Tips for Cooking with Induction

Are you considering getting an induction cooktop but worried you’ll have to learn a whole new method of cooking? The guidance below will get you started creating tasty dishes while also reducing indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in your home.  

Check Your Cookware 

Induction cooktops operate through magnetism, energizing particles on the surface of compatible cookware like pots, pans, and flat-bottomed woks. To check if your current cookware is suitable, simply place a magnet underneath – if it sticks, your pots and pans should work on an induction cooktop. When purchasing new cookware, look for symbols indicating compatibility with induction cooking. 

Prep Your Ingredients Beforehand 

Do you usually prep some ingredients while waiting for your pots and pans to heat up? With an induction cooktop, the warm-up time practically disappears, as it heats up your cookware almost instantly. To keep from falling behind on your recipe or burning food, have your ingredients ready before turning on the induction cooktop. 

Embrace Some Experimentation 

Planning a grand family gathering with new recipes? It might not be the best time to debut your induction cooktop. Like any new appliance, it might require some getting used to. Familiarize yourself with temperature settings and cooking nuances when you’re not under pressure constraints. 

Cook with Precision 

Induction cooktops offer exceptional precision, allowing you to explore recipes that might be trickier on a gas stove. Burners maintain the exact temperature you set, without overheating food or making you wait for lengthy warm-up periods. Burners also cool quickly–turn off a burner and you can leave a pot or pan on it without concern. 

Observe the Magic of Induction Cooking 

The old adage that watched pots don’t boil doesn’t apply here. Induction cooktops heat cookware swiftly, and you can witness a pot of water boil in about half the time it takes on a gas stove. 

Make the Most of Saved Time 

Cooking will be faster. Food won’t burn on to the surface of the stove, making the cleaning process faster. What will you do with the time you save? That’s up to you. 

Cook with Peace of Mind 

Induction cooking reduces the risk of accidental kitchen fires, as it heats only the cookware, not the stovetop surface. If the cooktop is empty and left on, it won’t become hot. To save energy, remember to turn off the induction cooktop when not in use. 

Source: Guides available at reviewed.usatoday.com/ovens/series/induction-cooking-101

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