Essential Tools for Cooking: Induction Cooking Magic

Viking Portable Induction CooktopToday we have a special guest contributor – Joe Girard from Rouxbe Online Cooking School:

Okay…We are continually asked to talk about kitchen tools and equipment. I know how important this is because there are so many tools out there that cost a heck of a lot of money and many of them are not worth their packaging. So to help you out, we’re going to start talking about the products we use and believe in.

“Essential Tools for Cooking” will focus on two areas. First, on tools that every cook should have in the kitchen. And secondly, we’ll share some great equipment finds that might not be “essential” but they sure can make life easier in the kitchen.

The featured product today is the Viking Portable Induction Cooker. I just had to write about this one as it blew me away when I tried it the other day. I started with cold tap water in a pot (about 2 inches) and put it on the induction stove top. It came to a boil in about 1 min and 30 seconds. Then with the flick of a switch, you could switch between a rapid boil and a low simmer in about 2 to 3 seconds. No kidding. We actually filmed it and will be putting it up in our Drill-down gallery.

It’s not the cheapest non essential appliance at $499 USD, but if you cook for a lot of people and often find yourself short on burner space, then you should certainly consider one of these burners. In my 30 years of cooking, I was truly amazed. Click through to read all the specifications from Viking.

To order, click here: Viking Portable Induction Cooker from (would make a great Christmas gift).

On Rouxbe we showcase a lot of products in our videos. In might be interesting to note that we don’t charge for product placement in our videos because we never want to be influenced to use products that we don’t believe in. So if it’s in our videos or in our store, you can trust that it’s a great product. And to make shopping a bit more convenient for those who like to shop online, we partnered with the best online kitchenwares company – – so you can point and click your way to all the premium cooking brands (not to mention the best customer service we’ve encountered).

November 7th, 2008 by Joe, Co-founder of Rouxbe