Induction technology has actually been around for use in cooking since the early 1900s, but it’s only just gained momentum in the last couple of decades. What are they, and how do they work?
Instead of using an electric or gas element to heat pots and pans, induction cooktops heat directly using electric currents. The alternating electric current passes through a coiled copper wire under the cooking surface, creating this magnetic current all throughout the cookware to produce heat in the cookware sitting on top of the cook top.
Because this method of heating is so direct with very little energy loss, induction cooktops are significantly more efficient than other cooking methods; in fact, induction cooktops are 60 percent more efficient than a gas stovetop! Induction cooktops boil water about 50 percent faster than gas or electric, and maintain consistent and precise temperature. The surface of the burner stays cool to the touch, cooling quickly, meaning that spills and the accidental boil-over won’t burn onto the cooktop and leave you with a mess!
Of course, the nature of this cooking method does require certain types of cookware. To reap the benefits of induction cooktops, you will need to use cookware composed of ferrous metals, including steel and cast iron. Aluminum cookware will not work, nor will ceramic or glass. An easy test to check if your cookware is compatible: if a magnet will stick to it, it’ll work!
If you recently bought a home and it has a conduction cooktop then you may need to get new cookware if your current ones are not compatable. Here is a link that will take you directly to a variety of inductive cookware,. There is also a diffuser that can be used to get heat from the cooktop to use for non inductive cookware.
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