My Nuwave Made it Happen
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Not being one to jump on the wagon for the newest kitchen gadget put on the market, I am the first one to be surprised that I own a Nuwave Induction Cooktop. I don't enjoy the info-commercials or the endless reviews one comes across for the newest, must-have invention. Now, my husband does, and I am constantly having to rein in his determination that we certainly need the turbo-charged can opener, or the meat slicer that doubles as a knife sharpener.
He did manage to slip in one of the first quick-cooking counter ovens. That baby nearly burnt my retinas when first turned on, and heated the kitchen to a quick 100 degrees. I put my foot down after that lovely venture.
So, how did this come to be that I own, use and love the Nuwave cooktop?
It started out of necessity as we moved into our unrented rental for what was to be an undetermined amount of time, and it was without a stove. The situation was such that we wouldn't be able to move our stove into the house for at least a month. My response . . . WHAT?!
We had the microwave and a camper refrigerator and this was supposed to work for me for weeks. Not a happy wife, let me tell you. I love to cook, and I love to make healthy meals and this wasn't looking good.
So . . . yep, the Nuwave cooktop subject came up. As much as I wanted to convince my husband that this was not going to make me any happier, I agreed to the purchase with the knowledge that it would be trotted right back for a refund when I proved it was not going to help our situation.
I am gladly eating my words this time! This is certainly one product that has lived up to it's promises.
I have learned not to wander away when boiling water because it gets to boiling unbelievably fast; it cooks everything I throw at it with such ease at maintaining the temperature I want, it can handle very heavy pots (can even be used for canning), and one big bonus for me is that my cast iron cookware that I use nearly exclusively are perfect on it. There isn't one bad thing I can say about the Nuwave cooktop for our kitchen, and believe me, I tried to come up with something.
We now have our stove in the house and for that I am happy, but, I still use my Nuwave pretty much every single day! We still talk about how easy it is to use, and how fast it heats up and cooks quickly. The added bonus is that is saves us up to 90% of the energy we use with our traditional stove.
A complete set would be a terrific gift for the college student or anyone on your list.
I would like to give you a run down of the features (what I find to be good and bad points) of the Precision Nuwave 2 Induction Cooktop so you have as much information as possible to make a decision as to whether the Nuwave is for you and your kitchen.
- Cooking time really is faster as it gets to the desired temperature quick. From warm to sear, it is fun to use and because you can program time and temp, it would be hard to under or overcook.
- Induction cooking emits no flame, and less residual heat means that my kitchen doesn't heat up.
- It stays cool where ever the pot or pan isn't touching due to the way the magnetic surface works, so that lessens the chance of a burn.
- It only uses 1300 watts (less than my hair dryer), so it conserves up to 90% of the energy wasted by my traditional stove.
- The automatic shut-off is a great safety feature that eliminates the risk of fire. That would make it perfect for the elderly and also for college students in dorms!
- Fast cooking. The heating is like "right now" and you have 6 different temperature settings that adjust in 10 degree increments.
- It's really light! it weighs 5.4 pounds, so you can easily move it anywhere in your kitchen, take it to a get-together to keep your dish warm, take it in your camper for really great meals with that fish you caught. Use it anywhere there is an electrical outlet.
- Easy to clean. Drips and spills don't burn and stick to the cooktop surface. I just wipe it down after each use.
Honestly, the only bad point I can think of regarding the Nuwave cooktop is that you have to use cookware that will work with the magnetic surface. Electo-magnetic coils under the glass surface transfer generated heat to induction-ready cookware.
Therefore, the cookware must have an iron based, magnetic bottom. Copper, glass and aluminum cookware will not work unless they have a sandwiched magnetic base. Lucky for me, I mainly use cast iron pots and pans and griddles, so I am set, but when we did shop for another pot size, we took along a magnet to make sure it would work (the store clerk, I'm sure, was wondering what the heck we were doing :)
Solution for this issue: Some Nuwave's come in a package set that includes the Nuwave Induction Cooktop along with one or more pieces of cookware, or . . . there is available an induction interface dish that enables non-induction cookware to be used on induction surfaces.