Friday 27 November 2015

Christmassy Apple and Mixed Berry Jam and the ThermoCook

In the past you have seen that I have been using the Froothie Optimum 9400 and the Optimum 600 Cold press Juicer in the simplyfood kitchens. I can’t stress enough how good both these products are. They do the job of all kitchen gadgets that you have lined up on your kitchen top.

 I have created many delicious recipes using these amazing gadgets and I can't imagine my kitchen without them. They are my best kitchen helper buddies!!!
But now I have some exciting news, to this awesome duo Froothie have added another fantastic gadget the ThermoCook. As a brand ambassador I have had the chance to try out this new addition to the Froothie range. How exciting is that? Santa has come early  it looks like I can start making friends with this new beauty.
What is the ThermoCook?
ThermoCook is a multi-function cooking appliance that has loads of functions. It consists of a large 2 litre stainless steel power blender that blends as well as cooks and steams.  It has over 20 functions that include stirring, steaming, kneading, cooking, blending chopping, whipping, mixing, emulsifying and milling.

The Optimum ThermoCook includes auto-programs that are pre-set to make Smoothie, Quick Soup, Thick Soup, Chop, Sauté, Stir, Steam, Stew, Warm, Reheat, Boil, Yoghurt, Rice, Porridge, Kneading. You can also use the ThermoCook to create your own recipe and save the programme to come back to it again and again.

To test out my ThermoCook I started off by using the steaming facility. Easy does it as I am not that great  when it comes to operating  electrical gadgets, but to my surprise even I managed to set up and use this gadget at a click.!!!

There are three parts to the steamer, the small 2.6 litre steamer, large 3 litre steamer and the lid. I steamed some sweet corn in it using the auto programme "steam" and it came out perfectly cooked. I served it with a knob of butter and a sprinkling of freshly ground Black pepper and Salt. OMG it was delicious, you may think what's in steaming sweet corn its easy!!! I know but conventional methods sometimes leave the sweetcorn kernels shrivelled up and shrunk, instead my corn  retained its freshness and texture the kernels were cooked to perfection.

My second attempt in the ThermoCook was a spiced butternut squash soup. I added chopped onions and chunks of butternut squash in the jug with green chilli, pinch of cumin, salt and water and hit the "Quick soup" function and I had delicious hot piping soup in less than 20 minutes. Things were getting better  and better so impressive!!!

My third attempt was to make Jam. I followed the instructions in the ThermoCook book for plum jam but made Apple and mixed berry jam with cinnamon. I had to use the manual function on the ThermoCook, this took a little more understanding and dial turning but when you have a manual with simple instructions anyone can do it right???  The jam turned out perfect. I think all my friends are now going to get homemade jams and chutneys for Christmas. 

print recipe

Apple and Mixed Berry Jam
Tangy, rich and deliciously spiced with cinnamon this Jam would be perfect for any breakfast.
  • 3 Braeburn Apples
  • 240 g Mixed Berries
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 Lemon
  • 350g Sugar
1. Peel and core the apples and dice them.2. Wash the berries and if large roughly chop.3.Extract the juice from the lemon4. Add all berries,apples,sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice to the Jug of the ThermoCook.(The jug should be fitted with blade assembly blade.)5. Lock the jug in place and set the ThermoCook on speed three, temperature 90 degrees C,heat power 7 and timer on 50 minutes.6. After 50 minutes check the jam temperature using a sugar thermometer, if its at 105 degrees C .Stop the cooking and transfer the jam to a bowl for cooling. If the temperature has not reached 105 degrees cook the jam for another 5 minutes.7. Once jam is cooled transfer it to sterilised bottles.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 Jars

If you like the sound of the ThermoCook this is what it comes with:

• 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – Includes Return Postage
• 2.0 Litre detachable stainless steel jar for blending and cooking 
• Butterfly and kneading blade 
• Stainless steel blade assembly 
• Large 70x50mm LCD screen 
• Separate Precise Glass Scale 
• Soft silicon rubber spatula 
• Simple pre-set auto programs and unique DIY program 
• Adjustable timer and temperature gauge 
• Dishwasher proof (non-electrical parts only) 
• Comprehensive recipe book 

Currently the ThermoCook is on special offer at £549.00, it may sound steep for a gadget but trust me it really does do everything it states and much more. You can actually prepare your whole meal using this one gadget.Think of all the washing up you will save.

If you want to take advantage of this awesome gadget you can check it out here. 

 Disclosure: Froothie UK sent me the Optimum ThermoCook to use and review at home. I have not been paid for this post and was not required to give the ThermoCook a positive write up. All views and opinions expressed in this post are of my own experience.

Photos of Optimum 9400, Optimum 600 and Optimum ThermoCook were used with permission and supplied by Froothie.


  1. very nice gadget to have in the kitchen.. jam recipe is nice and simple.But I don't make them as kids are not here and no one to eat.

  2. Great jam! I got very excited about the steamer when I used it last night, I think it will be getting a lot of use and fresh soup is on the menu at every possible opportunity.

  3. Lucky you. That is one expensive gadget, but if you use it all the time then the cost per use will be really reasonably.

  4. What a fantastic jam - I am particularly impressed by the jam making. Soups don't take that long generally anyway, but that sounded fab!

  5. I have a few too many kitchen gadgets but this looks very cool! Love the jam recipe too : )

  6. What a marvellous machine! I love the fact it does so many things in particular the soups and jams.

  7. Lovely jam recipe. I love making jams at home. Nayna, at the rate new gadgets keep coming onto the market in the western world, we in Kenya are seriously still in the dark ages.Can't imagine one gadget doing so many jobs.

  8. I'm loving the sound of this thermocook. I do love a multifunctional machine - saves so much kitchen space. Your jam looks fabulous.x

  9. I'm so excited about trying mine this weekend, have been looking forward all week! I think I may start with a spag bol or such....

  10. What a great gadget to have in the kitchen, I love appliances that are multifunctional, especially those that can make jams. I love homemade jam.

  11. Oh well done Nayna, you've really started testing the Thermocook out. I only got mine out of the box yesterday. Love the idea of making jam and apple and berry sounds delicious.

  12. What a great review Nayna and I love that you made jam in it. Such a great machine too!

  13. This looks amazing - I love a good kitchen gadget ;-)

  14. My goodness this jam sounds absolutely fantastic!

  15. Wow - this looks an amazing machine. I would love to have a go at making jam. Kaz x

  16. You have inspired me to try out preserves made in my ThermoCook and a curd recipe is coming from me very soon. It sounds like a great way to make jam though, without all the mess and worry that can sometimes come with jam making! Happy jamming :)

  17. I love all these kitchen gadgets but I am seriously running out of room in my kitchen

  18. Oooh, I'm excited about receiving my machine now! I'd read a little bit about it but had no idea you could make jam in it too.
    Janie x

  19. What a gteat Christmas gift for all kitchen ethusiasts. This looks great and the recipe sounds delicious too! x

  20. The ThermoCook looks brilliant, I must make me some jam! I've yet to use the steamer it will be really handy.

  21. Sounds like you can do all kinds in it, I'm especially intrigued by jam!

  22. I have always wanted to try making my own jam. This gadget looks amazing and sounds prefect for the job :)

  23. I am now exciting to try making some jams and chutneys in my Thermocook!

  24. It sounds like you've really put this brilliant gadget through its paces! Some fab looking food here too! The jam recipe sounds delicious!

  25. I would love to make jam x superb

  26. This looks a great gadget -it cuts out the mess of jam making too!

  27. I love making my own jam, life gets much easier when you have suitable gadgets in your kitchen. Jam with cinnamon sounds tasty.


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