The question on how to cook with an induction cooker can be specific or broad depending on how the person is exposed to induction cooktops and cookware. For most people, induction cooking is still a new topic and mysterious. If you are in the crossroad of whether to buy an induction cooktop or continue using the traditional electric/gas cooker since you have got no clue on how to cook with the former, this guide will offer you the breakthrough of what you need to know about induction cooking.
Induction Cooking Basics:
Induction cooking embraces the use of magnetic fields that induces heat on the food and cookware that you have placed on top of the cooktop. The cookware is specially designed (ferromagnetic). In this case, the pot/pan becomes the element that cooks your food. While cooking, the cooktop will remain cool, unlike the traditional electric cooktops. When shopping for the cookware, make sure that they are ferromagnetic as non-magnetic pots/pans will not work.
Induction cooktop has got instructions on the cooktop panel. For instance, if you need to boil and then simmer, there is no problem. You can touch on the control pad “immediate heat” which means an immediate change in the heat. You should get to understand the instructions of your new cooktop, so us to understand efficiencies and shortcuts.
What to Do While Cooking With an Induction Cooktop:
- Read the instructions that you bought with your cooktop. Despite the fact that this sound simple, most people end up throwing away the instruction manual, and thus risk mashing with the buttons with the expectation of getting the best.
- Embrace the use of induction specific cookware. Countercheck if your existing cookware (pans and pots) is suitable by the help of a kitchen magnet or consider buying the correct type of cookware.
- Always wipe up any spills and dust straight away, because they can burn the glass/ceramic. You should also keep your pans and pots clean. Cookware with a dirty base can affect the cooking. Clean cookware implies that you will have an improved cooking performance.
What Not To Do While Cooking With an Induction Cooktop:
- You shouldn’t leave food unattended on the cooktop. Also, always arrange the pans/pots to fit on the ceramic/glass top perfectly; this helps to ensure that the food cooks evenly.
- Never use cookware with a warped bottom. The pots will not make full contact with the ceramic/glass surface of the cooktop, thereby affecting their cooking ability.
- You should not place hot pans near the control area; this might damage these controls.
- You should never use the cooktop for placing and resting things like spoons and other metallic objects. Such objects might get hot and burn you.
- While cleaning, never use high-pressure cleaner or steam jet to clean the cooktop.
Smart Cooking Procedure:
The process of cooking with an induction cooker is pretty simple and easy when you have the control instructions. The induction cooktops are capable of offering you with all sorts of clever cooking tips. The cooktop can easily detect if a saucepan or pot has boiled dry, and thereby turn itself off. Still it will indicate an error in case the cookware is non-compatible.