Homemade Yogurt

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UPDATE: It is with great sadness that I can no longer endorse the company producing and marketing the NuWave PIC.  I LOVE, seriously LOVE the product, but the manner in which they charge for shipping is, in my opinion, not ethical.  The product is worth far more than the $99 being charged for it; and it would seem more honest to me to simply charge what the product is actually worth, rather than saying it is only $99 and then charging inflated prices for the shipping and handling.  Should those practices ever change, Busy-at-Home would be glad, once again, to endorse not only a great product, but the company who produces it.  Thank you for understanding.

The good news is that the NuWave Pic and another of my favorites, the NuWave Oven are readily available at other retailers for fantastic prices. I wouldn’t be without either one in my own kitchen!

I’m having such a blast using my NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC) !  I’ve been using an induction range, in my kitchen, for more than five years and would be hard-pressed to ever go back to a conventional electric cook stove; but I desperately needed an additional “big burner” on my range.  The NuWave PIC is the solution I was looking for and it’s even inspired me to try some recipes I’ve never cooked before!  I love that I can have my big 12″ cast iron skillet busy on the range and still have a huge pot cooking away on one of my two PIC’s!  I’ll never run out of burners while making a big family dinner and I have the perfect way to keep covered dishes warm at potlucks.  With all the ways I’ve learned to use them, I have a hard time understanding how I managed before I had them.  I’m even more excited that a Busy-at-Home reader is going to have the chance to add a PIC to their own kitchen appliances!  Be sure to enter this extraordinarily generous  giveaway, from Hearthware, at the end of this post!

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

I have two of these fabulous “big burners” in my kitchen, now and I love how they’ve expanded my kitchen!

As I explained in my last post about this fantastic kitchen tool, induction cooking requires the use of stainless steel or cast iron cookware.  “Induction cooking uses an electromagnet to generate heat in the cooking vessel, not in the cooktop, itself.  Under the glass of the cooktop there is a copper coil, that produces a gentle electromagnetic field when electricity passes through it.  This starts the molecules of your pan vibrating, which creates heat.  The pan is heating up, not the cook top.  Totally cool, right?  Your cookware needs to be stainless steel or cast iron (magnetic) in order for the range to work.  I can boil a sauce pot of water in about 90 seconds on my stovetop.  The glass top doesn’t heat up (though it DOES get warm under the pot, where heat from the pot is transferred to the cook top), because all the energy goes directly into the cookware. It’s a much more even and consistent way of cooking and I don’t have any of the issues that come with typical glass top stoves.  For instance, spills don’t bake on.  Sprinkling sugar onto most hot glass-tops, results in a lifelong, baked on crunch or even small pits burned in.  Induction cook tops don’t have enough heat to melt the sugar, mush less burn it on.  Love, love, love that!  My grandbabies have stood on their tippy-toes and reached over the top edge of my induction range and unless they directly touched the pot, I didn’t have to worry about a burn.  The moment that truly sold me was a demonstration where a skillet had been cut in half and then placed on the range.  The rep cracked an egg, half onto the skillet, and half onto the “burner” of the cooktop.  In a mere moment, the side of the egg sitting in the skillet was cooked through, while the half sitting on the burner was as raw as the moment he had placed it there.  Amazing!”

So, look at what I’ve been making, since my first experiment with that delicious Fiesta Bake, I shared with you in February.

fiesta bake

This delicious Fiesta Bake was the first recipe I cooked with the PIC.

 

I tested the NuWave Cast Iron Grill Pan on the PIC and we enjoyed delicious steaks, beautifully seared and grilled, right in my kitchen, on a cold winter night.  Why does food always seem to taste better when it’s sporting those gorgeous grill marks?  I can’t wait to try it out on some veggies!

 

grillpan

The NuWave Cast Iron Grill Pan is a perfect accessory for the PIC. It heats evenly across the entire surface and has an easy-to-empty grease collection tray.  Plus the “Sear” setting on the PIC, allows me to quickly seal the juices into whatever meat we’re having.

 

grilling steaks

I got a great deal on flat iron steaks, marinated them, and seared in their delicious flavor with the cast iron grill pan on my NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop.

 

NuWave griddle

The NuWave round cast iron griddle, on my second PIC, allowed me to sear and cook more steaks for our big crew, at the same time as I had the grill pan going.  It did a fabulous job! I’m guessing, it would make some pretty amazing pancakes, too! :)

 

steak and potatoes with a salad

This was a delicious and quick to prepare supper that was easy with the NuWave PIC!

The most interesting and exciting recipe, that I’ve tried since having the PICs in my kitchen is Homemade Yogurt.  As a fan of Pinterest, I have certainly pinned several recipes, most of which involved a quart jar on a heating pad, overnight.  I’ve never been brave enough to try.  Imagine how excited I was to find that I could use the induction cook tops to make homemade yogurt in just a few hours.  No preservatives, guar gum, or other unidentifiable ingredients — just whole milk and yogurt starter.  I’ve been told that I can use a Tablespoon of yogurt made with the live lactic bacteria, but it is not available locally, and for now, I found yogurt starter on Amazon and the cost was only 71¢ for each packet, which makes a full quart of yogurt!  The only other ingredient I needed was a quart of milk.  You won’t come close to buying yogurt at the local grocery store for that great price!  Also, for health reasons, we drink and use only whole milk in our family.  It is very difficult to purchase yogurt, in our three local stores, that is made with whole milk.  Now, I don’t have to worry about it.  I’m so excited that this turned out, well, and my husband and kids actually like it, ALOT!  The recipe for this easy breakfast/snack was one of over 70 recipes in the cookbook that I received with my NuWave PIC.  I’m looking forward to trying so many more.  Here’s how I made our yogurt.

Homemade Yogurt

Rating: 51

30 minutes

5 hours, 30 minutes

1 quart or 4-8 servings

1/2 - 1 cup

Homemade Yogurt

In less than seven hours, you can make wholesome, delicious yogurt at home for a fraction of the store-bought price!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of whole milk
  • 1 (5 gm) packet of yogurt starter (powdered culture)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into a medium pot.
  2. Press high (425 degrees) on the induction cook top, to bring the milk up to 180 degrees (or until the milk just begins to boil).
  3. Shut off the cook top and allow the milk to cool down to 108 degrees - 112 degrees.
  4. Dissolve 1 (5 gm) packet of yogurt starter in the arm milk and mix thoroughly until it is completely dissolved.
  5. Pour the yogurt into a one quart canning jar. Screw the lid on tight.
  6. Put the jar of yogurt in a pot of water, being careful that the water level covers at least 1/4 of the jar, the entire time the yogurt is cooking. (Mine was somewhere between the 1/3 and 1/2 mark and I never did have to add any water, though I was careful to check it periodically.)
  7. Press LOW on the induction cook top (100 degrees) and then hit the "+" button, three times to increase the temperature to 130 degrees. This will heat the water and allow the milk in the jar to maintain a consistent 110 degree temperature.)
  8. Allow the yogurt to continue to heat for 4 1/2 hours. (I actually cooked mine 5 1/2 hours, because it didn't seem quite thick enough, at the 4 1/2 hour point.) Shut off the cook top.
  9. Remove the yogurt jar from the pan and set it in the refrigerator to cool and stop incubation. I found that the yogurt thickened, even more, as it cooled.
  10. To serve, you can add honey or sugar, vanilla, fresh fruit, home-canned fruit, fruit compotes, etc., whatever you would normally use to flavor your yogurt. You can also use this in recipes that call for plain yogurt. Later, this week, I'm going to try using it to make yogurt cheese! I'll let you know how it turns out.
  11. We used a spoonful of sugar, a splash of vanilla and some fresh blueberries, in this bowl, for an absolutely delicious breakfast. It has more of the authentic yogurt "tang" than the yogurt we have purchased in the store. It was so creamy and wonderful and the flavor made several of us think of cream cheese. There may be some creative new cheesecake recipes in my future!
http://busy-at-home.com/homemade-yogurt-and-a-nuwave-precision-induction-cooktop-give-away-hearthware/

I hope you’ll check out the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop on Amazon and see how to get one for your own kitchen.  I think it will become one of your most-used appliances — in the kitchen, at parties, at potlucks, at barbecues and on camping trips — any place you have access to electricity and need a safer, more efficient way to cook food for family and friends.  It is portable, faster than conventional ranges and won’t heat up like conventional glass top burners.  It’s the perfect solution for busy, on-the-go families with a need for added cooking surfaces!  We absolutely love ours!


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I received the NuWave Cast Iron Grill Pan and Griddle to test and review them in my own kitchen, using my NuWave PIC.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the products.

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  1. ellen says

    I learned that the NuWave PIC is more eco friendly than either gas or normal electric burners. since you know exactly how hot it is.

    • says

      That’s right, Ellen! Plus, it cooks so much more quickly, (which saves on energy use), than conventional cook tops without the burning dangers. It’s extraordinary!

    • smartshoppermom says

      For $300??!!!…no one has bothered to mention all the “hidden” costs which make this “$99 buy one, get one free” deal actually OVER $300!!!! (Just try to buy the deal in one transaction where the extra fees aren’t as easily hidden or overlooked.)

      The hidden charges come from the “Just Pay S & H” which is $29.95 for the first cooktop, $39.95 for the “second — free” cooktop; and $69.95 for each of the “free” pan orders.

      For the real cost of $300, the consumer must decide the value of this product. In my opinion, there are better options at that price point. Don’t be ripped off by the misleading nature of this advertising!! The product may be a good one, but I will not deal with a company that has such business practices.

      • says

        I agree, Lynde. It is why we no longer work with them at Busy-at-Home. It is a real shame, because the product is phenomenal! As soon as the shipping costs were brought to our attention we discontinued working with them. It was a HUGE disappointment.

        • Mike L. says

          Despite the OUTRAGEOUS s&h cost, I’m looking at buying the PIC2 or PIC2 Pro. The Final Price points as follows:
          1 PIC2 @ $129.94
          2 PIC2 @ $159.89
          1 PIC Pro @ $154.93
          2 PIC Pro @ $209.87
          (I discovered the upgrade was cheaper by turning it down the first time)
          In comparison the Waring Pro Induction cooktop I found was:
          $170 for single unit w/ 8-heat settings
          $250 for duel unit w/ 8(left)/5(right)-heat settings

          I know the PIC2 has 10* temp increments vs. the PIC Pro’s only 5* (52 vs. 94 heat settings) and a larger surface area on the Pro. I couldn’t find the PIC2’s Wattage, but the PIC Pro uses up to 1800 Watts. Would you consider the $50 increase “well spent” ?:-)

          Mike L.

  2. George says

    I used to have a magnetic induction cooktop. It was fantastic. This would be a good addition to my kitchen. I especially like the grill attachment.

  3. Debi Hubbard says

    I learned that they have a lot of accessories that are included FREE with the NuWave. 1- 9-inch PerfectGreen Omelet Pan
    1- 10-inch PerfectGreen Fry Pan
    1- 3 1/2 Quart Stainless Steel Sauté Pot
    1- Premium Glass Lid

    1- Fondue Set
    8- Fondue Forks
    1- Steamer Basket

      • says

        Wow! You need to check out some of their specials, Linda! You can definitely do better than that. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Yesterday, they ran a buy one, get one free special. If you’re following, you’ll know when the deals come up!

      • gail barker says

        i found out that to. thought you get free gifts. if they are free then they shouldn;t charge for them. took a long time to get my free one. can’t finf cookware to use on it.

        • says

          Gail, all my cookware is castiron or stainless steel, so I don’t have problems with cookware. I know Walmart carries several brands of stainless steel. You can also get them on Amazon. If you aren’t sure, carry a small magnet with you to the store. If the magnet sticks to the pan, it will work on an induction cook top. Hope that helps.

  4. says

    Oh I so want one of those! I love that you can cook w/o heating up the whole kitchen. Fantastic for Summer! Helps keep your air conditioning bills down but let’s you cook what you want!

  5. Holly C says

    I didn’t know anything about this product or method of cooking so it was all new to me.
    Some of the facts I learned include


    Faster Cooking: heating is immediate.


    Safe: no flame or red-hot coils.


    Lightweight & Portable: plugs into any electrical outlet.


    Easy to clean: spills won’t burn and stick to the
    cooktop surface.

  6. Donna D says

    I love a lot of things about it, I love that it can be used as a Portable Indoor Grill, and that it can be a steamer too! I love healthy cooking and this is so perfect for that, and my hubby loves his french fries but I never fix them because I don’t have a deep fryer in the house :) but with this he could have his french fries(once in a while) :) I also Really Love that it has no No Fumes or Flames nice and safe even with pets or kids in the house.
    I learned that I would love to have a NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop in my kitchen, I would use it everyday!
    chocho1957 at hotmail.com

  7. Heather Reich says

    After reading about the PIC I learned that the temperature control ranges from 100 to 425 degrees! We used to have a NuWave convection oven and I used to love to just watch stuff cook in there. I also like the fact that the PIC cleans up so easily… With a toddler, tween and teen in the house, I have enough cleaning to take care of! WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS! :)

  8. sandy weinstein says

    this will be great, b/c i have gas and i hate it. get everything you need, slow cook, precise temp control, energy efficient, fryer, rice cooker, steamer.

  9. Darlene Owen says

    I learned The NuWave Precision™ Induction Cooktop plugs into any electrical outlet and can be transported anywhere. Great for use in dormitories, campgrounds, boats, and even RVs!

  10. Mayumi says

    I learned how energy efficient the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop is. I love that it is so portable and ut can be used outside. It sounds great to use on my patio!

  11. Shana says

    I did not know that cast iron could even be used on it! I have tons of cast iron cookware!
    Love those grill marks also!!

  12. Robin says

    You had me sold at being able to use it indoors or out. Here in Iowa, I really miss grilling in the winter. Also, almost exclusively use cast iron – so impressed that no special pans are needed to use the PIC. What a great item to win – know it would be in constant use in our home!

  13. Tim says

    I learned that snce induction technology is based on magnetic principles, the cookware used with it must have a ferrous (iron-based, magnetic) bottom. Some types of cookware are made of naturally magnetic metals (such as pure iron), while others are rendered magnetic by “sandwiching” a thin layer of a ferrous metal in the base.

    • Sandy O'Neill says

      I just bough a whole set of hard anodised cookware from a TV show I love. I just tested for the magnet but it didn’t work on my pans. Is that the only test for pans to use on this because I just love the idea but sure can’t buy new cookware again.?

  14. AnnaZed says

    I knew about these and have been wanting to buy one, but I did not know that the whole unit was so easy to clean; that spills won’t burn and stick to the cooktop surface. That’s fantastic.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Lisa Elder says

    Wow!!! When I went to the website I was astonished at everything the NuWave can do.I wish I could afford one but Social Security Disabity just barely pays the bills.I also enjoy reading your blog.God bless.

  16. Michele Behlen says

    I learned that induction cooks faster and is one of the safest and most efficient methods of cooking.

  17. kim c says

    Today I learned that the there are three easy to see if your own cookware will work on the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop:
    1) An induction symbol will be printed on the bottom of the cookware.
    2) Place a small amount of water in a pot or pan. If induction compatible, water will start to boil.
    3) A magnet is typically a great indicator. If it sticks to the bottom of the cookware, this typically means the pot or pan is induction ready. However there are instances where the cookware’s magnetic properties may not be strong enough for the pot to work efficiently.
    That’s easy enough to figure out!

  18. starla klaffer says

    I heard great things about this product, however have not been able to purchase one. When I read about the yogurt I am really excited I didn’t know your could use it for that. We eat a lot of yogurt in my house I would love to win this item. Have a GREAT day!!

    • Sandy O'Neill says

      You can make yogurt in your crock pot too. Just look at UTube. But the timer for milk would be great to do it faster.

  19. Laura Workman says

    For this particular item I learned that you can grill inside without any fumes, which is totally cool! Also, induction cooking is faster and in my opinion, the best way to cook. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  20. Janet Kaufman says

    I really enjoyed your ‘Busy at Home’ blog and your sharing what you’ve done with your Precision Induction Cooktop.

  21. Kerry says

    I have a NuWave Pro and I absolutely love it! I like that the cooktop is portable and lightweight. Until I saw this, I didn’t know that NuWave made a cooktop. Would love to try it out.

  22. Derly Foerste says

    Easy to clean, timer and nice tecnology!!!1 Would love to win it!! Nice addition to my kitchen!!1

  23. Liana says

    This is such a cool gadget to have. I could use this in my outings where I need to cook quick small tastings.

  24. Linda Kish says

    You have to use compatible cookware. Examples of compatible cookware:
    • All NuWave Precision Cookware
    • Enameled iron and steel
    • Stainless steel with a magnetic base
    • Cast iron

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  25. Maresa J says

    I LOVE HOW LITTLE CHILDREN CAN START LEARNING HOW TO START COOKING IN A SAFE WAY WITHOUT THE USE OF GAS AND FIRE.

  26. NJ says

    I have learned that spills won’t burn and stick to the cooktop surface.It is very nice to know this because, I too make yogurt at home and it is very frustrating to see milk boiling and spilling over and the spilled milk burning on the cooktop.

  27. Wanda McHenry says

    Induction cooking cooks faster and is energy efficient! Also, it’s easy to clean, foods don’t burn or stick.

  28. Texas Momma says

    I learned that it can also be used as a deep fryer AND because it’s portable I could take it outside when I fry stuff. No more fried food smell in the house for a week!! I think that’s awesome!

  29. Kim says

    I learned that the heat is pretty much instant, and it claims you will have no more boil overs. I also learned that you will save a lot on your electrical bills with this appliance

  30. Melissa O. says

    I am very intrigued that it does not burn food. I would love to have one. I am a busy mom of 4 working 2 part time jobs and still try to make healthy and satisfying meals for my family.

  31. Chi says

    I learned that you can use it for all sorts of cooking! Not just one type! Grilling, cooking rice, deep frying and more! So cool!

  32. says

    There are three easy to see if your own cookware will work on the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop:
    1) An induction symbol will be printed on the bottom of the cookware.
    2) Place a small amount of water in a pot or pan. If induction compatible, water will start to boil.
    3) A magnet is typically a great indicator. If it sticks to the bottom of the cookware, this typically means the pot or pan is induction ready. However there are instances where the cookware’s magnetic properties may not be strong enough for the pot to work efficiently

  33. Angela H says

    I am a big fan/wanna-be of induction cooking. I love your idea of expanding your kitchen cooking surface by adding these portable burners. I think that sounds perfect for me too, because we have a gas cooktop at home. I’ve thought about changing it to an induction cooktop, but now I think I’ll just get a NuWave PIC….hope I win it! Something I learned? Had never heard of this brand!

  34. says

    I learned that it uses less energy – both gas and electric – and comes with many different tops. I love the steamer and the grill!

  35. Tiffany M. says

    I didn’t know ANYTHING about PIC cooking, so I learned basically everything you said. I had no idea yogurt could be made at home, either…

  36. Steve Stone says

    the NuWave PIC is more eco friendly than either gas or normal electric burners. since you know exactly how hot it is

  37. Ann B. says

    Wow, I learned that this does it all! Wow!!! I never knew this!!!

    Portable Indoor Grill

    Temperature Controlled Deep Fryer

    Festive Fondue Maker

    Timed Rice Cooker

    Healthy Vegetable Steamer

    Programmable Slow Cooker

  38. Wendy says

    I read what you said about the egg and the site says “Try this test: put a pot of water on one half of the PIC
    and an ice cube on the other half. The water will boil while
    the ice cube stays cool.” Really? That’s AWESOME!!

  39. says

    I learned that the fan will run for an additional 60 seconds after you press “Pause/Clear” twice. At that point, the then unit will turn off.
    Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  40. Marti Parks says

    I learned that it doesn’t use a flame or hot coils and the cookware actually heats the food. I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed.

  41. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says

    I learned that it is a Portable Indoor Grill, this is the first time that I have seen this product. I would love to win this.
    thanks for the giveaway

  42. Russell Moore says

    I like that it can expand my kitchen by plugging into any available outlet, with no open flame or hot coils.

  43. Kitty says

    I learned that it works through safe magnetic field that penetrates into iron-based cookware and the molecules in the pan begin vibrating rapidly, thus creating heat.

    maynekitty [at] live [dot] com

  44. says

    WOW!! I LOVE THIS, I MEAN I AM IN LOVE<3 THIS IS 4 APPLIANCES IN ONE, ECO FRIENDLY, PORTABLE, EASY TO USE AND CLEAN UP. CAN YOU ASK FOR MORE? I WILL PROBABLY BUY ONE IF I DON'T WIN.. THANKS SO MUCH:)

  45. Kelli Harmon says

    Making your own yoghurt sounds loads of fun and as the mother of an almost 3 yr old (who loves to “help”), having a way to cook w/ out worrying about hurting her sounds heavanly!

  46. sheryl cullum says

    I learned that it is easy to clean,spills won’t burn and stick to the
    cooktop surface.That is awesome I hate messes.

  47. Chelle says

    I learned that my pots and pans will work because Tri-ply, high-quality stainless steel and cast iron cookware are compatible with induction cooktops. This is very cool!

  48. Pam D says

    I didn’t even know that they made these. They would be so great to use when serving lots of people to keep things hot and I never have enough burners on my stove!

  49. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

    I learned that Induction technology cooks faster and is one of the safest, most efficient methods of cooking.

    And that the NuWave is easy to clean and your food won’t burn.

  50. Kristen says

    I learned: Program cooking times and temperatures from “Warm” to “Sear,” allowing you to prepare almost any food to perfection in a fraction of the time.

  51. Amy Garner says

    I am teaching my students about energy and conserving resources, and I learned that this is more eco-friendly!

  52. Maria Balmeo says

    I never heard of this product, but i like it. Specially that its portable an lightweight, precise temperature and no flames.

    Thanks,
    riadeliza823(at)ymail(dot)com

  53. says

    very cool… I learned that if you put a pot of water on one half of the burner it will boil, but if you put an ice cube on the burner it stays cool… that is great, since I worry about hot burners, open flames etc… I’ve got a glass top oven now and I my 10 yr old wants to help me cook but I have to be careful she stays away from the hot areas.

  54. SHAYNA says

    Induction technology cooks
    faster and is one of the safest,
    most efficient methods of
    cooking. The NuWave
    Precision Induction
    Cooktop is also easy to clean and food never burns or sticks :)

    shebebes@yahoo.com

  55. tamar says

    I love its feature set in general – that it’s great for kids and buffets and doesn’t cause excessive heat in the kitchen. That’s great because I’m pregnant and hot as heck nowadays!!!

  56. Nicole Sender says

    The NuWave Precision™ Induction Cooktop will replace my electric range for many cooking tasks and save on my electric bill.

  57. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    My sister has a magnetic induction cooktop – and I just love cooking AT HER HOUSE! It’s fabulous – you can do so many different kinds of cooking with it: from rice to fondue! And I love that it’s portable and can be used indoors and outdoors – especially because we often barbecue in the backyard and invite friends and neighbors. This would be perfect for so many things – and I could invite my sister over to our place for a change!

  58. says

    Program cooking times and temperatures from “Warm” to “Sear,” allowing you to prepare almost any food to perfection in a fraction of the time.

  59. Ashley Morrissey says

    No more burnt food and a reduced risk of burns in general!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

  60. Kim Allmon says

    I learned that the cooktop stays cool to the touch…it only heats up the pan that’s placed on its surface. That’s a pretty cool feature, not to mention the fact that you can cook faster. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Hoa Le says

    I learned that since induction technology is based on magnetic principles, the cookware used with it must have a ferrous (iron-based, magnetic) bottom.

  62. Maria Dillhunt says

    I learned about induction cooking. I also learned that the Nuwave PIC is the best on the market. What a great invention!
    I love that it can replace my rice cooker and veggie steamer. I also love that it would give me an indoor grill, deep fryer and fondue maker.
    Cooking will be more fun! The creative ideas are already beginning to flow.

  63. Debbie C says

    I learned the Nu Wave has temperatures from “Warm” to “Sear,” , easy!

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  64. Michaela R says

    I learned that it’s easy to clean. Perfect for a busy mom who can’t spend too much time scrubbing another cooking appliance haha :)

  65. Debbie Hogue says

    I learned that it saves energy, is versatile and easy to clean because food never burns or stiicks

  66. Chris N says

    The NuWave PIC is designed with a series of copper coils. These coils
    generate a safe magnetic field that penetrates into iron-based pots
    and pans.

    ezmerelda at mail dot com

  67. Sheila K. says

    I’ve been eyeing the NUWave PIC after seeing it on TV shows. Great to learn it’s a programmable slow cooker as well.

  68. Angela H says

    I learned that nothing will burn or stick if it spills. And you can clean it off while it is on! I make huge messes on my electric glass top stove all the time. Trying to clean it off is awful too.

  69. d moniz says

    everything i learned was new ive never seen anything about this product the grill attatchment looks awesome

  70. kathy pease says

    Low: 100°F (37°C) / Warm
    Med-Low: 175°F (79°C) / Simmer
    Med: 275°F (135°C) / Steam
    Med-High: 375°F (191°C) / Stir/Deep Fry
    High: 425°F (218°C) / Boil/Saute
    Max/Sear: 425°F (218°C) / Sear

  71. carol lewis says

    Less likely to receive bad burns which is good. I am a disaster. This is a faantastic idea! I LOVE it!

  72. Aaron Bretveld says

    I never new that induction cooktops Use up to 90% less energy than a traditional gas or electric stove

  73. Marcy Strahan says

    There are three simple ways to check if your existing cookware or future cookware purchases are designed for use with the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop:
    1) An induction symbol will be printed on the bottom of the cookware.
    2) Place a small amount of water in a pot or pan. If induction compatible, water will start to boil.
    3) A magnet is typically a great indicator. If it sticks to the bottom of the cookware, this typically means the pot or pan is induction ready. However there are instances where the cookware’s magnetic properties may not be strong enough for the pot to work efficiently

  74. Vicki D. says

    Foods will never burn, it’s cool tot he touch, and it’s so versatile. You can use this to steam, grill, etc.

  75. Andrea Henry says

    Precise temperature control-food won’t burn..easy to clean…lower energy use..

    caden at pineland.net

  76. John Billiris says

    I learned that Induction technology cooking faster and is one of the safest, most efficient methods of cooking.

  77. heather c says

    I learned that induction technology warms the pan, but the PIC remains cool.
    They suggest that you take the ice cube challenge!

  78. Terry Avila says

    Love how there are no flames so you don’t have to worry about poisoning in the air if you leave the gas stove on (like the stove I currently have)!

  79. Wendy says

    I’ve known a long time about the benefits of induction cooking, but the cooktops are so expensive! Single burner induction cookers have been coming down in price, but I learned so many bettter features are on the Nuwave, such as precise temperature control. I just ordered the BOGO so I’ll have 2, and the extra cookware that comes with it. You have to pay the extra S&H, but not a bad deal altogether. I did not order the grill pan or griddle since I already have something similar and it didn’t seem like such a good deal with the S&H added.

    I really like that I can use this outdoors…will be using to cook things that my hubby hates stinking up the house, like bacon, cabbage, potstickers, etc. Although he LOVES eating the bacon!! I also like that I can set it on very low temps for melting cheese and chocolate, and sauces that usually require a double boiler – no more having my chocolate sieze up on me from getting steam in it!

    Yeah, can’t wait to try this out!

  80. Wendy says

    Also meant to note…did you all see it has programmable timed cooking? It just may replace my crock pot!!

    I also cannot wait to use it for making candy and burnt sugar caramel…precise and even temperature is so crucial to success. So you guys that like to make fudge, caramel, candy, boiled frosting..this is for you!

    • Wendy says

      I just received mine yesterday – I got the burner (the free one backordered), the stainless pan and steamer, along with the skillets. They also sent yogurt jars which I wasn’t expecting, so I’ll have to get some starter yogurt and milk and try it at least once.
      I was first impressed by the weight of the cookware – I nearly passed on getting the “extras” due to the shipping cost, but it is well worth it. (though I didn’t order either cast iron piece) Both the stainless and the skillets have a nice heavy bottom and the lid fits the larger skillet and the pot.
      Using the burner itself is really straigtforward, you can push the setting button (high, medium, low, simmer, sear, etc) or by temperature. The readout will always show what temperature the burner is at. It heated up very quickly.
      I made philly cheesteak sandwiches last night and used the nuwave pic to first cook the peppers and onions, and then I cooked the minute steaks in a skillet. I used my own non-nonstick pan for that so I could chop up the meat as it cooked. Otherwise the stainless pan performed like others I own, and it looks very nice. Everything cleaned up beautifully and easily after using.

      I will use this more throughout the week and will note any issues or raves. I’m really looking forward to trying out the skillets, because I have a really cheap ceramic coated pan that I’m not so happy with (it’s the one with a white coating) – I know just like non-stick that ceramic coatings vary. But first impressions are very promising!

  81. Steve says

    So many comments from so many people who apparently don’t even have the appliance, and are just repeating the information from Nuwave about it! Not a single comment, that I noticed, about experiences from actually using it, except by the author. Do you all work for the manufacturer? It would be nice to actually read something from real customers who have cooked with the device and used it for a period of time. It looks like a neat burner, if it actually works as advertised and is reliable over a period of time. I did appreciate the author’s instructions for making yogurt, but no one else actually mentioned using the burner or the “free” pans. I guess it will be a few more weeks before there are real customer reviews showing up and some customer videos on YouTube.

    • says

      Hi Steve. The people commenting on this post were doing so to enter a giveaway and giving the information asked for, in the giveaway requirements, so that’s why their comments seem to be confusing you. As to the reviews, I am definitely REAL and have been using both my PICS for months, now. I didn’t mention the free pans, because I don’t have them, but have been using my cast iron and stainless steel cookware with great results. I actually do own the NuWave cast iron griddle and grill pans, which I DID review on this blog and use frequently. I’ve been cooking with an induction range in my kitchen for 4 years and the PICS are a great extension of that cooktop for all the cooking needs that come up in my busy kitchen. If you have questions, I would certainly be happy to answer from what I know in my personal experience with the product.

  82. Marilyn Spohr says

    I would like to know how I can purchase the yogurt starter mix. I received the jars but no yogurt starter mix.

    • says

      Hi Anna! You know, I’m not sure. Your canner would need to be stainless steel or cast iron, for sure. I think the highest temp it reaches is 425 degrees. For canning you would just need to achieve a rolling boil, in most cases, but you would need to speak to someone who is more experienced with canning. Thanks for your question and for stopping by. I would love if you could come back and post the answer if you get more concrete information.

  83. M says

    Have you ever tried using this to deep fry foods?
    Is it possible to use this to keep oil at a steady 360°F, for example?

  84. beverly kelley says

    I have the NuWave oven and absolutely love it. It replaced my bulkly microwave on the kitchen counter.
    Today saw the PIC info commercial and started to buy it (with 1 “free”) but backed off at the final ‘button” to seal the deal. $200 in shipping costs!! About $150 for actual products. Was going to give one as a gift for daughter and it seems like a great product. Glad to read the positive reviews from all but especially those who actually tried it. Still doing the math in my head. Would be about a $170 each for daughter gift and “me” gift in the end. May still buy soon but hoping to win one first!!

  85. elyse says

    i agree with your update and sentiment. i too feel this company is wripping us off on the shipping. i did buy it and now i am searching for all the pots and pans i need to replace all those i can’t use with the nuwave. the griddle is a big issue. i won’t pay the 15.00 in shipping for a 29.00 item.

    • says

      Elyse, I have a cast iron skillet and a set of affordable stainless steel pots and pans from Walmart, that I have always used for cooking. I’ve never had a problem using them on my PIC. If a magnet will stick to the pan, it will work on your PIC.

  86. ANGI atchison says

    WOW!!!!! My stove blew up a month ago and I am a single mom of 2 boys 11 an 18. We can’t afford a new stove so I saw the infomercial and I was like WOW how in the heck does that do all that. So to win one would be awesome so I can get the kids off deep frying everything because that’s all we have. So even if I don’t win within time I am getting one And I won’t be paying 200-300 hundred. Well enjoy cooking !!!!!!!! thanks for the opportunity !! angi

  87. Gayle says

    It sure would be a blessing to have this cook top. I can’t stand up to the stove anymore due to a severly damaged foot. To be able to cook for my family & myself at the table would be so great, AND to be able to cook in diffrent ways- grill, fry, braise, boil, slow cook, any possible food item! I am also having to change my diet, and this product can help me tremendously in preparing food that will fit into those new perameters easily. What a wonderful new tool.

  88. Sharon says

    It is a versatile small appliance….The cooktop can replace many of the other small countertop appliances you now have sitting on the counter. I like the safety of the operation of this appliance. induction cooking is a magnetic attraction…Fast and percise. While cooking, the temp will be consistent…I would love to recieve this cooktop. :inlove:

  89. Ruthe Foster says

    Just found your blog. I have been using the Nu Wave PIC for almost a year now. Like it well enough to invest in an induction cook-top to replace my old cook-top that recently died.

    Never thought about making yogurt with the PIC. Just goes to show I should have looked at the PIC recipe book more closely. Never know what you will find.

    Also, appreciate the reminder to use a grill on the PIC.

  90. Susan says

    I found this site when searching for PIC recipes.

    I seriously stay away from mail order if I can help it. I find that a lot of these products are sold at shops such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond. This is where I got mine. And I am quite happy. Seriously thinking of getting a second one.

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