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Old 11-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Laboratory magnetic stirrer?

Digital laboratory plate heater magnetic stirrer - 30 - 1 400 rpm | MR Hei-End - Heidolph Instruments GmbH & Co. KG

...as shown in the photo on this page. Ever since I started to cook I have often thought that this would be the epitome of elegance in cooking. The place provides heat, up to 300 degrees C. Within the hot plate, there is a magnetic arm that turns at a prescribed speed to mix whatever is in the pot on top of this. All you have to do is drop a magnetic beater into the pot and the magnetic arm inside the hot plate will cause this beater to mix. I especially think this would be good for making sauces that need to both be melted and stirred, like cheese sauces, or melting chocolate.

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Old 11-30-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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...or one of these.


Amazon.com: StirChef SAUCEPAN STIRRER HandsFree StoveTop cooking: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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I have had one since it came on the market and I love it. It is designed for tall and low pans. And the arms extend quite away out to the sides for a large pan like a Dutch Oven. The bottom blades scrape not only the bottom but the sides also. It gets into the edge of the pan. Easy to use, easy to clean.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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Mine does not look like either of those. Mine is about 5'8", too many pounds, thinning brown/gray hair and I have to feed it
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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Mine does not look like either of those. Mine is about 5'8", too many pounds, thinning brown/gray hair and I have to feed it
Mrs D has pretty much the same model. Except for the dimension, the rest fits to a tee...
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Mrs D has pretty much the same model. Except for the dimension, the rest fits to a tee...


Well at least she also has good taste
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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I don't think it would to do a very good job. They are designed to work with very thin liquids and the stir bars are small. I think parts of the sauce would scorch. Have a look at the itty, bitty white stir bars in these pix:

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Old 11-30-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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They make larger stir bars, but you are correct they are for thinner solutions, not thick sauces and gravies.
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Pengyou, Yeah the thought crossed my mind also. Being a chemist, it looks good at first thought. Other posters are correct, they are designed for non-viscous materials. BUT - if you want to stir up your Kool-aide real fancy it would work great!
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #10
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Pengyou, Yeah the thought crossed my mind also. Being a chemist, it looks good at first thought. Other posters are correct, they are designed for non-viscous materials. BUT - if you want to stir up your Kool-aide real fancy it would work great!
Dad always used one to stir his coffee when he was in the lab. He had a stirrer just for his coffee.
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