Induction cookware is fast becoming a popular choice for both professional and home cooks who want efficient, durable, and highly functional cookware which allows them to have an excellent culinary experience.
Many people believe induction cookware can only be used with an induction cooker. However, you can use your induction cookware on electric and gas stoves. Let’s take a look at what induction pots and pans have to offer.
Why Choose Induction Cookware
One of the advantages of induction cookware is its ability to be used on conventional cooktops such gas and electric. 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 gas or electric cookers, and allows them to be prepared if they choose to purchase an induction cooktop.
What Cookware Can Be Used on Induction Cookers
When using an induction cooktop, it is important to choose cooking vessels that have a magnetic base. The best materials for induction cookware are carbon steel, magnetic stainless steel, and cast iron. The stainless steel needs to contain iron to make it magnetic.
It may not be necessary to replace all of your cookware, especially if you have cast iron or enameled cast iron pieces.
The base of the item can be checked using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to it securely, it can be used on induction cookers. If not, it is only suitable for gas and electric cookers.
If you decide to buy new cookware, make sure it says that it is induction compatible. Sometimes the product or the box has the induction compatible symbol, a zig zag or coil, on the base of the item.
When selecting induction cookware, make sure it has a smooth base. Induction cookers have a glass surface which scratches easily when it comes into contact with rough cookware. Checking the cookware you purchase to ensure it has a flat, smooth base also allows you to protect your cooktop. This is also important if you are using your pans and pots on an electric stove.
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