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CanadianHomeChef

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  1. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    One thing to note, TesTek recommends that you only run "medium" intensity if you are using the adapter, as the adapter itself pulls some extra wattage and could trip the breaker. The unit it's self won't go over 1800watts which a 15 amp outlet can handle... but the addition of the adapter could cause problems. I believe Canada is getting a standard 15 amp Control Freak hence the reason why they are trying to clear out these units.
  2. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Yes. I think TesTek supplies an adapter. Luckily my kitchen has 20amp outlets. I think it's pretty standard in Alberta kitchens.. at least new builds.
  3. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    So this is the cheapest I've seen a new unit (other than my eBay deals, which I'm pretty sure were brand new too). Buy 1 for $1500CAD or two for $1325 CAD each. That's $1,123.97 USD each when you buy one, or $992.84 USD each when you buy two. Might be worth buying together with someone. I'm even tempted to get a third one at this price, but don't have the counter space, lol. Note this is the original Canadian version, that requires a 20amp outlet/circuit. https://www.testek.ca/en/cooking-equipment/induction-cookers/control-freaktm-induction-cooker-from-breville-polyscience.htm
  4. CanadianHomeChef

    Click and Grow

    Picked and devoured. Delicious. Day 89.
  5. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I can offer the update file to anyone who wants it. But I highly recommend double checking your model number. Not sure what would happen if you tried to install it if you have a different model (there appears to be a few different ones, mostly based on region).
  6. CanadianHomeChef

    Buying a house: most important kitchen features?

    I’m a teacher. So my career direction and salary is pretty much predefined by a collective agreement. I agree that I should get something that I could see myself living in even with a major change in my lifestyle (getting married, having a child - unlikely, etc). Plan on putting no less than 20% down, so I will be limited in my choices.
  7. My apologies if this in the wrong forum. I took a quick glance and this seemed the most relevant. If I’m mistaken, no hard feelings if it gets moved. In about a year, I will begin my serious quest of buying my first home. I’m pretty excited as I’ve rented all my life, but I’ve finally saved up enough for a downpayment and my career is going in the right direction. I’m a single guy, so I don’t need a ton of space. I teach, so 2 bedrooms would be nice for a home office or if my situation ever changes. The most important room, by far, is the kitchen. Which had led me to ponder what exactly do I want. After some consideration I know I want considerable counter space, storage options (doesn’t all have to be in the kitchen, but it’s for kitchenware), an accessible pantry, and a large sink (could be installed later). A dedicated dining area would be nice as well (currently it’s like an after thought at my house). Would be nice to have a sleek stove and fridge, but those are easy enough to upgrade later. What’s more important is the space. Not sure if I’ll find everything I’m looking for in a house not meant for a large family 😆 So my question to everyone is if you were in my situation, what would be your top kitchen criteria? What is non negotiatble, and what could you settle with?
  8. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I got my update from Breville USA as I have an American model. Used the site chat. Finished in about 5 minutes. I think the only difference is it does not erase preexisting programs when copying new programs over. Only a concern if you have 2+ units or getting programs from others.
  9. CanadianHomeChef

    Click and Grow

    Looking tasty.
  10. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I've created a "Projects" category in the main menu now. In it you will find "Precision Cooking", underneath the "Cooking Glossary"
  11. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    You mean: http://www.sizzleandsear.com/precisioncooking ? I don't have a navigation link to it from the rest of the site. The rest of the site is really a work in progress, and more of a personal project. But I could add a link.
  12. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Added smoke points to the website for easy reference. Sortable by temperature. Will slowly plug away at other temps.
  13. CanadianHomeChef

    Click and Grow

    Day 82: Tomatoes finally starting to yellow. Bigger than I expected. Comparable to cherry tomatoes I find in the grocery store.
  14. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I’ll start filling out that table on the website tonight with my various temps. Let me know if anyone else has some temps that could be added. I think adding pics will be helpful as I’m sure that there isn’t consensus on the perfect temp for a pancake. A visual for 3 different temps could be helpful. Let me know if anything else would be useful. I could also link to pages with full recipes.
  15. CanadianHomeChef

    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Any chance it could be hacked so that after 10 minutes at one temperature it switches to another? You can currently set it to “keep warm” (forget the exact temp 140f?) after a set amount of time, but it would be nice to be able to have more control.
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