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 80℃ on speed 3.
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, sauté, 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.
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.
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 £895 to £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
- 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
- Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
- Farmersgirl Kitchen
- A Glug of Oil
- The Hedge Combers
- Simply Food
- The Veg Space
Top photo courtesy of Froothie. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link to Froothie products will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own.