Darchelle Meunier Cooktops January 24, 2019 08:52:23
This is where Induction cooktops spark the interest of my customers who want the performance of a professional rangetop, but want something easy to clean. Induction - or magnetic induction - works on the molecular level. The magnet creates friction in the cooking vessel (ferrous metal pots and pans are necessary - if a magnet sticks to it, you are good to go) creating the most efficient source of heat at more than 90 % efficiency. Gas cooktops are about 60 percent efficient, depending on the model. Back to the cleaning issue... Because there is no heat passing through the ceramic glass on the induction models, they are a breeze to clean. You don`t have the usual burning in on the surface as you do with radiant smoothtop or gas cooktops. Soap and water usually does the trick to clean the induction top.
When you add an induction cooktop and matching cookware to your kitchen, you gain many benefits. What would you do if your stovetop stopped working? Do you have a plan for how you would cook while choosing a new stove and getting it installed? Most people don`t and it causes a huge interruption in their life when their stove goes out. Even losing one burner or one side of your stove can cause issues. What about cooking for larger groups around the holidays? Do you have the space and the ability to do host family parties with groups of 10 or more? If not, adding an induction cooktop might be the answer. Here is what you get from the right induction cooktop.
With a one or two burner induction cooktop, you will gain more space to cook in your kitchen. This allows you to cook for larger groups or prepare more courses. It is an easy way to add a few extra burners or just one extra burner to your kitchen. The right induction cooktop will be very portable, which allows you to take it with you anytime you need. If you need to keep a dish warm for a potluck dinner or you want to take it with you camping, you can. Those that travel in an RV will love the flexibility they get with it. As long as you can plug it in, you can cook with it, which makes it a great tool for anybody to own.
Here is the drawback to gas cooktop - they are NOT easy to clean! I can`t tell you how many people tell me about how they`ve scratched the porcelain or stainless steel on their cooking surface trying to scour it clean. And that`s not to mention normal heat discoloration that is easily visible after regular use with stainless steel cooking surfaces. The grates are also hard to keep looking new. Grates should not be washed in the dishwasher as the rubber grommets will wash out. The grates will more than likely develop rust in the dishwasher, too.
You also have to figure in the cost of new cookware for the new cooktop. This technology requires you to use cookware that is made of cast iron or enameled steel. You can try to use your old stainless-steel cookware and sometimes you will get lucky and it will work. But if you have copper or aluminum pots and pans, you are out of luck. One way to test your cookware is to see if a magnet will stick to it. If the magnet sticks, your cookware will most probably work.
Cooks would rather use gas cooktops instead of electric. The main reason for that is, the heat can be controlled much easier. Gas stoves are also much more inexpensive and environmentally friendly than electric stoves. The colour selection is huge, and comes in different finishes such as glass, stainless steel, enamel and aluminum. One disadvantage of gas cooktops is that they are less energy efficient than electric stoves. It takes a lot of energy to use gas cooktops and they can be energy wasters.