Thermomix basics

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Imprescindible para su cocina

This page contains all of the Thermomix basics from Fast and Easy Cooking and Thermomix TM31 Imprescindible para su cocina the books with come with the British and Spanish machines respectively. I feel it is useful to have this information in one place.

How it cleans itself

Squirt a tiny amount of washing-up liquid into the Thermomix bowl and add 1 litre hot water. Pulse on Turbo setting for about 3-8 seconds, depending how dirty the bowl is. Rinse under a hot tap and replace onto the base. You can dry it by placing a tea towel in it and running for a few seconds on REVERSE speed 2.

You can also give the bowl an occasional 'spring clean'. Wash the bowl as normal and add:

Set to 10 minutes / 90° / Speed 3.

Leave to rest for a further 10 minutes.

Wash with washing-up liquid as above, then rinse and dry.

Steaming ingredients in the Varoma basket

Put 800g cold tap water in the bowl and set to Temp. Varoma / Speed 1. Timings are for ingredients straight from the fridge and vary according to size and quantity.

Ingredient Quantity Time Comments
Asparagus 800g 25 minutes Fine, whole (can be as quick as 10 minutes if steaming just a few spears)
Broccoli 500g 12-16 minutes Florets
Broccoli 800g 20-25 minutes Florets
Carrots 500g 15-20 minutes Cut into rounds
Carrots 800g 35 minutes Cut into rounds
Cauliflower 500g 12-16 minutes Florets
Cauliflower 800g 20-25 minutes Florets
Courgettes 500g 10-15 minutes Cut into rounds
Fennel 800g 12-25 minutes Cut in pieces
French beans 500g 12-25 minutes Whole
Runner beans 800g 20-25 minutes 2 cm lengths
Sweet peppers 500g 10-18 minutes Cut into strips
Peas 800g 20-25 minutes Whole
Potatoes 800g 20-35 minutes 2cm chunks
Potatoes 1kg 25-35 minutes According to size
Pears 800g 20-25 minutes Cut into quarters
Apples 500g 15-20 minutes Cut into eighths
Peaches As many as will fit 20-25 minutes Halved, stones removed
Beef 800g 50-60 minutes In rolls
Turkey 900g 40-50 minutes Breasts
Pork tenderloin 1kg 40-50 minutes In rolls
Mussels 1kg 15-20 minutes Scrubbed
Seafood (crab, king prawns, crayfish, barnacles, shrimps, langoustine, clams, mussels, etc) 500g 10-15 minutes Do not put more than 500g of water in the bowl
Fish fillets 1kg 10-15 minutes En papillote
Octopus 1-2kg 35-45 minutes Do not put more than 500g water in the bowl
Sea bream in salt 800g 20 minutes Whole fishes
Flan (Creme Caramel) 1 litre 35 minutes
'Tocino de cielo 1 litre 55 minutes
Fast and Easy Cooking

Cooking rice and pasta in the bowl

Item Ingredients Programming
Basmati rice Up to 400g rice in the internal steaming basket, 1kg water, 1 teaspoon sea salt (use only 800g water if cooking 150g rice or less) 5 seconds / Speed 5, then 20 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 2½. Turn up to Speed 4 if it bubbles up onto TM lid.
Paella rice 800g water plus salt and 350g rice 7 Minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 4, add rice to internal steaming basket 13 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 4
Brown rice Up to 400g rice in internal steaming basket, 1.25kg water, 1 teaspoon seasalt 5 seconds / Speed 5, then 35-45 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 2½. Turn up to Speed 4 if it bubbles up onto TM lid.
Wild rice Up to 350g rice in internal steaming basket, 1.25kg water, 1 teaspoon seasalt 5 seconds / Speed 5, then 40-45 minutes / Temp. Varoma / Speed 2½.
Dried pasta shapes 1.2kg water, ½ teaspoon salt, 100g-500g dried pasta shapes Boil water and salt 11 minutes / 100°C / Speed 1 then add pasta. Cook packet time plus 2 minutes / 100°C / Speed Spoon / Reverse Blade, turning down to 90°C if it bubbles up onto TM lid.

Grinding things

Item Ingredients Programming
Caster sugar Up to 200g granulated sugar 3-4 seconds / Speed 10 [I feel that 2 seconds is about right, rather than 3-4]
Icing sugar Up to 200g granulated sugar 30 seconds / Speed 10
Jaggery or palm sugar Lumps about 2-3cm in size Grind Speed 10 to granulated / caster / icing sugar finish
Coffee Up to 250g coffee beans 30 seconds / Speed 8 for cafetières or grind at Speed 10 until fine for espresso
Lentils 40g-250g 30 seconds / Speed 8 or longer until fine
Nuts Whole almonds with or without skin, or cashews, whole or broken pieces, raw or dry toasted, 2 tablespoons to just below of blade unit Speed 6 (or Speed 8 for a finer grind) for a few seconds until fine, but not oily, eg 100g almonds for 10 seconds / Speed 8; 100g walnuts 6 seconds / Speed 6
Poppy seeds 100g poppy seeds 20 seconds / Speed 9 for use in Austrian / Polish /German baking recipes or Speed 10 until fine for use in Indian recipes
Ground rice 40g-200g rice Speed 10 until fine
Rice flour 200g flour 3 minutes / Speed 10. Brush out with a dry brush
Wheat flour 300g wheat grains 1 to 1½ minutes / Speed 10. Brush out with a dry brush
Wheat flour 500g wheat grains 1½ to 2 minutes / Speed 10. Brush out with a dry brush
Chickpea (gram, besan) flour 40g to 100g chickpeas 3 minutes / Speed 10. Brush out with a dry brush
Chickpeas 40g to 250g chickpeas 30 seconds / Speed 8, or longer until fine
Mixed spices 1 tbsp to top of blade unit Speed 10 until fine
Nutmeg 8 to 12 nutmegs 15 to 20 seconds / Speed 10
Nutmeg 3 to 7 nutmegs 1 minute / Speed 10, scrape sides of bowl with spatula. Grind again Speed 10 until fine if required
Cinnamon Cinnamon sticks 5cm size, 4 sticks or up to top of blade unit 1 minute / Speed 10, tip out and dry 3 to 12 hours. Grind again 2 minutes / Speed 10
'Cloves From 1 tablespoons to top of blade unit 30 seconds / Speed 10 or until fine, stopping to scrape bowl as required
Coriander seeds From 1 tablespoons to top of blade unit 1 minute / Speed 10 or until fine, stopping to scrape bowl as required
Cardamom seeds, to release seeds from pods 1 teaspoon to 10 tablespoons A few seconds / Reverse Blade / Speed 4 until the husks are loosened and seeds released. Discard husks.
Cardamom, ground 1 teaspoon seeds or pods to top of blade unit Speed 10 until fine

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