Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Stellar Touch Contol Induction Hob Review



What is an induction hob? 
How does an induction hob work?
Will I be able to cook successfully on an induction hob?
Does an induction hob make good meals?
Will I break it? (haha, this is the one I worry about)

When I was asked would I like to do a review of the Stellar Touch Control Induction Hob, 2000W, I needed to know the answers to these questions at least. 

I can say after using it, I perhaps did not need to get too scientific, but I like to know how things work.

 I knew roughly, being slightly obsessed with kitchen appliances and gadgets that it would be efficient cooking, but not how.
I decided before I started my review to gain a little info up front, so I could relax and also to share with readers.


 What is an induction hob?
How does it work?


Induction cooking  uses electromagnetism which creates a magnetic field between the pan and a coil beneath the glass top.  

Electricity is passed through the copper coil magnet inside and makes electromagnetic energy. 

The energy passes through pan, inducing  a current which in turn releases heat.

The pan has to be magnetic and an easy way to check is with a fridge magnet. 



Will I be able to cook successfully on an induction hob?

I had a quick read through the instructions and decided the best way to make a meal would be one I was used to cooking, so a simple Thai Pork Curry was first. I know how it cooks and the temperatures I needed more easily, nothing too tricky.


My ingredients in case you want to make this

Virgin oil a small amount.
500g Stir fry lean pork
1/4 jar of green curry paste
1 can of light coconut milk
2 red peppers sliced into strips
150g chestnut mushrooms
1 tablespoon fish sauce.

I really need not have gone to the trouble of researching induction hobs, within seconds I had it sussed.
The temperature I left at its 160C, this is the default setting. I played around with the power settings more.



The pork fried really fast and evenly, way faster than my gas hob. I found 1400W to be just right, higher and it was spitting too much.




I turned to 1000W to fry the paste, further reducing to 600W to add the milk, mushrooms and peppers and them simmer. I reduced to a further 300W when I felt it was cooked through, just to allow the sauce to reduce.

Does an induction hob make good meals?

I am thoroughly impressed with the speed of cooking and result.Casseroles are easily managed.

Bacon is cooked in seconds and steak is a much better result when cooked on the induction hob.



Its a breeze to use for my chicken, bacon and thyme creamy sauce for pasta. 

I have to mention the Stellar Sauté pan, this was provided to use as it is the right material, I am in love with this pan, it is perfect for distributing the heat around the food, ensures even cooking. It looks really attractive and good for a 'straight to the table' family meal.


Will I break it? 


So far so good, initially with all the electronic readings I was sure I would mess something up. But its simplistic, easy to work, its child's play! Talking of child's play, if you have any little ones it has a child lock in case they decide to try cooking without you there.



One more fabulous thing!

The real joy is the hob just wipes clean instantly, no detergents, just a warm soapy damp cloth and all mess is gone. On a Sunday morning this clever hob comes out for frying bacon, the speed to tuck into that traditional weekend breakfast and the speed to clean up, not a scourer in sight, its made for weekends at home.


Portability

I can see this travelling to cottage holidays with us. Its a lot easier than trying to work out the dials on a strange cooker, fast and efficient and that easy clean. It sits neatly on any worktop and will be a boon when the kitchen gets a long overdue refit. I will be able to use this with my slow cooker and still make family meals. 

I see this being great for single people living on their own, the elderly, students and definitely camper van users.



When I googled the hob, I found it at Harts of Stur a pretty good online retailer of kitchenware, if like me you have a fondness for cooking and gadgets you will be on there for some time! 


RRP 
Stellar Touch Control Induction Hob £132.50
Stellar Induction 28cm Sauté Pan, Non-Stick £64.00



http://www.stellarcookware.co.uk/


15 comments:

  1. I have just bought a table top cooker! Wish I had seen this first, but then again it was my oven that packed in.

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    1. I recommend this, I thought it would be something that I used and then it went to the back of the cupboard, but for no mess fast cooking its been a boon.

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  2. It looks fab! Very stylish and would be ideal for a student house, so many of them don't have proper cookers!

    Lindsay at Scottish Outlander (http://www.scottishoutlander.co.uk/)

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    1. My daughter has so many problems with their cheap cooker in halls, she may be pinching this.

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  4. This looks like a fabulous piece of kit! It is also very sleek and would fit in anyone's kitchen! Great! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Its pretty cool, it has my husband rustling up more meals and doing the bacon sarnies which impresses me even more!!

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  5. We have an Aga at home and have to switch off during summer - as it cooks the kitchen (and the whole house). We bought a Stellar double induction hob ( similar to this but with two rings) and I have to say it is brilliant, fast 40% more efficient than gas, and so easy to clean, and so much safer with kids around. There is no going back. I rarely use the hob top of the Aga at winter time now.

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  6. This looks so handy. Perfect for a smaller kitchen like mine. I wish I had one when I was a student too. It would have made life in bedsit a lot more appealing.

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  7. This looks great, I love the way it looks too. I love that it's easy to clean, that's one thing I don't care for with a conventional stove top, all the scrubbing!

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  8. i think i will invest in one of these review has swung it for me!!!

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  9. Sounds great - never seen these before!

    AShleigh

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    1. Several months on and the pan is amazing. The induction hob, helped get us through extra hobs needed at Christmas and for birthdays and I am considering cooking outdoors with it on hot days. We have electricity near our bbq area.

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  10. This would be brilliant to take back to university :)

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