Popularity of induction cooktops has risen in the past few years due their quick-cooking capability and energy saving potential. Induction cooktops has potential to become the preferred high-tech cooking device in commercial kitchens and the home. The technology uses magnets to generate heat in the cookware, without directly heating the stove top.
The Principle behind Induction Cooking
Induction cooking uses a high frequency electromagnet that produces a magnetic field under a ceramic glass surface when the appliance is turned on. The heat is delivered into the pan that is placed on the cooktop while the ceramic glass surface remains cool. When placed over magnetic field ferromagnetic cookware heats up. The heat generated within the utensil cooks the food in it. Since energy is concentrated in the cookware, cooking is fast, safe and cost-effective.
Induction Cooking Advantages
- Fast. Induction cooking cuts cooking times in half.
- Safe. You can touch the burner without burning yourself.
- The energy savings. Induction cooktops heat directly into the pot.
- Easy to clean. No burned spill-overs onto the cooktop surface.
- Design. Induction cooktops integrate perfectly in modern kitchen décor.
The instant heat control. When the control is set at a lower level, the pan immediately starts to cool down and slow the cooking process.
- Induction cooking appliances are more expensive than other types.
- Induction cooking only works with induction ready cookware.
- Induction cooktops make humming noise when in use.
- If the glass surface is scratched with metal cookware, it cannot be repaired.
- An induction cooktop requires a dedicated 220V electrical circuit.
What Cookware is Compatible with Induction Cooktops?
Cookware made from copper, aluminum or glass will not work on induction cooktops. The cookware must be made from metal that supports a magnetic field and must have an absolutely flat bottom. The lack a flat button would lessen the surface area coming in contact with the surface of the cooktop, thereby reducing efficiency of induction cooking. Utensils for induction cooking are usually made of cast iron, enamel coated cast iron or stainless steel.
How to Make Sure your Cookware is Compatible for Induction?
The common way to make sure your pan is induction-cooktop-friendly is by placing a simple magnet on the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet readily clings to the base the utensil will work with an induction cooktop. Most of newer cookware utensils have an induction symbol on the packaging or on the bottom of the cookware.
How to Use a Non-Induction Cookware with an Induction Cooktop?
In order to use your existing non-ferrous cookware with an induction cooktop you will need an Induction Converter Disc. When placed on the induction cooktop, the induction disc becomes a hot cooking surface on which a nonmagnetic piece of cookware can be placed for cooking.