HOW THE HOTPLATES WORK
Behind the top left hand door sits a small dial which operates either the boiling plate, the simmering plate or both. In each of the hotplates there is a powerful heating element. The boiling plate will be ready to use in around 11 minutes from cold. The simmering plate will be ready to use in around 8 minutes.
HOW THE OVENS WORK
As with all previous heat-storage AGA cookers, the cast-iron ovens are indirectly heated from a single small heat source, the heat being conducted across to each oven in exactly the correct proportions to provide the different cooking temperatures for roasting, baking and simmering. This provides kind-to-food radiant heat which locks in moisture and goodness.
5-OVEN AGA DUAL CONTROL
W - Warming plate/Induction Hotplate
B - Boiling plate
S - Simmering plate
C - Control panel
1 - Roasting oven
2 - Simmering oven
3 - Baking oven
4 - Warming oven
5 - Slow cooking oven
Warming plate - Rest plates and food on the warming plate to keep at a warm temperature, for a limited period of time.
Boiling plate - The boiling plate is the hotter of the two hotplates.
Simmering plate - The simmering plate is on the right-hand side. It is the cooler of the two hotplates.
Roasting oven - roasts and grills beautifully and is big enough to fit a 13kg (28lbs) turkey. Radiant heat means food keeps its natural succulence and flavour.
Baking oven - heated to an ideal moderate baking temperature - ideal for cakes, biscuits and bread.
Simmering oven - simmers perfectly by constantly maintaining the oven at just the right temperature for long, slow cooking. This develops flavours and will make even the toughest cut of meat melt-in-the-mouth tender.
Warming oven - designed to warm plates and serving dishes, to rest meat before carving and to keep food warm, prior to serving, for a limited period of time. Food should not be left in there indefinitely and certainly not for any longer than two hours.
Slow cooking oven - The slow cooking oven is ideal for dishes such as shoulder or leg of lamb, steamed puddings, casseroles and stocks.
INDUCTION HOTPLATE OPTION
Induction technology uses magnetic fields to create heat on the base of the pan used. This has significant benefits which include:
- High energy efficiency – the most energy efficient of any hob type.
- Fast response times – heat is quickly increased and decreased.
- Safe – The glass on an induction hotplate remains cooler than ceramic hobs – but does heat with the transfer from the pan.
- Child friendly – will only activate if a pan is in contact.
- Intelligent – can hold pans at pre selected temperatures.
- Minimal heat is lost to surroundings.
The Induction hotplate comes with a host of features:
Touch Control - The hotplate is controlled by touch control on the hob itself – this adds to the premium sleek design and keeps the clean hob line uninterrupted by control dials or switches.
Childlock - This function is activated by pressing and holding down the lock icon. Once locked the panel will not respond until the lock function is de-activated by pressing and holding down the lock symbol.
Pause function - When this button is pressed the cooking function is suspended – by pressing the pause symbol the power level previously selected is resumed, perfect for when the doorbell or telephone unexpectedly ring!
Timer - The timer function features an audible alarm to be sounded after a pre selected time – up to 5 hours 59 minutes. This can be used in conjunction with the Induction zone OR as a basic minute minder operated independently of the induction zone.
Automatic settings (L1 & L2) - Two pre programmed specific temperature settings. Selecting them will allow a pan etc to be held at either 40 degrees or 70 degrees respectively, they are ideal for melting chocolate or keeping cooked food warm ready to serve.
Slider Control - The power levels (1-9 with a boost function) are easily toggled between by sliding your finger along the power section on the control panel.
Air Gap - Please note that on the Induction variant there is an additional air gap directly beneath the hob in the front casting to allow air to circulate, this is necessary to keep the unit at peak operating temperature – this gap is not present on any other variant.