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New Toy: Breville/Polyscience Control Freak!

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Any Control Freak plans for the Christmas season? I’ve been super busy at work (teaching), and I feel like I haven’t had the time to really play with my units. Looking forward to the free time to experiment :) the problem is choosing what to try 😂 

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What are they selling it for?  I couldn't get at it.  They were asking me to set up an account which I did not want to do.

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$1399 USD. 

 

I thinks it’s worth it now that I own one. But I’m still glad I got both of mine for a steal on eBay. 

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FYI, before anybody runs to buy the Breville, there is a new precision induction cooker on the imminent horizon.  I think I saw it on Chefsteps packaged with a Joule, (but can't find it at the moment, so maybe it was someplace else.  I think it's roughly $500.

 

I love the aesthetic and functional design of Breville stuff, but I feel very burned with my two malfunctioning SmartOvens with the identical start button defect and would think carefully before spending so much money on another one of their products.


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34 minutes ago, IEATRIO said:

FYI, before anybody runs to buy the Breville, there is a new precision induction cooker on the imminent horizon.  I think I saw it on Chefsteps packaged with a Joule, (but can't find it at the moment, so maybe it was someplace else.  I think it's roughly $500.

 

I love the aesthetic and functional design of Breville stuff, but I feel very burned with my two malfunctioning SmartOvens with the identical start button defect and would think carefully before spending so much money on another one of their products.

 

 

https://forums.egullet.org/topic/153880-current-sales-deals-and-bargains-part-2/?do=findComment&comment=2180967

 

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The Hestan Cue requires the use of a special frying pan. Haven’t used it before but it doesn’t seem as versatile. And imagine you have to carefully handwash it?

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Made some mushroom risotto on the Control Freaks for lunch today. Simmered a broth on one (207f), while I fried some mushrooms on the other (250f). Kept the broth warm (140f) and ladeled it onto the risotto at the end. 9089A364-DDC4-4589-A901-025F2A845715.thumb.jpeg.2d6bedf66192d599491fa1a04d08b561.jpeg00C023B1-A5CB-4CB2-AF50-12F5A5F119A3.thumb.jpeg.0d9132de26e508ff7f4133475b770415.jpeg75A7689B-DD75-4784-BC0C-FEB8B6AE6EF8.thumb.jpeg.694aaa1d376297c072c9dfb83d2e6786.jpeg13B41C94-ED14-4968-9E86-0D06EBC7DDBE.thumb.jpeg.ea7d822ae59473cd8f21ae513082c154.jpeg

 

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Thinking about trying some slow cooker recipes on the Control Freak, using a enameled dutch oven. For temps, I'm going to use Cook's Illustrated's top rated slow cooker. They say that at "low" the cooker got to a max temp of 193.5°F. And at high 203.8°F. I will start with those temps, but may adjust as I'm at a relatively high altitude (Calgary), so simmering happens at different temps. Also on the Control Freak I expect consistency of temp, whereas in a crockpot it probably fluctuates a lot (meaning an overall lower average temp). But I think these two temps are a good place to start.

 

I'd also like to program a rice cooker temp. Already did one for my stove top pressure cooker. The Control Freak is making many of my counter top appliances redundant :)

Edited to add: Also might need to adjust temps a bit since Cook's Illustrated measured content temps, not pan temp. If I use a clad pan, fill it with water, and set the pan temp, I usually find the temperature of the water to eventually equal the pan temps (+ or - 1 degree). Thicker viscosity contents (e.g soups or stews), might be a few degrees off.  I could solve this by drilling a hole in my dutch oven to take a probe temp, but I don't really want to do that, and I really don't think slow cooking needs that kind of accuracy :P 


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6 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Depends what you are slow cooking.

 

 

True. And with the kind of precision and accuracy the Control Freak affords, I can get better results than traditional slow cooking. Just want a starting point for existing recipes though. Then I will adjust. 

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I've done slow cooking in a dutch oven with limited success.

 

With the slow cooker, the heat comes from the side of the pot (cooking vessel) so the content is heated quite thoroughly.

 

With the Control Freak, the heat only comes from the bottom, and the top portion of the food stays under-cooked (tough).

 

It will work out a lot better if you use a braiser instead of the dutch oven.

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I glanced at eBay thinking I might find a decent price on one. $1,739 at Amazon was the best I saw. Not for me, not this year.

 

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On 9/26/2018 at 3:19 PM, Eric Srikandan said:

I shouldn't have seen this.....£1200 in the UK. And I want one. Even though I definitely don't need it!

@Eric Srikandan

Not to tempt you, but at the moment sousvidetools.com has dropped the price to £1020 (£850ex VAT)

 

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