Thursday, September 04, 2008
rant: I hate European kitchen machines
will Vorwerk Thermomix solve all my problems?
Yea, I said it - I hate European kitchen machines and here's why:
a) I couldn't bring my trusty KitchenAid stand mixer and Cuisinart food processor here because of the 220V issue.
b) I couldn't rebuy the Cuisinart food processor because they don't sell it Europe. The basic KitchenAid stand mixer sells for 700sfr (vs $150 in the US) - luckily I found one for 350sfr. I would have preferred the KitchenAid professional, but it isn't sold in Europe. In fact, most of the models/brands highly rated by Cook's Illustrated, my cooking bible, are unavailable in Europe. So when shopping, I simply have to guess by the box marketing material and...
c) I hate my Euro food processor and blender! I used to make everything in my Cuisinart food processor: pie dough, cookie crumbs, bread crumbs, chopped nuts, hummus. My machine here does a terrible job, always leaving big chunks whirling around aimlessly no matter how much manual scraping and stirring I do. My hummus and peanut butter are terribly grainy. With any thick mixture, like pesto or chile paste, it only combines the stuff near the blade, pushing most of the mixture up the sides. After 5 mins blending butternut squash soup last night, my blender motor started emitting a strange smell and made sad noises. Aaaaargh!
But the clouds have parted and I have seen the light: the Vorwerk Thermomix TM31. Not only is it highly praised by Cook's Illustrated, it's a native Euro product. So for a cool 1000sfr or so, cuilinary heaven can be mine. I'm going to spend all my free time on eBay trying to find a bargain. Wish me luck.
Posted at 8:47 PM