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5 Advantages of Using Induction Cooktops

Induction cooktop is one of the breakthroughs in technology. This type of cooktop is very sophisticated, yet most restaurants and even homes are using it. Unlike gas and electric stove, the induction cooktop utilizes electromagnetism that quickly heats up pans and pots. It completes the cooking task faster.  An induction cooktop is a kind of kitchen appliance that integrates pulsating magnetic energy in order to produce heat. Having this induction, the generated heat can be used right into the cooking pan rather than using electric coils or flammable gas.

Frying pan at the induction cooktop, 3d rendered image

An induction cooktop is one of the best choices if you are looking for an innovative and high-technology cookware today. Although it may arguably be a little expensive than your regular cooking equipment, the benefits that you can get from investing on it are many. One of the best examples on this is that it offers a refreshing style and design that will immediately better the interior design of your kitchen.

Here are some of the advantages that you can enjoy in using induction cooktop:

  1. Speed – The speed of cooking is the biggest selling point of this cooking appliance. It takes lesser time in cooking food as it heats up faster. Unlike electric and gas cooktops, an induction cooktop doesn’t need another thing to transfer heat, but rather it produces heat straight in the pan. It also generates electromagnetic activity that heats up the pan quicker. Since the pan heats up faster, cooking will take up to 50% lesser time.
  2. Energy efficiency – Induction cookware is more energy efficient as compared to electric and gas in terms of the heating processes. As the heat is produced within the pan through induction, the heat easily gets into the food. Being energy efficient will save energy consumption and reduce power bills. However, it does not create too much heat in your kitchen; thus, you won’t sweat while cooking. Since there’s no heat loss, the possibility of accidents is at bay.
  3. Safety – It’s important to pay attention on the stove top because it’s one of the main causes of fire due to the grease buildup. The induction cooktop has no apparent flame on its top and no gas leaks. Likewise, touching the stove top won’t burn your hands because it does not get hot at all. As soon as you turn it on, the dial the pan heats up quicker just as swift as cooling down when the dial is turned off. Likewise, cooking vegetable can be done easier.
  4. Control – The control of induction cooktop is very responsive in which you can easily adjust the dial to achieve the desired temperature. It also features more settings such as temperature increments, better performance and precise heat control. Cooking in this cooktop in low setting never falters.
  5. Cleaning – Quicker cooking can be great, but easy cleaning is equally great. Induction cooktop gets the dinner on the table safer and faster. At the same time, cleaning up the stove top is never a big deal. Burning of it on its top is impossible because the stove top does not get very hot. This means that simply swiping of sponge is enough to clean up the spill.

Woman Cleaning Induction Hob

Those advantages cited above are big pluses for the induction cooktop, but the price is a big deal. But in the long run, it is worthy to invest in this cooking appliance. Induction cooktop is also safe to use even with kids around while cooking. It is a fact that children are always curious in almost anything including being inquisitive on how to use or operate kitchen appliance and others. With an induction cookware, you don’t have to worry about the safety because the heat is directly generated into the pan while the surface of the cooktop stays cool.

Chef Pouring Soup To The Pan For Cooking Japanese Pork Curry

Proper maintenance and care for your induction cooktop are very essential. This will give you the chance to enjoy the advantages that this cooktop offers for longer time. You should not store heavy cans or jars on the top of the induction cooktop set, and most importantly don’t let these things drop into your cooktop as this can cause damage.

The food spills must be cleaned all the time. Do not allow any food spill to the cooktop as this can lead to permanent marks and pitting. Induction cooktop is undeniably the best option to make sure that you can cook your favorite food without too much time and energy needed. There are many reasons why people should love this induction cooktop for it provides not just faster way of cooking, and it is the latest trend in the industry, but because of the safety and convenience it offers. In order to make sure that you put your money in the right place, choose induction cooktop for cooking. This can be one of the best investments that you can have.

 

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How induction cooking works

The induction uses electricity, which generates a small magnetic current and leads to friction within the pot. Then, that friction is what makes heat.

How induction works

How induction works

  1. There is an electric current that runs through a copper coil which is wound underneath the surface of cooking.
  2. An electromagnetic field is generated from the coil in a short distance from the surface of cooking, which is enough to reach the pot’s base.
  3. An electric current is induced by the magnetic field and creates forces into the cookware’s base within this field. The flow of this current is resisted in the metal of cookware and heat up.
  4. The liquid or food inside the pot is heat by the hot metal

Induction is believed to be a rather efficient way to bring heat to your food since almost all the used energy is transferred directly to the pot’s base, not similar to that of cooking on electric coil or gas.

 

Pressure cookers on induction’s mechanics

Heat mechanics

Heat mechanics

The unique ability of the induction cooking is that it can bring the pressure cooker, or pan’s base, to searing heat immediately while the lid and edges are kept enough cool to touch. That is the efficiency of a by-product that is able to work against the pressure cooker as well.

The pressure cookers give pressure on the induction at its highest setting that reach pressure very quickly so that they can trap excessive air inside (which means shorter time for pressure) rather than that of the gas or electric cooktops. To be more precise, the maximum temperature which can be obtained inside a pressure cooker including steam, air, and water is less than that achieved by a cooker which only has water and steam.

7 should and shouldn’t do to induction with pressure cooking

Induction cooktop

Induction cooktop

Pressure cooking with induction is totally different from cooking on electric coil or gas, where you can see the generated heat by an element or flame and then converted into the sides and the cooker’s base, then the food inside. Meanwhile, pressure cooker’s base will be turned into the heat source, which means that only the cooker’s base will be heat in the cooking process.

Hence, it gives out a question about whether it is a brilliant idea to use induction for pressure cook. The answer is absolutely a sound YES!

Along with the small adjustments, induction cooking converts 90% of its energy to the pot ( in comparison with 47% of the electric burner). Therefore, pairing your induction burner with pressure cooker will make your household become an energy-saving superstar.

Pressure cook method on induction

SHOULDN’T pre-heat your cooker

I have the pre-heating habit, in which I heat the pressure cooker’s base on a low flame so that I have more time to peel the garlic cloves or slice onions. However, I kept getting burnt the charred onions and olive oil. Hence, do not pre-heat your cooker on the induction because the surface of cooking will be hot and ready to use within 15 seconds.

SHOULD prioritize for aromatics slicing, then turning on your induction burner right before tossing aromatics or oil to sauté.

SHOUDN’T bring the pressure cooker on high temperature

If you follow the old advice with bring the cooker on high heat to pressure, there are several things can happen: the cooker can reach pressure really fast (about 4 minutes), carbonized tomato sauces and bonded cooker’s base, and under-done disappointing food. Another thing that is not clear may happen too, in which the pressure cooker has’t got enough time to release all the air and therefore, cooks the food at a lower heat ( you can find the mechanics explain here)

SHOULD bring the cooker to pressure by tacking on a few minutes to the cooking time or on medium heat to make over the lower temperature of pressure cooking.

SHOUDN’T walk away after adjusting the heat from a wide or very full cooker. This is one of the cons of the induction’s instant heat of function to pressure cooking. Though the cooker can reach pressure, its sides are kept at a lower temperature rather than its piping hot aluminum-disk-clad base. When the heat is lowered and you walk away from your cooker, there is an internal pressure that can quickly fall because the generated heat from the base isn’t enough to keep the food boiling inside and reserving pressure and heat up the rest of the food or cooker.

SHOULD be around for heat adjustments within the first five minutes of pressure with very wide or full cookers.

SHOULD use the timer’s induction burner feature in order to set the pressure cooking time that the burner will automatically turn off when the time is up.

Be a smart buyer while choosing induction cookware

induction cookware

induction cookware

More and more housewives choose induction cooktop instead of other cooktops because of its superiority. However, how to choose best induction cookware which is compatible to your cooktop. Especially, in case there are various types of induction cooktop available in the market, making decision is way harder. As a result, housewives should be active in acquiring some knowledge of induction cookware to be a wise buyer. This article below provides some factors that users should pay attention to while buying cookware

Smooth of the bottom of cookware

The bottom of cookware is required to be flat and smooth to be compatible to cooktop. In fact, the interface of cooktop is made of tempered glass which is polished and absolutely flat. This is the reason why cookware whose bottom is rough, convex becomes unusable

Material of cookware

Different from other cooktops, induction cooktop cannot interact with all cooking vessels. In fact, material of cookware is a decisive factor that helps housewives recognize whether this cooking vessel is suitable or not. Some perfect or incompatible materials of cooking vessel used for induction cooktops are listed below

1. Cast iron

Cookware made of cast iron is considered compatible to induction cooktop. Physical characteristics of cast iron is that it takes long time for cast iron to be heated but this material remains heating for longer time. However, in case cooking some special dishes requires quick change of temperature, material of this type is not suggested. More importantly, cooking vessels of this type are required to be thick enough to be resistant to rust and to avoid the reaction to acid. Furthermore, cleaning them requires carefulness to avoid protective layer to be detached from surface.

2. Enameled coated cast iron

Cookware made of this material is also suitable to induction cooktop. The advantages of this material are light weight, easy cleaning  and are non-resistant to acid. Moreover, appearance of cookware made of enameled coated cast iron looks delicate so it makes your dishes be presented much tastier. However, enameled layer of cookware is easily destroyed if you set cooktop at high temperature.

3. Stainless steel cookware

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

Similar to cast iron, stainless steel cookware should be thick enough to be resistant to stickiness and rust. Especially, using stainless steel cookware causes no harm to your health because it does not respond to food even you set cooktop at high temperature. However, not all cookware of this type works well with induction cooktop. In fact, due to crystalline structure of stainless steel, some do not bear physical characteristics of magnetism so it cannot interact with the cooktop. In the market, the gap among different stainless steel cookware lies in the composition of inox. Cookware tends to be made of inox 18/10, 18/0 and 18/8 in which inox 18/10 (18% Chrome and 10% Nickel) is widely used to manufacture cooking vessels for its advantages. It is perfectly resistant to rust and its surface looks polished. As a result, it is considered as an ornament for your modern kitchen.

Glass, copper and aluminum are some materials saying no to induction cooktop. All materials cannot be magnetized so if you use cookware of these type, they might make the coil of cooktop to be heated causing cooktop to electrically explode. However, users do not need to worry. The manufacturers successfully developed iron plate which is placed on surface of cooktop so nonferrous cooking vessels are allowed to work with cooktop.

The information above is expected to be useful for users while choosing their own cookware. It is strongly recommended that users buy induction cooktop at reliable shop and ask for advice from shopkeeper there to avoid buying low quality cookware or cookware incompatible to your own cooktop.

Maintaining the induction cooktop

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Induction cooktop

The induction cooktop is an electrical appliance. So, there are always some rules to maintain it. In the previous article, we have shown you  how to endure the induction cooktop. This post lies the very important rule, not only for the service life of the induction cooktop but also for safety.

How to solve problems in an induction cooktop to ensure that it can properly operate again? Here are some common problems occurring with an induction cooktop:

Induction cooktop does not commence

The controls of the induction cooktop are locked. To unlock the induction cooktop, you simply need to set the induction cooktop controls.

Circuit breaker was tripped or house fuse was blown. Just check out the breaker of you should replace the fuse.

If the problem is due to outlet overload, you should call the qualified electrician for help.

Maybe non-operation is due to power outage. Just turn on the house lights to check.

Induction cooktop turns off when operating

It may be the case that you have been using the induction cooktop for a long time, which is normal. All you have to do is letting it turn off for a while then starting again. (You can read the instruction manual of the induction cooktop to get more details)

The internal heat sensor of the induction cooktop has found high temperature. Just check the induction cooktop ventilation system is not blocked.

Maybe there are some objects or fluids spilled on the controls area on the induction cooktop. You should clean spills and remove such things from the induction cooktop surface.

Re-power the induction cooker is also a good solution to do.

The food is not heated

Nuwave PIC 2 - Precision Induction Cooktop 2

The food is not heated

Maybe there is no power to the induction cooker. Just reset or check if there is any breaker in the wire and replace the fuse if necessary.

If the problem is due to an outlet overload or wrong connection of plug or cable supplied accompanied with the induction cooktop. You should find an electrician to correct this situation.

The cooking control of the induction cooktop may be incorrect. Just turn on the control.

Heat setting on the induction cooktop may be at low heat. You can simply fix it by turning on the heat, but must turn slightly until you see the element coming on.

Be sure to use the correct control for each cooking zone.

Maybe it is due to wrong kind of pan or cookware material is not appropriate. Be sure to use the suitable type.

The cookware bottom may be not wide enough for the cooking zone of the induction cooktop.

Maybe you put the cookware of pan in the wrong position (not in the center on the induction cooktop surface).

The cooking results are poor

Just adjust the power of heat level

The cookware material may be too lightweight. You should buy the heavier cookware compatible with the induction cooktop.

The LED lamp continuously flashes

It may be due to the induction cooktop not seeing the appropriate cookware material on its surface. Just check the cookware using magnet to ensure the cookware material is compatible with the induction cooktop.

If you have not turned off the induction cooktop but have removed the cookware from the cooking zone of it, the LED will flash. Be sure to switch off the induction cooktop before removing the cookware or just put the cookware on the cooking zone if you do not want to turn off the induction cooktop.

Maybe the cookware is not positioned in the correct place of the induction cooktop’s cooking zone.