If you are looking for a new way to cook stovetop meals, you may want to consider induction stove tops. Of course, there are pros and cons to any type of cooking tool, but the benefits of induction style stove tops will take your cooking experience to a higher level.
What are induction stoves?
To understand the benefits of induction versus electric stove tops, it is first useful to know what an induction stove top is. The truth is that it is pretty much the same thing as an electric stove, but induction varieties use electromagnetic heat, which means that they only heat the household items without giving off radiant heat. This method is as effective as any other, but there are distinct benefits to the electromagnetic heating method.
Why is electromagnetic heat better?
For one thing, you’re less likely to get burned by the radiant heat on an induction stove. This is because they use special items that activate electromagnetic technology. Most ordinary pots and pans won’t work, which can make it a pain since you have to buy compatible cookware for your induction stove, but the kicker is that the burners turn off automatically when you take the pot. This type of kitchenware is called “induction capable” and is clearly marked on pots and pans compatible with induction systems.
Are they safe?
There is also a safety feature built into the stove that prevents the burners from heating up if there is no pot on it. For example, if you turn on the wrong burner, you don’t have to worry about starting a fire or accidentally burning yourself. Electromagnetic burners also do not give off as much heat as electric stoves do, at least not in places other than the flat surface of the burner where it gets hot due to heat transfer from the pot or pan itself. Burns from radiant heat from stove elements can and do happen, so having an induction stove top means there is less chance of this happening.
Instead of being less powerful, induction stoves heat water much faster than electric stoves. You can reduce your cooking time by two to four minutes with induction technology. A word of caution: although the surfaces of the induction cook do not give radiant heat, the surface can still become quite hot when you use several pots or pans that can induction at once. Using one or two pots at once does not cause much residual heat, however, and proper safety in the kitchen will make cooking easy.
Are there any disadvantages?
As mentioned earlier, you may have to buy new pots and pans which add an extra initial cost. For some people, this extra cost is enough to dissuade them.
Another consideration is that digital thermometers have been known to glitch due to electromagnetic properties. But other than that, it’s smooth sailing. Manufacturers are now putting flame indicators on the burner pads so it’s easy to know when a burner is lit, but the automatic safety feature already takes care of that. Aside from the gentle (sometimes annoying) hum known to accompany higher temperatures, induction stove tops are efficient and effective stoves to have in your kitchen.
Induction burners alone can enlarge your actual cooking area
If you are still unsure about whether you want to make the transition to an induction stove, a great way to try out the technology is by purchasing a single burner. Because induction heating is electric, you can simply place the induction burner on your counter and plug it into an outlet. This not only lets you experience induction cooking, but also gives you an extra burner to use when needed. When entertaining or during busy times of the year, this can provide a useful additional cooking surface to ease the strain.
Article courtesy of Cory Smith who writes for KiBazine where you can find kitchen and bath related information.