Quicker boil times with Induction Cooking
Unlike other types of cooktops (electric or gas), induction cooktops generate heat directly into the pot or pan, as opposed to generating heat into electric coils or burning gas. This form of heating allows much better heat control, quicker boil times and more energy efficiency. Induction cooktops also make cleaning up a breeze, because of the flat glass surface.
How Induction Cooking Works:
Induction cooking is very different from conventional gas or electric cooking methods. It works by creating a magnetic field between the pot and the magnetic coils beneath the cooking surface, which heats the contents of the pot. Because of this, not every pan will work on an induction cooktop.
Induction-compatible cookware contains ferromagnetic materials
In other words, it contains iron, or has a layer with magnetic properties. Cast iron, enamel cast iron and most types of stainless steel cookware are all induction compatible (But not all types – for instance, All-Clad's MC2-line, which is made of aluminum and stainless steel, is not induction compatible).
Aluminum, copper or glass cookware will not work unless they have a layer on the bottom with magnetic properties.
How do I know if a pot is working with Induction?
To tell if a pot or pan is induction-compatible, hold a magnet to the bottom. If it clings, the cookware will work on an induction cooktop. Also, many manufacturers have started putting a n "induction compatible" symbol on the bottom of their cookware or they'll note compatibility on their packaging. The symbol often looks like a horizontal zig-zag or a coil.
What you can do if your favorite pot does not work with your Induction Cooker
If you have an induction cooktop, but a favorite piece of cookware doesn't work on it, don't fret – Mauviel makes a product called the Mauviel Induction Disc, which can be placed on the cooktop under the pan; the heating reaction will then heat the contents of the pan.
Would you like to see how induction cooking works?
Contact Oppikofer Joinery-Kitchens today and find out more about the free cooking demonstrations. We can tell you when the next cooking demonstration will take place in Canberra. (Booking is essential)