Talking about: Mistral’s Ultimate Kitchen Machine & a comparison with Thermomix

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First up just to let you know that I am not being paid for doing this review so I have no skin in the game either way other than to say I do own a Thermomix which I paid for myself and I love it. Long story short, this all came about from a discussion on Mrs Woogs, WoogsWorld Facebook page  – who knew kitchen appliances could be so emotive???  A friend of mine who had participated in the discussion, works for Big W, so knew of the machine, she suggested that I give it a trial and see how it compares and that is how I ended up with a huge amount of cooking going on and not much else this week!

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It’s a bit over crowded in our kitchen this week!
 

Mistrals Ultimate Cooking Machine

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The Ultimate Kitchen Machine (let’s call it UKM) claims it will “chop, mince, cook, boil, beat, knead, blend, stew, stir, steam, grate, saute, mix, melt, mill, whip and even crush ice and grind nuts” and guess what, it does!  I was given a sample machine to test out so scales weren’t included for me but I am assured that it comes with a set of scales like the picture on the box but they are not built in so you would use them like ordinary scales.

The attraction for this type of kitchen appliance is that it enables you to make whole meals from scratch right from milling your own flour through to chopping your onions and making a stew or steaming fish and veggies with a sauce cooking all at the same time.  It’s an efficient, time saving, hands free way of cooking.

I decided to test out the UKM with some recipes that I use fairly regularly to see if it was up to the task.

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UKM made this flour from whole wheat, it was grainier than what I’m used to but how good is it to be able to have flour directly from the source?  We love hummus here and I make it at least once a week.  UKM made a great hummus, a healthy home made dip without any additives or preservatives is pretty good in my book however it is made.

For something a bit more challenging on it’s blades I tried Linseed, Sunflower & Almond Meal (LSA) which I have on porridge in the mornings (sometimes…).

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It managed LSA just fine but interestingly, when I milled parmesan and sugar into icing sugar I couldn’t get either as fine as I do in the Thermomix but it did a pretty good job.  A tip for the UKM is to really read the instructions (albeit they are a bit limited)!  I did notice a burning smell at the high speed, I know this is common with blenders but I’ve been told that after time it goes and over the week with use it has gone a bit although not completely yet.

I have a Green Juice most mornings and so tested UKM with that – I was slightly disappointed as it wasn’t as smooth as I hoped but it could be that I needed to change my method and chop the ingredients before adding the liquid rather than just throw it all in.  It was still drinkable albeit GT did gag and complain about the chunks but he was always going to gag on a green juice anyway!

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After testing out icing sugar I decided to make some biscuits for the girls and try out the kneading function on some Vanilla Bean Butter Biscuit dough.  To be able to make biscuits from scratch without making a mess all over the kitchen is a big bonus.  UKM kneaded the dough to the right consistency so all I had to do was scoop it out and roll it into the shape I wanted.  The biscuits are delish by the way!

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To make a risotto from scratch usually involves a lot of standing at the stove and stirring doesn’t it?  Before having a Thermomix I didn’t often bother even though I love a good risotto, with a Thermomix we have them all the time so it was a big test to see if the UKM was up to it.  It is, but you need to make sure you get the liquid measures right as it did get a little bit gluggy.  The recipe book that comes with the UKM has 3 different risotto recipes in it but all 3 have different methods, 2 say that you need to change the blade to the stirring blade after chopping the ingredients and 1 one didn’t so it was slightly confusing to know what to do. I made this Lemony Chicken Risotto and followed my Thermomix method and used the butterfly attachment as I wanted to test that out too.  I’d think that if you didn’t change the blade to the stirring one or insert the butterfly you would be at risk of shredding the ingredients so that is something to be aware of.  Regardless, to be able to make a hands free risotto and get the kids homework done at the same time is pretty good going don’t you think?  The bowl has a big enough capacity to make a enough to feed a hungry family of 4, and have some left overs to make Risotto balls for the lunch boxes the next day (if you wanted to that is!).

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I needed some mashed pumpkin for something I was doing so tested the UKM for that, this required using the steamer basket that sits the bowl – worked perfectly and produced lovely smooth pumpkin mash.

Being winter, soup is on high rotation on the menu here so I obviously needed to test that out too – I made my current favourite Leek, Cauliflower & Chicken Soup the taste was exactly the same and it just about got the smooth consistency.

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The final complete meal I wanted to test was using the steamer attachment, it has 2 layers which is handy.  I made quinoa, steamed sweet chilli salmon (from the UKM cookbook) and veggies all at the same time and the whole meal was made within 30 minutes.  This meal was a perfect example of what the UKM is good for.  Water went into the bowl first and then quinoa in the steamer basket that sits in the bowl, the fish then sat in the first level of the double decker steamer and the veggies on top. They all cooked away at the same time and a healthy, nutritious meal was made with minimal effort.  I had 2 big salmon fillets and would have had room in the steamer tray for 1 more small one or could have fit 4 skinny ones in.  There was enough room in the other tray for greens for 4  – 5 people.

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The last dish I tried was a Banana Berry Sorbet.  I thought that this would really test out the blades on the ice and frozen berries.

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UKM gave it it’s all on this one and just about got there.  There were some stubborn chunks of ice that just wouldn’t get broken down but on the whole it did a good job and produced a healthy, delicious dessert.

So that’s the culinary tour now to the nitty gritty.

What do I think and a brief comparison with the Thermomix?

It’s like comparing cars, both are going to get you from A to B but one is better engineered, more luxurious and a smoother ride the other will get you there but it maybe a bit bumpier and clunkier and might need some extra servicing along the way.  I think it comes down to your budget and how you want to spend your money.  I’m not going to go into great detail of the virtues of the Thermomix as I wanted this review to be more about the UKM.

A few quick points of note:

The UKM takes up a bit of space, it’s about 35cm across and 20cm deep.  It’s steamer attachments also take up some room so you would need to have a home for them.  Good thing is though that you can get rid of lots of other appliances so I’m sure you could find the space.  The Thermomix is more streamlined so takes up less space.

UKM has quite a good suction on it’s feet so doesn’t wobble around on the bench top.

UKM has 2 blades, one for chopping and another for stirring.  One of the great features of the Thermomix is that it just has the one blade that does everything and has a reverse function so you don’t over chop or shred things by mistake.  There is the potential in the UKM to do that at least until you know how it works properly.  Also I managed to get quite a few knicks on my hand when getting the blade out to clean or change it. It is very easy to remove the blades I just wasn’t being very careful.

Another fabulous feature of the Thermomix is the inbuilt scales.  The UKM doesn’t have this feature so you still need to measure and weigh ingredients before tipping them in.  Minor detail but the cook book that came with is a bit inconsistent with it’s measures some are in cups and others are in grams or smaller measures like a tablespoon of olive oil is in grams.

As I mentioned there was a burning smell at high speed which does lead me to question durability of the internal working parts.  The beauty of the Thermomix is the precision technology that has gone into it’s internal workings and it’s built to last (but at that price it would want to!).  I’ve used the UKM for a week so can’t really comment any further on durability.

Both appliances clean themselves by spinning water at high speed but the UKM required more grunt from me afterwards as the lid has more crevices.  The UKM does come with a warning that it’s best to wash all plastic parts by hand for longevity including the rubber seal on the blades – the Thermomix can all be put in the dishwasher.  Both retain the smell of onions for a while after you have cooked onions in it.

The control panel on the UKM is fairly basic but easy to understand – you do need to read the instructions properly though.  I like that on the Thermomix you can see the temperature rising, you can’t on the UKM but it does beep at you when it reaches the correct temperature.

All UKM’s parts are a bit clunkier than the Thermomix.   UKM doesn’t chop as finely or blend as smoothly but on the whole the UKM is pretty easy to use and once you get used to it’s way of cooking it would be easy to adapt recipes yourself.

You don’t get the support network with the UKM that comes with the Thermomix.

In my opinion if you were in the market for a new blender (I don’t call the Thermomix a blender) then the UKM is much better value and more versatile than some of the expensive ones out there that don’t have any of the cooking functions that the UKM does.

It’s not really a fair comparison with the Thermomix as nothing really compares.  The Thermomix the Rolls Royce of kitchen appliances, it is undoubtedly a superior machine in terms of performance, ease of use, additional support, engineering efficiency and durability however we are talking around $1600 difference in price too so ultimately your budget and how you want to spend your money is a key decision maker if you want to invest in this way of cooking.

Anyway this is purely my opinion after test driving for a week – I don’t think it’s the “Ultimate” cooking machine but at the price and what it does it’s not bad, not bad at all!

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85 comments on “Talking about: Mistral’s Ultimate Kitchen Machine & a comparison with Thermomix

  1. Multiblogging Mum
    July 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I have the Target model Bellini Kitchen Master.. and it is very similar as this Mistral one.
    Does all the same things etc.
    It’s great that one can buy something like the Thermomix on the cheaper end of the scale.
    I for one don’t feel that I would get enough use with a Thermomix as I am not yet using the Bellini to it’s full potential.
    Thanks for sharing with us about your week of using the Mistral.

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      It’s a pleasure. Thanks for reading it!

  2. Juli Townsend
    July 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for this comprehensive review. It is just what I wanted to know.

    If I had the money, a young family, and years of cooking ahead, I’d definitely buy the Thermie, but at my stage of life, I just want something to help me make more of what I eat from scratch, and this seems to fit the bill. It only needs to outlive my cooking years, which are limited. 🙂

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      I’m glad it helped. It is great to be able to cook “hands free” if you do have to do it!

  3. Margi
    July 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for your review. I had seen the UKM on sale in a couple of different catalogues recently and I wanted to know what it was like to use. The Thermomix comparison was very useful and it will help me make up my mind about getting one or the other.

    • Vicki
      July 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I’m glad it was helpful.

  4. Amy
    July 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    This is an excellent review! I have bought the UKM today and already had dinner cooked for me, risotto in 15 minutes hands free! My kitchen slaving is over! The thermie is not affordable to me and this is perfect, and at a nice $270 on sale I was ambivalent but am pleased already. I would like to know how to convert thermomix recipes for it. Though it seems easy to use, recipes would help. The cookbook is confusing is parts. Thanks for the review!

    • Vicki
      July 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad it was helpful. I think with conversion any Thermomix recipe with “reverse” would mean change the blade in the UKM to the mixing blade, it may just take a bit of getting used to but a risotto on day one is pretty good going! Looks like there might be a market for a cookbook!

    • Steve
      July 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the write up. Anyone know where it’s on sale for $270?

      • Vicki
        July 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Pleasure. No, sorry I don’t

  5. Leisha
    July 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Just wondering about the model you tested, I just purchased one today and the picture on the box looks different and doesn’t come with scales? Is the one you tested a new model not yet out?

    • Vicki
      July 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I used a “production” model which is why apparently it didn’t have scales. I will check with my contact at Big W and let you know about that.

  6. Mitzie
    July 26, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I was looking for a review like this a couple of weeks ago when I was tossing up buying one of these from big w for $270. There was not much info so I just bit the bullet and bought it. It is fantastic, I have been cooking soups(need to lose weight) and rissoto. Your review is spot on, bit of a pain changing blades and doesn’t liquify like my Optimum 9400 but it still does a great job and is a brilliant labour saving device. One warning is that I was making soup to my own recipe and I attempted to blend the hot soup on a high speed and it exploded out of the top even though I had the measuring cup lid on.It probably tells you not to do this in the manual but I was having so much fun I was just going for it. You can find recipes on the Thermomix site.
    After trying the UKM I may graduate to a Thermomix when this machine eventually dies. The UKM will allow you to easily make salads and soups so that you can feast on nutritious vegetables and free you from chopping, stirring, washing up large batches of pots and pans.
    Thanks for taking the trouble to write this review

    • Vicki
      July 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. I also exploded some liquid all over the kitchen – I filled the jug too high when trying to clean it – made a bigger mess than before I started but that was definitely user error! I’m so pleased to hear that you are enjoying using it.

  7. Christie
    August 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I have purchased this UKM, very excited as I got green light from hubby. Wasn’t aloud to spend $1900 on thermo!
    BUT….the recipe book is limited and I can’t find a thing on the net anywhere for more recipe’s.
    That may sound silly, but never having used anything like it, im a bit stuck!

    • Vicki
      August 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I think that it just takes a bit of playing around with and experimenting. It took me a while to get used to cooking with the Thermomix as well as it is a big change from normal cooking. You can use any Thermomix recipe and just adapt them, for example anything that requires the TM reverse function change to the UKM mixing blade other than that the general principles of the recipes are still the same. I was told that Big W had sold a UKM cook book (separate to the one that comes with it) so they may still have some but I’m not sure what it was called unfortunately. If you want to try out on any of the Thermomix recipes on my site and if you have any questions about how they will work on the UKM I’m happy to help out – that might get you started and then you won’t look back.

  8. Katie
    September 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for this review, it’s exactly what I was looking for

    • Vicki
      September 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Pleasure, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  9. dirtgirl
    September 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Brilliant review, answered all my questions, especially as I received an email from Spotlight today showing the Mistral on special for $279. I have hankered for a Thermomix for ages but way out of my retirement budget but will definitely be looking at purchasing this cheaper brand. Maybe not the Rolls Royce of appliances, but if it does the job it will suit me just fine. Thanks again for such a well written review Vicki.

    • Vicki
      September 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      My pleasure, thanks for taking the time to stop by and read it! Happy Cooking

  10. Michelle
    October 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    thanks for the review! There isn’t a lot on the mistral to find.
    I bought one to see if I would get the use out of a thermo
    Machine and because I’m struggling to justify paying the price
    For the thermomix.. I realise the thermomix is a superior machine
    In regards to quality etc but the mistral is doing a great
    Job so far for me. It’s the same as a bellini, so the Bellini
    Recipes are readily available.. But the thermomix recipes can also
    Be used, just need a little adaptation at times.
    I’m still not using mine to full capacity yet but very
    Happy with it so far .

    • Vicki
      October 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      You are welcome! I think that whatever can help people out in the kitchen and to eat “real food” is great! I’m so glad you are enjoying it.

  11. Nicole
    October 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Great review and comparison! Very helpful and unbias!

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you!

  12. Judy
    October 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for this review, excellent to be able to see the comparison of the two machines from some one who has used both. Sadly the ThermoMix is way out of our budget, but appears the Mistral would very much be on budget and also do all the magic that the TM does.
    Again many thanks for taking the time to test and review the Mistral.

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      It was my pleasure, thank you!

  13. Sandra
    October 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Excellent review. I went to a thermie demo and loved what I saw but not in a position to spend that much $$. I have been researching other brands, this review is one of the best I’ve read – Thankyou. I am going to purchase this and see if I will actually use it as much as I think.

    • Vicki
      October 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you. I’m so pleased to have helped. With either machine it takes a little bit of getting used to but once you have you won’t look back!

  14. Cath Beverly
    October 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks so much for the review, I bought one yesterday and I’m in the middle making a cake! So far, so good. My daughter has a Thermomix and loves it, but, as someone else said, it a bit expensive on a retirement budget.

    • Vicki
      October 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I hope you enjoy your cake!

  15. Susan Watts
    October 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Judy. Thanks for ur review it was very helpful. Mine was delivered a couple of hours ago and I’ve had fun finding out as much as I can. Mentioned a few times is regarding the changing of the blades….if your in the middle of a recipe with food still in it…..and it said in the manual you need to turn it upside down to change…I’m a bit confused. Sorry if its easy to do and I’m just not getting it…but I would like to know before I use it. Sue

    • Lyn
      November 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Hi Susan – did you find out how to change the blades if there’s food in the machine? I’m looking at buying one but am curious how you would change blades in the middle of something, as you asked. Are you still happy with the UKM?

      • Vicki
        November 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        Hi. I actually had the UKM on trial so no longer have it unfortunately but I think that you would probably have to do all the chopping first, set aside the ingredients, change blades and put back in. In reality there probably aren’t too many recipes you would have to change the blades that often for but I can’t say for certain. Vicki

    • Sue
      December 23, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Susan have you solved your blade changing problem? Just assembled mine and would like advice from someone who already owns and uses theirs. Thanks.

  16. Karin Sianipar
    November 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I bought my UKM on the internet, for $279.00 , (no scales)… got delivered for free today…just assembled it… studied the cookbook.. is a bit confusing.. Would have liked to find some cake batter recipes in there, like buttercake or mud cake, sponge cake mixing and so on… I guess i have to figure a way to adapt conventional recipes for the UKM… At the moment i just prance around this wondrous cooking gadget of the 21th century, hoping it will respond to my ‘clumsy’ touches. There is room on the internet for conversions of cooking -and baking recipes to be used in these marvelous kind of all in one Kitchen appliances…Any suggestions any one?

    • Vicki
      November 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      You could follow some Thermomix recipes as a start while you get used to it perhaps?

  17. Anna
    November 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for posting this unbias review and taking the time to write it.
    Its been a great help!

    • Vicki
      November 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      I’m so pleased it was helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Buanca
    November 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Great and helpful review, thanks so much
    First time up made the risotto yum. Now chocolate balls, family very happy 🙂

    • Vicki
      November 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      I’m so pleased. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Maggi
    December 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have been looking at TMX on and off for a few years… This week, both Target and Big W have their machines on sale for less than $300. I have spent hours on the net looking to see if either of these would be a good buy. After reading your report, and having never used a Thermie, I know that I have nothing to compare the new machine with. Bellini have a FB page with numerous recipes, adapted by users, for anyone to join, so, maybe as a Christmas treat to myself, I will save $1700+ and buy one of these alternatives…
    And to compare with a Rolls Royce….I drive a Fiesta….!!

    • Vicki
      December 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Go you. I think that anything that can help you in the kitchen in this way is a winner.

  20. Sonia Tenardi
    December 23, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Hi I have the UKM in regards to changing the blades I just leave the chopping blade in & set to No1 seems to work fine. Great unbiased review & very honest,

    • Vicki
      January 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks so much and for letting us know.

  21. Debbie
    January 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Great review…I could probably never justify the $2grand for a thermomix but have been thinking of the cheaper versions for a while. Most helpful review ever. Thanks.

    • Vicki
      January 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you. I’m so pleased it has been helpful.

  22. Lyn
    March 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I was very interested in your informative report, thankyou. I have bought a Mistral from BigW and it does not have the butterfly mixing tool. It is hard to figure out how one makes risotto as I end up with everything chopped up. Is it possible to buy the butterfly tool? It is disappointing to see, takes OK. Thanks Lyn

    • Vicki
      March 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Lyn, thanks for your feedback on my review. I’d suggest checking with Big W as the one I trialled came with a butterfly and it does seem that it should be part of the pack.

  23. Nigel
    March 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Very informative review Vicki. Can I get your opinion on a few things? I’ve used a thermomix before and it is definitely a quality piece of kit. I bought (and returned) a Bellini unit as it could not cook to any temp above 50 degrees (I think) and blend at the same time. Apparently it’s for safety but I suspect it couldn’t handle to twin loads. Do you know if the UKM has the same limitation? I suspect from Mitzie comment that this is not the case.

    Also, I plan to “cook” ice cream bases on the UKM so I need it to have reasonable temperature control and the blades to do a good job of preventing “burn on” on the heating surface. What’s your thoughts on this?

    Thank you.

    • Vicki
      March 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Hi there, I’ve not used a Bellini so I’m not sure of how it works unfortunately. I cooked at 100 degrees in the UKM without any problems though. When I tested it out I didn’t make anything “delicate” that was temperature critical but so don’t think I can give you an answer with confidence but I’d suspect that as long as nothing was stuck under the blades that there shouldn’t be a problem with burn on. Cooking ice cream bases sounds intriguing though!

  24. Ursula Hillukka
    April 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I was able to watch the Thermomix via Skype from my friend in Germany, however, the price gave me a shock as I am retired and most of the time it is only my husband and I. I have been thinking of buying a good 11 cup food processor. My question now, will the UKM eliminate the use of a Food Processor?
    Thank you for your answer.

    • Vicki
      April 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my review. I guess the main difference between a food processor and a UKM or Thermomix is their ability to cook food as well as process it so it depends on what you want to use it for? In addition to chopping, kneading, blending and grating the UKM will give you the ability to make soups, stews, risottos, steam food etc which the processor doesn’t. I hope this helps.

  25. Phoebe
    May 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Hi, a favor to ask, does the ukm make yogurt? Uber googling hasn’t divulged an answer so I thought a be&s fan would know! Ta.

    • Vicki
      May 3, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Hi, I am assuming it does as I don’t see why it wouldn’t but I no longer have the UKM that I was testing out unfortunately.

  26. AcuHerb
    May 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks so much for this comparison.

    I like to cook so my kids bought me the UCM this past Mothers day. I have tried a few meals – they all have the look of institutional food. I am worried as my thermomix mates rave about their machines.

    I will reduce the fluid.

    The mixing tool goes in on top of the blade (it is NOT to be used with the knead tool). I did read all the instructions before starting her up.
    I still think the food is all turning to a sludge because the blade keeps cutting – albeit at the slowest turn.

    You have encouraged me to have a few more goes. Thanks

    • Vicki
      May 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      I just had a go with a friend who also bought one – we did a chicken curry with cauliflower rice and it turned out really well. We chopped the onions & sauted the onions etc with the chopping blade and then changed the blade over when it came to the actual cooking so that the chicken didn’t get shredded and it worked. A bit trial and error I think, good luck!

  27. Laura
    July 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Can anyone please send me a copy how to use UKM in making soup. It does not get hot, I press time for 29 mins.

    • Vicki
      July 4, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      I don’t have the UKM anymore as it was just for a trial but what temperature are you putting it on, I usually make soups on 100 C.

  28. Taryn
    July 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I have had my UKM for almost 12 months and still haven’t taken it out of the box 🙁 As I am a coeliac sufferer, I decided to get it to make more things from scratch but due to my previous living situation (housemates) didn’t want to risk others using it. Your review has inspired me to go home and stop being so lazy with it! Thanks 🙂

    • Vicki
      July 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      I am delighted to hear that, thank you! good luck with it.

  29. Lise
    September 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    S.O.S
    What about STOCKS n BROTHS lovely ladies n gents?
    I hear that the TMX is ALL OVER that shizzle, does our Mistral compare?
    Can it chop the carcasses as TMX can?
    Does it flavour zap like a slow cooker does or enrich? Etc etc.
    I’m yet to set eyes on any of these applncs, but have strict dietician orders….. Scratch for flavour bases… Intolerances etc.
    I simply DONT HAVE TWO DAYS to make a stock taste like more than the chlorinated water it comes from…..
    Nor, like most of us have TMX $ ….. is mistral right track.
    Thanx btw for initial unbiased review.
    Golden.

  30. Lise
    September 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Ps.
    Lady Victoria, boiled eggs and soldiers…. LOVE IT.
    Is well know amongst my brethren it is still to this day my FAVORITE HEALING COMFORT FOOD & when you come to Leigh-Lees house, she will feed you ‘dippy eggs n toasty soldiers’ of the like never before seen.
    When I sent aunt searching for kitchen appl help & she came back with mistral sugg, I then found ur titled site… Kismet. Kudos.
    I am not inet savvy, shame to my Gen, but now sick possums in bed I get chance to look at ur site.
    How lovely, thankyou ?

  31. Kathleen McCarthy
    September 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I just have a couple of questions – will this machine soft/hard boil eggs (I know the website name implies, but still…) and will it boil rice? If yes to these questions, I will (1) buy one and (2) give away all my other bits and pieces!!!!! Thanks

    • Vicki
      September 6, 2015 at 12:03 am

      Hi, I only had the machine for a trial & didn’t try out eggs or rice in it but I believe that it should do both in the steamer baskets that it comes with.

  32. Bridget
    November 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    BIG W have the UCM on sale this weekend for $194..

    • Vicki
      November 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Ah I wondered why that post was getting so many hits on the weekend, that explains it!

    • melissa
      December 26, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Sure did. And it went through to Christmas. 🙂 I got this from my mum for Christmas and here I am busily looking up as much info before I start ripping through my kitchen cupboards to clear them out and furthermore cooking up some storms 😛

      • Christine
        January 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

        On sale at Big W until Jan 6 2016 @ $194 🙂

  33. Michelle
    November 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Have just brought one UKM, l really wanted a thermomix but it was out of my price range. I really enjoyed reading your review

    • Vicki
      November 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much for saying that, I aim to be useful!

  34. Wendy Waddington
    November 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    0nly bought the UKM yesterday and am a bit baffled about the different blades. How do you change them? Also what is the recipe for creaming butter and sugar or whisking cream? The recipe book is not very helpful and a bit too fancy for the type of cooking I do. In fact the instruction book is not very helpful either, or I am a bit dumb???? Well I am 87 after all!!!! However, most of the comments seem to like it – although haven’t read every one.

    • Vicki
      November 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Hi there. I no longer have the UKM as I was just given it to test out for the review but from memory you take the blades out from underneath the bowl. You only need to change them for when you don’t want something cut up. You may have more luck googling recipes rather than going through the cook book or using Thermomix or Bellini (which is pretty much the same as the UKM) ones as a guideline. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be of more help but I think you are amazing giving something new a go. All the best.

  35. Sue
    December 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Just assembled my UKM. Having a bit of trouble changing the blade. We worked out you have to turn upside down (a little difficult if jug is full) but can’t seem to lock next blade in! Tried phoning the Consumer Service Centre number on booklets enclosed. It says it’s Bellini and no one answers when you select your choice. Would love info from anyone who owns and uses UKM on regular basis. I know you don’t have machine any longer Vicki but any help from anyone would be appreciated. Thank you.

  36. franny
    February 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I got the ukm a few weeks ago and I think its awesome. I have a tefal cuisine companion but I was careless and broke it. Since it got sent back to France for repair I needed a subsitute. It it not as quiet as My Tefal but it packs a punch. Rice pudding,creamy garlic prawn and green curry chicken all came out perfect. This machine is a must if you are on a budget.

    • Vicki
      February 20, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      That’s great feedback. Thank you

  37. michelle
    February 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Hi just wondering if you know what speed is the knead function on the mistral

    • Vicki
      February 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      I’m so sorry that I don’t I only had the machine on trial for the review so I haven’t got access to it anymore.

  38. Ellie
    February 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    On special at BigW for $249 at the moment.
    Just bought one today. Thanks for the review:)

    • Vicki
      February 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Glad it was useful. enjoy your machine.

  39. leena
    August 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    is there a seperate grater attatchment?
    I bought mine 2nd hand so it has no instructions

    • Vicki
      August 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Hi no there isn’t the blades do the chopping / grating same thing just at a higher speed to make it finer.

  40. Ally
    October 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Awesome review!
    I bought my sister and mum a UKM on special for $190ish on special at big w at the start of the year. My sis used hers for soups alot but backed off a bit so i ‘borrowed’ my mums and just started last night. Attempting to get around the lingo of the thermo cookbook but with your review, i think i can manage. Going to try Risotto tonight. Again thanks heaps!

    • Vicki
      October 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      My pleasure and thank you!

  41. June
    March 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Great review!

    • Vicki
      May 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      thank you!

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