GE Makes Cooking Easier With Precision Temperature Control Cooking Mat

GE Makes Cooking Easier With Precision Temperature Control Cooking Mat
January 10, 2017 SNH Editorial Team
Paragon Mat

Have you ever wondered why ovens cook at precise temperatures like 325°, but cooktops are limited to a scale of numbers or ambiguous settings like low, medium and high? Every home chef, foodie and new cook alike has experienced the frustration of burning the first pancake, only to undercook the second.

The Paragon Mat, the newest innovation through FirstBuild™, solves this problem by precisely controlling pan temperature, automatically adjusting burner output, so users will be confident that their food creations will be consistent every time. When controlling with traditional settings like medium-high, pan temperatures can vary dramatically throughout a single cooking session, resulting in inconsistent and even puzzling results. By contrast, the Paragon Induction Cooking System allows chefs to specify a cooking temperature, just like they have been doing in the oven for decades. No more overcooking or undercooking due to unknown temperatures.

“Precision cooking is the most significant innovation in home cooking since oven temperature control,” said Larry Portaro, Director of FirstBuild. “The original Paragon was the first induction cooktop designed for sous-vide cooking, earning its place in the hearts of foodies and dinner party hosts. The Paragon Mat dramatically expands Paragon’s utility by controlling pan temperature, making Paragon the new cooktop of choice for everyday chefs.”

Paragon Mat

Image courtesy of GE – The Paragon Mat precisely controls pan temperature, automatically adjusting burner output, so users will be confident that their food creations will be consistent every time.

The Paragon Mat is the latest addition to the Paragon Induction Cooking System, which debuted today on Indiegogo and includes:

  • The Paragon Induction Cooktop, designed to receive temperature feedback from a variety of Bluetooth®-connected temperature sensors
  • The Paragon Mat, which directly monitors and controls cookware temperature
  • The Paragon Probe, for controlling liquid temperature as in sous vide cooking
  • The FirstBuild App, which has precision cooking profiles tailored to a variety of foods

Paragon Mat now enables passionate home chefs to achieve a perfect sear without overheating butter or oil. Everyday cooks will find that the Paragon Mat takes the guesswork out of cooking staples like bacon and grilled cheese. Meanwhile, the Paragon Mat allows the aspiring and experienced to easily tease out the subtle nuances in their favorite dishes—like the difference between light-brown and medium-brown butter, or the ability to consistently cook eggs-over-medium. Simply put, Paragon makes it easy for home cooks to achieve restaurant-quality results across a wide array of cooking methods.

The Paragon Mat is certainly the number one choice for tiny houses, or for chef’s seeking to gain a bit more control over their cooking. It will be interesting to see how GE or other appliance manufacturers incorporate this type of technology into conventional cooktops. Will consumers be open to make this leap in thinking? How will GE change the mindset of consumers so that they will rethink existing recipes.

Much like conduction cooktops, this technology is another jump forward, but the big restaurant-style gas range still remains the top choice for consumers and home buyers. Given these marketplace dynamics, we think the ideal evolution might be to integrate Paragon’s temperature based cooking into induction cooktops since induction cooking already has an established consumer base. Furthermore, GE will be wise to roll out clever social campaigns with a direct appeal to younger consumers, who are less set in their habits and who are more open-minded regarding technology innovations.

We will follow this closely – Stay tuned!

The new Paragon Induction Cooking System is available for purchase exclusively on Indiegogo now.

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