Cooking with Magnetic Induction Cooking Surfaces – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
As one of New Jersey’s largest retailers of large appliances, Karl’s not only exposes customers to new technology in home appliances but also receives many specific questions. This is the culmination of years of accumulating the most frequently asked questions regarding induction cookers. Also, we have included a short video of a product expert covering KitchenAid induction cooktops that we feel is helpful. After reading this FAQ and watching the educational video you will be an induction expert!
What is or how does induction cooking work?
Induction cooktops use a high frequency induction coil below a smoothtop cooking surface that creates a magnetic field. The magnetic field only heats the metal or iron surface that it is touching, in this case the cookware, by exciting the molecules in the pan to create heat.
How does induction cooking differ from traditional gas or electric cook surfaces?
With induction, there is no exposed flame or heated surface. If an element is turned on and there is no cookware present the element will not create heat. Heat is only created when a cookware 5″ or greater in diameter is placed on the element. When cookware is removed the induction coil is de-energized and will automatically shut off.
How fast can induction cooking surfaces boil water?
Induction cooktops can boil water faster than traditional gas or electric cooktops. Times to boil 1 quart of water can be is little as 90 seconds. In fact, induction cooktops are generally the fastest cooking appliances available.
How will delicate foods, like chocolate, perform on induction cooking appliances?
Magnetic induction elements offer precision control of heat from extreme high to extreme lows. The low heat setting is ideal for melting chocolate or preparing delicate sauces and dips.
Is induction cooking efficient?
Yes, induction deliveries a higher percentage of energy to the food being cooked than any other cooking method.
Can induction cooktops or ranges replace existing appliances?
Yes, if you are replacing electric appliances induction is generally an easy re-installation. Depending on the brand you are replacing, the new unit may fit right into the existing cut-out or space if you are replacing a stove or range. If replacing gas cooking appliances, additional electric connections may need to be installed.
Is an induction cooktop easy to clean?
Yes. Induction offers the precision heat control of gas cooking and the easy clean up of smoothtop electric cooking. In addition, clean up is even easier than traditional radiant electric cooktops. Since the unused portion of the surface does not get hot, most spills will not cook into the surface. Also, most induction cooktops have glass touch controls so there are no raised knobs.
What do you clean an induction cook top with?
Most spills will easily wash off with a damp cloth or sponge.
Do I need to use specific pots and pans with induction cooking appliances?
Yes and no. In order for the induction coil to create the required magnetic field there must by some iron content in the bottom of the cookware. The best way to determine if you existing cookware will function if you buy induction cooktops is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom they will work.