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08/09/2018

Induction Cooking Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking of buying an Induction cooktop, and have some queries in mind, we may be able to help you with some information. It is advised to do detailed research individually, on Induction cooking and use the below for information purpose only.

1. Is Induction cooking better than gas/electric cooking ?

- Both use electric current to operate. However, The induction cooktops do not use electricity directly, but electromagnetism in order to cook food. Electric cooking uses electric power to cook food. For gas cooking, there is always a continuous flow of gas from the main supply to the burner which gets ignited when the ignition system is triggered. - Induction appliances are safe and almost 84% of the energy from the gas/electricity is used for cooking while only 40% of energy is used with a gas cooktop. The heat generated by the induction stovetop is not distributed around the stovetop. - Induction cooktops are easy to clean because food or liquid does not spill onto the cooktop. This is because the only part of the appliance that heats up, is the part in contact with the pot or pan.

2. Does the stovetop get hot?

The stovetop itself barely gets warm, except directly beneath the cooking vessel. As soon as the cooking vessel is removed from the stovetop the element turns off and automatically cools down. If the vessel is returned and the stovetop is on a high enough setting the heat will return instantly. No more burnt fingers, baked on spills, exposed flames and it is much safer if children are around.

3. How do I know if my cookware is Induction Compatible?

A great test is the magnetic test. Get your fridge magnet and see if it sticks to the base of your pot. If it says the pot is induction capable. If not, you might want to go shopping with your magnet. Our collection has many induction compatible cookwares, so please make the most of it by browsing the catalog.

4. Can any types of pots be used to cook on Induction?

No. Only pots with a “ferrous” nature will work on induction. That means that items made of glass, copper,ceramic or aluminum will not work. Cast iron, enamelware and some stainless steel will work. In Induction cooking the vessel itself is the generator of the heat, unlike other cooking technologies where the heat is transferred to the cooking vessel.

5. Does radiation of induction cooktop have negative influence on human health?

Because induction cooktop generates electromagnetism, many people raise the concern about harmful effects which it might have on people. Technical experts stated that there were no harmful effects on human health but there has been no official experiment to prove it. Don’t worry. All specifications and scientific materials show very little influence on human health, even on people with heart disease.

6. Can you use Induction cookware on a glass top stove ?

Regular cookware can be used as induction cookware as long as a magnet will stick to it…iron or steel. The cookware provided with induction cookers is usually steel. So, yes, you can use it with conventional stoves.

7. Is it ok to use Pressure Cooker on a cooktop ?

A pressure cooker should be used with caution.Use as advised by the manufacturer. Avoid pre-heating the cooker. And be around for heat adjustments within the first five minutes of pressure or use your appliance’s timer for more security.

8. Can hard anodized cookware be used for induction cooking?

Yes, you can choose hard anodized cookware for your induction cooktop; this type of cookware combines the best features of non-stick cookware, stainless steel skillets and durability of cast iron cookware. You may try light weight professional quality cookware extremely durable that resists scratches and is non-porous.We have a wide variety of these, so please check out our catalog for all information.

9. Can you use a wok on an induction cooktop?

If you have a wok with curved bottom, it cannot be used on a regular induction cooktop, but you may look for a flat bottom carbon steel wok or perhaps, a flat-bottomed enameled cast iron wok. These alternatives are perfect for everyone who wants to use a wok on an induction cooktop.

10. Can you use ceramic cookware on induction cooktop?

Ceramic induction pots represent the best and healthier type of cookware you can use with induction cooktops.It is recommended to buy ceramic cookware because their coating does not contain harmful chemicals like PFOA, lead, PTFE, cadmium, etc. But, be aware that these pans may be more expensive than other induction ready cookware made from other materials.

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