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Old 12-27-2008, 04:39 PM   #11
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In case you decide to get yourself an actual, dedicated heat diffuser, I recommend the one I have. It's made by Kuhn Rikon and it's just a solid disc of anodized aluminum. Can't remember what it cost, but I don't think it was more than $20 and it's worth it, especially if you have big cheap stockpots (upgrading to the nice ones is expensive!).
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:07 PM   #12
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I like the "stand in front of the stove staring at it while drinking a beer method", actually helps get me out of having to do anything else while it is cooking!
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:39 AM   #13
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In case you decide to get yourself an actual, dedicated heat diffuser, I recommend the one I have. It's made by Kuhn Rikon and it's just a solid disc of anodized aluminum. Can't remember what it cost, but I don't think it was more than $20 and it's worth it, especially if you have big cheap stockpots (upgrading to the nice ones is expensive!).

Diffuser! That's the word I was looking for. Thanks Russ, I'll look into those.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:43 AM   #14
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I bought a cast iron roasting rack from Lodge that I can use as a heat diffuser. I have also set a smaller pan inside my big cast iron frying pan--especially useful for cooking steel cut oats, which are thick and have to simmer for 20 minutes.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:37 AM   #15
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I have a stainless stock pot by Invitations that would probably work for you, and it's not an expensive item... about $40 tops ( I got it as a gift from my mother and she would never spend more than that). I think its a 16 quart cap.... big anyway. It's got a heavy disk bottom that does a great job of diffusing and stabilizing the heat when simmering on my flattop range.
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