What is the High Heat function on the Thermomix® TM6?
The Thermomix® TM6 has a maximum cooking temperature of 160 degrees Celsius. Previous models have a maximum cooking temperature of 120 degrees Celsius.
This higher heat capacity opens up the opportunity for so many dishes, both savoury and sweet. It also means that the TM6 has two modes that utilise this higher temperature – High Heat, and Sugar Stages.
In this post I am focusing on High Heat, and in particular the incredible way the Thermomix® TM6 can sauté your meat and vegetables. So not only has it replaced your pot on the stove, it is now replacing the frying pan!
Recipes that use the Thermomix® TM6 High Heat Mode
The High Heat Mode is only available through the use of Guided Recipes from Cookidoo®. You will not see the mode sitting amongst all the other modes on the screen of the TM6. This is a safety feature of the TM6, so that you can’t cook on high heat for extended periods of time.
Cookidoo® includes three collections of recipes that utilise High Heat Mode. These cover the basics of onions, vegetables, meat and seafood.
Click through to see the High Heat Basics Collections on Cookidoo®
In addition, there are a range of more complete recipes that will use High Heat Mode as part of the recipe. One of the recipes that uses High Heat Mode is the recipe for Beef Fajitas.
This is a great recipe to follow, and you can easily make changes to suit your own preferences for spices and other ingredients. I have used this recipe as is, and also made it with chicken.
In the photo below that shows the ingredients, you can see that on that occasion I already had some caramelised onions cooked, which I used in the recipe.
Another recipe that is so much better in the Thermomix® TM6 because of the use of the high heat mode, is the Mushroom Risotto (TM6 only version). I have always used this as my only risotto recipe as it was in my TM31 Everyday Cookbook all those years ago. I use the method and add whatever vegetables I want at the step where mushrooms are added.
The high heat mode is used twice in the recipe once the rice is added. The recipe has a much greater depth of flavour and it also it so much better as leftovers, as it retains the same consistency.
Using High Heat Mode in the Thermomix® TM6 with your own recipes
So what do you do if you already have a fajita, or other, recipe you love and you want to use the High Heat Mode to save you a lot of time and effort.
This is exactly what I do:
- I coat my chicken in my pre made Taco Seasoning (make this – so good!) plus some oil and lemon or lime juice.
- Cook the sliced capsicum using the Sautéed Capsicum recipe. It is just one step and you walk away while it cooks. Perfect!
- Cook the sliced onions using the Sautéed Onions recipe. Cut/chop your onions your preferred way. Sometimes I throw the onions in with the capsicum, but prefer to do separately so everything cooks well without overloading the bowl.
- Cook the chicken using the recipe that suits based on how I have cut the chicken. So I use either the Sautéed Chicken Cubes recipe or the Sautéed Chicken Strips recipe. For each of these recipes I go straight to Step 2 as I have already added spices and oil to the chicken.
- For each of the High Heat mode steps above, you have just one step and up to 10 minutes of cooking while you are doing other things. It could not be easier.
The recipes in the basics collections I linked to in the previous section are your first stop when you want to sauté anything with ease, rather than standing over the stovetop.
In the photos you see below from the fajitas I made earlier this week, you will see that I used the new Thermomix® Cutter to slice my capsicum and onions – making this recipe even quicker.
What else can the Thermomix® TM6 do?
The Thermomix® TM6 is a massive help to me in the kitchen every week. I can achieve so much more with the time it saves, and I make so many things that I would never have attempted before.
If you have an earlier model of the Thermomix®, then you will know a lot about what it can do, but there are some significant improvements with the TM6 model, aside from the higher maximum cooking temperature.
See below for details on a trade up offer currently offered for TM31 and TM21 owners.
Don’t worry TM5 owners, you will have the opportunity to trade up to the TM6 later in the year.
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