Protecting your Thermomix Scales

One of the features I most appreciate about my Thermomix is its built-in weighing scales. And did you know that it’s the three rubber, spring-loaded feet it rests on that actually do the weighing? It’s important to clean these three little feet every now and then to make sure there is no dirt or no crumbs under them to skew the weights. And to protect the feet and the scales, it’s also important to avoid dragging your Thermomix across your worktop from one place to another.Which is why your Thermomix travel bag has a padded bottom with little cutouts for the three feet, too 😉

Alyce Alexandra's Thermo Deluxe Slide is as beautiful as it is functional

Alyce Alexandra’s Thermo Deluxe Slide is as beautiful as it is functional

Our fellow Thermomix addicts over at Alyce Alexandra have come up with a superb way to help us protect our Thermomix scales. Their Thermo Deluxe Slide has been scrupulously designed with the Thermomix in mind and is a truly beautiful as well as useful object. As soon as I saw it a few months ago I wanted one! However, posting reasonably large and reasonably heavy items from Australia to France can double their price, so I put a damper on my desires and did without. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, head straight over to The TM Shop and order yourself the perfect way to protect your TM31 or TM5 and its built-in weighing scales

Back here in France, I was doing a New User Demo with a client last week who has an uneven work top, and we decided we should put her Thermomix on top of a flat surface so the scales would work correctly. We looked around her kitchen and found a plastic cutting board that looked like it would do the trick. It certainly did, and it also gave me an idea. In fact, it was one of those Eureka light bulb moments, as I began to slide my client’s TM5 around her bench without giving a second thought to her scales. Woo hoo! I just found myself an el cheapo alternative to the Thermo Deluxe Slide so I can protect my own Thermomix scales!

My el cheapo solution to protect my Thermomix scales is the LEGITIM plastic chopping board from IKEA ;-)

My el cheapo solution to protect my Thermomix scales is the LEGITIM plastic chopping board from IKEA 😉

It’s a 2-Euro/£1.25 white plastic LEGITIM cutting board from IKEA and it’s the perfect size to house the TM5. My TM31 just barely fits so I’d look around for a slightly wider one for that. It has a little cut-out handle that is really handy for sliding it to and fro on your bench. And at 2 euros a pop, it’s a cheap way to offer some decent protection. It slides quite well on my stratified worktop and while I haven’t yet tried it on granite or marble, it’s not such a huge investment that you couldn’t buy one first and then see if it slides well. 

Mind you, I’d much rather have a stylish and sustainable Thermo Deluxe Slide made out of FSC certified USA White Oak, but hey, Australia is really far from France, so for the time being I’ll just have to settle for a plastic IKEA cutting board 😉

So do remember to clean your Thermie’s feet every now and then, don’t slide the Thermomix across your worktop, and if you can’t offer yourself the Thermo Deluxe Slide, go get a plastic cutting board from IKEA and consider yourself lucky!

 

The plastic chopping board I found has a handy little handle so I can slide my Thermomix backwards, frontwards and even sideways with no effort. It perfectly fits under my TM5. It's a tiny bit tight for my TM31 so I'd look for a slightly wider board.

The plastic chopping board I found has a handy little handle so I can slide my Thermomix backwards, frontwards and even sideways with no effort. It perfectly fits under my TM5. It’s a tiny bit tight for my TM31 so I’d look for a slightly wider board.

 

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