What is induction cooking?
Because of this technology, induction has quickly become a major cooktop contender, famed for its huge advantages on energy efficiency, power, temperature control, safety, and cleanliness compared to gas or electric cooking.
How does induction cooking work?
Without a pan on top, an induction hob won’t heat up even when it’s switched on. Heat doesn’t come from the burner — it’s from your cookware. That’s why only ferrous pans — those with iron content — will work. Since iron is a poor conductor of electricity, the current only passes through it to get it excited and produce heat.
Nowadays, it’s easy to come by induction-compatible cookware like cast iron, enamelled cast iron, and induction-ready stainless steel. Glass, copper, aluminium, and ceramic may also function if they have a magnetic bottom layer. As a rule of thumb, if a magnet sticks to it, it can get an electric current flowing.Rest assured, these eddy currents are safe. They’re limited to the base of your pan, they flow in closed loops, and are only strong enough to generate a heating reaction.
How energy efficient is induction cooking?
Is induction cooking better than electric cooking?
An induction and an electric hob have the same ceramic glass surface, but they have different operating principles. An electric type relies on hot electric coils to radiate heat through the glass, distributing it not only to the pan, but also to the surrounding surface.
This heat loss slows cooking, unlike with an induction hob that speeds it up because heat is isolated in the pan. It’s so fast that it only takes five minutes to boil two litres of water, compared to nine minutes in an electric hob. The same principle applies when cooling it down. An induction hob cools faster because its only heat source is the pan.
An induction hob is also safer and easier to clean because most of the glass stays relatively cooler. There’s less risk of burns if you accidentally touch the glass. And even if both have the same smooth surface, spills and splatters don’t cook on an induction so you can immediately wipe it clean.
Is induction cooking cheaper than gas cooking?
Considering their upfront prices, gas hobs are of course cheaper than induction hobs. However, in the long run, you’ll save more with an induction hob because it’s more energy efficient.
Since an induction cook faster, you’ll use less energy. And from the energy that you do use, up to 90% of that is used to cook your food. In a gas hob, you’ll only really use 55% of the energy you pay for. It significantly loses energy because its heat source is an open flame.
The absence of fire in an induction also lessens the heat emanating from your cooktop. This means you can comfortably master exquisite dishes while saving a bit on ventilation and going easy on your cooker hood. It’s also ideal for summer cooking or small kitchens.
Other benefits of an induction hob
There are many other benefits of a induction hob depending on types and brand that you choose. So remember to choose the right hob with the best function for your need.
Responsive temperature control
Since induction heats food faster, it changes temperatures faster. Go from a light simmer to a rapid boil almost instantly — no more waiting for heat to rise or dissipate. It also allows you a wider range of intensities, giving you the flexibility and precision to easily avoid overcooking or undercooking your food.
Induction causes your pan to evenly heat up so you don’t get uneven browning or burning — given that your cookware size matches that of your cooking zone. Some models have technologies that adapt burner sizes to your pans — no matter the shape or size — allowing you greater freedom to cook any dish.
Induction has enough power to easily create that ‘wok hei’ taste — like any gas hob but faster. Your wok just has to have a flat bottom and contain ferrous material for it to work. You can also place a wok ring, silicone mats, or thin baking sheets under your wok to prevent scratching the glass.
Advanced hob. Advanced cooking
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- 4 Flexible Cooking Zones
- Residual heat indicators
- Slide Touch Control