Sometimes it’s great to get back to basics and this month I want to get back to the basics of washing the thermomix bowl.
So let’s start:
“Self Clean”: third fill the bowl with water and a couple drops of dish liquid and turbo blast a few times. Gets the bowl, blade and under the lid clean.
Vinegar Wash: 1 litre vinegar and ¼ tsp of dishwashing detergent and cook 10 mins / 50°C / speed 1. Leave to act at least one hour then rinse well with cold water.
Lemon Cleaning: (my favourite method)
If your bowl looks like this photo it is residue left from oil.
The lemon clean will remove this.
- 1 lemon, cut in half (skin left on)
- 350g water
- Place lemon into TM bowl and chop 5 sec / speed 10.
- Add water and cook 10 mins / Varoma / speed 2.
- Once cooking time has completed rinse out and any remaining marks will come off with the aid of a cloth.
The high levels of citric acid in the lemons will remove any burnt/stuck on food. I really love this method as it makes the house smell so refreshing and works a treat after cooking a curry in the Thermomix.
Bicarb and vinegar paste – rub it on any marks and leave it to sit for a while then wipe with a soft sponge.
Yes the Thermomix parts are all dishwasher proof.
This is a great way to clean the blades – cover the blades with water throw in a few egg shells and turbo numerous times. The shell water is great for the plants in your garden too. What an awesome excuse to make a cake that asks for a lot of eggs! 🙂
What NOT to use – Dishwasher Tablet
The Thermomix Australia Service Department strongly advises against this as a dishwasher tablet is designed for an entire load of dishes, diluted with lots of water. It is too strong in such a small amount of water and may damage your bowl. Make up a paste with bicarb and water, leave it on for an hour then use a green scourer to remove.
- Ensure that the contact pins at the bottom of the mixing bowl are clean and dry before placing on the actual unit (this can cause an “error 52” to appear in your display if pins are wet.
- To improve ventilation when your bowl is not in use, do not close the mixing bowl with the measuring cup.
- There is a rubber ring (looks like a washer) on your blade on the black knob – I do not advise to take this off, as it can be easily lost. The blade can still be cleaned thoroughly with the rubber sealing ring left on.
- Some food eg tomato base or turmeric can cause staining – these stains will fade after a few washes.
- To clean the gap in the TM unit where the lid fits in, use the edge of a cloth and move the damp cloth back and forth between the gap.
- Use the MC opening face up (TM31) – less surface area to dirty, making it much easier to keep clean!
- Check behind your Thermomix – is the back a bit dirty? What about underneath? Give them both a wipe down! Paying particular attention to the scales which are in the feet of the machine.
- A baby’s teat brush or toothbrush is the best way to clean in between and under the blades when necessary.
- The perfect time to make a soup is after making your veggie stock concentrate – don’t bother cleaning the bowl!
- A pulse or two of the turbo button cleans the blades when making bread, spinning any leftovers bit of dough to the sides of the bowl where you can dab them up with a bigger piece of dough. This also works well for dips, cake batters, custard etc to get every last bit off the blades!
Cleaning Thermomix bowl after melting chocolate: 🙂
Pour a glass of milk in TM bowl and mix 5 sec / speed 8.
Heat milk 5 mins / 80°C / speed 4.
Enjoy warm chocolate milk. No wasted chocolate! 🙂
- Line with baking paper where practical for cooking eg raw chicken. This just makes for easier cleaning. Just ensure not to cover the air vents on the sides of the varoma tray.
- Rinse in hot water as soon as its finished cooking, before anything can set in the holes.
- Hot soapy water with the Thermomix brush to clean all the holes works well.
- Dishwasher proof – yes.
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