You probably already know how to use an induction cooker, but do you know what cookware should be used with it? Induction cooking is a relatively new technology that has been around for about 20 years. It creates heat by using electromagnetic waves generated in the base of the pot or pan. If you are considering investing in this type of cookware, then take some time to read through our blog post!
How does induction cooking work?
Induction cooking is a type of cookware that creates heat in the pot or pan itself. Unlike gas and electric burners, induction heating does not rely on flames or filaments to generate heat. Instead, an electromagnet in the base of the unit generates waves which cause electrons within your cookware’s metal surface to vibrate at high speeds – this causes friction and converts energy into heat!
How do I know if my pots and pans will work with my induction cooker?
Not all types of pots and pans are compatible with an induction cooktop. If you want to use induction cooking regularly then it is important that you invest in some suitable cookware, or look at getting a Converter Disk.
What type of cookware works with induction?
Your current cookware may or may not work with your new induction cooktop. If the pan has a ferrous base, then you will be able to use it on an induction stove top. To check this get a magnet and test. If it sticks well, you’re all good, otherwise you will need to buy more pots and pans.
If you have non-magnetic pots or pans that need replacing, consider purchasing some induction ready cookware . These items are specially designed to heat quickly and efficiently using electromagnetic waves.
What cookware is compatible with induction cooktops?
Cast iron, stainless steel with an iron base or core, steel and some enamelled steel pans will work. Glass, copper and aluminum pots and pans generally are not. If you are unsure, check for the symbol (induction-compatible) on the packaging, or try the magnet test.
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast Iron Cookware is a good option when buying new cookware because it retains heat well so food cooks evenly without hot spots that can burn foods such as rice. It’s also very durable making it last many years before replacement is necessary which saves money in the long run compared to cheaper alternatives of nonstick surfaces that often chip. It often takes a while to heat up and cool down though, due to it’s thick and heavy base.
Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel is another good option when you are looking to buy induction cookware. It heats up quickly and cools down fast, which saves time over other options such as cast iron. The only downside of stainless steel cookware is it’s poor heat retention qualities which means food can easily burn if not watched closely.
If your priority with buying cooking equipment for an induction stovetop (or even gas or electric) is that foods do not stick to the surface then non-stick may be a good choice for you! However it should be noted that if overheated these coatings will break down releasing chemicals into your home environment where they could potentially cause harm depending on what materials were used in their construction.
Aluminum on it’s own does not conduct, so cannot be used on an induction cooktop. However, manufacturer’s nowdays often make them with a stainless steel base, which makes them suitable for inductions cooktops. This means you can take advantage of the benefits of the aluminum pan, ie lightweight, affordable and rust-proof, and still use on your induction cooktop
What is your cooking style?
For slower, less high temperature cooking, choose a heavy based pan, these tend to have a thicker base and will take longer to heat up and cool down.
For faster cooking, like boiling water and steaming, use stainless steel based pans, as these are thinner and react to changes in temperature much faster.
Alternatively, consider getting an induction cooktop converter disk, this will allow you to use any cookware on your induction cooktop.
This disk goes on top of the induction cooktop, and you then place your favorite glass or copper pan on top, and this heats up your pan.