If you are remodeling your kitchen and you are looking for innovative, energy-efficient appliances, an induction stove might interest you. What is an induction stove, and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
What Is an Induction Cook Top?
Induction cooking is a completely different method of heating food. While traditional methods all use a heat source to warm the cooking vessel, in induction cooking, the vessel itself becomes the source of heat.
An induction stove burner is actually a powerful electromagnet. When pots and pans made of ferrous metals (those that will sustain a magnetic field) are placed on the electromagnetic burner, the current passes through the cooking vessel and creates heat. In induction cooking, only the vessel is heated, leaving behind a cool, touchable surface on the stove.
Advantages of Induction Cooking Surfaces
One of the biggest advantages of induction cooking is the ability to instantly and precisely adjust heat levels. Unlike electric stoves which are known for uneven heating, or gas stoves which can’t be turned down to very low settings, induction stoves provide immediate, precision heat. Induction cooking surfaces can boil water in under 2 minutes, as opposed to traditional methods that take about 5 to 7 minutes.
Induction cooking is also more energy efficient. Other cooking methods rely on the transfer of heat from one object to another, and in the process much of the heat is lost as it escapes into the air. Since the cooking vessel is also the heat source in induction cooking, there is less chance for heat to escape. Gas delivers about half of the energy created to cooking, while induction stoves use 85 to 90 percent of the energy created for cooking.
Induction cooking surfaces are also very safe. The surface is cool to the touch, reducing the risk of burns in the kitchen. It is also impossible to accidentally leave the stove turned on once you’ve finished cooking and removed the pots and pans.
Disadvantages of Induction Stoves
One of the major disadvantages of induction cooking is the price of the stove. Induction cooking units are a newer technology and can cost considerably more than an electric or gas range. However, the money saved on utility bills over time will help defray some of the cost.
An induction cook top might not work with your existing pots and pans. Only ferrous metals will work with an induction cooking surface. Test your pots and pans by placing a magnet on the bottom. If the magnet sticks, your pots and pans will work with an induction stove; if the magnet does not stick, you will need new pots and pans in order to use an induction range. Look for pots and pans made of iron or steel.
The Induction Site – http://theinductionsite.com
EarthEasy Blog; Induction Cooking – http://eartheasy.com/blog/2009/01/induction-cooking/