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    Published on February 28th, 2012 | by Greg

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    Hearthware’s PerfectGreen Pans And Precision Induction Cooktop

    The next time you’re fry­ing or us­ing a skil­let at home, take a care­ful look at how it all works. Pay at­ten­tion to not just the stuff in the pan, but the pan it­self, and even what’s un­der­neath. It’s all too easy to take your burn­ers for grant­ed, to as­sume that your cook­top is as good as it gets, whether elec­tric or gas. But even if you don’t want to re­place your en­tire stove or oven, there is a so­lu­tion. And the same is true for your pans- you don’t have to spend a for­tune re­plac­ing an en­tire set, and can sim­ply fo­cus on the small num­ber of pieces that you use most of­ten.

    We check out a lot of nifty stuff, from amaz­ing knives to bizarre mi­crowaves. And we’ve al­so seen and test­ed in­duc­tion cook­tops in the past- the Fissler Cook­Star was sol­id, easy to clean, and pre­cise- but ex­pen­sive and fair­ly large. If you don’t have quite that much space, or want to save some mon­ey while still en­joy­ing the lat­est and safest method of cook­ing, we rec­om­mend look­ing at Hearth­ware’s NuWave Pre­ci­sion In­duc­tion Cook­top. Avail­able for around $120, it’s an im­pres­sive price point for a pret­ty so­phis­ti­cat­ed piece of kitchen tech­nol­o­gy.

    Let’s start with some in­duc­tion ba­sics, for those who aren’t fa­mil­iar. You’ll need ca­pa­ble cook­ware (more on that short­ly), which ba­si­cal­ly means some­thing that a mag­net can stick to. If you use and love your alu­minum, cop­per, or glass cook­ware, this prod­uct isn’t for you. Stain­less steel and cast iron work great, though. On the plus side, in­duc­tion is far more en­er­gy ef­fi­cient- no waste heat means up to 90% less en­er­gy use- and it is gen­er­al­ly safer (no open flames). It’s clean­er, and im­por­tant for us, ad­justs im­me­di­ate­ly so you can pin­point tem­per­a­tures and change them quick­ly.

    With the Pre­ci­sion Cook­top, you can choose to warm, saute, sim­mer, boil, or even sear. You won’t quite get that char, but we were im­pressed at the fair­ly hot and sta­ble tem­per­a­tures the unit was ca­pa­ble of, up to 425 de­grees. The LCD is fair­ly easy to use, and con­trols de­cent- it will take some get­ting used to, but you can con­trol the tem­per­a­ture in 10 de­gree in­cre­ments. The unit’s com­plete­ly portable and weighs on­ly five or so pounds, which might not be a big deal for some users, but makes it per­fect for use in RVs, small­er apart­ments, dor­mi­to­ries, and even camp­ing. You can al­so pro­gram the unit for a spe­cif­ic set of in­struc­tions- say cook­ing an item for a long time, then sear­ing to­wards the end. We didn’t find this fea­ture par­tic­u­lar­ly straight for­ward since it does in­volve a fair bit of man­u­al en­try, but it’s a nice ad­di­tion that isn’t avail­able on your gas or elec­tric stove­top. For non-com­mer­cial users look­ing for an in­ex­pen­sive in­duc­tion so­lu­tion, the Pre­ci­sion In­duc­tion Cook­top is avail­able now, at a great price.

    And for those who don’t al­ready have in­duc­tion-ready cook­ware, Hearth­ware of­fers some. Their Per­fect­Green line is made from stain­less steel and us­es a Du­ralon non-stick coat­ing that is free of PFOA and PTFE.. We tried out the Fry Pan, and found it a de­cent val­ue. We liked that their line is oven-safe, though were dis­ap­point­ed that it is not dish­wash­er safe. Al­so, if you’re used to us­ing met­al tools on your pans, this one does scratch eas­i­ly, and should on­ly be used with sil­i­cone or wood­en tools.

    Lit­tle to no oil was re­quired, thanks to the de­cent coat­ing- at first. Af­ter a few us­es, we did start hav­ing some trou­ble lift­ing eggs and such with ease. Al­so, the han­dle is not great, and the weight is a bit off. In gen­er­al, you get what you pay for, and this is in­cred­i­bly af­ford­able cook­ware. Just be a bit skep­ti­cal of their com­par­i­son chart (oth­er pans may be more durable, as easy or eas­i­er to clean, and of­fer su­pe­ri­or en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials). For $20 though, this is a sol­id buy for starter or oc­ca­sion­al use cook­ware.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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