(Taps mic, clears throat) 

“Hi, everyone. My name is Amy and I own a thermomix and I’m not in the least bit sorry.”

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I know it’s kinda fashionable at the moment to roll ones eyes and shake one’s head at thermomix owners. I also know that owning a thermomix and being a dick aren’t mutually exclusive things. My own research has shown that this kitchen appliance does not actually cause one to become a dick. In fact, evidence suggests that being a dick is likely a pre-existing condition. This is also demonstrated by the fact that non-thermomix owners can be just as dickish as thermomix owners. The appliance is not the cause. This is the first rule of sciencing, guys: Correlation does not equal causation!

The Price Tag.

Yes, I did pay around $2000 for it. This must horrify some people, because every time there is an article or blog post doing the rounds about the thermomix, people comment that they “cannot understand” why people pay so much for an appliance. I could go into a lengthy explanation of how it has saved me money. I could compare other pricey appliances that people buy, like the latest Dyson that will set you back a cool $900 and you’ll still have to push it around while it performs its sole function.

Instead of getting into the nuts and bolts, I’ll just say this: You don’t actually need to understand why people choose to buy stuff. If you don’t understand why someone would spend that amount, you can do one of two things. Look into the appliance; ask people who own them what they like about them or use them for, get to a demo, read reviews. Or, you can continue to live your life without fully comprehending why someone else would spend money on an item you aren’t willing to spend that same amount of money on. You don’t have to question the sanity or otherwise denigrate people who buy stuff you wouldn’t buy.

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Screenshot from comments on News.com.au

The “Cult” of Thermomix.

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Screenshot from comments on News.com.au

I’m an atheist, not a member of any religion or cult. The thermomix adorning my bench top is a kitchen appliance, not a deity. Liking my thermomix or speaking about the cool stuff I’ve made with it doesn’t mean that I’m in a cult. Implying otherwise is getting kind of old.  Sure, some people may seem a little over-zealous. This could be because they just really like what their appliance enables them to do. It doesn’t mean they are manufacturing a preservative-free Kool Aid from scratch, ready to serve it to unsuspecting friends and neighbours. If someone you know is chuffed with their purchase, let them be.

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They aren’t hurting anyone by being pleased and if you aren’t a dick about it, they’ll probably make you some jam or invite you over for risotto or something. If someone you don’t know is happy about their purchase, again, let ’em be. Of course, if someone is harassing you to buy one, feel free to tell them to bugger off. Some thermomix owners choose to become consultants that sell them, which is fine, but doesn’t mean they get to be dicks about it all, either.

“Real” Cooking vs. Mush.

Apparently, the food you make in a thermomix doesn’t qualify as “real” cooking. I can only imagine that the people who feel this way are stubbornly sticking to the washboard method to keep their clothes clean because using an automatic washing machine isn’t “real” laundering.

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Screenshot from comments on The Australian.

The end result of thermocooking isn’t proper food either. It’s mush suitable for “the toothless or people with their jaws wired”, according to blogger Lana from Sharpest Pencil in this article. Lana says she copped abuse for writing an article about her disappointment with her thermomix. She says thermo-fans called her a bad mother, scammer, terrible cook and other names. This is bad maths, people. Not enjoying a kitchen appliance doesn’t add up to being any of those things. When Lana’s first piece on her thermomix went live, I did see a lot of strangely offended people dishing out scathing remarks. I also saw an awful lot of people offering suggestions and recipes to try. Not because they are thermo-zealots; it seemed pretty clear they were just trying to help. I’m pretty sure I was one of them, because the idea of a $2000 custard-only machine made me feel sad. There are plenty of non-mushy recipes out there; I hope Lana finds one soon!

The Burning Issue.

45 thermomix owners have reportedly suffered burns while using their machines. Were they using them according to the manufacturer’s instructions? I have no idea. Could the manufacturer be at fault? Are they doing anything dodgy? I don’t know, maybe! Certainly seems worth looking into and reminders to be careful and use it as safely as possible are warranted. Is it okay to assume the burns victims are at fault and harshly criticise them online or elsewhere? No, of course it isn’t. Is it okay to use these people’s misfortunes to mock people who also have a thermomix? No! Either way, you’re using injured people to push an agenda. If this is you, on either side, let that sink in. You have an agenda concerning a kitchen appliance. 

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

This “debate” seems to ebb and flow. Nothing for a month or two, then a rash of posts from people reminding everyone that they don’t have, need or want a thermomix, followed by the outraged comments from people explaining why they should. In between; a handful of people, thermomixers and non-thermomixers, wondering why anyone cares either way.

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Squabbling, side-eye, smuggery, (probably high-waisted) judgy pants and and trolling over a kitchen appliance. Can we just not?! It seems such a senseless division to be a part of. This is, after all, how the terrorists win! So let’s all just opt out of it, right now. Let people cook however they want to, be it in a thermomix or over an open fire with nothing but sharpened stones and sticks for tools. It doesn’t matter, honestly. Take a leaf out of Elsa’s book.

ELSA

Surely we have bigger fish to fry? (or steam, dice, sauté, stew…)

 

#IBOT @ Kylie Purtell.

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  • Thanks for once again for being the voice of reason. I’m sure we wouldn’t dream of (much less care about) what vacuum cleaners people have or what washing machine they use, yet for some bizarre reason everyone has an opinion on whether one should or shouldn’t have a Thermomix. Personally, I love mine and it has saved me countless hours in the kitchen and loads money in my wallet, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everybody. That just means more fudge for me 🙂

  • I was only just thinking on the weekend how I never hear about thermomixes anymore. And then your post pops up! You must have been reading my mind …

  • Oh I love a bit of Thermo rage! These articles really do seem to bring out the worst in both camps.
    I’ve got the el cheapo version, and I have most definitely been on the receiving end of some pretty nasty judgement from ‘real’ Thermie owners. Online of course, no one would ever be so animated and vitriolic in relation to a kitchen appliance IRL!

    • Oh, I’m not sure we can be friends any more… Bahahahahaha! As if!

  • I seriously don’t understand why people can be so ragey when it comes to owning/not owning a thermomix. I’ve got one and use it regularly, however I have never judged any of my friends for not having one or having a different brand. I also don’t feel the need to justify why I spent the amount of money that we did to buy one, I’d never ask anyone why they spent x amount of dollars on their clothing/jewellery etc.

    • Exactly. We don’t have these debates over $2000 handbags, shoes or anything else!

  • Well said. I just don’t get the great thermomix divide. Who cares if some people have them and others don’t? Craziness.

  • LydiaCLee

    So I don’t have a thermo, and I don’t want one (because I really can’t devote that much headspace or money to something I hate anyway – If I could eat out every night I would – and have someone make school lunches for me too). But I LOVE the enthusiasm of the Thermo people. When people have a ‘party’, I always offer to go. I make it clear I won’t be buying, I just like to hear the zeal. When people get on their thermo talk, their eyes literally light up, and their enthusiasm is uplifting. I have discovered I’m at an age where everyone is so pissy about everything. They don’t like anything, Even their FB memes are judgmental and negative. I like the positivity exuded by the thermo people. Even if it is cooking related, which is too boring for words (I’m not a masterchef/celebrity chef watcher either). So I think there’s definitely something great about the Thermomix..maybe not what the makers intended.

    • I love this comment so much Lydia. You cut through all the crap and see the good side. Love it.

  • writeofthemiddle

    The thermomix thing blows my mind – the people for and the people against. Woah – there are bigger problems in the world are their not? I don’t own one. Don’t know a thing about them. Will never own one because too much $$$’s! If I won one – well then I would welcome it into my home with open arms and stuff what anyone thought! 🙂

  • jess

    Haha it is ridiculous that there is such a passionate debate about an appliance. Probably not seen since the introduction of the television (why would you want to waste your time watching black and white pictures when you could use your imagination?!). I admit I don’t own one, nor do I really care to. But each to their own!

  • I love that people are so passionate, I just feel it’s a shame that their passions can be channeled into such negative views about others. Live and let live! Wouldn’t the world be a lovely place if we all used our passions for positive things!

    • It’s nice that people get passionate about something positive for a change, I reckon. Why spoil that?

  • Gosh who knew an appliance could cause such division? I don’t want one, but I know lots of awesome cooks (and chefs) who do and love them and bring me lovely jams and make butter chicken that is divine. I don’t really understand the vehemence with which people use to defend their position on whichever side of the Thermomix they sit, seems a little ridiculous to me. But then I have to stand and stir my risotto so I don’t really have time for that 😉

    • Haha! I know a consultant who could hook you up 😉

      • Too late- husband has just surprised me with one for my birthday. Holy homemade butter Batman ! 😀😀

  • I think they are all just jealous. Like me. Although I don’t tend to take it out on those that do have one. Just hint that they may like to leave it our place while they are on holidays.

  • I have read the debates, seen the trolling and more and wondered…is it just because we can’t stand someone not liking something we like or what?? I have no idea about thermomixes except what I read from pro-thermomix fans and the others. If it works for you and your family, so be it.

  • I read the debates, I see the pro’s and con’s, but I cannot participate. The time I spend in a kitchen is only proportional to me being allowed to buy a $2.99 tray from Aldi to heat up pizza 🙂

  • “I can only imagine that the people who feel this way are stubbornly sticking to the washboard method to keep their clothes clean because using an automatic washing machine isn’t “real” laundering.” Actually, I stick to the washboard method of washing because I like to pretend I’m running my hands over Brad Pitt’s sudsy abs.
    Excuse me for a moment…

    • I’ve returned from my little mind-wandering period of bliss to say: #teamIBOT

      • Oh man, you’re taking me back to a young BP in Thelma and Louise!

  • Here here, it all seems ridiculous… and I’ve been hearing about the ACCC investigating … cannot work out how people get burned at all. I’ve been used my old Thermie for over five years and have never had a burns issue or any safety issue. And can’t quite grasp what culd happen.

    Anyway, I use mine every day … I feel it does the work of many other appliances which I’d never bought… live and let cook is what I say.

    • Yeah, I read one lady was blitzing hot soup and was across the room and walked over. That’s sounding like she had left it to blitz which is a definite no no. But who knows, we weren’t there and I sure hope she is ok now!

  • So sensible Amy. I have one, I like it, I use it every day and it has made my cooking life easier, it works for my family. I could not care less if other people have or don’t have one, it’s a kitchen appliance! It’s no one else’s business as to why or what people choose to spend their money on and I really don’t get the heightened emotions some have about it some perspective would be good, but each to their own!

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    I am afraid to go near a thermomix as I am the worst cook and I know I will ultimately destroy it.

  • It is a very heated debate isn’t it! Love some of the screenshots and comments you posted 🙂 You are either a lover or a hater of it!

  • Yep…think I’m just jealous. Must “Let it Go.” 😉

  • As a thermie owner, I’m with Lana on the mush. Everything, with no exception, that I cook the ‘traditional’ way is better than the Thermomix version. But I can’t get to animated about it because as you say, it’s an appliance!

    • The only thing I’ve ever cooked that was much was rice because I accidentally puréed it haha!

  • It’s amazing how one kitchen appliance can create so much of a divide. I’m sitting on the fence – people can do the hell what they like. I do however reserve the right to laugh wholeheartedly at the Katering Show’s “warm wet rice” episode 🙂

    • I did laugh at that at first, but then everyone started tagging me in it and laughing at my “wet rice” machine and even that got old fast!

  • It’s a kitchen appliance. That is all. x

  • Bree

    Looool i was literally laughing out loud throughout this post and completely agree tbat being a dick is a pre existing condition! Enjoy your thermomix gurrrrl!

  • Honestly, people getting worked up about how other people cook their food to the point of expending energy on the internet to make a point of it? I just . . . urgh. I can’t even articulate how stupid that is.

  • I don’t own a thermomix, and I don’t judge those who do own one. I’ve never been to a demo because I’m scared I will want one! 🙂

  • It always makes me feel that we must be having a pretty bad news week when the good old thermo gets thrown back on the table. Who cares how people cook their food. I honestly don’t have any idea whether my friends own them or not, we have way more important stuff to talk about like making sure we don’t all double up on the ingredients for the espresso martinis for the girls night in and making sure we don’t all book birthday parties on the same weekend as each other. 🙂

  • Let it goooooo. Love it! Suzy’s comment below hits the nail on the head I think. You see the silliest ‘news’ articles sometimes and it’s clearly just a time filler with no real news attached. It’s so easy to get people worked up about something that they never would have even considered prior.

  • We love ours, but we are foodies and love to cook. It’s not for everyone, but neither are other things. I don’t go on about it, it is something we have on the bench!