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You may have heard of the famous nuWave that is dome shaped and you can cook virtually anything but have you heard of the new nuWave PIC 2? I had the pleasure of trying this unit out and have to say I love it! I love kitchen appliances and this is one of my favorite appliances that I own. This is like having a personal chef in your kitchen!
What is induction cooking?
The nuWave PIC 2 is comprised of a series of induction coils. These coils generate magnetic fields that produce a warming reaction in steel and iron-based pots and pans. In this way, heat is generated in the cookware and not on the cooktop surface, which is more energy efficient than traditional pans or electric ranges. Induction cooking is the most Eco-friendly way to prepare meals because the method releases no toxins into the environment. Induction cooking emits no flame, so less residual heat is produced in your kitchen. The nuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 2 remains cool to the touch where the magnetic surface is not activated.
- Energy Conversation: By using only 1300 watts. the nuWave PIC2 conserves up to 90% of the energy wasted by traditional gas or electric stove tops. The monthly savings alone on utility bills will pay for this appliance.
- Safety: The nuWave PIC2 design requires no coils or open flame eliminating the risk of fire. Automatic shut off features enhance the cooktop safety. Users can take the ice cube challenge! Induction technology warms the pan, but the PIC2 surface remains cool to the touch.
- Fast Cooking: Heating is immediate and temperature is precise with the nuWave PIC2. Features 6 different temperature settings that are adjustable in 10 degree increments.
- Light Weight and portable: Weighs only 5.4lbs and is easy to take wherever you want to go that has a standard U.S. electrical outlet.
- Easy to clean: Cleaning is a cinch. Easy to wipe off and spills will not stick to cooktop.
I could not wait to try the nuWave PIC2 so I used it to cook my New York strip steak the first night I got it. I pushed the sear button, start and immediately heard my steak start to sizzle. After I had both sides seared which only took a few minutes as I like my steak medium rare, I turned the temperature down to 350 degrees until both sides were done. You can use the pre-set buttons of low, med/low, med, med/high, high, max/sear, or you can adjust your temperature with the plus and minus signs. Just set it and forget it! Want to throw dinner together in a pot and have it hours later and be all ready? Program your unit for as many hours as you need and the unit will shut off when done!
You can also do stage cooking! Need it to change the temperature at different times of the dish? Program the PIC2 to do stages so that your food is cooked at the right temperature at the right time. No worries, you can enter up to 10 different stages! Mess up when entering the stages or the hours you set? Do not panic you can cancel with a simple push of a button and re-do! Want to put dinner together and have it start cooking at a later time? The PIC2 can do that too! Delay your start time with the delay function. When the PIC2 is ready to start cooking it will beep twice and then start. I seriously think they thought of everything when making this unit.
I found that it did not take as much time as it would have using a regular cooktop on the stove. In addition, the cleanup in the NuWave2 pan is very easy to clean. No scrubbing necessary, you only need to use soap and water with a soft sponge. Do not use the scrubber side! The pan is non stick and makes cleanup a breeze. You are probably wondering is my current cookware compatible with this unit?
Checking your current cookware compatibility is relatively easy. As induction technology is based on magnetic principles, compatible cookware must have an iron-based magnetic bottom. Some types of cookware are made of magnetic metals such as pure iron and others are made by layering the metal in the base. Tri-ply , high quality stainless steel, and cast iron cookware will work with induction Cooktops. Copper, glass, and aluminum cookware will not work unless they have a layer of magnetic properties in the base.
There are three simple ways to check to see if your cookware is compatible. Using a magnet is typically an easy way to check. If a magnet stick to the bottom of the pan it usually means cookware is induction ready. However, there are some instances where the magnetic properties in the cookware may not be strong enough to work efficiently with the PIC2. Another way to tell is put a small amount of water on the bottom of a pan and if the water boils it is induction compatible. Lastly, an induction-ready symbol may be printed on the bottom of your cookware. Check out nuWave PIC2 on their website and see what they have to offer. I cannot wait to purchase more of their cookware.