Induction cookware is fast becoming the most popular choice for both professional and home cooks that want efficient, durable, and highly functional cookware that allow them to have an excellent culinary experience.
Cooking with induction has changed the way that people cook thanks to the magnetic cookware used with induction cooktops. Induction cookware uses ferrous metal to achieve a magnetic base that oscillates through high frequencies in the magnetic field that is generated through the cooktop.
But many people believe that induction cookware can only be used with an induction cooker. However, in reality, you can use your induction cookware on electric and gas stoves. Let’s take a look at what induction cookware has to offer.
Why Choose Induction Cookware
While the saying goes that a watched pot doesn’t boil, when used with induction cooktops, the contents of your induction ready pot or pan begin cooking more quickly than with other cooktops. Induction cookware has a flat magnetic base which ensures that the heat from the stovetop is evenly distributed so your food will cook perfectly.
Induction cooking allows one to easily control the electromagnetic field, so any heat sensitive cooking becomes a breeze. You can switch the cooker off without having to remove the cookware for fear of continued cooking. Once the induction plate is off, the magnetic field stops oscillating, so the heat is stopped instantly.
But the best thing about induction cookware is its ability to be used on gas and electric cooktops too. More people are choosing this type of cookware even if they don’t have induction stoves. These pots and pans don’t limit them on their current cookers, and they are prepared when they make the switch if these choose to purchase an induction cooktop.
What Cookware Can Be Used on Induction Cookers
When using an induction cooktop, people believe they can't use any of their existing cookware. However, people are surprised to learn that pans and pots only need to have a magnetic base to be induction ready. And most cookware is made with magnetic components so it is not necessary to replace all of your cookware, especially if you have cast iron or enameled cast iron pieces.
When it comes to cookware, there are no limitations when cooking on a gas or electric cooktop. This means if you invest in induction compatible cookware, you can use it on your induction cooktop as well as the conventional stoves. It is important to note that the reverse is not possible though. If you have non-compatible cookware, it can’t be used on your induction cooker, and can only be used on a gas or electric cooker.
Choosing Induction Cookware
Induction cookware is a great investment that you will use for a lifetime. Many professionals already use induction pots and pans in the kitchen, even if they have gas or electric stoves. When choosing cookware, it is worth selecting quality items that will last for many years in your kitchen, no matter whether you are cooking on gas, electric, or induction.
What to look out for when choosing induction cookware
Smooth base – induction cookers have a glass surface which scratches easily when it comes into contact with rough cookware. Check that the cookware you purchase has a flat, smooth base. This allows you to protect your cooktop. This is also important if you are using your pans and pots on an electric stove.
Magnetic – you can only use pans and pots that have magnetic properties to create heat using your induction stove. Because of this, you need to look for cookware that has the induction compatible symbol – a zig zag or coil – on the base of the item. You can also check the base of the item using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to it, you can use it on induction cookers. If not, it is only suitable for gas and electric cookers.
Nonstick cookware – using nonstick pans is important when using induction cooktops, but many people still opt for stainless steel pots and pans. Induction cookware that has a nonstick coating ensures that your food doesn’t burn thanks to the quick heating of the base. It also allows you to easily practice fat-free or low-fat cooking.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if your pots and pans are induction compatible – they can be used on electric, gas, and induction stovetops. It is only important when you are looking at it the other way around – if the cookware items are not induction compatible, they can only be used for electric or gas stovetops.