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post #16 of 21

How exciting Liz (I can't wait to hear more details about your bakery)! Have you ever thought of using an induction cook top? I find them to be amazing!! They don't take much space and you can easily move them around like a Cuisinart.They boil water in seconds and I can make a curd or custard in half (or less) time than over a stove. Plus in my area they don't require a vent hood because there is not flame....no chance for a fire.

 

I've used it for deep frying and making toffee and it really works well and quickly.

post #17 of 21
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Thanks Liz.  I am ganaching tomorrow but next time I am buttercreaming I am going to try it.  For the simple reason that it will save on washing up the bottom saucepan.

 

I'm all for less dishes to wash. :)

 

 

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How exciting Liz (I can't wait to hear more details about your bakery)! Have you ever thought of using an induction cook top? I find them to be amazing!! They don't take much space and you can easily move them around like a Cuisinart.They boil water in seconds and I can make a curd or custard in half (or less) time than over a stove. Plus in my area they don't require a vent hood because there is not flame....no chance for a fire.

 

I've used it for deep frying and making toffee and it really works well and quickly.

 

Thanks Stitches, I will have to look at those.  I do have a hood in my booth (provided) so I am covered there for the time being.

 

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post #18 of 21
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Thought I would update this thread that I also successfully microwaved pastry cream tonight - worked really slick! Used the Laduree recipe (hope the French don't take offense).  Mixed everything except the butter and vanilla and nuked for 2 minutes, whisked, 2 minutes more, whisked, then just did 30 second intervals until very thick.  Added the butter and vanilla and it is cooling now

 

My mom and dad got our first microwave in the 70's, and I remember using it to blow up marshmallows and curl up bologna into a cup. (Yikes)  Nothing that really took advantage of the speed and the no-scorch factor that I am just now realizing exists!  And I love you can walk away - no constant stirring!

 

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post #19 of 21

idk--i guess the next step is

 

"Liz for President"

 

beyond the coolest ever--

 

multiplied never ending congratulations--

 

'the academy' wants to Thank You!!!!

 

one baker's never ever do is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
 
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post #20 of 21
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Actually, I feel pretty stupid that I've never thought to use a microwave for more than popcorn or heating up water.  Maybe other people use it to its full potential, and I was just in the dark.

 

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post #21 of 21

Good Work LIZ! I never would have thought to attempt a custard in the micro..

 

You probably could start a new thread just on short cuts using the microwave.

 

My 2 favorite uses of the microwave; softening butter and melting chocolate. I couldn't melt chocolate with-out one anymore.

 

I use it all the time to heat any liquids, like heavy cream for ganache. If you have to live with-out something (like a stove) necessity really is the mother to invention!! I bet you'll come up with tons more ideas once you get into your new place.....we just hope you won't be too busy to share those great things!

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