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Cooking with Cinder couldn't be simpler. 

We've designed Cinder to make precision cooking effortless. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how to cook one of our favorite recipes: butternut squash. 

I know what you're thinking. "Squash? All this talk about the perfect steak and you want to show me how to make squash?" 

There's something particularly magical about what Cinder does to butternut squash. After about 60 minutes, a bland, tasteless vegetable becomes a textured, sweet-yet-savory snack. 

Two-Step Precision Cooking

This recipe captures the most common way you can use Cinder – cooking the inside to a precise temperature, then increasing heat to add a textured exterior. 

  1.  Low-Temperature Cooking – the squash is cooked to 190℉, breaking down the starches inside, giving it a softer, more pleasing texture.

  2. High-Temperature Searing – heat is increased and the exterior of the squash is seared at 325℉, caramelizing the surface and giving it a smoky, sweet taste.

Getting Started: Materials You'll Need

  • Cinder
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil 
  • A Chef's Knife
  • A Cutting Board 

Step 1: Cut into squares 

Step 2: Add olive oil coating 

Step 3: Place In Cinder, close

Step 4: Set to cook in Cinder app 

This should take somewhere between 45-60 minutes. Your Cinder will notify you when it's ready. 

Step 5: Increase heat to 325℉, sear 20 minutes

This is where the magic happens. Because Cinder is able to reach and maintain 325℉ exactly, there's no risk of burning or overcooking. All you get is a beautifully caramelized, crispy exterior. 


Other foods like steak or fish should be seared at a much higher heat (typically 450℉) for 30-45 seconds. This will maintain the core temperature while still giving it that crispy exterior. 

Step 6: Slice

Step 7: Salt

Step 8 : Enjoy!


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