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Another player enters the sous vide field: Paragon Induction Cooktop

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3 hours ago, ElsieD said:

@JoNorvelleWalker  What temperature did you set the Paragon to?

 

I set the Paragon to rapid precise at 375F.  The top of the Lodge aebleskiver pan didn't get that hot.  The Lodge does not have much metal in contact with the Paragon.  I was surprised and pleased that the pan worked on the Paragon at all.

 

I don't remember my surface thermometer reading but the cooking temperature was probably about 350F-360F.

 

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It pays to read the manual.*  Last night I was deep frying chicken and potatoes.  As I added my potatoes for their second fry the Paragon beeped and crashed.  I assumed the charge on the battery of the Bluetooth adapter had run out.  But no, there is a light to indicate that condition.

 

All I would have had to do to continue cooking was to press the start button within one minute.  I feel like a Boeing pilot.

 

 

*In particular the Safety Note on page 5.

 

 

 

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Nothing ground breaking, but last night I made bouillabaisse in a Le Creuset.  I'm sure the stovetop would have sufficed, however I chose to use the Paragon.  No mat, no probe.  Simple, dumb induction heating surface.  Even so the Paragon made my little 24 cm Le Creuset seem responsive.

 

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26 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Even so the Paragon made my little 24 cm Le Creuset seem responsive.

Induction will do that.😂 can’t remember life without induction. 

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For those that ordered a Paragon from RC Willey, did it include the mat or instructions?  I finally got around to unpacking mine and there are no instructions or mat.  On the RC Willey product page, it shows a picture of a pan of bacon using the mat and both the description section and feature section mention the mat.  I was under the impression that the mat was included, but I don't have instructions to verify what should be in the box.  

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3 minutes ago, fledflew said:

For those that ordered a Paragon from RC Willey, did it include the mat or instructions?  I finally got around to unpacking mine and there are no instructions or mat.  On the RC Willey product page, it shows a picture of a pan of bacon using the mat and both the description section and feature section mention the mat.  I was under the impression that the mat was included, but I don't have instructions to verify what should be in the box.  

Mine had the mat.  But the instructions really didn't show the use of the mat, just the external controller.

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1 minute ago, fledflew said:

For those that ordered a Paragon from RC Willey, did it include the mat or instructions?  I finally got around to unpacking mine and there are no instructions or mat.  On the RC Willey product page, it shows a picture of a pan of bacon using the mat and both the description section and feature section mention the mat.  I was under the impression that the mat was included, but I don't have instructions to verify what should be in the box.  

 

I ordered from RC Willey.  It did include the mat. Included instructions were fairly minimal: a tri-fold red "quick start" card, a temperature card and a 12 page manual that's not particularly detailed.

Do go through all the packing materials carefully as I know there was some part that I almost threw away because I thought it was part of the packaging. 

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My Paragon came with the mat and instructions.  (Though I have unpacked only one of the three Paragons I have.)  I thought the instructions were quite adequate.  Just be sure to read them.

 

But I seem to remember reading the original version of the Paragon did not have a mat.  Check if the instructions say anything about a mat.  Maybe you received an old model?

 

 

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I took all the packaging out of the box and checked again - no mat and no instructions.  I'll give the seller a call today to get this sorted out.  Thanks for all your help!

 

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RC Willey's customer support was very helpful in setting up an exchange after explaining my situation to them.  I was in Las Vegas for the long weekend so opted to just do the exchange in-store/in-person since they have locations there and receiving shipments at my apartment is tricky.  With the exception of the 40 minute wait in their pickup area after the paperwork was processed, it was quite painless and I now have a paragon with all of the parts (fingers crossed that everything works).  I should have a chance to play with it sometime within the next week or so.  Thank you all again for the prompt feedback last week.  

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The Paragon is still ~$70 on the RCWilley site, BUT no longer available for online orders, in-store purchase only.   Shame, I had been kicking around grabbing another one.  I am no where near an RCWilley store.

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1 hour ago, lemniscate said:

The Paragon is still ~$70 on the RCWilley site, BUT no longer available for online orders, in-store purchase only.   Shame, I had been kicking around grabbing another one.  I am no where near an RCWilley store.

 

I will be back in Las Vegas again in Mid-January.  If they still have them in stock and you're still interested in one, I can always pick one up for you and get it shipped out.  I have yet to play with my replacement since getting it this past weekend (first one was missing parts).  

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2 minutes ago, fledflew said:

 

I will be back in Las Vegas again in Mid-January.  If they still have them in stock and you're still interested in one, I can always pick one up for you and get it shipped out.  I have yet to play with my replacement since getting it this past weekend (first one was missing parts).  

 

I'll think about it.   You and I are in the same Metro area.   I just bought the A4 induction so I might have reached my 2020 limit on kitchen stuff already!

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13 hours ago, lemniscate said:

 

I just bought the A4 induction so I might have reached my 2020 limit on kitchen stuff already!

 

LOL Might want to move that post to the humor thread... :P

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