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Are Induction Cooktops Better than Gas?

hey everybody Dean sharp the house
Whisperer host of home on KFI coming to
you every Sunday morning from 9 to 11
I’m all gussied up and back here in my
kitchen again because I want to talk to
you today about cooktops
ever since the modern cooktop was
created we basically had two choices
electric or gas the electric style of
course the old coil or the newer under
ceramic glass halogen coils and gas well
gas is gas the whole idea is very simple
a strong heat source that excites the
molecules in the bottom of a pan those
excited molecules heat up the pan and
therefore they heat up the food well
until recently there has been a clear
hierarchy when it comes to cooktops
electric coil electric halogen and gas
now I really love electric when it comes
to an actual oven in fact a lot of chefs
prefer electric ovens over gas ovens but
when it comes to cooktops electric coils
and even electric halogen they’re a
little slow on the uptake you turn them
up they come up too slowly you turn him
down they respond too slowly you don’t
get quite as much power as you get from
gas it’s hot it’s powerful it’s precise
it’s up it’s down it’s everything you
want in a cooktop and it has been the
unrivaled King for years and years until
lately there is a new challenger on the
field a completely different technology
for exciting the molecules in this pan
it generates no heat it’s even more
responsive than gas and the claim is
it’s more powerful and it’s called an
induction cooktop so you’re in the
middle of deciding what cooktop to
replace your old one with and either way
you’re gonna drop a good chunk of change
for it so you should be informed as to
what all your options are the induction
people they’re making big claims like I
just said more accurate more powerful no
heat safer faster better is it really
true I think we should test it out
here’s the only problem
on an induction cooktop what I do have
is this $3,000 GE cafe series gas
cooktop range with a front left power
boil burner cranking out about 18,000
BTU and I figure you know what that’s as
good a burner as any to run up against
an induction test so what will today’s
challenger be well it’s gonna have to be
the $69 induction hot plate that I just
bought at Costco this afternoon now this
guy is as weak as induction cooktops
come and it’s gonna be a lot less
powerful than the one that you would use
to install in place of your existing
cooktop but it’s all I got
so if induction cooktop claims or even
halfway true well now is their chance to
shine
it’s the $69 induction hot plate versus
the three thousand dollar 18,000 BTU gas
burner it’s a simple test my favorite
tea kettle and two cups of cold water
once on the cooktop once on the hot
plate and we tie them both let’s see
what happens
Wow almost a full minute faster if I
hadn’t done it myself honestly it would
be hard to believe but you saw it I saw
it $69 it’s pretty impressive and here’s
something else that’s really impressive
it’s on right now on high and I don’t
feel anything because guess what I’m not
made out of ferrous metal it has no
effect on us
it only affects these guys and that
makes it pretty spectacular new
innovation in appliance technology are
the pros and cons to everything sure but
now you’ve got one more option to
consider and you should because I have a
feeling we’re looking at the future of
cooktops yep it’s pretty magical and yes
I am boiling this pan of water through a
folded up tea towel
it’s warm it’s warm because of the pant
not because of the surface pretty
amazing stuff
one last thing a lot of people are under
the misconception that takes specialized
cookware to work with an induction
cooktop that’s not really true what it
takes is magnetic cookware in other
words anything that you own pot or pan
that a magnet would stick to is good to
go with induction that means copper and
aluminum are out but good old stainless
steel most nonstick and tried-and-true
cast iron works like a champ on an
induction cooktop okay
well have a happy time looking for your
new cooktop we’ll talk soon and before
we go here’s one less piece of magic for
you

Induction Cooktop Buyers’ Guide

What is an induction cooktop?

An induction cooktop is a type of heating element which is highly energy efficient. It directs the heat straight onto the pot, which will save you money on the bill. Your cookware gets the most out of the heat used on an induction cooktop, compared to a traditional cooktop where it sits on a flame, and the air around it is heated. This cooktop utilizes an electromagnetic field to heat up a pan while also leaving the cooking surface cool to touch and not overheating the kitchen, making this cooking process more enjoyable and hassle-free. You won’t need to open a window to let the hot air out anymore, as there won’t be any hot air.

How does an induction cooktop work?

Induction cooking uses direct induction heating of cooking vessels, instead of relying on thermal conduction and radiation. Inside an induction cooktop, there is a coil of copper wire located directly under a cooking pot, and an alternating electric current is running through it. This results in a big oscillating magnetic field which wirelessly induces a current straight into the pot instead of the surroundings. When using induction cooktops, your cooking utensil must be composed of or contain a type of ferrous metal, for example, cast iron or stainless steel. The iron of the pot you are using will concentrate this electrical current and heat up the metal of the pot, which will cook the ingredients. An induction cooktop will not be able to heat copper or aluminum pots as the magnetic field will be unable to produce a concentrated electrical current.

How to prevent scratches on an induction cooktop?

Induction cooktops are usually made of very sturdy and durable material with a glass top. But, because the outside is mainly composed of glass, it can be easily damaged. Leftover particles will stain, and sliding cookware over them can cause scratching of the surface, so wash your cooktop once you notice a visible spill. Place the cookware gently onto the surface and do not slide it around, instead lift it up and place it down. Avoid using any cookware with a rough base; instead, use those with a smooth and flat underside. While cooking, you can place a thin silicone baking mat or parchment paper under your cooking utensils to protect the surface. Never clean the surface with abrasive cleaning products or steel pads. Do not move your pan back and forth while stirring as any friction may cause scratching.

How to clean the induction cooktop?

For light cleaning, let the cooktop fully cool down. Then, use a moist sponge to clean off any visible cooking spills. Pour out some cooktop cleaner onto the cooktop and rub the surface with a paper towel until it is visibly clean. Wipe off any cleaner left on the cooktop surface with a dry cloth. If you want to continue with a deeper cleaning, add some white vinegar onto the stubborn stains of the cooktop and use a cooktop cleaner pad to scrub them off. Once the cooktop is clean, use some white vinegar and clean hard water spots from the cooktop. Utilize a scraper to dispose of any residue, but be gentle to avoid scratches. Wipe off any vinegar and cleaner liquid with a moist towel then dry it off.

A product price updated on 2020-04-06 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate a Skillet Director team earns from qualifying purchases.

Author: Mark Miller

I have graduated The Culinary Institute of America in 2013 and became a chef assistant in one of New York city restaurants. I began to move up the career ladder – just a few years later I've worked as a chef in a 4* restaurant.