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.

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Thermo Easi Slide

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These tile ‘slides’ for your Thermomix are fantastic if you tend to move your machine around your bench a lot. I recently bought one, as I tend to push my Thermomix to the back of my bench when I’m not using it (mainly to keep it away from Lucy’s little fingers)! The Easi Slide is great, as now I just drag the slide, which protects the scales in the feet of the machine. The base of the slide is a nylon woven material that will not scratch your bench tops.

Tiles fit both TM31 & TM5 models. Tiles come in white or black & cost $30 plus postage. Follow this link for more information, FAQ’s & to place an order:

http://www.handitile.com.au/index.htm

Lid seal

If you cook fragrant curries in your Thermomix on a regular basis, you may sometimes notice your bowl retains some smell. Don’t worry, there won’t be any flavour transfer due to the non porous bowl. If there is a smell, it’s the silicone on the lid seal that is retaining it, not the bowl.

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Thermomix recommends replacing your lid seal every 2 years. They are $15 and can be purchased from me, your local consultant or on the Thermomix website.  To avoid the smell, it’s a good idea to air out your seal overnight, after you have cooked a fragrant meal.

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I’ve just replaced my lid seal this week, after using my Thermomix many times every day for over 3 years!

Traveling with your Thermomix

If you plan to travel with your Thermomix, or move it between houses, here are a few tips to provide extra care for your machine.  We do sell a carry bag specifically designed for transporting your Thermomix.

The black bags are $120.  They can be purchased through me, or on the Thermomix website.  The bag has a special base designed to protect the scales, so is a worthwhile investment if you plan to transport your machine on a regular basis.

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If you’re transporting your Thermomix without a carry bag, lay the machine on it’s back.  As you would know from my delivery briefings, the scales on the base of the machine are very delicate & should be protected.  This way there is no pressure or movement on the scales.

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I was recently shown a very easy way to carry my Thermomix.  Make sure the lid is on & the dial is turned onto any number on the speed settings (which locks the lid & bowl in).  Then just pick up by the handle!

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