Who doesn’t love a good hack to find out there is so much more to your Thermomix than it’s awesome standard features. Find out more amazing Thermomix hacks.
Ok, let’s admit, I love my Thermomix and it does a lot of magical things that I never even imagined. There are so many great tricks and tips for using your Thermomix but here are some of my favourite hacks for Thermomix you may not even know yet. Some of these are such great little extra features your Thermomix possesses but others may be things you have never really thought off. Especially if you are new to using your Thermomix, these 10 Thermomix hacks are definitely worth knowing and using all the time.
The 10 best Thermomix Hacks
Some of these you may well know already but I just love a good hack and discovering new ways of using my Thermomix.
1. The measuring cup is a great cookie cutter not just for Easter time.
You can use your TM5 measuring cup to make super cute Easter cookies shaped like an Easter egg. But, it’s not only cute at Easter time. You can make indentations with the edge of the measuring cup to create a pine cone shape and get lovely Christmas cookies. If you have a TM31 you have the perfect round cookie cutter that you can use for any type of cookie you like.
2. Lock in your butterfly in the perfect way to avoid disasters.
Using the butterfly is one of my favourite things and of course you are reading this and think, so what does she mean by locking in the butterfly? Well, you cannot actually lock it in but what you can do is place it in the correct way into the mixing bowl so that you avoid having it ‘fall’ off when using. Because, who wants plastic in their food right? Just remember, never use the butterfly above Speed 4 though.
Your blade is made up of 4 blades. Each one is at a different height. Rotate your blade inside the TM mixing bowl with the highest blade (underneath that blade is the Vorwerk logo) pointing towards the litre indications or ’12 o’clock’ if you like. Then take your butterfly whisk attachment and place it at 5 to 12. That keeps it nicely ‘locked’ into the blade and will make your mixing life a little safer.
3. Separate eggs with your Thermomix lid.
How frustrating is it when you are trying to crack and separate an egg but it flops right into the bowl as a whole. Rather than cracking them into a separate bowl you can simply use your TM mixing bowl lid with the measuring cup in place. Crack the egg on top and let the egg white fall into the bowl while catching the egg yolk on the lid. Tip the egg yolk in a bowl and use it as you like.
4. Use your Varoma as a salad spinner.
Making some fresh salad and need to rinse it? Don’t go and buy an expensive salad spinner, you’ve got your Varoma. Simply place the wet salad leaved in the lower Varoma tray and close the lid. Then, above the sink, shake it well and nicely until the water has come through the holes at the bottom. Voila, freshly cleaned and perfectly crunchy salad.
5. Reduce your sauces or jams in the Thermomix by placing the simmering basket on the lid.
To make the perfect jam or caramel sauce you need to leave it to reduce. Lots of stream needs to escape and with the measuring cup in place on the TM lid too much liquid will go back into the TM bowl which doesn’t help getting the right results. So, simply use your simmering basket in place of the measuring cup to help reducing the liquid. It lets through steam without causing any splatters.
6. Grind small amounts of spices by inserting the simmering basket in the mixing bowl.
When you are grinding spices the rule of thumb is to at least cover the lowest blade in order to avoid the prices from ‘flying’ all over the TM bowl. However, if you do have small amounts, you can simply insert the simmering basket to catch any spices and provide a little barrier so that the spices don’t go all over the place and get ground better.
7. Use the lid to create a funnel when pouring jams or milled spiced into jars.
Sometimes it can be very hard to transfer liquids into a jar with a small opening. Take your TM lid and place it on top of the jar opening to create a funnel. Simply hold in place while pouring in the liquid through the lid opening to avoid any spills.
8. Use the Varoma to drain large amounts of pasta.
Have the whole family coming over and need to drain large amounts of pasta? Simply place the lower Varoma tray in the sink and drain the pasta in the Varoma. Lift it up and let the pasta water escape. It’s a great trick for any large amounts of food that need draining.