Is an Induction Cooktop for You?

While the United States is generally a trail blazer when it comes to cutting edge technology, it has yet to catch on to the newest kitchen craze: induction cooking. International markets have seen induction cookware and appliances take off on a global scale, but American homeowners looking to stay current will have to seek out this latest development in kitchen technology. While the selection remains slim, Americans can find induction cooking technology within their borders, so you may want to figure out if induction cooking is for you.

induction2What is induction cooking? The superior heat that it creates owes itself to the fact that induction burners use an electromagnetic current beneath its surface to cook food. Gas and electric stovetops create hear by using burners that create gas-powered flames or heating up coils until they’re red hot. Induction cooking utilizes the way that a pot’s metal resists an electromagnetic current nearby and creates heat in the process.

In other words, induction cooktops heat up metal pots directly as opposed to the cooking surface that they sit upon. If you were to put your hand on the surface of the cooktop, you wouldn’t burn it (though touching the hot pot would still damage your skin).

This new technology has a fair amount of advantages. While induction cooktops don’t use environmentally unfriendly and inefficient natural gas methods to cook food, they are able to adjusted with as much accuracy as a gas-powered stove. Electric stoves, which are most efficient that gas powered stoves, have never been able to replicate their accuracy. Induction Cooktops are also more efficient than both alternative methods, transferring 90% of the energy used directly into the heat that cooks your dinner. That means lower power bills and a reduced carbon footprint for anyone interested in converting to the induction cooktop.

Amazingly, induction cooktops can also be made to be extremely portable. They can shrink down to the size and weight of a bathroom scale is need be, and the user of the stove can touch it at any time during the cooking process because it doesn’t heat up. Portable stovetops can be bought for as little as $100, though extremely fancy models with touch screens and such can cost up to $1000.

induction3After hearing all these positive attributes, you may be waiting for the catch. Induction cooktops do have some drawbacks; for example, they’ll only work if you’re using ferrous metal pots and pans. That means if you have any cookware that’s not cast iron or stainless steel, you’re out of luck. Aluminum, copper and pyrex pots are out, so if you’ve already invested a whole lot of money into cookware that can’t be used for induction cooking, it might just not make sense for you financially to switch over.

That said, the cookware catch is about the only issue with the new technology. Otherwise it’s an amazing opportunity for home owners to make their kitchens safer and more energy efficient without sacrificing copious amounts of money or cooking accuracy on the stove.

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