Induction Cookware: How Does it Get Hot without a Fire?

Most homes are used to either gas or electric cooking appliances. Hence, it’s not uncommon for people to think these are the only two available options. However, since the first primitive ovens came into existence a quarter million years ago, as anthropologists would have us believe, dazzling technological advancements have brought a plethora of ways to prepare food.  Induction cooking is one of the latest discoveries.

Although a new technology, the use of induction cookware is quickly gaining popularity in many households, and for good reason. Here is a list of benefits induction cookware sets brings to your home:

  • Significant energy conservation since nonstick induction cookware doesn’t use radiation compared to gas or electric cookers
  • Easy to clean glass or ceramic cooktop: You can clean the cooktop as soon as you are done cooking because it doesn’t get hot. Only the cookware gets hot.
  • No danger of leakage, frequent when using gas cookers

The Workings of Induction Cooktops

Much like how Michael Faraday’s generated electricity, induction cooktops rely on magnets to produce electricity. Induction cooktops do not generate any heat but release an electromagnetic field. When you place the right non-stick induction cookware on the induction stove, the electromagnetic field induces heat into it. Rather than the cooktop generating heat, it’s the cookware that does the heating, allowing it to heat the food directly.

The fact that the cookware generates all the heat gives you a two-pronged advantage. First, your food gets ready quicker compared to other cooking methods. Secondly, since the cooker doesn’t rely on radiation, you end up saving a bit of money on your monthly utility bills.

While this technology seems like the biggest break-through since sliced bread, there are several reasons why it hasn’t penetrated more households. The major drawback is that induction cooktops only work with ferrous induction cookware sets. You should use a pan or a pot that will stick to a magnet. If you don’t, nothing gets cooked.

Therefore, when you decide to shift to induction cookware, you must replace all your cooking pots and pans with either iron or steel ones. This is one reason that puts off most people from using induction cooktops. The cost of replacing pots and pans with stainless steel ones is significant. But, the savings and efficiency the cooktop offers you eclipse the expense. If you decide to use cast iron cookware, it is advisable to buy used ones which are ‘seasoned.’

Also, today you have the option of using aluminum or copper pots and pans with induction cooktops, even though these metals are not traditionally magnetic. Aluminum and copper pots marked as nonstick induction cookware is compatible with induction cooktops.

While induction cooktops and non-stick induction cookware might not be attractive to people who simply cook to eat, anyone who cares about what they eat will benefit from using these cookers. The technology allows for efficient, effortless and safe preparation of food for the whole family. Once installed, you and any family member can prepare a meal with minimal fuss. You don’t even have to worry when your teen uses the cooktop to prepare a meal.