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Optimum ThermoCook Review – A Multi-Purpose Kitchen Appliance

Optimum ThermoCook

As some of you may have noticed I’ve been using a new kitchen gadget recently in some of my recipes. The Optimum ThermoCook from Froothie is a multi purpose kitchen appliance that can do pretty much any job that needs doing. I’ve been putting it through some of its paces and here’s what I think of it so far.

The Optimum ThermoCook is a rather amazing piece of kit. It can chop, knead, boil, steam, blend, stir and more – all in just one jug. I’ve whizzed smoothies, steamed rice and vegetables, boiled rice, chopped vegetables, made mashed potatoes and a whole host of recipes I’ve already posted. You can find links to them on my Full on Froothie page. I was particularly impressed with the lemon curd I made, so much so I’ve made several batches since. I’m a fan of homemade curds and have made many in my time, but standing by the stove stirring, for what can seem like hours, is not the most rewarding activity. The Optimum ThermoCook not only makes a perfect lemon curd, but it makes the process so easy. It’s just a case of adding all the ingredients to the jug, whizzing them for a few seconds, inserting the stirring tool and pressing the setting to cook for 15 minutes at 80ā„ƒ on speed 3.

Lemon Curd

I’d heard several bloggers rave about the wonderful mashed potato that can be made in the Optimum ThermoCook, so I thought I’d test it out with unpeeled potatoes. As we grow our own organic potatoes, I’m loathe to take off the skins where most of the nutrients are found, so always leave them on when I make mashed potatoes. Well, the ThermoCook coped with it splendidly and made a much better job of it than ever I’ve done by hand. The potatoes were well mashed, but fluffy and the skins barely impinged on the look and feel at all.

Using the Optimum ThermoCook is easy. It comes with fifteen pre-programmed settings which can be accessed by the touch of a button on the control panel. These are: smoothie, quick soup, thick soup, chop, sautĆ©, stir, knead, steam, stew, warm, reheat, boil, yogurt, rice, porridge. I’m not sure why I’ve not yet tried the yogurt and porridge programmes as both are firm favourites in the Tin and Thyme household. This will have to be remedied. There is also the ability to programme up to three of your own customised settings, which sounds like a great idea, but is something else I haven’t yet tried. The control panel comes complete with an LCD screen for easy viewing, adjustable timer, 10 speed settings, a temperature control and a pulse function. The picture below is an apple, baobab kefir smoothie I made several days running it was so good.

Apple baobab smoothie made in Optimum Thermocook

As some readers will know, I make my own rye sourdough bread on a regular basis. Sourdough is hardy stuff and can cope with the often rather low temperature in our house. But when it comes to baking with yeast, my doughs often struggle to rise. The Optimum ThermoCook not only has a knead function, but a proving one too. I tested this out with my mincemeat buns and the dough rose beautifully in the nice warm jug. It didn’t help of course on the second prove after shaping, but it got a good start. One of the things I really liked about this was that the ingredients went into the jug and then just stayed there. No messing about with hand kneading on the countertop and having to cover bowls with plastic bags whilst proving – at least there wouldn’t have been if I hadn’t chosen to make something complicated.

Mincemeat Buns

To make full use of the Optimum ThermoCook, it really needs to be kept centre stage on your kitchen counter. Whilst not massive, it takes up a bit more space than your average gadget. However, with its multi-function capacity it could save space by replacing other kitchen appliances. I’ve had no need to use my food processor, stand mixer or even stick blender since I’ve had it. It would also be ideal for small apartments and bedsits where there is no stove top.

Whilst the Optimum ThermoCook makes life easy when it comes to preparing and cooking dishes, it’s not so great when it comes to cleaning. The electric contact pins on the bottom of the jug must remain dry. Trying to wash the jug and not let this part come into contact with water is awkward. That said, the blades can be removed for cleaning, which is useful for sticky substances. For most things, however, I find a quick whiz using the pulse function with some hot water and washing up liquid does the trick.

The Optimum ThermoCook compares favourably with its competitor, ThermoMix. It has 20 functions compared to only 12 and is cheaper too. There is a special offer on at the moment, reducing the RRP from Ā£895 to Ā£495. For a full comparison head to the Froothie website where you will also find further information, recipes and videos.

So what does the Optimum ThermoCook come with?
  • 2L stainless steel cooking and blending jug
  • lid
  • measuring cup
  • cooking basket
  • mixing tool
  • silicone spatula
  • large steamer
  • kneading shaft
  • 70 x 50mm LCD screen
  • full instructions
  • recipe e-book
  • digital scales
  • 2 year domestic guarantee
  • 30 day money back guarantee
Here are some Optimum ThermoCook Reviews from other bloggers

Top photo courtesy of Froothie. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link to the Optimum Thermocook will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own.

Comments

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    Dom
    7th February 2016

    great, well rounded review C. I turned down my offer of this because the thing is so ugly and if it’s going to sit on my counter top all day then it needs to be pretty!! I have also found that over the years, regardless of how clever the gadget is it always goes back into the cupboard and the classics get used. I sometimes feel that the real joy of cooking is the hands on bits that gadgets like these remove. I totally understand it for families or people who are time poor (but clearly not cash poor) but I’m afraid i’m way too much of an old git…

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      Choclette
      7th February 2016

      Haha Dom, an old git is just the way I like you – please don’t change. My kitchen is so small, it’s all a balancing act. Whilst the ThermoCook is out, something else is packed into a box. It’s hard to know what to do for the best.

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    Janie
    7th February 2016

    You’ve just reminded me I want to give jam & marmalade a try in mine as I am officially crap at making either! Great review Choccy, love the look of those buns šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      7th February 2016

      Thanks Janie. Yes I’m quite keen to give jam a try now too. Writing this review has made me realise just how many things I haven’t tried doing yet.

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    Sisley White
    7th February 2016

    Brilliant review. I know so much more about it now and it’s on the wish list!

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    7th February 2016

    Sounds like a pretty versatile gadget and I love the stirring function (I hate standing stirring curd for hours even if I love the result). It does however, look like it’s just landed from out of space! Does it come with little aliens who do the cooking for you as well?
    Good review though and the smoothie looks lush!

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      Choclette
      17th March 2016

      Eek, just realised I never responded to your comment Kate. Thank you. I love the idea of aliens doing the cooking for us, as long as it’s food we can eat of course!

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    Helen @ family-friends-food.com
    7th February 2016

    Looks great – very space age! I’m not sure I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by all those functions though. I think I’m with Dom. You know where you are with a pan and a spoon šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      7th February 2016

      Couldn’t help giggling over this Helen. I have to say, I’m a great fan of a pan and spoon, but sometimes it’s good to try other methods. The functions do take a bit of getting used to, but even I managed to get to grips with them fairly quickly.

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    Janice
    7th February 2016

    Lovely looking mincemeat buns. I haven’t tried making bread dough in mine yet, so many things you can do with it, it’s going to take all year to get through them. I don’t think it’s ugly as Dom says, it looks functional and almost industrial which I rather like.

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      Choclette
      7th February 2016

      Thanks Janice. There are an astonishing number of things you can do with it and it wasn’t really until I was writing this review that it dawned on me that the possibilities are endless. I guess everyone’s tastes are different. Personally, I’d prefer it to be red which would be a much better fit for my kitchen.

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    Jan
    8th February 2016

    I’ve wanted to make bread dough in my ever since I got it but since it does soooo many things I still haven’t got round to trying it. TODAY is the day I make bread dough šŸ™‚
    Great review Choclette!

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      Choclette
      8th February 2016

      Thanks Jan. Good luck with the bread and I look forward to seeing how you get on.

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    Henk Kooiman
    8th February 2016

    I’m with Dom on this one. Besides that : my life is small-scale and very slow. When my (3rd hand) Kitchenaid gave up a few years ago, I went back to using a simple handmixer. For other kitchen jobs it’s just knives, pans, wooden spoons, etc. It is probably different for professionals and busy people with any combination of jobs/blogs/children/hobbies/other. The trick with the curd seems very handy though.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2016

      I seem to have jumped very quickly into a high tech world Henk – not quite sure how it happened. A year ago, all I had pretty much was a bowl and spoon! Have to say that’s still what I use when making cakes and such.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2016

      Definitely easier Shaheen and mine has come out, so far, with a fab consistency.

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    Natalie Tamara
    8th February 2016

    I’m fascinated by just how many things this can do! Having fairly limited kitchen cupboard space, something really has to earn its keep to find a space in my kitchen so multi-functional equipment is much more likely to find a home.

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      Choclette
      9th February 2016

      I think if you can bear to give up other gadgets, this one is a good bet. Trouble is I grow attached to mine!

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    Elizabeth
    18th February 2016

    It’s a really handy machine isn’t it. I’m particularly fond of the steaming function – I can put my ingredients in, go do a workout program, come back and my lunch is ready waiting for me! It makes the BEST lemon curd ever too – I agree!

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      Choclette
      18th February 2016

      You always sound so organised Elizabeth. I’m in great admiration. The lemon curd made in the ThermoCook is completely down to you. Thanks for the tip. Weirdly, I made some more yesterday, but couldn’t find the recipe. Luckily I had it on my blog.

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    Michelle
    17th March 2016

    Hi, Thanks for you review and I have just bought the thermocook however I am finding it a bit hard to find recipes for the thermocook. I can find a lot of recipes for the thermomix and am wandering if I can use them for the thermocook. Do you have any suggestions/ recipes for a beginner? Where can I find on your website the thermocook recipes you have made?

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      Choclette
      17th March 2016

      Hi Michelle. How exciting. It does take a bit of time to get your head around the various functions and how it works. You can find my recipes on my Full on Froothie page. You should have been given a pdf that comes with the ThermoCook. This has over a 100 recipes included. Here is a link to it There is also a link to food blogger recipes here – this is being added to all the time. Finally, the Froothie blog also has new recipes added to it on an ongoing basis, so also worth keeping an eye on. I’ve never used a thermomix, but I understand you should be able to make anything you can in a thermomix. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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