|Pasta cooked the old fashion way – no Therm Cook!
It would not be fair of me to avoid updating my blogpost about the Aldi Kuchef Thermo Cook. You may recall that we purchased one as a Christmas gift and have been using it ever since. We have made soup, sauces, jam, chutney, curries, sorbet, smoothies. It has been an all purpose work horse and one that the older kids can use easily.
So the mid year recall was somewhat of a surprise. Our only issue had been that on a sustained high temperature some recipes ( béchamel, curry pastes) tended to ‘catch’ on the inside of the stainless steel jug. This was nothing a good clean could not fix.
Following the recall instructions my handy workhorse aka Thermo Cook was sent back to the manufacturer and replaced. Apparently there had been issues with hot food being expelled from the machine when it was used at high speed – and I suspect someone has been burnt. But my new best kitchen buddy would not work – when assembled and plugged in, there seemed to be a fault.
My days of whipping every green bit of goodness into smoothies for the family, making fabulous no sugar sorbets and trying the wonderful Dulce de leche (decadent caramel) will have to wait. While I have days when I am missing my machine I do not miss the space it fills on my bench top. This is a Western world problem, no?
I wonder if you have had success with the Kuchef version of the Thermomix. The second model has a new improved base and non stick jug. I would love to hear your Thermo Cook stories.
Happy cooking the old fashioned way…..for now.
We love the Mango Coconut Cream sorbet that we have made in just minutes in our Kuchef Thermo Cook. Thermomix cooks among you would know how easy it is to make fruit sorbets and ices by blending a few simple ingredients.
Most recipes begin by milling some raw sugar (into confectioner’s sugar), adding fruit and ice and blending at high speed. We have done this successfully with raspberries and strawberries, but this time we decided to give some mango a go. The addition of cream or in this instance a tin of coconut cream enhances the favour and helps to combine the sorbet. And to let you in on a secret out family is happy to eat this without the sugar. It will not change the consistency of the sorbet if you leave out the sugar!
The image here is of the mango coconut cream sorbet while it is still in the Kuchef Thermo Cook. We tend to make a batch that feeds all seven people and then some more, so we don’t freeze it for long after it is made. It is prone to becoming hard and icy when refrozen. So, are you keen? I served this mango coconut crew sorbet in mini ice cream cones…perfect for the little mouths we have to feed each day.
- 75 grams sugar
- 500 grams Frozen chopped mango pieces
- 1 can 400ml coconut cream, Frozen
- 400 grams ice cubes
Pre-freeze coconut cream in ice cube tray.
Blitz sugar on Speed 9 for 10 seconds.
Add mango and blitz on Speed 9 for 10 seconds. Add coconut cream and blitz on Speed 9 for 10 seconds. Add ice cubes and blend on speed 9 for a further 40 seconds to 1 minute.
* try this without freezing the coconut cream as well.
On the weekend I made Tomato Relish in the Kuchef Thermo Cook. It literally took 5 minutes to prepare, an hour to cook and yes, I was able to walk away and the work was done. The relish is amazing and will not last long in our home. I think it is an obvious partner for cheese and roasted meats. I think next time I will experiment with using less sugar and changing the spice mix combination.
Tomato Relish -Kuchef Multi Cooker
330 grams brown onions, peeled and halved (2)
1000 grams tomatoes, halved
300 grams sugar
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 tablespoon seeded mustard
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Place onion into TMX or Kuchef bowl and chop for 3 seconds on speed 5.
Add tomatoes, sugar, curry powder, mustard, salt, mixed spice, vinegar and corn flour for 5 seconds on speed 5.
Cook for 1 hour at 100c on speed 1.
Pour relish into sterilised jars and seal.
I have a confession to make. I have watched as friends from all sides, with many and varied lifestyles and budgets have bought a Thermomix. I have even attended a gorgeous Thermomix party, where we saw all the amazing things the TMX can do and then we sampled a range of dishes. It was fun. But my big question was how useful can this product be for my family? Everyday I feed seven people, five of whom eat as adults. Will a basic TMX (2 litre capacity) work for our family? Plus the price point just seemed a little too much ($2000) when I have many other useful kitchen appliances. Would the TMX be just another expensive hazbeen in my kitchen?
Well, I have one – just not the Thermomix.
Aldi brought out the Kuchef Thermo Multi Cooker just before Christmas and after some conversation my man and I decided to give it a go. For $349 we said Merry Christmas to each other and got started on our TMX journey. I realised that as we unwrapped and assembled our Kuchef, just how much I hate reading manuals and instruction booklets. I groaned as it seemed as though there were hundreds of extra components and parts. But the reality was that it was actually very simple to set up and use. The time, speed and temperature functions make making basic recipes a breeze.
The German made Kuchef looks different from its Thermomix cousin. It does not have the capacity to weigh ingredients as you go, it relies on a touch pad to set the time, speed and temperature as opposed to the TMX which also has a dial and it does not have a reverse mixing function. But for a sixth of the TMX price I am happy with my little machine.
The resounding success of the TMX has meant that recipes and tips are everywhere on the web, there are online recipe communities and social media is bombarded by favourite TMX moments posted from all corners of the globe. The Kuchef Thermo Cook suits all lifestyles, but it would be especially useful for a family with very small children, for individuals who have adopted a whole food/low allergy way of eating and what to create recipes from scratch and for those gourmets who just want to have fun.
The Kuchef is real competition for the TMX and has found its place in this busy family of seven.