Chardae Marchand Cooktops March 03, 2019 11:18:19
Even with the efficiency of cooking food faster, these cooktops don`t emit as much heat into your kitchen as a gas or electric stove. In the summertime, you won`t have to worry about cooking and heating up your entire house, and this can actually keep your air conditioning bill down because there will be less heat in your home. When you choose one of the better brands for your cooktop, you can expect to get a product with the ability to do everything you are hoping for. Most of the best choices will give you a variety of heat settings and some even allow you to set a specific temperature, instead of just low, medium and high. This gives you extra flexibility, but this feature is not found with all of them.
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.
In terms of appearance, the electric version definitely looks much better over the gas due to its sleek design that features smooth surface, embedded digital panels, touch controls and are available in a variety of colors to match your kitchen design. I am not saying the gas cooktop is not pretty but the knobs that appear in most of them are definitely an ugly sight in a modern kitchen that features futuristic design. Moreover, the embedded touch control and the smooth surface in electric cooktop is absolutely a superb compliment to any kitchen designs.
Precise cooking is accomplished with the ability to change temperature or power levels without response times. The change is instant. Little heat is wasted because the cooktop is 83 percent energy efficient and cost about $0.12 per hour to operate. With increased cooking times, it costs only pennies to cook a meal. Induction cooktops are plugged into a standard household outlet. Water can be boiled and oil heated to cooking temperature in only a few seconds. You can fry, stir-fry, sauté, warm, or boil your food depending on the power level or temperature level needed. To boil water you would set the power level high. However, if a dish required cooking at a particular temperature you would use the temperature mode to set the appropriate level.
You can also expect to buy new cookware made for the induction cooktop. To figure out if you need new cookware or not, just use a magnet and see if it sticks to your pan or not. Cast iron is great for induction cooking, but if you do have to get a new set of cookware, there are some great sets out there that are made specifically for these cooktops.
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.