ThermoCook review: I’ve been an ambassador for Australian high-end gadget brand, Froothie, for the past year, so I was delighted to be sent their newest product, their answer to the popular Thermomix: the Optimum ThermoCook.
It’s similar to the popular Thermomix, with a few major differences. I first used a Thermomix when I went to Paris recently to cook at the Alain Ducasse Ecole de Cuisine – where I used it to whiz steam roasted parsnips with cream into the fluffiest parsnip puree. I fell in love with the gadget, until my head was turned by a newer model: the ThermoCook.
So, what’s a ThermoCook? Well, more like what isn’t it? This gadget has the footprint of a 4-slice toaster, but it can perform loads of functions. It’s essentially a food processor with a heating element, and you just have to change the accessories to make it do even more – from boiling and sautéing to kneading and chopping. Yes, really. This beautiful beast can do it all.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be using the ThermoCook more than my kettle. It will make breakfast: porridge, smoothies, yogurt; lunch: soup, pesto, bread; dinner: stew, rice, sauces, pizza dough… right through to dessert: meringue, crumble, cake.
Froothie Thermocook Review – The Thermomix Rival
The Thermocook comes with:
– 2.0 Litre detachable stainless steel jar for blending and cooking
– Butterfly mixer
– Kneading blade
– Stainless steel blade assembly
– Steamer tray
– Cooking basket
– Measuring cup
– Large 70x50mm LCD screen
– Separate precision glass scale
– Soft silicon rubber spatula
– Powerful 500W motor
– 1000W heating element
– Overheat/overload protection and safety protection system
– Simple pre-set auto programs and unique DIY program
– Adjustable timer and temperature gauge
– Dishwasher proof (non-electrical parts only)
– Comprehensive recipe e-book
The Thermocook allows you to control the cooking process, you can set the timer from 1 second to 12 hours, adjust the temperature from 37-120C, vary the 10 speed levels, plus use the pulse function. You can either adjust the settings to what you need, or use the pre-set programmes including: Smoothie, Quick Soup, Thick Soup, Chop, Saute, Stir, Steam, Stew, Warm, Reheat, Boil, Yoghurt, Rice, Porridge, Kneading.
So far I’ve used my Thermocook for quite a few recipes. It’s great at chopping vegetables in seconds like a food processor and super-quick for onions. I’ve made a variety of soups and the Thermocook takes care of everything from chopping the vegetables to sauteeing the onions, from cooking the soup to blending it smooth. I’ve also used it to make a very creamy risotto without having to stir at all!
The basket can be put into the top so if you’re making a sauce or stew below, you can cook dumplings simultaneously with the steam, or you could make a veggie cottage pie, with the potatoes steaming in the basket above.
The only thing that has been disappointing is that you need to change the blades to the kneading paddle if you go from chopping the vegetables to cooking. This means you have to tip the contents of the jug into a bowl and swap the blades. You don’t have to do this for all recipes, but I have encountered a few that have. Having two jugs would help, but it would be great if you could reverse the blades so they go from chopping to stirring, instead of taking the mechanism out.
That said, it’s really my only issue. The machine could replace a whole kitchen worth of gadgets and it cooks everything beautifully. It is a solid piece of kit and doesn’t take up much space for something that does so much. It is a major multi-tasker and can go from crushing ice to kneading dough. You can whiz up flour from oats or grains, turn granulated sugar into powdered icing sugar, or cook a stew.
You’ll be seeing lots of ThermoCook recipes from me in the coming months. If you’d like to get one of these gadgets yourself, Froothie have them on sale at the moment for £537 down from £895. They aren’t cheap, but they are really well made and replace your blender, food processor, slow cooker, rice steamer, etc… saving loads of space in the kitchen.
I also love my Froothie Optimum 600 Juicer – it’s a whole fruit juicer that crushes the fruit (as opposed to centrifugal juicers that ‘grate’ the produce) so it leaves more nutrients.
I use my Froothie Optimum 9400 blender at least once a day. Just today, I made a smoothie for breakfast and an avocado cream for dinner’s chipotle lentil tacos. It’s by far the most used gadget I’ve ever owned and it never leaves my worktop. Could my ThermoCook rival it for favourite piece of kitchen equipment? We’ll soon see!
Disclosure, Thermocook Review: Froothie sent me a Thermocook but did not pay me for my review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.