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Induction Cooktop

mollysharkmollyshark Posts: 1,519
edited 11:10PM in EggHead Forum
Anyone have an induction cooktop? Get to pick all new appliances for the new Shark Ranch and seriously considering this. Thoughts?

mShark

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,327
    Sure keep thinking about the $400 single burner that Williams-Sonoma sells to pick up the slack for the holidays.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • molly
    I've used one at cooking class. KRAZY fast, freestanding counter top unit. Must use iron based pots and pans.
    Billy
    Wilson, NC
    Large BGE - WiFi Stoker - Thermapen - 250 Cookbooks

  • I bought a one burner countertop induction burner, just because I'm fascinated with the technology. All they say about them is true. The pot (has to be metal) heats up much faster and cools immediately too.

    CI is perfect for induction burners.

    I think it's the way of the future.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Mickey,

    Mine was $95 at J.C. Penèy's.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    I like gas, it is plain simple to work with. Its on and it off
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,327
    Gary that is my life story summed up :blink: :pinch:
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Village Idiot wrote:
    J.C. Penèy's.
    is that the upscale store in their chain?
  • Mickey,

    It sounded like you haven't bought it yet from WS. I was just trying to save you some bucks. :cheer:
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • does it cycle on and off like a crappy electric cooktop, or does it truly hold a certain fixed level of energy? can you do a true simmer, for example?
  • was a period around here when a house was blowing up once a week.... :laugh:
  • But of course.

    You have to wear a shirt and shoes to enter the one in Houston. That doesn't necessarily apply to women though. :laugh:
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Yes, it maintains a constant temperature. I believe mine has 12 levels.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,781


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Yep. That's what I've got. They've gone down in price. I see it was originally $159.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,327
    Looked them up at WS:
    New All-Clad Portable Induction Burner
    $799.95
    New Caso Blue Two Induction Burner
    VideoExclusive
    (1)
    Sugg. Price: $350.00 Our Price: $249.95
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Hey Molly, my brother has a full 4 burner cook top. The thing works really well, boils water in seconds. Any pans that a magnet will stick to will work. He use Le Creuset and cast iron as well.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Monica,
    We use them at work. Holds temps very well. Response time for temp changes is very quick. There is even induction woks that we use for stir fry dishes.
    Molly
    Colorado Springs
    "Loney Queen"
    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
    Bill Bradley; American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 456
    I've got a couple - the last one came from Tuesday Morning I think and cost about $80. Used one at the NiEGGara fest to keep the sauce for my Chicken Tikka Masala warm.
  • Monica,

    I have a two burner and it is great. I bought it mostly for holding sauces at low temps but it is nearly immediate heat and I can boil a large pot of water in a very few minutes. If I was doing it over I would rethink the gas.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Terry,

    Little more to it than that. If a pan is removed, it shuts off. If a pan goes dry it shuts off. If you remove a pan the "burner" is not hot enough to burn skin. Most efficient of any cooking fuel.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Little Steven wrote:
    If you remove a pan the "burner" is not hot enough to burn skin.

    Steve

    Correct me if I'm wrong, Steve, but the only reason that the burner would feel hot or warm at all would be from the heat transfer coming back from the pot to the burner ... not the burner itself. Am I right?
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,781
    There goes the Mauviel collection! :)


    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • I like gas too, mostly because when the lights go out for a week like with Hurricane Ike, I can always boil water for coffee. But it does smell a bit awful if some leaks out.

    Spring "Got Gas, Will Rip" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA
  • Gary, You are absolutely right. I work with induction and understood the process before I bought. The surface (of mine anyway) is engineered to dissipate heat rather than concentrate it. The energy from the generator is transferred through a coil by magnetic flux at high frequency and actually creates electrical circulating currents in the ferrous metal in the cooking vessel. At least that is my pinhead understanding.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Good point Leroy. I have a generator so I didn't really consider that.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Molly,

    Americas Test Kitchen just did a product test and review of single induction burners.

    One thing to consider is what the wattage of the unit may be. The higher the wattage the faster it will boil. Just like in microwaves.

    They recommended the Max Burton at $125 bucks.
  • Jo;ly Bill,

    You can call me Molly if you wanna ;) If you look at my butter chicken post last night, it was done on the induction top.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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