What is induction cooking?
Induction cooking is a method of cooking powered by electricity. Induction ranges and cooktops use a copper coil under the cooking surface to generate electromagnetic energy, then transfer that energy directly to cookware to make it hot and cook food. This is different from gas and electric cooking, which generate heat through the cooking surface or burner flames.
How does induction cooking work?
While an induction cooktop may look like a traditional electric cooktop, the way it generates heat to cook food is entirely different. So how does an induction cooktop work differently?
- A copper coil under the cooktop creates electromagnetic energy.
- This magnetic energy interacts directly with induction-compatible cookware to make it hot.
Because induction skips the step of heating the cooktop, it’s a fast and even cooking method. Induction cooktops also cool down quickly after you remove your pan.
Benefits of induction cooking
Induction cooking has many advantages, including the following:
Cooking tip: The first couple of meals on your induction cooktop might require extra attentiveness to adapt to the speed of this cooking method. Take it slow, and keep a close eye on your meal.
Electric vs induction: what’s the difference?
While electric and induction cooktops may look the same, they transfer heat differently. Electric cooktops radiate heat from coils beneath the cooking surface through to the bottom of the cookware sitting on top. Induction cooktops transfer energy to create heat directly within a pot or pan.
What to consider when switching to induction cooking
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