GE’s FirstBuild Launches Paragon Induction Cooktop

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Induction cooktops have come into use a lot recently, especially in restaurants where precise temperatures are required.  Now you can get restaurant perfect dishes in the comfort of your own home.  It’s called the Paragon Induction Cooktop and it will change the way you cook your food.

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GE Appliance’s First Build took the Paragon Induction Cooktop from concept to test market in less than a year.  It has been designed to give home cooks the same precise temperature control that restaurant chefs use.  The cooktop is actually a countertop appliance that makes precision cooking more accessible to home cooks.  Other than cooking with by the sous vide method, you can sear, deep fry, poach, simmer, warm and braise using an exact science.

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Induction cooking heats a pot or pan with electrical induction created by an oscillating magnetic field instead of fire or an electric heating element.  The only drawback is that the pot you use must be ferromagnetic or be made of stainless steel or contain iron.  Copper, glass and aluminum pans don’t heat on the induction surface, but there are disks that can be placed on the cooktop to accommodate those materials.  The Paragon Induction Cooktop takes the guess work out of cooking.

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Paragon monitors the temperature of water, oil, cheese, milk, soup, and other liquids.  It is designed for sous vide cooking.  The device connects to your iOS device for easier monitoring of your food.  The device can accommodate up to 30 quart pots.  It comes with a magnetic sensor band which attaches easily to induction-ready cookware to monitor the temperature.

The mobile app enhances use by allowing for quick setup options and remote monitoring so you can be in another room while cooking.  Paragon also has its controls on the cooktop, so the app will always be an enhancement, not requirement to operate.  The initial run from the First Build microfactory goes on sale on Tuesday, February 3rd on the website for $129.  The developers says that if things don’t go well, they will go back to the drawing board.