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RE: Practicalities of Induction Cooking (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: rjr220 on 12.10.2009 at 08:06 pm in Appliances Forum

I've wondered about using smaller pans as well. The sheet that came with with my GE says that the smallest pan size for the burners are:

7" min size for 11" burner
5 3/4" min size 7 1/2" burner
4 3/4" min size for 6" burner

They are arranged as LF: 7 1/2", RF: 11", LR 7 1/2", RR 6".

I took my smallest sauce pan that has a diameter of 5 1/4. Per the sheet I should only use it on the RR burner: I put one cup of water and put the burner on high, it took about 40 seconds to boil. I emptied the water, cooled the pan to room temp and repeated on the 7 1/2 burner -- according to the sheet, the pan was too small for the burner, but it worked: no beeping, light flashing as the sheet warned: it took 35 seconds to boil. Repeated the cooling, put it on the 11 inch burner. No flashing, beeping -- but it did take 2 full minutes to boil. Yes, longer than the 7 1/2 and 6 inch burners, but faster than my old radiant top. I know this is by no means scientific, and may only be relevant on GE induction ranges, but now I know that minimal pan sizes are just a suggestion. Also did not notice any increase in noise with the small pan on the larger burner.

On Monday I was cooking and needed to use 2-10" skillets. The skillet on the 7" burner needed a bit more time to get to simmer than the 11", but nothing that slowed me down a bit. I'll be giving it more of a work-out over the next few weeks for holiday prep.

For a visual, I've put in a picture of my small sauce pan on the large burner. So far I am really enjoying the switch from the smooth top electric.
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RE: Banquette anyone? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: igloochic on 05.08.2007 at 05:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine (in a bay window) will be 19 inches deep and the boxes (cabinets) will be 16.5 inches high. This gives me room for a 2" cushioned seat under our kitchen table (an antique that I didn't want to let go of). The size was determined after weeks and weeks of trial and error, and ended up being the same as the chairs that we have around the table heh heh

You want to tape out the area you're thinking of making a banquette if you can so you can see how the table really sits in there, and then "make" some seats using boxes, or whatever you can figure out using the dimensions that make sense (mine are pretty standard). Then you can see if there is room to slide in and out easily.

We have an open U that is a little longer on one side. The left cabinet opens up towards the room, then there is a door that hides a V shaped area (because of the bay window) and then another drawer that opens towards the table bottom (long term storage obviously, but our table rolls out so that's not a huge issue). Then another door hiding a V and then a large drawer opening towards the table...then finally an odd shaped drawer that faces the room which is 19" deep on one side and 24 on the other (so it's at an angle) which transitions into the cabinets on that wall. It gives you a nice slide in area.

The seat will be 20" deep (from wall to front lip) with a 3" back leaning (3" at the bottom and 1" at the top). The amount of extra storage it adds is AMAZING and in our townhome, that's very valuable. It also allows for guests to sit while we're cooking and chat but be out of the way (we entertain a lot so every function was considered with guests in mind). The seats overhang to keep down on the kicking of little feet on the doors, but I am building them out of hard wood just to be safe. They also allow you to slide in without catching a handle on the back of your leg if you're a grownup :)

My pads will be made by myself (I'm a huge sewer) out of a rediculously expensive fabric that looks like leather, but sews like a simple thick cotton. ($65 per yard) I was doing silk in the banquette, but then the baby was born and I realized silk and babies don't mix as well as you'd like :)

This fabric can be wiped down and while I know you're thinking it's "pleather" it's really not. It feels like very expensive italian leather, soft and luxurious, but is easy to work with and keep nice. I'll add some fancy cushions in silk and other tapestries to keep the seat interesing looking.

We look out onto a lake (which just thawed yesterday yeaaaa!!!) so draperies will be minimal.

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Banquette sticker shock!

posted by: azmelt on 01.13.2010 at 08:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just got the estimate from our cabinet maker for a 90 degree corner built-in banquette seat--just the bench, no backs--48 inches on each side. It was over $2,000! Gasp!
I guess with a standard cabinet maker, anything that doesn't come pretty much according to their "normal" specs is spectacularly expensive.
I'd really like to have this banquette to make our eating nook much more usable.
Anyone have any ideas on alternatives? It seems as if I read somewhere on this site about someone using a stock bench from somewhere--Ikea??
Thanks for any ideas. (White shaker-style cabinets, so nothing unusual as far as design.)

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