’s a quick guide to converting your own recipes for your Thermomix.

  • Find a Thermomix recipe similar to the one you want to convert
  • Adjust the cooking times for your quantities of ingredients
  • Start with steps for dry ingredients to limit washing the bowl
  • Start with steps for ‘cold’ ingredients before cooking sauces or soups
  • Remember some ‘traditional’ steps can be done in a single TMX step
  • Write notes as you cook your recipe in your TMX and tweak as needed

Refer to your Basic Cookbook for more tips on converting recipes.

Have you converted any of your favourite recipes for your Thermomix? What was the recipe? Have you uploaded it onto the Recipe Community to share it with everyone?