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Old 12-07-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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Using a Hot Plate

Lacking a range, I purchased one of IMUSA's single burner hot plates rated at 1100 watts.

The only marked settings are OFF, LOW, MED. But it appears to adjust continuously from OFF to well past MED.

With water in a three quart saucepan, the maximum temperature reached was 192. But turning knob fully easily boiled.

I am considering painting marks around the knob and testing water temps reached at each setting.

When instructions are given to cook on low or medium on a range, is there any kind of a 'standard' such as I did with the water temp reached in a saucepan?

Is there a need to compensate for the off/on cycling of the hot plate, either by further adjusting the knob or lengthening any suggested cooking times?

Any useful tips on using a hot plate?

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Old 12-07-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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It could be that you're over thinking this Mike. Exact temps for stove top cooking are seldom needed unless you're cooking candy for example, or deep frying something. In both those cases you'll need a thermometer. Your settings of low to med should work well for everyday cooking.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:18 AM   #3
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It could be that you're over thinking this Mike. Exact temps for stove top cooking are seldom needed unless you're cooking candy for example, or deep frying something. In both those cases you'll need a thermometer. Your settings of low to med should work well for everyday cooking.

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Old 12-08-2015, 08:57 AM   #4
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It works pretty much like any other stove.

For a long time I worked a job that had me on the road 42 weeks out of the year. I lived in hotel rooms and did all my cooking using a hot plate and portable microwave. Despite not having an oven to do any baking/roasting and having to be careful not to stink up the place, I still managed to cook some incredible meals. If anything it taught me how to be more resourceful.

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Old 12-08-2015, 05:48 PM   #5
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Maximum water temp was 192 but it "easily boiled?"

??? Unless you live on Mount Everest

I also think you might be overthinking this as kayelle rightfully points out the exact temperature of the pan is hardly ever germane to what you are cooking.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #6
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Even at the 'low' setting it'll bring the pot of water to a boil under normal condition. It'll just take longer....

As with any other appliance just start using the hotplate and you'll get the hang of it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:58 PM   #7
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The one I looked at had Hi marked on it. Yes it was the 1100 watt one.
Now just use it like you would use a regular stove burner.
If you bought it used it is possible the markings are wearing off.
Mike, are you just now learning to really cook?

Little hint, if what you are cooking is trying to stick, turn down the burner.
Matter of fact unless you are boiling water, I wouldn't go beyond medium.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:04 PM   #8
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Maximum water temp was 192 but it "easily boiled?"

??? Unless you live on Mount Everest

I also think you might be overthinking this as kayelle rightfully points out the exact temperature of the pan is hardly ever germane to what you are cooking.
OK, I meant to say, "With water in a three quart saucepan, the maximum temperature reached [on MED] was 192. But turning knob fully easily boiled."
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:14 PM   #9
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OK, I meant to say, "With water in a three quart saucepan, the maximum temperature reached [on MED] was 192. But turning knob fully easily boiled."
Now, if it were summer in Texas and 95 degrees in your kitchen that pot of water would probably have reached a full boil on 'MED' setting.
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Mike,
The one I looked at had Hi marked on it. Yes it was the 1100 watt one.
Now just use it like you would use a regular stove burner.
If you bought it used it is possible the markings are wearing off.
Mike, are you just now learning to really cook?

Little hint, if what you are cooking is trying to stick, turn down the burner.
Matter of fact unless you are boiling water, I wouldn't go beyond medium.
Nope, bought it new. Only markings are OFF, LOW, MED.

Forty years ago, I might fix hamburger helper or boil some spaghetti and pour Ragu over it. I could scramble eggs and fry sausage. That's about it. Since then, I've eaten sandwiches, fast food, or heated canned food in the microwave. But what experience I had was using gas, where the heat was consistent. Wasn't sure how to deal with the on/off cycling of the hot plate.
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