Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gadget of the Week - Max Burton Induction Cooktop

TechnoRV has been using the Max Burton Deluxe Induction Cooktop in our RV now for almost 2 years and WE LOVE IT! It was a gift for Tracey's birthday and we've used it everyday, twice a day since. In fact, I can't remember the last time that we used our propane cooker. Since we never use it, the cover stays on and we get loads of extra space in our kitchen.

So what do we like about the induction cooker?

Since 83% of the energy is transmitted directly into the food compared to 30 - 35% for a propane cooker, it's SUPER FAST. At our recent TechnoGeek Learning Rally, Tracey demonstrated the cook top by cooking Curried Parsnip Soup from start to finish in 20 minutes. That efficiency also means that the cooker won't heat up your RV the same as using your propane burner. This can be especially useful on very hot days and puts much less strain on your ac system meaning a cooler rig.

Previously I'd always sworn by propane as I found it much more controllable than electric. However, the induction is EVEN MORE CONTROLLABLE. It reacts super-fast to changes in power level.

The cook top that we recommend is the stainless steel topped deluxe model which is important because previously we had the basic plastic topped model and the plastic cracked. The unit has a 3-hour timer which means that I can set it on low so that I can leave it on while we go out, just like a crock-pot. In fact, we never use our crock-pot now.

Best of all, I get to use the campgrounds power that we've already paid for rather than burning up my propane!

A word of caution though. The induction cooktop doesn't work with all types of pots and pans. They must be ferrous meaning that a magnet will stick to them. In fact, the unit comes with a little test magnet. Generally, cheaper cookware (e.g. from Walmart) will not work. We had a nice range of All-Clad and everything worked. If it has a nice thick heavy bottom, it will probably work. You can also use cast iron pans and skillets on the unit.

If you're not sure, you can always take a look at our Induction Griddle which is specially designed to work with the Max Burton. It is constructed out of lightweight aluminum with an integrated steel disc at the center which distributes the heat evenly over the griddle. It's eco-friendly PFOA-free non-stick surface makes great pancakes, eggs and bacon. Can you smell the bacon frying yet?