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Sun May 6, 2018, 08:58 AM

EDITED. Need advice on a hot plate brands

Last edited Sun May 6, 2018, 01:27 PM - Edit history (2)

I'm having problems walking between stove & sink with a pot of cooked pasta, arthritis is annoying. I'm asking for brand name recs for a hot plate that I can set next to the sink, so less chance of splashing boiling water on the cats or me.
Thanks
Edited for clarity
I tripped last year going from stove to sink, landing in a kneeling position carrying an empty pan for washing up. I have to use a cane or a wall for support to walk these days. I have put a pasta filled pot on my wooden kirchen chair, slid it across the floor to the sink to drain twice. It's turning into a safety issue for me & the cats.
I am no longer able to walk without holding my cane or using a walker. This leaves one hand on the cane, one hsnd to lift a pot. This is getting dangerous.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:07 AM

1. How about a strainer in the pot?

I know you asked for hot plate, and I'm sure you'll get a bunch .

But my first thought was to buy a colander that goes into the pot, like something at this link.

https://www.amazon.com/All-Clad-Stainless-Dishwasher-Colander-Cookware/dp/B00005AL6H

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Response to janterry (Reply #1)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:18 AM

4. I've thought about that, but it's 15 steps from stove to sink. A long way to carry a very hot pot

I tripped last year going from stove to sink, landing in a kneeling position carrying an empty pan for washing up. I have to use a cane or a wall for support to walk these days. I have put a pasta filled pot on my wooden kirchen chair, slid it across the floor to the sink to drain twice. It's turning into a safety issue for me & the cats.
That colander looks amazing.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #4)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:55 AM

5. One other idea is an InstaPot

I've been meaning to get one myself .

The pasta cooks in 5 minutes, I don't think there is much (if any) water left. And you'd spoon it out (finished). You can cook it with sauce in the pot - and when it cools, lift the not very heavy insert out. The small ones are pretty inexpensive.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:12 AM

2. My father purchased a pasta pot that had a colander that fit in it.

He would lift the strainer and place it in another pot to finish draining. That way he avoiding carrying the pot of hot water.

I don't know about hotplates, sorry.

Edit: I see someone else made the same suggestion. My fingers keep hitting the keys in the wrong order. My hands not so good this morning, so slow going.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 09:16 AM

3. I've been lusting after one of these, but probably way overkill for what you want

https://polyscienceculinary.com/products/the-control-freak

Hot plates generally fall into either induction type or traditional resistance heating elements. The former is generally more expensive, but provides a few advantages like faster heat up, safety, efficiency, and precision.

If you want a cheaper alternative that's highly rated consider...
https://www.amazon.com/NuWave-30242-Precision-Induction-Cooktop/dp/B01A1H33FA

If you want to heat up a big pot of pasta I'd go with at least 1500watts if not 1800.

Another solution to your problem is a pasta pot. I use the heck out of mine and not just for pasta as it makes for a great steamer as well.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 11:50 AM

6. I second the collander insert

I have one of those, and you just cook above the insert then lift when done and transfer the collander to another pot.

While I dont have the same problem, I feel your pain, because I literally last month drained pasta into the sink with lid on and for some freak reason (ok, I wasnt paying attention), the boiling water poured out in a horizontal manner and landed on my stomach and I had a pretty bad burn involving four weeks of burn pads. Apparently from the burn pad reviews on amazon, this is a common accident. I think Iíll be using that collander for now on. I now have a fear of boiling water.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 12:16 PM

7. What about a small kitchen cart? n/t

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Response to Cairycat (Reply #7)

Sun May 6, 2018, 01:23 PM

8. I have put the hot pot on my wooden chair, over a hot pad& scooted that across the floor

Holding on to the back of the chair. Sorta works.

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