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  1. As I mentioned in the Breville Smart Oven Air thread, I'm currently living in a basement suite without much of a kitchen, and it looks like I will be here for another year. This was getting me down, so when I spotted a Breville/Polyscience Control Freak on eBay that was soliciting "offers", I made a ridiculously low ball offer. To my surprise the seller came back with a counter offer of just $175 more... I pushed my luck and made another counter offer for $75 less... and what do you know, it was accepted! I've been eyeing this for a long time, but the $1800 price tag as always been a deterrent... until now Winning this item is what inspired me to cash in my Airmiles for the Breville Smart Oven Air. I figured that while I don't have a "real kitchen", the oven + the control freak would be the best kitchenette ever Just got the unit in the mail so I haven't had a lot of time to test it out. But so far I'm happy. It was a "demo unit" for a butcher/kitchen supply shop, but was you can see, the cardboard is still around one of the knobs, so I don't think it was ever plugged in. I put it next to the Tasty One Top for size comparison. I bought that last year thinking it would a good cheap man's Control Freak.... it looks so sad and pathetic next to the Control Freak . The Control Freak is seriously a beast! It takes up more counter space than any induction unit I've seen, but it seems to be built solid. And the carrying case is also very solid! Not a caterer, so I'm not sure how much I will be travelling with it. But might come in use for small trips. I haven't tested the probe yet. But I did pan control to 135F. The cooktop reading hovers between 134 and 135. I left my infared temperature probe at home, so can't measure pan temperature... but as you can see the water in the pan matches the pan read out! I also notice that it's not clicking on and off like the One Top... it's more subtle in its power changes. Also there are very fine bubbles at the bottom of the pot, and they encircle the entire diameter of the pot... doesn't look like a huge hotspot like on the One Top! I'm going to be playing with this over the next couple days, so if anyone has any questions feel free to ask them. I know there aren't a lot of these around, and it's hard to find answers on them.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Here’s a handy chart from Hestan. Sorry about the low resolution. Said I could get the chart (presumably higher resolution) if I signed up to the mailing list. I did that and nothing in the intro email. Originally found here: https://www.hestancue.com/cooking-off-the-charts/
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Looks like Hestan has a full sized induction range now ( https://home.hestan.com/product/36-smart-induction-cooktop/). Still need to use their special pans, so that’s a turn off. Curious if Breville will ever make a full sized control freak.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    @ElsieD Have you tempered your chocolate yet? I'd love to hear your review. I've used melted chocolate on the control freak in a brownie recipe, hot chocolate, and a couple other recipes. I did some more reading though and apparently I was "melting" the chocolate, and not "tempering" it. Still the control freak has low enough settings for "tempering", so I'm curious for future applications.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Might have to make adjustments as some recipes require quite the reduction to produce a sauce. Caramelization as well. But it intrigues me.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I'm thinking of taking some slow cooker recipes and cooking them in a dutch oven on a control freak. Look up the protein temperature on sous vide websites... add a couple extra degrees for safety (temperature of the pan bottom might not make it to the top). With the lid on I should be able to have a pretty accurate slow cooker that cooks proteins to a precise temperature? I'll be double checking with a thermapen, of course. Next weekend.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Program it and you never have to remember it again (Although I do find myself remembering very precise temperatures--in both Fahrenheit and Celsius--to achieve certain cooking applications, ever since getting a Control Freak :P)
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Made some orange chicken tonight.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Using the induction range as counter top space for the control freak
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    Induction? Pro-style gas? Please help!!!

    I have a Kenmore Elite range at my house in Calgary, and two Polyscience Control Freaks (got the first one because I was living in a basement suite in BC, and the second one because I was impressed). Just recently procured the latter but I've been cooking on the Kenmore for the past 2 years and wouldn't go back (to electric in my case). The speed for boiling water is a huge plus for me. I don't have much experience with gas, but my experience with electric is that it takes forever. Of course it's all relative, but I can get a pot of water boiling in minutes on my Kenmore where it could take 15+ minutes on an electric. Responsiveness. If I want to bring down the heat, I just lower the setting and tada, it instantly changes. Even heating (with proper cookware); mind you I was cooking on coil tops and not flat ceramic electric. The Kenmore has knobs and I agree that touch controls don't really belong in the kitchen. I like the tactileness and feel of a knob. I also don't like controlling things with my phone (as I discovered with the Tasty One Top). I've come across cheap portable induction units that are only good for boiling water (too much of a temperature range between settings).... so it could just be that you haven't tried one you like? The Kenmore has 20 settings which I found to be enough until I came across the Control Freak (haha)
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Yes. I misspoke! Follow the recipe.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I purchased the All Clad butter warmer from Bed Bath and Beyond. On my newer Control Freak it doesn’t register. On my older CF it registers, but warms up way too slow. Similar to what happens when I try to heat up my super small stainless bowl on my regular induction range. But the butter warmer works fine on the smaller burner of my regular induction range. Love the idea of having a small pan but if it doesn’t work properly on the CF, I don’t think I’ll be using it much. Think I will return it. Such a shame.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Came out in one piece. Growth.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Well for the first time I was able to remove the tart from the pan without losing a bunch of the crust. Next time I think I will try not freezing it first so it’s more pliable.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Lemon Tart from Heston Blumenthal at home cookbook. I’ve made this twice before without Control Freak. CF made it a bit easier for the custard. Best pastry I’ve had for this recipe despite a bit of it bubbling up on one side. Used one of those pie crust bags to get a good circle. Heston calls for freezing the dough but I have trouble shaping it around the edges when it’s so cold and stiff.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    The butter warmer I have my eyes on is 4.5 inches wide. Hopefully it works.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Made Heston Blumenthal’s chocolate melting cake yesterday, making the ganache on the Control Freak. Took a couple out of the freezer after lunch today and they baked almost perfectly. Still a bit cold in the center—nothing a couple extra minutes in the oven won’t fix next time. Also did Eggs Benedict again this morning. One control freak for the hollandaise another to keep the bacon and smoked meat warm. And I used the Tasty One Top for poached eggs. Probably easier to just get away with using the two control freaks and the normal stove top. Not convinced the preciseness of the One Top/Control Freak improves poached eggs that much (gotta compromise somewhere— and I really don’t like using the One Top even though the probe works adequately — hate having to use an app - I need my buttons and knobs 😛 Pan Control on the One Top is also crap. I need excuses to get rid of it, not keep it. ) I halved the hollandaise sauce recipe again, but this time put it in a 2 quart pan. Still found the sauce to be too shallow for an accurate probe reading (it was getting the temp from the bottom of the pan. Wasn’t confident the sauce was being kept at a temp to ward off salmonella, but it was used quickly enough. Either I need to use the original quantities or find a pan with a smaller diameter (I’ve always had my eye on the 0.5 quart All Clad butter warmer — wonder if it’s large enough for the Control Freak to detect?)
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    I did mine for about 25 minutes. Covered in oil, so no flipping.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Pisco sour. Pasteurized the egg whites and made the simple syrup on the Control Freak
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Pasteurizing some eggs for some pisco sours tonight
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Found the thread being referenced: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.chowhound.com/post/induction-budget-1071078/amp
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Let me know how it goes. My olive oil poached salmon at 128 had a really nice lucious texture
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Keeping it simple for the inaugural cook.
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    Just got home. Tested the new unit on probe control - 180. Confirmed with thermapen. Brought it up to 186 using pan control. Water eventually reached 186 and stabilized. Looks like it's a good one. This weekend planning on making eggs benedict a hollandaise sauce in one. Hold a hollandaise. Use the other for initially poaching eggs (which will then be brought to a cold bath, and then reheated in the warm bath when needed. Bacon and toasted bread the traditional way still. Still thinking of other good uses of two...
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    New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

    The USB and probe port have rubber flaps that push in when a USB or probe is plugged in, so they are always blocked. The power butter seens seems enclosed but I’ve noticed it getting a little sticky on my first one (takes a while for it to spring back into place). Thinking it might b a result of an oil boil over I had (too small pan - my bad ). Hoping that it’s just a nuisance and doesn’t turn into a problem. Applied some rubbing alcohol to it and it helped a lot. the knobs are all dishwasher safe
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