Tips for Thermomix beginners (and helpful links!)

updated September 2014

Dear Thermomix beginner;
We’ve all been there…  We are excited to have Thermomix in the kitchen…  But what to do first? Many of us get help from the consultant who introduced us to Thermomix. But as Thermomix becomes more popular, more people are ordering sight-unseen, without a demo. If your Thermomix arrives in the mail, with no consultant to help you unpack and plug it in for the first time, what do you do? Here are some tip-filled links for having your first fun with Thermomix.

After ordering, and before Thermomix arrives:

  • Unboxing Vorwerk Bimby if you haven’t seen this yet, here is a little video to get you in the mood for receiving your new Thermomix/Bimby
  • Get a head start —  Read the TM31 instruction manual online!
  • read the blog  Thermomix Meals to see how much help Thermomix can provide on a daily basis
  • proceed with caution: you might get a brain overload but here it is anyway, the easiest way to find new Thermomix recipes on facebook is by following The Thermomix List.
  • Is your kitchen ready for Thermomix? Preparation makes for an easier transition to Thermo-cookery. Check out these highly-recommended and oh-so helpful Thermomix-friendly kitchen kits!

1) It’s here! Now what do I do???

2) Don’t be shy! First recipes to try.

3) Are we having fun yet? Time to share!

  • Contact your favourite Thermomix consultant to book a demo at your house. Do it right now! Why not? A demo will introduce your friends to this super kitchen machine. It will show them first hand why you are so excited about cooking more healthy foods, more efficiently, with so much more fun than you ever thought possible. Not only will this serve to inform friends and family, but it will provide you with more tips, recipe ideas, and confidence.
  • Get on the forum, register…  and start chatting The Thermomix forum is a HUGE source of FRIENDLY support for all Thermomix users, but especially helpful to those who are just starting out. No question is too big or too small. Use the ‘search‘ function to see if someone has already talked about the subject you need, and don’t be shy to start your own topic.
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this page! This site is visited by sooo many curious people who don’t yet own a Thermomix.  (In fact, there are hundreds like you reading this page every day!) These blog readers would love to hear that new users think…

See 47 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Trissa October 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Fantastic write up – I’m going to share with everyone!

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Great — now that’s what we like to hear!


  3. Jo @ Quirky Cooking October 28, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    Yes, great tips! I’ll add this link to my ‘converting recipes’ post! :D

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 28, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    Cool Jo, thanks! What a tidy little circle of information we have going on here ;-)

  5. A Canadian Foodie October 28, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Just what we need Helene – don’t know why someone hasn’t contacted you and PAID you for this, yet!!!

  6. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 28, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Oh Valerie how thoughtful of you to suggest such a thing… but being the popular food blogger that you are, I’m sure you’ll agree that the rewards of blogging (especially about Thermomix) are more than monetary!

  7. mara October 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Loved this post.

  8. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks Mara, so glad you liked it (and took the time to say so)!

  9. Lydia November 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Thanks! Just got my thermomix this week! I m loving it!!! Already my whole family is amazed at what I can cook now. Thanks for your post, it’s all a bit much and it’s good to know there are a lot of people out there who can help. :)

  10. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Great to hear from you Lydia! Thanks for taking time out of all your Thermomixing fun to drop us a note. You are not alone. Just about everyone who gets a Thermomix finds that it helps them to cook things they never would have done otherwise. So many of us now make things regularly, that were ‘beyond our reach’ before Thermomix — things like Hollandaise, Sabayon, and mayonnaise are now home-made staples in many Thermomix households. Hang on cuz the ‘fun curve’ with this machine rises exponentially!

  11. Nicola November 21, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    I am a new owner of a TM31 and am loving it. Have spend hours looking through all the blogs. The tips and recipes are fantastic….I look forward toad some recipes of my own in time to come. Thank you to all the great TM owners who take the time to help “newbies” like me!!!! :)

  12. Nicola November 21, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Oh my gosh, I should have checked the spelling in the previous post….apologies for the poor spelling. Hopefully my cooking will not be as bad!!!! :)

  13. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    No problem Nicola… we understand. You are excited, the adrenaline is rushing, and you can barely type as you jump around wondering what to try next! So glad you took the time to visit and comment :-)

  14. Shayela November 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Been considering buying a Thermomix… actually I know I’m buying one however wondering if I should purchase here in Australia or while I”m overseas in the USA next month… any tips on where its the cheapest??

  15. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Great Shayela – sounds like you know yourself well enough to trust in this machine. I get asked similar questions all the time and my answer is always as seen here: follow links on the manufacturer’s website to contact the consultant closest to you. That way you will get the best, fastest service possible and support after (if you need it). Also, Thermomix is NOT SOLD IN THE USA. So the decision has already been made for you, really. Best wishes for happy Thermomixing!

  16. Cuilidh November 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Shayela – A brilliant idea to buy a Thermomix, I concur with you absolutely.

    Although the AUD is more or less at parity with the USD just now, should you purchase your Thermomix whilst you are in the USA (even assuming it was available there) you would have the problems of getting a delicate bit of machinery back home to Australia safely and you wouldn’t have the direct backup of your local consultant – plus, just to make things worse, you would probably be hit by GST when you got back to Australia – that means you can add another 10% to the purchase price.

    Good luck and happy cooking (when you get your TMX).

  17. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Good points Cuilidh, thanks for taking time to share this with Shayela!

  18. Margie May 9, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Been to a demo, looks great. Just got to convince hubby. Do people who buy a thermomix normally give away there scales, food processor etc as there is space issue for me. But then it would be used everyday so no need to put away.

  19. ThermomixBlogger Helene May 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Margie: Glad to hear you like what you’ve seen so far. I think most people who buy a Thermomix do end up ‘retiring’ some other appliances. In my case, I was reluctant to truly let go of certain items, so I moved them from the kitchen to the garage… just in case I might need them again. After one year of zero use, I sold off the following: Cuisinart food processor, blender, and rice cooker — plus all the bulky steaming baskets I had accumulated over the years. I have semi-retired the coffee grinder, but I still use it about half time.

    I think there is probably 100% agreement from Thermomix owners that we never, EVER put Thermomix out of sight and under the counter/bench. We just use it much too often. One of the nice aspects of Thermomix is its small footprint for such a high degree of functionality. Because it is not as tall as a Vitamix or blender, it easily fits on the counter, tucked under the upper cupboards if needed. Because it’s always at the ready we tend to use it several times per day.

    Cheers Margie — I look forward to hearing more from you after you become a Thermomix owner one day… soon ;-)

  20. AmyUSA August 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Just bought my first thermomix, and checking out all the online resources for it – this is a great article for me! Thank you .. Looking forward to testing out some of the recipes here and on other sites – good motivation for me to learn how to cook new things :) Cheers!

  21. ThermomixBlogger Helene August 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Yay AmyUSA – congrats to you! I hope that this “first Thermomix” is also your last, as the super kitchen machine is really built to last and probably will never need replacing. The only way some people ever part with them is by passing them on to their grown children, so that they may get a new model. (That said, they don’t update models very often at all.) I’m so glad you found this info useful, and hope that you will return here to continue your culinary experiments as you continue to explore your Thermomix. Cheers,

  22. Theresa Venter November 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I have had my new Thermomix for just a week and WOW, just LOVE it. Better watch my weight!!! as I have tried the Butter chicken,mmmmmmm, the bief stroganoff, moremmmmm’s, chicken curry, made some beautiful muffins and tonight I am going to make, Chicken Ravioli in Veroma steamer, will let you all know how it went….

  23. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Hooray for you Theresa — in just one week you’ve become a “wowing”, “loving”, “Varoma-ing” and “Mmmming” Thermomix fan! Oh yes, you are also a “commenting” fan — and you are super welcome to do as much wowing, and wooing as you like around here ;-)

  24. Lina December 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi, Just got my thermomix 2 wks ago. Tried out the Kaya custard. it was superb. Will be browsing this forum to look for recipes. I only attended the demo 2x.
    Thanks for posting all the tips on line.

  25. Elissa December 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    So I saw my first demonstration last weekend, and ordered my thermomix the following Monday- I was so impressed!! We have our first baby on the way and I am keen for any help I can get!! It arrives tonight (the thermomix, not the baby!!) and I have been madly searching forums and watching videos for ideas and recipes – am so excited. I have been making the same old meals for years, and am in desperate need of a “menu makeover,” a “dinner spinner, ” a “food facelift!” So here goes :-)

  26. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Aww Elissa, so great to hear from you today! You are going to have so much fun exploring Thermomix while waiting for baby to arrive. And guess what? Each time the Thermomix beeps, between now and birthing day your baby will get to know that sound too! After he/she is born, that Thermomix ‘chime’ will be a comforting, familiar sound. Just think, if baby is fussy (of course your baby won’t be, but just saying…) you’ll be able to soothe that little one just by doing more cooking ;-)

    Good luck in the Dinner Spinner giveaway — the next pop-up (surprise) draw will be very soon….

  27. Nicole March 29, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    Hi, I have just purchased my thermie last week and have been unable to locate a list of ingredients that a beginner should stock the pantry/fridge with to ensure that you can cook with the thermie everyday. Do you have one???

    Thanks Nicole

  28. Antonietta August 20, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Hi everyone! I’ve been trying to buy the bimby for years now but they keep saying it is not sold in the united states. Anyone can help me and guide me in what to do? I’m thinking about buying it in Italy, ship it and use a transformer to use it? Any suggestion?

  29. Pip August 24, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Hi everyone. Well my thermie (called Nigella) arrived on Wednesday and was used for a demo at my daughter’s house. Food as good as the first demo I attended, when I decided to buy a TMix. Special lunch this Sunday when “Nigella” will be put to good use. Will use these forums for sure to hunt for new recipes and also to convert existing favourites courtesy of Jo at Quirky Cooking.

  30. Maria @ Feisty Tapas September 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    What a fantastic post! I am really flattered that you have included my blog but also kicking myself that I didn’t find your post before I got my machine the other week. Here in the UK the machine is delivered by a courier with no consultant attached. Thank you.

  31. helen February 27, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    hi people, just got thermomix last saturday. consultant came and gave myself and husband demo. husband sceptical but willing to give it a go. i just spent the afternoon, in amongst washing etc, making breadcrumbs from gluten free bread, husband wheat intolerant, and pumpkin soup, and steamed veges. i need to lose 20 kilo and have been told thermomix will help, so here goes, started today. 27/02/2013, have read all the books i w as given back to frony and wish i could make all recipes straight away. waiting for new kitchen at the moment,so cannot store all jars for storage yet, they are piled up on bookcase in other room. look frowar to seeing more recipes on line. quirky cooking was introduced to us by our consultant and it will now be on favourites.
    bye for now

  32. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Hi Helen! Great to hear your story. As we say here, “You have hit the ground running!” Lovely to see all the healthy recipes made in your first days! Quirky Cooking is definitely a favourite around here too ;-) It sounds like you are getting organized and well on your way to success with that new Thermomix. Hope you are ready for all the FUN!

  33. Sue M. June 16, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    My daughter has just brought me a thermomix and would like to cook fresh mushroom soup in the bowl with stuffed cabbage leaves on the top. Has anyone done this and is it successful….Thanks

  34. JanR September 26, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    Thermomix due to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait. Will definitely be dipping in to this blog for help!!

  35. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Hooray for you JanR, congrats on joining this happy group of international cooks! You are welcome here any time ;-)

  36. Leonora November 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Thanks for great information and links. I have devoured the instruction manual and am ready to collect my TM from my inspiring consultant – 3 sleeps to go! …what to cook first? :)

  37. Tamara December 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Love the tips. Lots that not even the consultant said or I hadn’t heard at the few demos I went to.
    Easy quick reference. Like the thermomix meals blog too.

  38. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks Tamara, so glad these were helpful to you :)

  39. Carla January 15, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I used to have one, but when I left my country, I had to sell it. Is there a possibility to buy a Thermomix in US?

  40. Caren January 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I’m in love and so excited!! Got my thermomix on Thursday and since then I’ve made raw beet root salad, torte caprese, chocolate cake, steamed salmon, frozen berry banana yoghurt, quinoa salad, veg smoothie and poached eggs. Looking forward to sharing and receiving great healthy recipes and tips from your blog : ))

  41. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Wow Caren, you GO girl! What an awesome start. Would you believe me when I tell you that the longer you have your Thermomix, the more you will use it?! Yes, you’re using it heaps now, but this won’t stop! Hang on for the fun ride ;-)

  42. Amritk June 24, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Just got my Thermomix this morning – have made soup, stock, jam, garlic bread sticks and beef rendang……just so so so happy

  43. ThermomixBlogger Helene June 24, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Amritk — and we are SO SO SO happy for you too! It is so exciting to start discovering the fun of Thermomix, and everyone who owns one has had this experience. As an adult, I think it makes us feel like a kid at Christmas again… that long-lost feeling of over-the-top enthusiasm and promise of more self-made fun ahead! There is a whole world of (7+ million) like-minded cooks out there who can relate to what you are feeling. I’m sure you are already exploring some of these great blogs and resources, and you’ll find more of our favourites here. Happy mixing!


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