The popularity of induction cooktops has risen in the past few years due to their quick-cooking capability and energy-saving potential. Induction cooktops have the potential to become the preferred high-tech cooking device in commercial kitchens and at home. The technology uses magnets to generate heat in the cookware, without directly heating the stove top.
Is Induction Cooking more Energy Efficient?
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 on the cookware and transferred to the food, cooking is fast, safe and cost-effective.
What are Main Advantages Induction Cooking?
- Fast heating: Induction cooking can cut cooking times in half.
- Safety: There are no flames. Since the heat is generated only into the cookware, you can touch the cooktop surface without the risk of burning yourself. There is also no risk of gas leaks.
- The energy savings. Induction cooktops heat directly into the pot, which efficiently saves energy.
- Cleaning: Cleaning is easy because there are no burned food or spilling of liquids onto the cooktop surface.
- Low-fat meals: The food doesn’t stick on the bottom, allowing for low-fat cooking.
- Design: Induction cooktops look sleek and beautiful and perfectly fit into modern kitchen décor.
- 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 a humming noise when in use.
- If the glass surface is scratched with heavy 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. Utensils for induction cooking are usually made of cast iron, enamel coated cast iron or stainless steel. Pots and pans must have an absolutely flat bottom. The lack of a flat button would lessen the surface area coming in contact with the surface of the cooktop, thereby reducing the efficiency of induction cooking.
How to Make Sure that 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 the 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 non-magnetic piece of cookware can be placed for cooking.