How does induction work? Is It really magnets?
Put simply – yes! We won’t dive into the science behind induction cooking here, but essentially, an induction cooktop excites the atoms in a pan to generate heat. This means literally only the pan is heated —not your sleeves, hands, or stray food splatters. Safer and cleaner.
Do I need special cookware to cook with induction?
You probably already have the pots you need. If your pots and pans are made of a ferrous material, like iron or stee, then you are good to go! This includes stainless steel equipment.
A simple trick to test if one of your pans will work – try sticking a magnet to the bottom. If it stick, the pot will work on an induction cooktop. When you’re buying new pots and pans, check for the induction-compatible symbol on the bottom or the box.
How long does it take to boil water on an induction cooktop?
Induction cooktops heat up your pans much faster than gas or electric burners. Although cooktops vary, you’ll probably find that it takes half the time to bring water to the boiling point. This is due to their superior efficiency, no heat is wasted heating the air surrounding the pot.
Why are induction cooktops considered safer than gas?
Induction cooktops only heat the pan that is sat on top of the “burner”, you are unable to burn yourself by touching the cooktop itself. This also removes any fire risk as clothing, hair, and handtowels are unable to catch fire.
Additionally, there are zero harmful gasses being emitted into your kitchen and home.
We’re not saying that induction is definitively safe, but it seems a lot less prone to some of the obvious hazards of gas and electric.
Do I need a special hook-up in my kitchen?
It really depends. If you already have an electric oven, you already have the 240-volt outlet you need for induction. Your installer will just need to make sure that the amps are sufficient.
If you’re moving to induction from gas, you’ll need an electrician to install a 220-volt outlet. That cost will certainly affect your budget.
Is it hard to clean an induction cooktop?
An induction cooktop is extremely easy to clean as it is one smooth, glass surface that is unable to bake spilled food onto itself.
A warm damp cloth and some surface cleaner is perfect.
Is induction cooking cheaper?
Induction cooking is far more efficient than gas or traditional electric cooking, so you will save energy.
Not only are they cheaper and more efficient to run, but the units are also extremely affordable.
Installing an induction cooktop is usually the last step people take to achieve an all-electric home.