Plastics and food

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping as safe as the industry and regulators claim or are they slowly poisoning us?
 
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01 .Introduction

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In brief

• Though the risk is low, there’s growing evidence that food can be contaminated by harmful chemicals from some types of plastic.
• Many foods are packaged in these risky plastics – including fresh meat, gourmet cheese, and even some health foods and organic vegetables.
• There are safer alternatives, and CHOICE wants the industry to phase out these risky plastics.

Moving hazards

Plastic as such isn’t a problem. The polymer molecules from which it’s made are far too big to move from the packaging material into the food. But plastic can also contain much smaller molecules that are free to migrate into the food it’s in contact with. The plastic can slowly breakdown, releasing monomer. Two plastics of particular concern are
Polycarbonate (often used to make food storage containers and bottles, in particular bottles marketed for use by infants and small children) and the epoxy resin used to line cans can release bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that many experts now believe can cause serious health problems.
PVC (used to make bottles, cling wrap and the seals for screw-cap jars) contains added chemicals known as plasticisers. On its own, PVC is hard and rigid (it’s used to make drains, guttering and downpipes), so plasticisers are added to make it soft and flexible – in much the same way water added to clay makes it soft. Plasticisers can make up as much as 40% of the plastic material. Phthalates and DEHA (di-(2-ethyhexyl)adipate) are often added as plasticisers to the PVC that’s used for food packaging; again, recent research raises doubts about the safety of these compounds.


Video: Plastics health risk

A simple test shows harmful plasticisers in our food wrapping.


Risk assessment

BPA and phthalates are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can mimic the body’s natural hormones and thereby cause a raft of health problems. Infants and the very young are most vulnerable to exposure because of their lower body weight and because their growth and development are strongly influenced by hormones; the effects on health can be lifelong. These effects have been seen clearly and consistently in experiments with animals and when people or wildlife have been accidentally exposed to high levels of endocrine disruptors. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement calling for more research into the possible harmful effects of BPA, reinforcing growing concerns about its safety.

While these compounds are undoubtedly hazardous at high levels of exposure, scientific opinion is divided over the risk from the much lower levels that we’re exposed to every day in our food. There is, however, growing scientific evidence that even at these lower levels of exposure, phthalates and BPA may be causing problems such as infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

     

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    2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

       

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      3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

         

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        4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

           

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          4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
          I do not regret spending it.

             

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            4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

               

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              5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

              I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
              http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

              The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

              Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                 

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                21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                   

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                    3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                       

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                      4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                         

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                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                        I do not regret spending it.

                           

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                          4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                             

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                            5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                            I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                            http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                            The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                            Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                               

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                              21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                 

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                                  3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                     

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                                    4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                       

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                                      4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                      I do not regret spending it.

                                         

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                                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                           

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                                          5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                          I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                          http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                          The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                          Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                             

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                                            21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                               

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                                              2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                 

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                                                3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                   

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                                                  4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                     

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                                                    4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                    I do not regret spending it.

                                                       

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                                                      4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                         

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                                                        5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                        I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                        http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                        The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                        Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                           

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                                                          21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                                             

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                                                            2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                               

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                                                              3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                                 

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                                                                4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                                   

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                                                                  4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                                  I do not regret spending it.

                                                                     

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                                                                    4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                                       

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                                                                      5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                                      I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                                      http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                                      The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                                      Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                                         

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                                                                        21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                                                           

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                                                                          2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                                             

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                                                                            3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                                               

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                                                                              4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                                                 

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                                                                                4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                                                I do not regret spending it.

                                                                                   

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                                                                                  4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                                                     

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                                                                                    5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                                                    I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                                                    http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                                                    The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                                                    Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                                                       

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                                                                                      21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                                                                         

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                                                                                        2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                                                                           

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                                                                                          3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                                                                             

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                                                                                            4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                                                                               

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                                                                                              4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                                                                              I do not regret spending it.

                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                  5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                                                                                  I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                                                                                  http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                                                                                  The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                                                                                  Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                                                                                     

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