What is a CND Teppanyaki Grill?
The innovative teppanyaki grill line of appliances made in Munich/Germany by CDS-Design is based on the patented invention of a compact electrical cooktop, which uses the physical reaction of specially formed and pressed stainless steel to electrical heat.
The high-tech heating element causes a temporary thermal expansion of the solid German 304 stainless steel down towards the heat source, thus forming a shallow cooking pit.
A Cook-N-Dine teppanyaki grill is safe to operate, fast, easy and convenient. These specialty appliances are manufactured 100% in Germany for carefree daily use.
Electric, 120V | 1800W | 15 AMP | 1.8 kW/h (or 240V | 2250W | 10 AMP)
1. How long does it take to warm up?
To reach the base warm-up temperature (setting the switch to #5) it needs under 5 minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS WARM-UP a Cook-N-Dine before setting the actual cooking temperature!
2. How long does it take to reach cooking temperature from there?
That depends on the set cooking temperature (1-10 dial); the higher the temperature the longer
(about 2-3 minutes after warm-up).
3. Can I cook big steaks?
Absolutely! Just follow the basic rules for cooking steaks:
set temperature to 9 or 10; when reached, depending on the thickness, sear meat for 2-3 minutes on each side; lower temperature to 7 and cook 3-5 minutes on each side to desired doneness; let steaks rest in the outer warming area for 4-5 minutes (or wrap in aluminum foil and set aside) before serving. That way the fibers can relax and all juices will re-distribute evenly throughout the meat.
4. Do I need to install ventilation or a vent hood?
That strictly depends on your individual setting. Since you will hardly use any cooking oils, the vapors are not laden with fat like in traditional cooking. All you will produce is some steam while moisture evaporates from the food. If cooking fatty ingredients, bacon or marbled meat on a regular basis, ventilation is recommended.
5. How many BTU's does a Cook-N-Dine have?
CND teppanyaki products are electrically powered. Only combustible materials like propane, coal or wood are rated in BTU (abbr. for British Thermal Unit), which express the conversion efficiency of heat into energy. BTU measures the quantity of heat, hence energy necessary to operate. If you want to convert electrical energy/Watt into BTU, multiply 1 Watt by approx. 3.41214 to calculate BTU/h.
6. Why does the center bow downwards?
That's a secret and, that's why these appliances are worldwide patented. However, part of the secret is that different pressures are applied to the metal while manufacturing the cooktop.
7. Which cooking tools are best to use?
We have tested most everything on the market:
- Tongs are great. Just get some with heat-resistant plastic- or silicone-tipped ends to prevent scratching
- Regular straight-edge wood spatulas; great for cleaning
- Flexible nylon spatulas (very thin; require a little practice)
- Narrow plastic or nylon offset spatulas (e.g. by iittala, Joseph Joseph); perfect for crepes and pancakes
- Scoops similar to wok tools, but made from non-scratch material or with silicone tips
- Flat whisks, non-scratch, to blend sauces together (e.g. Linden Sweden; IKEA)
IMPORTANT NOTE: With all tools you use, please, always make sure they are heat resistant!
8. Do I have to marinate the food before I can cook it?
Not at all. It is just one way to keep the use of cooking fat as low as possible, because you don't have to add additional cooking fat.
9. How can I create a whole menu with several different courses?
Whichever portion of the meal you like to prepare first - usually that which needs the most cooking time - when almost finished cooking that part, simply push it into the warming area. Then cook your next items, and so on, until everything is ready to eat.
10. What do I do when the food sticks to the surface?
Patience, people. Relax and wait a little bit. As the food releases it own juices and caramelizes while cooking, it usually comes loose all by itself. If it doesn't you might want to set a higher temperature next time or use a nonstick cooking spray.
11. What happens if I burn the cooking surface?
Usually, all residues, even burnt-in, can easily be removed by pouring a little water around the surface while it is warm - just like you clean your stainless cookware - and cook off all remains. Use a non-scratch spatula (we like wood spatulas with a straight edge for best results) to carefully loosen the residues bit by bit if necessary.
For heavy duty jobs add a small amount of "Barkeeper's Friend" (www.barkeepersfriend.com) to the water and use with a rag or paper towels or sponge as directed on the package. Wipe off the remains, thoroughly clean with plain water. Shine with a little bit of vegetable oil.
To eliminate the very last traces (if any - and only then) you can use a non-scratch small cleaning sponge (i.e. Dobie by ScotchBrite) and work THE WHOLE SURFACE WITH THE GRAIN of the metal
IN LONG EVEN STROKES for best results.
NEVER EVER CLEAN IN A CIRCULAR MOTION, EVEN WHEN USING MILD ABRASIVES.
12. How do I deal with discoloration?
To remove whitish "blind spots" or bluish discoloration, wait until the cooktop has cooled off completely. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze lightly and polish with the cut side of the lemon. Clean with a little water and shine using a few drops of plain vegetable oil and a paper towel or soft rag.
Make sure to remove any surplus oil to prevent staining your clothes.
13. How do I maintain the CND teppanyaki grill?
It is key to KEEP THE SURFACE CLEAN so no dirt or other particles can compromise the stainless properties of the steel. Simply clean with a moist rag or warm soapy water on a regular basis and then wipe dry. To remove fingerprints and/or shine the surface in between, use a little plain vegetable oil or a quick spritz of non-stick cooking spray on a paper towel or soft rag.
14. How do I remove scratches from the surface?
Over time the cooking surface will become "worn" and get tiny scratches from regular use. Many customers like that "used" look and refer to it as "patina". Should it get to much for your taste, just have the surface "buffed up" with the grain of the metal by a professional.
Deep scratches should be removed because they could compromise the stainless properties of the steel.
15. What if it starts raining while using the appliance outside?
Switch your Cook-N-Dine unit off, unplug it and move it to a dry place. Do not switch back on before the unit has completely dried out. For safety reasons you should not operate any electrical appliance in rainy conditions.
14. Will the metal rust when left outside?
Cook-N-Dine is manufactured of premium type 304, professional Food Grade German stainless steel, one of the best alloys available worldwide, which usually will not rust. However, if dirt or other particles are allowed to adhere to the surface for a longer period of time, they will compromise the stainless properties of the steel. This could result in molecular "holes" in the stainless "shield" of the steel, where rust could start to develop. Clean your Cook-N-Dine very regularly with warm soapy water to prevent reaction of the steel. When covering, make sure no moisture is be trapped underneath and that the cover material allows air to circulate freely.
15. Can I use the CND teppan outside, even when it is freezing?
With this contact heat device, you sure can. You will experience no heat or energy loss since the food is in direct contact with the heat source. The heating element withstands ambient temperatures up to -78° F (-62° C). However, the unit should not actually be operated below -20° F (-28° C).
16. How do I level the freestanding table and/or Portable Teppanyaki?
Simply pour a little water into the middle of the warm cooking center. Should the liquid accumulate "off" center, take pliers or your fingers and adjust the nuts underneath the foot disk (tables only) until leveled (see assembly instructions). Of course you can also use a level tool.
17. How can I hide the power cable of a CND freestanding teppanyaki table?
You can have two notches cut into the upper and lower rim of the stand (large vertical tube) of Cook-N-Dine tables, and guide the cable through the inside of the stand down to the foot disk.
If you do not intend to move your table you can drill an opening into the foot disk within the stand perimeter and direct the cable to an electrical outlet underneath or close to the foot disk.
18. Can I install a CND teppanyaki grill on my yacht?
Of course, provided your generator or hook-up produces the appropriate Volt and AMP necessary to operate (varies by model). Tables can be electrified from underneath the foot disk, which can be bolted to your deck.
Or insert the stand into a receptacle on your deck. All CND teppanyaki units are also available in type 316 stainless steel upon request.
19. Is Cook-N-Dine available in 240V?
Yes, it is. Just make sure to specify that when you order because they are non-US-stock.
20. Can I operate Cook-N-Dine in my RV?
Yes, you can, provided your hook-up or load generator produces the required energy.
21. How is a Cook-N-Dine delivered?
Tables come in three separate boxes (top, stand, foot and the threaded rod which holds it together). Assembly time is less than 5 minutes; no tools required. Portables and built-in teppanyaki grill cooktop units ship UPS; tables and dual/triple burner CND items require trucking.
22. How long is the warranty for a Cook-N-Dine teppanyaki grill?
The overall limited warranty is 5 years, with 1 year limited manufacturers' on all electrical and electronic components.
23. What happens if I have a problem within the warranty time frame?
We will either send a technician out or recall the appliance to inspect and determine what's wrong. If it falls under the warranty the unit will be repaired at no cost, or simply exchanged for a new one.
24. How come my culinary infrared/laser thermometer doesn’t read the max temperatures?
These devices depend on the emissivity of the material, so reflective surfaces like stainless steel or copper will definitely yield incorrect temperature readings. Caution is strongly recommended. The thermometer might read ambient temps from the reflection even though the surface is actually hot enough to instantly sear your skin. The duller and darker a surface is the more accurate becomes the temperature reading, e.g. a teflon coated frying pan.
25. Can I use an extension power cord?
Yes, but you have to use a UL-approved 20 AMP power cord per 120V 1800 Watt burner. Note: using a very long extension can lead to the partial loss of power thus the grill might not heat up as quickly or not get to the full temperature.
25. Who is CDS-Design?
CDS-Design GmbH is a German design and manufacturing company, formerly of bodywork components for the automobile industry. Founded in Stendal in the eastern part of Germany in 1887, the company is family owned and operated in the third generation out of Munich, Germany.
The teppanyaki grill line of products was developed and added in the early 90's under the supervision of the present owner, Paul Schacht, a mechanical engineer and industrial designer by profession, and a passionate gourmet cook in private. ABOUT CDS
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