Six Hot Questions Answered About The Humble Induction Stove

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Be it at work, at home or on the road, make your cooking experience faster and more energy-efficient with an induction stove.

Food is life. It doesn’t matter if you are a passionate home cook who loves to entertain or a bachelor who heats up a pre-cooked meal. Not even if you are a wanderlust couple who enjoy hitting the road and travelling the country. We all love to eat. Therefore, we have to cook.

So let’s make it faster, more efficient, and hassle-free with an induction stove top.

You have probably heard about this clever technology. Perhaps, you have even thought about upgrading your gas or electric stove to an induction option. Not sure if you should make the move? We’re answering five burning questions about induction stoves to help you decide.

Be it at work, at home or on the road, make your cooking experience faster and more energy efficient with an induction stove.
Be it at work, at home or on the road, make your cooking experience faster and more energy efficient with an induction stove.

1. What is the difference between a gas stove and an induction stove?

An electric or gas stove heats up the actual stovetop. It then heats up the pan or pot sitting on top of the stove. An induction stove, on the other hand, heats the pot or pan itself. This means the heat is generated where it is needed – in the pan. The stovetop is basically a really strong electromagnet.

2. How does an induction stove work?

When you place a pot or pan containing magnetic properties on the induction stove, the magnets create heat. When this happens, what results is super fast cooking. This is because the heat is immediately generated at the bottom of the induction pot or pan.

3. Can I use any pot or pan on an induction stove?

You can use any pot or pan as long as it has magnetic properties. Without these properties, no magnetic field will be created when you place it on your induction stove. As a result, no heat will be generated.

Most types of pots and pans made will work with induction stoves. These include cast iron, enamelled cast iron and stainless steel pots and pans. However, copper, aluminium and glass pots and pans will not work.

Additional tip:

To test whether your cookware will work, simply take one of your souvenir magnets off the fridge. See if it stays put on the bottom of your pan or pot. If it does, it has magnetic properties and will work on an induction stove. If it doesn’t stick, it won’t work.

Having said that, induction stoves have been more popular lately. Because of this, more pot and pan manufacturers started adding a magnetic layer to the bottom of their cookware to make them compatible. Look out for the little coil symbol on the bottom of pots and pans. This shows that the item is induction friendly.

4. Can an induction stove top burn you?

While a switched on induction stove top may feel warm to the touch, it won’t burn your hand by accident. The clever magnetic technology means the heat is generated at the base of the pot. This is in contrast to gas or electric stoves where the heat is generated through the stove top or plate.

5. How do I clean an induction stove top?

The sleek glass ceramic surface of an induction stove top needs to be cleaned with care. This is to prevent damage or scratching to the top. Stay away from harsh cleaners. These include chlorine bleach, dishwashing detergents or caustic soda. Opt for a ceramic cooktop cleaner or, for tougher stains, simply use some white vinegar.

Additional tips:

Always use a soft cloth or paper towel to clean the surface or a cooktop cleaner pad. There is no need for metal scouring pads or scrub sponges. Induction stoves have a completely flat surface. This makes cleaning them so much easier than a regular gas or electric stove.

Furthermore, most of the heat is being conducted in the base of the pot or pan instead of on the stove top. Because of this, sauce, milk, or chopped up ingredients will not spill over and burn to the surface of the stove. No more elbow grease needed to clean an induction stove top!

6. Which induction stove is the best?

This portable stove is robust, quick to heat and conveniently sized at only 290 × 235 × 80 mm. This means it will fit into your luggage with ease and sit snug on any surface. The super lightweight stove weighs only 2.8kg. Despite that, it packs a punch with an electrical rating of 1200W. Clever features include: technical pan presence detection; automatic switch-off when overheating and automatic stand-by when cookware is removed.

  • At work: The Snappy Chef Flat-top Industrial Induction Stove is ideal for coffee shops, small restaurants, B&B’s and Game Lodges. It’s perfect for where you want fast, easy and energy-efficient cooking to be done without needing to set up and install a huge stove and kitchen.

At 440 × 355 × 110 mm, this small, one-plate stove is a space-saver with a lot of power. Boil a cup of water in 20 seconds and cook up a storm. This small induction stove can give you up to 240 °C and 3500 watts.

The elegant black, crystal glass top and stainless steel body makes for a hardy and stylish addition to your cooking space. Cook instantly and faster than ever with 9 heat settings. Thanks to the built-in voltage regulator and automatic switch-off when overheating, you won’t have to worry about kitchen fires.

  • At home: Turn up the heat in your home kitchen with a Snappy Chef 2-plate Induction Stove. With nine programme settings, you can choose the perfect temperature for your cooking.

The front plate ranges from 800 – 1200W while the back plate is the real powerhouse ranging from 1000 – 1800W. The black crystal glass top and black carbon steel body make for a stylish finish. It’s also built with smart energy saving technology and include features such as technical pan presence detection. With all of these, this induction stove simply has everything you could wish for.

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