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Why I Love Induction Cooking

Updated on January 20, 2014

Induction Cooktops

Recently I have discovered the benefits of induction cooking. A Friend of mine had an induction cooktop and while I was over at his place for dinner one night I got to give it a try, I am now a complete convert and have bought one myself. It is definitely the wave of the future and something that you should check out for yourself if you have not already.

What is Induction Cooking?

Induction cooking is the process of using a magnetic field to heat the pot directly rather than through conduction as would occur on a regular stove top. What this means is that the induction cooktop itself does not get hot, just the pan that you are cooking in. The reason for this is that magnetic field sets up an electric current in the pot, the resistance of the metal pot causes it to get warm heating the food.

Some Great Induction Cooktops

The easiest way to get started with induction cooking is to buy a small counter top unit, there are lots of them available. Once you get comfortable with cooking this way you might want to consider replacing your stove with a full size range.

Max Burton 6200 Maxi-Matic Deluxe 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop, Black
Max Burton 6200 Maxi-Matic Deluxe 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop, Black

This is the cooktop that I have and I really love it.

 
NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop
NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

This is another cooktop that I seriously considered, it has lots of positive reviews and would be a good choice.

 
True Induction TI-2C Cooktop, Double Burner, Energy Efficient
True Induction TI-2C Cooktop, Double Burner, Energy Efficient

A nice option if you need more than one cooking element

 

The Advantages of Induction Cooking

There are a number of reasons that I love induction cooking the biggest of these is how fast it is. There is no longer a need to sit and wait for the pan to heat up as it happens almost instantly. The difference is particularly noticeable when you boil water which happens much faster.

The other really nice thing about induction cooking is that the heating element doesn't get hot. This offers a couple of advantages, the most obvious is safety, but it also means that my kitchen does not get as hot which is great during the summer.

Other nice features that induction cooktops offer are that they use considerably less energy and they are much easier to clean as they have smooth surfaces that can be easily wiped off. The also offer safety features that don't find on regular stoves, there is a temperature sensor that will turn the element off if it gets too hot.

Demonstrations of Induction Cooking

Disadvantages of Induction Cooking

While there are clearly benefits to induction cooking there are also a couple of disadvantages that you need to be aware of before decide to make the switch, the biggest of these is that you will likely need to buy new pots.

In order to work an induction cooktop requires pans that attract a magnet, this almost always means that they are made out of stainless steel. Most of the pots and pans that you currently have are likely aluminium or glass and so will not work. In a lot of cases buying new pots will cost you more than the element itself.

Induction Cookware

One of the downsides of induction cooking is that you will likely need new cookware as it only works with pots made out of stainless steel. These are some good options

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