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Product Reviews: Update International IC-1800W Induction Cooker - Ceramic Top, Stainless 120v
Update International (IC-1800W)
Product Code: 370-IC1800W
$165.60
Like Stepping Out Of The Stoneage. 12/20/2009
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Countertop Induction Range1800 Watt - 120V After reading many reviews on Induction Cookers, I chose this one A. Because of power, B. Because of price, and C. Because of it being sold by a Restaurant supply store. The unit is very attractive, solid to the touch, and materials seem to be of very high quality. The upfront digital control panel is very user friendly, and has the touch and feel of quality. The ceramic cook top will comfortably accommodate my Presto 8 qt pressure cooker down to the little 5 in. sauce pan I use to melt butter in. The unit is whisper quiet when operating, there is no buzzing sounds that I have read about in other units to include Major Brand Cook tops and Ranges. A couple of test I ran show the Cooker to be of a 10 Star rating. Using my electric range, large burner which used 2,800 Watts of power, using the 8 qt pressure cooker with 3 cups of cold water, it took the range 4 min. and 14 sec, to bring the pressure cooker up to full pressure. When the Induction cooker arrived I preformed the same test. The Induction Cooker at 1,800 Watts only took 3 min. 33 sec. to bring the pressure cooker up to full pressure. I am not a mathematician but I know somewhere in there is a savings. The next test was to see how cool the burner ran at the full 1,800 watts, so I placed a strip of plain white paper on the burner and repeated the first test. The paper remained as is, not a spot. When High Fidelity sound was invented I was very impressed. This Induction Cooker has impressed me even more than HiFi. I would recommend this unit to anyone, and everyone. After second unit arrived. Second unit review: After a month of testing I made the decision that Induction Cooking was the only way to fly and ordered a second unit. With limited space in my kitchen it was necessary to make a modification to my electric range to accommodate the 2 Induction Cookers, this was done by ordering a custom cut cutting-board to place on top of the range after removing the 4 burners (see photo). If you are a fan of fried foods as I am you'll love using the Induction Cooker. With the choice of using power setting from Temp or Watt setting it is possible achieve almost any desired cooking level. I said almost as when cooking that large pot of spaghetti sauce all day I was unable to find a setting that would simmer at a very low boil. I found a solution to this by placing 2 large CorningWare dinner plates on top of the Induction cooker and then placing the pot on the plates (see photo) This produced the perfect low simmer, also works great when doing a pot of bean soup. Fried foods come out perfectly using a setting of 212º, After bringing water to a boil on hi setting, pasta cooks well at 800 watt setting. That perfect pot of rice is achieved by using 2 ½ cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Bring water to a boil on hi setting, when water comes to a boil reduce heat to 212º and add rice then reduce heat again to 176º and place the lid on the pot, then set the timer for 20min. At the end of the cycle restart the cooker and lower the temp to 146º and set the timer for an additional 10min. At the end of the cycle, bingo you have the perfect pot of rice. I find the Induction cooker very versatile and a want to have item for every kitchen. As stated in my previous review the unit is very well made, very attractive, and blends in well in any decor. Recommended cookware is Stainless Steel with encapsulated aluminum bottoms, up to 11 inches. Cast Iron will work but heat distribution is not as good as the Stainless Steel, the same for Carbon Steel cookware, a diameter of 8 inches or less will work. Because there is no heat generated by the Induction Cooker, foods do not burn to the bottom of your cookware, or to the Induction Cooker making cleanup a breeze. After over a month of cooking on the Induction Cooker I have all pro's and no con's.