Cleaning your Thermomix

Here’s a few ways to clean your Thermomix bowl, along with a few tips for let’s say ‘spring cleaning’ once or twice a year.

For everyday cleaning, I can’t recommend highly enough, using a Thermomix bowl brush.   They are fantastic for getting around the bowl & blades quickly.  I think they’re so fantastic, I give one to my customers when I deliver their Thermomix.  If you want to buy some, they are $5 each & you should be able to get them from your consultant, or a local consultant in your area.  If not, you can purchase them through the Thermomix website http://www.thermomix.com.au/accessories-product-detail/?sku=1692 (note: this link is Thermomix in Australia).

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Personally, when I’m cleaning my bowl, I really only ever remove the blades if I can see food stuck to the blades.  Having a small brush like this, or a baby’s bottle teat brush, is essential for cleaning your blades.  They are fantastic for making sure everything’s clean under the blades too.

cleaningI found these brushes on an Australian website, although anything similar would do the job just as well.

http://www.tm-essentials.com.au/p/2-x-thermomix-twisted-wire-double-ended-cleaning-b/TWISTEDBRUSH

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VINEGAR CLEAN

A vinegar clean is great to do once, or twice a year.  I do a vinegar clean when the inside of my bowl has a slight rust colour tinge to it.  Doing the vinegar clean & then a good rinse & brush with the Thermomix bowl brush, will help your bowl shine.

Simply add 1 litre white vinegar to the TM bowl & 1 good squirt of dishwashing liquid.  Cook 60 minutes/50 degrees/speed 1.

GUMPTION

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Gumption is a gentle multi purpose cleanser, that I use with a gentle scouring sponge to remove any burnt stains on the bottom of the bowl.  You might find you get these if you cook something for a long time at high temperature that contains sugar or honey.

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If my bowl looks like this, I take out the blades & give it a good scrub with Gumption.  These are the types of scourers I use – just NEVER USE STEELO (steel wool)!

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TARTARIC ACID

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I haven’t used this personally, as I find vinegar clean & gumption wonderful for my cleaning.  However, my colleagues have recommended Tartaric Acid.   Simply sprinkle some into your Thermomix bowl & give a good wipe with a damp cloth.  Leave to sit for a few minutes, then rinse.

Apple Muffin Balls

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These muffin balls are fantastic for lunchboxes!  They’re also so easy to make, literally just place all ingredients into your Thermomix & mix!  I love that they don’t even need to be rolled into balls with your hands.  If you use an old fashioned ice cream scoop, you can scoop them straight onto the tray.  They also freeze well, so you can add them to a lunchbox straight from the freezer & they’ll be ready to enjoy by recess.     My 5yo loves them, which means they passed the fussy eater test!

Ingredients:
290g SR flour
280g apple puree
60g brown sugar
30g rice bran oil
10g chia seeds
10g cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder

Method:
1) Pre heat oven to 170 degrees
2) Place all ingredients into TM bowl, mix 20 seconds/speed 3.5
3) Scrape down the sides of the bowl, mix 10 seconds/speed 3.5
4) Using a small old fashioned ice cream scoop, scoop balls of mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper.
5) Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the balls just start turning brown.

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Notes:
 Take care using the ice cream scoop or any steel spoon in your TM bowl, as they could scratch the inside of the bowl.  When it’s getting towards the end of the muffin mixture, I scrape the mixture into another bowl, just to prevent scratching.  You can also place your TM bowl back & turbo a few times, to release mixture around the blades, so there’s less wastage.
 

 Substitute apple puree for apple/raspberry or apple/strawberry puree for different varieties.

For a healthier option, substitute…..

Brown sugar for Rapadura

Cocoa for Cocao

SR Flour for wholemeal, or gluten free flour
 

Source:  cutoutthecrap.com.au (I modified the recipe for a lighter texture & using ingredients I had in my pantry)