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#26 GreenCabbage

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (Wild Strawberry @ 27/12/2012, 07:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was thinking the same thing pinkpineapple.

How can you tell which is the newer mocdel?

The easiest way is to look for the "Find us in Facebook" logo in the bottom left corner. The steamer is also more square and the steam holes are in the corners if the lid. Check out the 'Bellini addicts' group on FB. I researched there before buying. Seems to be a fair few older models with issues but replaced without a problem

#27 Mung bean

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

QUOTE (pinkpineapple @ 27/12/2012, 10:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The easiest way is to look for the "Find us in Facebook" logo in the bottom left corner. The steamer is also more square and the steam holes are in the corners if the lid. Check out the 'Bellini addicts' group on FB. I researched there before buying. Seems to be a fair few older models with issues but replaced without a problem

Indeed. I am on that Bellini group and the women are amazing. The amount of time and effort they put into sharing recipes and assisting newbs, like moi is very generous.

In the files section of the group there are big pdf filled with all sorts of recipes. Also a quick google search for thermo recipes and your laughing.

They are so easy to translate over, so far I haven't had to change anything.

#28 MrsLexiK

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

QUOTE (Allie_D @ 27/12/2012, 04:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been so so tempted to buy one of these.  I've gone to hit the buy now button a couple of times now!  The thing that is stopping me is:
  • I have a top of the range mixer (with dough hook, beaters etc)
  • I have a top of the range blender
  • I have a top of the range food processor
  • I have a cheapish stick blender
  • I have a bread machine
Basically I already have everything this product does, but without the heating side of things.  I love the idea of chopping and cooking soup all in the one pot etc but my predicament is do I really need one, and if I get one of them does it automatically make the thousands of dollars spent on the above products a waste?

Do other EBers out there who have one of these types of machines still have all the other appliances as well?

I borrowed my mums tmx a few weeks back with the thought that I would either love it and make the plunge or I would upgrade my mixer, processor, and rice cooker. I love to cook and I love to bake, I really didn't like the way I cooked with it (and I cooked a meal including starters, main and dessert for 50 so got use out of it) yup it was easy and great to chuck things straight in and totally ready ie custard and sorbet but I didn't love it and I missed the way I would normally have done things. Needless to say I have updated the other three appliances. Sure I can't do the things in one bowel but I didn't find I had less washing up with the tmx anyway as I had to keep washing it in between what I was doing.

#29 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

PP your problem was the one bowel wink.gif.

I still use my KA but virtually everything else has gone.  I much prefer the doughs and cakes from the KA.  I actually bought the KA after the tmx.

The tmx is easier to clean though.

#30 Swarley

Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

PP your problem was the one bowel wink.gif

Hehe, yeah that might've made things less tempting for sure Tounge1.gif

Thanks for this thread. I've wanted a TMX for ages but could never justify it. Was worried the cheaper ones wouldn't compare but think I'll look at the Bellini now biggrin.gif

#31 Daisy Goat

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:04 PM

I had a Bellini when they first came out. I took it back after a week. Not having reverse meant all I had was a blender that cooked.

But the reason it went back was that it burnt on the base for literally everything I tried to make. The bitter burnt taste in custard was infuriating.

Getting the burnt off the bottom was not worth the effort. Target had heaps of them returned within a couple of weeks apparently.
And you could hear the motor winding terribly to the point the thing kept stopping.

So I am really hesitant to trust this one either. The TMX fantastic-ness is  in its cooking unit and the ability to reverse.
And I still don't have one...lol

Edited by Daisy Goat, 28 December 2012 - 06:12 PM.

#32 scarfie

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

My Thermoblend is on it's way!  I am so excited to try this out.

My friend has a Thermomix and has said she will give me a copy of her recipes.  I usually hate cooking, but looking forward to getting started.

#33 Binxi

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

Commenting so I can find later for updates! Definitely considering the Bellini or the Thermoblend so will be interested in hearing how you go!

#34 MrsWidget

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

QUOTE (Freakypet @ 28/12/2012, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is totally me! Drooled over the TMX but it is seriously out of our reach. But after this thread, I have gone researching and I am going to save up for a Bellini!! ddance.gif

You can layby them at Target Online. I just did!!!

#35 Anonemy

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:21 AM

Eb has been my main source of info about these machines and they don't sound like they would set my world on fire. I am v visual so would probably need to see one in action to be impressed. But even then I am not keen on another kitchen appliance in my life - don't really have the space in my kitchen.

Also the meals that get mentioned by ppl using these machines are not my cup of tea really - I do a lot of wog food eg tomato and onion bases and then add meat and vegetables. But it sounds like these sorts of meals would be easy with this contraption.

Oh look I don't know - sure it would be great to cut down on meal prep but I just can't come at yet another gadget.

Think I'll sit on the fence a while longer.......

Ps - forgot to mention that I saw some sort of Jamie Oliver machine in target the other day that looked kinda similar to these things - anyone else seen them and know what they are?

Edited by luibee, 29 December 2012 - 11:24 AM.

#36 shelly1

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

I am got a thermochef for Christmas (TVSN have them on payment plan which makes it more affordable). Lots of documentation/cookbook/dvd with it but my best resource is Facebook and YouTube. Most Facebook groups are inclusive of all machines but you still get a few people who can't understand why you just have a spare $2000 laying around the for a thermomix.

I am a realist and realise that no imitation is going to as good as the real thing but I am really happy and everything I have tried has worked out great. My risotto was great, but base wasn't a burnt and it was a thermomix recipe

#37 GreenCabbage

Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE (GemOd @ 02/01/2013, 11:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But overall I am VERY happy with the ThermoBlend.
Does anyone know if there is a ThermoBlend Facebook page (like the Bellini one)????

Welcome to EB.

Have you joined the Bellini Addicts groups. Lots of ppl on there have the kogan and everyone is willing to answer questions.

#38 scarfie

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

My Thermoblend arrived today!  I am so excited, I haven't opened the box yet because DD is cooking dinner, but as soon as she has it is out on the bench.  I have all the ingredients to make a sorbet and will try a risotto tomorrow.

#39 tomaudsmum

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

The Thermoblend arrived just after Christmas.
I really want to love it but it seems SO daunting. No recipe booklet confuses things as well. I just dont have the time for trial & error. Looks like it will be returned to KOGAN  sad.gif

#40 Mung bean

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE (tomaudsmum @ 02/01/2013, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Thermoblend arrived just after Christmas.
I really want to love it but it seems SO daunting. No recipe booklet confuses things as well. I just dont have the time for trial & error. Looks like it will be returned to KOGAN  sad.gif

None of the thermoblends come withe recipe books and the Bellini one isn't much good either. That's ok though, there are heaps of kogan users on the Bellini addicts page, just be scared join the page and within a few days you will be using thermomix recipes like a master chef.

Like today in my Bellini I made my own almond milk and then with the left over ground almonds from the milk I ground up quinoa, brown rice, sunflower Kenna's and a few others things and made the most amazing sugar free whole grain berry muffins. I used recipes from quirky cooking blog.

So happy with myself.

Edited by Mung bean, 02 January 2013 - 07:02 PM.

#41 scarfie

Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

Well, the sorbet was beautiful!  Looking forward to my next days off work so i can really start to use it.  Need to print off the recipes from Bellini Addicts page and my colleague is bringing in her Thermomix recipe books tomorrow.

Looking forward to the risotto tomorrow night.

#42 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

Kitchenware Direct have the thermochef for $100 off in their big sale and free shipping.

#43 gabbigirl

Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

Hi, I am just bumping this up as we are looking a buying a food processor since buying Jamie Oliver's 15min cookbooks,  I am trying to convince husband that a thermoblend or Bellini would be better, just not sure.  Sadly a thermo mix is not in our budget. How is everyone going with their thermoblends? Or Bellini

Thank you.

#44 Daisy Goat

Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

QUOTE (gabbigirl @ 19/01/2013, 10:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I am just bumping this up as we are looking a buying a food processor since buying Jamie Oliver's 15min cookbooks,  I am trying to convince husband that a thermoblend or Bellini would be better, just not sure.  Sadly a thermo mix is not in our budget. How is everyone going with their thermoblends? Or Bellini

Thank you.

Has anyone had a look at these?


#45 scarfie

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

I'm not sure if I'm loving mine or not!  I have been making some lovely Sorbets, which have been great on these hot days we have been having, but the main meals I have done in it have been flops, except for the very first risotto I made.

One of the problems I have with it is that there is no cookbook.  I joined the Bellini Addicts group on FB, but I find that even their recipes need to be tweaked a bit.

I have had problems with food burning where the blades are, and it is difficult to get the burn marks off.

I have got three weeks of annual leave coming up, so looking forward to playing with it a bit more then, hopefully I will fall in love with it a bit more!

#46 gabbigirl

Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:35 AM

Thanks for that scarfie. We remain undecided rolleyes.gif

#47 Toothfairy01

Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:40 AM

As a time-poor FTM, I can't read through this whole thread, although I'm sure it's very comprehensive.

I'd love a Thermomix but being on mat leave, we can't justify the expense. I can see that there are a few similar machines on the market now, including the Target and Kogan ones, but now mainstream brands are also doing their own versions.

Can anyone tell me in a nutshell, what the consensus is? I can see good and bad reviews for everything from Bellini's and Kogans being returned as they've literally blown up.

I'm so sick of steaming and then blending, I can only make babyfood in the evening and I'd love to give my hub fresh, unfrozen food some of the time.

Thanks in advance...!

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