Induction Cooking – What is it?

Now here is a cooking appliance that is well worth considering – a cook top that only heats the pan and not the area around the pan. So how does it work, well it produces a magnetic wave above the surface of the glass top which creates the heat.

If you use and aluminum or glass pot nothing will happen. However, when you use a pan with magnetic metal, the cooktop will immediately generate a magnetic wave that stimulates the magnetic molecules in the pan giving you instant, controllable heat.

You will require induction compatible cookware that has a magnetic base. To check if your current cookware range is suitable simply hold a magnet to the bottom of the pots and if the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan then your cookware is suitable to use. The magnetic content must be in the base not the sides of the pot.

Cast iron cookware is excellent for use on an induction cooktop as are most stainless steel pans although some stainless steel may heat very slowly or not work at all.

An induction cooktop will often make a beeping sound if the cookware is not compatible.

When you use a pan containing magnetic metal, the cooktop will immediately generate a magnetic wave that stimulates the magnetic molecules in the pan giving you instant, controllable heat.

So what are some of the advantages of induction cooktops:

  • They are fast to heat and it’s quick and easy to control the heat. If a pot is going to boil over and you lower the heat, it stops immediately. You don’t have to remove the pot from the heat and wait for the contents to settle down. It’s great for melting chocolate because you have so much control over the heat.
  • They are safe to use because there is no open flame or red hot coil..
  • They are easy to clean because the surface is smooth and remains cool..
  • It is energy efficient because there is no energy expended beyond the edge of the pan and as soon as you remove the pan, the heat stops.

The disadvantages of induction cooktops:

  • They can be more expensive than other cooktop systems..
  • Very small pans may not work.
  • Also keep in mind that some cookware is not suitable, copper, aluminum and glass will not work.

So be very careful in the type of materials that you use as you don’t want to damage your cooktop.

The French made Sitram Profiserie range is induction capable.

You can purchase induction cookware as a stand alone one element cooktop on up to a 5 burner cooktop. The choice is all yours.


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