So, I have a few friends who have a Thermomix (all who have affectionately nicknamed there prized appliance) but I have been too much of a scrooge to fork out $2000 to be the proud owner of one myself.
I heard rumours a few months back of a machine which is essentially the same as a Thermomix but at one third the price, a bit of googling later and I discover the Thermochef. Not too helpful though as everything seemed to be in Spanish (or equally indescernable language to me) - but there was one Australian company promising to bring it to a store new me soon!
So, I have now been to said store, purchased the thermochef (at closer to half price than a third but still decently below the $1000 mark) and I am embarking on my experiment to see if me being a tighta**e can really pay off or if I should have just bought a thermomix.
Inital thoughts are that there is a definite sense of you get what you pay for. I have 'babysat' a friends thermomix before so amsomewhat familiar with the machine but by no means an expert BUT in saying that, I am impressed with the thermochef so far. The materials seem to be quality and the functionality differences I notice at the moment are the lack of reverse and I haven't quite worked out the interval speed equivalent yet either. Also the built in electronic scales of the thermomix is a bonus as the thermochef scales are off to the side but definitely not a deal breaker.
Also, as this is a relatively new addition to the market ( I think I heard they've been around for 18months??), the recipe book is a little sparce so I will try and use my preloved recipes plus adapt a few from thermomix to create a lovely repitoire of culinary delights!!
Please feel free to share with me if you have any tips tricks or recipes to add