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Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

If you google search you will find baking soda solution and pastes recommended for cleaning glass cooktops, pots pans dishes refrigerators gasses and even for brushing teeth. Seems perfectly safe for me, to sprinkle under pots. I use Arm and Hammer brand. If you are hesitant, if any Chowhounds want, I'll mix up some backing soda and Pandan scent and send you some to try dusting on your cooktops under the pans as a fireproof protective and post cooking cleaning aid.

May 07, 2014
dlmz06 in Cookware

Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

If you google search you will find baking soda solution and pastes recommended for cleaning glass cooktops, pots pans dishes refrigerators gasses and even for brushing teeth. Seems perfectly safe for me. Again I use arm and hammer brand. If you are hesitant, if any Chowhounds want, I'll mix up some backing soda and Pandan scent and send you some to try dusting on your cooktops under the pans as a fireproof protective and post cooking cleaning aid.

May 07, 2014
dlmz06 in Cookware

Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

I tezted and charred or burned two silicone mats witth empty pans. I successfully use a very light dusting of baking soda. One or two small pinches sprinkled like a chef sprinkles salt.but on the induction cooker glass , before putting on the pam. I keep some scented in a small box next to my induction coojer. Conducts heat well enough not to slow the heat sensor.Cleans instatly with a damp towel.

Apr 14, 2014
dlmz06 in Cookware

Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

Yes. Be careful, afraid of char. Fire hazard. Better to use noncumbustables under the pan if necessary. Both paper and silicone dough mats char on my two induction cooktops. I remember from boy scouts fire starting that charred cotton or paper works great. So I consider this a fire hazard. My empty pans hit about 520 degrees on startup when the induction cooker is set to temp control at frying temps setting of about 375 degree F. The empty pans even char parchment paper. Again, better to use a noncumbustable, if you use anything. ESpecially, on leave and forget timer with temp mode and an accidental empty pan.
DLM

Nov 07, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

Be careful. Parchment paper is only rated to 400-410 degrees F.
My induction cooker pans hit 510 F on my single burner
induction cookers and char parchment paper, newspaper and paper towels. Charred paper catches fire easily. Be very careful. Silicone also chars on my induction cookers. it is only rated to 450 or 475 degrees. Be very careful. Fire hazards. Better to use noncombustables.
DLM

Nov 07, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Between the induction hob and the pan--what do you use?

Parchment paper is only rated to 400-410 degrees F.
My induction cooker pans hit 510 F on my single burner
induction cookers and char parchment paper, newspaper and paper towels. Charred paper catches fire easily. Be very careful. Silicone also chars on my induction cookers. it is only rated to 450 or 475 degrees. Be very careful. Fire hazards. Better to use noncombustables.
DLM

Nov 07, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

When do you add salt to your home cooked beans?

Read the senator bean soup recipes more closely.
2 senators each had a version. They post both. One with, one without mashed potatoes. Both are for 5 gallons.

Here on the Southern US border, pintos rule. For the spicier deep Mexican charro pintos made with salt pork and roasted, seeded chili strips or bits, pinto, epizote and chopped onion, plus minus a little olive oil, you might have to go further into the interior of Mexico. But if you ask at the excellent restaurants here, you can find this excellent bean soup often used as sauce beans to add a few to homeade style soft tacos.

Aug 25, 2013
dlmz06 in Home Cooking

When do you add salt to your home cooked beans?

I had Senator bean soup in the cafeteria in the Capitol building as a little kid visiting Washington wway way back in time when it was open to the public. I still remember, as served at the capital. Its an amazing soup. Worth a try on a cold winter day.
The US government posts the receipe here
2 gal without mashed potatoes.
and a 3 gal more economical ? version with with mashed potatoes. :) . So do you salt the potatoes in senator bean soup first or last? :))
http://www.senate.gov/reference/refer...

Aug 25, 2013
dlmz06 in Home Cooking

salt pork

The Chinese also have a steamed dish sauted vegetables and steamed pork. Different cultures have an appreciation for different kinds of fat, as fat, not as butter, in moderate amounts. I wonder if more so in colder climes?

Aug 25, 2013
dlmz06 in Home Cooking

Can anyone recommend a really good reliable portable induction burner?

That is exactly what I did. Got the Vollrath Mirage pro with knob control. :)

Jun 21, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Seeking opinions on small, portable induction cookers

Vollrath Mirage Pro. Good warantee. Great customer service
Has a dial control with 100 steps in power mode. About 20 usable steps in temp mode. with another 14 above frying temp.
IT REMEMBERS WERE IT WAS SET separately for power mode, farenheith and centigrate temps settings. So you can take pot off and return it later. It had the longest leave on setting for simulated sous vide. I use mine to make and warm yoghurt overnight, for example. I suggest power mode for most things. It is really efficient and has about a 6 inch active coil and works on household 110. And its quiet. And the timer is easy to set/use. Great safety feature.

Jun 21, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Experience with portable induction cooktop?

I can recommend the Vollrath Mirage Pro. A little more than the usual units from China, but, beautiful to look at. Convenient on the countertop. Quiet. Very flexible, EASY control. Relative temps with a control knob with about 20 steps between chocolate melting low 90 degrees and frying 340 with 14 more steps above. VERY QUIET. ( I also have had 2 brands of the inexpensive Chinese cookers that I no longer use.) The control circuitry is different. The difference accounts for the noise in the inexpensive Chinese units which may use comparators which hunt for the control point causing they noise as they swing freqency, not microprossessor algorithms as in the higher end units. The Vollrath is a better design with respect to noise and very flexible control, both temp and power settings. Temp number indication is relative so you can go quickly from low to high with the knob. Very efficient design means amazingly little turn on to cook time. Great if you like a knob to control. They also have a model that works with up down buttons. Good warrantee 2 yr. Great customer service, unusual these days. Works well in my 30 year old appartment kitchen. Has about a 6 inch heat circle judging from the bubbles in the bottom of the pan at boil. Commercial quality, but easily used at home. (International cooking is my hobby.)

Jun 02, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Cookware for New Induction cooktop

Be very careful. I routinely cook with an IR gun for fun.

Both my inexpensive Supentown and my more expensive commercial induction cookers will easily take a cast iron pan
or thin carbon pan or reactive stainless alloy pan up to 575 degrees F or more when turning on temp control.Parchment paper is only rated to 400 degrees! The ignition temperature of paper is only 475 degrees or so. I worry about fire conditions and don't use anything under my pans now. I guess you could if the cooker is in a fire safe spot. Like under a commercial hood. Otherwise be careful.

Mar 08, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Thinking to conduct a "frying pan shoot-out" -- seeking advice

Love my IR gun. I just store mine nxt to the stove. Costs of the guns should drop next year since integrated small cheap MEM IR sensors began to be produced in volume this year. For .example see http://www.ti.com/lit/ug/sbou107/sbou... which also has a nice emissivity chart for differnt materials . I like to put a little water or oil in the bottom of the pan about a half centimeter or quarter inch or more when looking at my induction cooker temp control function to always have the same emissivity to compare. Shiny steel pots, shiny copper shiny or brass read low. Old oxidized dirty pots read pretty good. So point it at dull dark food, water , oil (more than just a film) , or dark carbon steel or cast iron when you want accuracy.

Mar 08, 2013
dlmz06 in Cookware

Corn Meal vs Masa Harina

ONe more point. In a museum on chocolate production, I understand chocolate nibs are mixed with cal to keep vermin and bugs out. Kind of a preservative, natuaral insecticide that is washedawayt before the nibs are used. I wonder if Dutch alkali chocolate process just used some unwahed nibs mixed with cal and voila, Dutch cocoa! but maybe not. Traditioonally Mayan corn was air dried for storage in stacks. But i wonder if the cal is also used for preserving corn kernals in some places, beforethe corn is wahed and t ground similar to the chocolate nibs? . use of cal as a preservative and insecticide rodenticide in addition to its use in nixtmal.

Sep 22, 2010
dlmz06 in General Topics

Corn Meal vs Masa Harina

Had some cooked on a comal by a yucatec grandmother in her hut over a fire. She sprinkled a little salt, probably natural local sea salt on each tortilla before serving it to her guests. We stopped to see the native architecture of the huts and dropped in spur of the moment. The couple was most gracious. Best tortillas I have ever had. The huts with thatch roofs and naturally ventillated wattle walls were easily 20 degrees cooler than the traditional spanish architecture buildings with "conventional roofs and stone walls.

Sep 22, 2010
dlmz06 in General Topics

Corn Meal vs Masa Harina

Good point. easy to remember. The masa gives a grain taste to the chili and I add it not to thacken but to improve the taste of chili. Beer can be used to bive a little grain taste to chili in a similar fashion. Neither need to actually thicken the chili. as explained by a champion chili cookoff entrant in El Paso 25 years ago, and used to make chili from reconstituting a string of dried chili from pods bought from the roadside in New Mexico.

Sep 22, 2010
dlmz06 in General Topics