Induction cooktops have risen in popularity within the past few years due to their instant heating capability and energy-saving potential. Induction cooktops have the potential to become the preferred high-tech cooking devices in commercial kitchens as well as at home kitchens. The technology uses spinning magnets to transfer the heat to the pot, without heating the cooktop surface.
Is Induction Cooking 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 while the ceramic glass surface remains cool. When placed over a 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, the cooking process is fast, safe, and cost-effective.
Advantages of Induction Cooking:
- Fast heating: The pot heats up instantly which 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 liquids spilled 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: Induction cooktops respond much faster to the temperature settings. The pan heats up fast or immediately cools down, when you dial the temperature.
- Induction stoves are more expensive than other cooking surfaces.
- Induction cooking only works with induction-compatible cookware.
- Some brands of induction cookware can make a humming noise when in use. Swiss Diamond company claims that their induction-ready line never produces buzzing sound thanks to a unique manufacturing process.
- If the glass surface is scratched, it cannot be repaired.
- An induction cooktop requires a dedicated 220V electrical circuit.
What Types of Cookware are Compatible with Induction Cooktops?
Induction compatible 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, a magnetic alloy of stainless steel, or any black metal. Induction compatible pots and pans also 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.
Cookware made from copper, aluminum or glass will not work on induction cooktop since these materials are non-magnetic.
How to Make Sure that Your Cookware is Induction Compatible?
The common way to make sure your pan is induction-friendly is to place a magnet on the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet sticks to the base, the pan will work with an induction cooktop. Most of the newer cookware utensils have an induction symbol on the packaging or on the bottom to indicate compatibility with induction cooktops.
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 need to purchase an Induction Converter Disc. When placed on the induction cooktop, the Induction Converter Disc becomes a hot cooking surface. You can then place a non-magnetic piece of cookware on the hot disk and cook the same way you are cooking on an electric stovetop.