WHAT IS AN INDUCTION COOKTOP?
Induction cooking can be described as “the best of both worlds” because not only are induction cooktops sleek and easy to clean like smooth top or glass top electric cooktops, but they also provide the accuracy and control of gas cooktops.
Read on to discover more about an induction cooktop vs. electric or gas cooktop, as well as how induction cooking works.
THE BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH AN INDUCTION COOKTOP
Many professional kitchens and makers are making the switch to induction cooking thanks to:
- Increased responsiveness
- Quick cooking times
- Easy clean up
In addition, the precision control you find with induction cooktops makes creating a delicate sauce or tempering chocolate easy and fun. And, if you turn on an induction burner without a pot on it by mistake, no worries, it won’t get hot.
How does an induction cooktop work?
Induction cooking turns pots and pans into their own sources of heat through electromagnetism. Instead of using a burner or heating element to heat a pot, an induction cooktop skips this step by heating your cookware directly.
When you turn your cooktop on, a current begins to flow through a copper coil under the ceramic glass, creating a magnetic field around it. When an induction compatible pot is placed on the cooktop, the magnetic field creates electrical currents inside the pan, turning the cookware into a “heater.” One of the most significant benefits of this type of electric cooktop is that it produces a rapid rise and fall in temperature. So not only do food and water come to temperature quickly, the cooktop cools off rapidly when the pan is removed from its surface.
INDUCTION COOKING TIP: COOKWARE
Induction cooktops require pans with a magnetic disc on the bottom of the cookware. Look for cookware that’s labeled induction compatible. KitchenAid offers induction compatible cookware designed to heat evenly. Or, to make sure your cookware will work with an induction range – use a magnet to see if it sticks to the bottom of your pan. Keep in mind that copper, glass, ceramic or aluminum cookware won’t work on an induction cooktop unless they have a magnetic layer embedded in the bottom of the pan.
INDUCTION COOKTOP VS. ELECTRIC COOKTOP
Both electric and induction cooktops offer sleek, smooth surfaces that are easy to clean, but electric cooktops operate a little differently than induction cooktops. Radiant electric cooktops use infrared energy to heat an element, which in turn heats the pan holding your food, while induction heats the pan directly. Unlike induction cooktops, electric cooktops take a bit longer to cool off.
When deciding whether an electric or induction cooktop is best for you, here are a couple of things to consider:
Induction cooktops heat pans quickly, which might change your natural cooking rhythm. Getting everything prepped and ready to go before you turn on a heating zone is important when it comes to induction cooking. Explore more about the benefits and “how-tos” of mise en place cooking.
Induction cooktops may produce operational sounds that you’re not used to hearing on other cooktops including – a low humming noise when cooking at high power, a crackling sound when using cookware that consists of different materials and a fan noise that comes from a temperature control feature.
INDUCTION COOKING TIP: COOKTOP CARE
Use soap, water and a soft cloth or sponge to clean your cooktop. To avoid damage, don’t use bleach, abrasive cleansers, steel wool or rust removers on your induction cooktop. Always wipe with a clean, wet cloth or sponge and dry thoroughly to avoid streaking and staining. Cooktop cleaner is recommended for regular use to cut through tough, cooked-on residues and for a streak-free, polished shine while a cooktop scraper is recommended for removing stubborn spills.
INDUCTION COOKTOP VS. GAS COOKTOP
Gas cooktops have been popular for a while thanks to the precision and responsiveness they bring to cooking. A natural gas or propane flame is the heat source used by gas cooktops. A flame ignites when the burner is turned on and immediately starts heating the cookware that in turn heats your food.
When deciding whether a gas or induction cooktop is best for you, here are a couple of things to consider:
Induction cooktops deliver accuracy and control similar to gas cooktops.
- The smooth, quick-to-cool cooking surface gives induction cooktops an edge in cleaning ease over most gas cooktops.
Discover more about the different cooktops available and let us help you zero in on one that matches your making. Browse our full selection of induction cooktops, electric 4 burner cooktops and gas downdraft cooktops to find the best fit for your kitchen.
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