Cooking with induction is super safe, easy, and energy efficient which makes it one of the best ways to cook in our modern times. It is extremely popular in the US as well as in Europe and Asia and is growing in popularity all the time.
This is exactly the reason we have produced this step-by-step guide on how to use an induction cooker for cooking.
While some may think that it’s natural, there is a lot to think about when it comes to cooking especially if you’re using a new induction cooker that you have never tried before. Take your time reading the instructions and getting to know the product before you jump in and try to use it, it’s more than likely that you’ll get a better outcome if you do your research.
Research Before You Purchase
Induction cookers aren’t for everybody and we understand that. If you do your research, take a look at the induction cooktops available to you, and think about your budget; if something doesn’t seem right then you don’t have to buy one. While they’re popular with people who love cooking, there are other options you can go with. Research everything before you make a decision including the model and style of the induction cooktop you want.
There are so many different types you can choose from that you wouldn’t want to buy one then realize that a better one exists for a similar price. While there are portable ones (that people claim are amazing) there are also ones you can have installed in your kitchen which is ideal for some people.
The internet is a great place to find out everything you need to know, so if you’re looking at a certain make or style then you can always look it up on Google for reviews and what people rate the induction cooker. You have to do this before you purchase your induction cooker and before you even start to cook. Once you’ve purchased your induction cooker then the magic begins.
Ensure All Your Cookware is Compatible
A common mistake many people make is that they don’t buy compatible cookware to match their induction cooker – and we don’t mean the same color. There are only certain pieces of cookware that work on an induction cooker, so you have to ensure you have compatible cookware in your kitchen.
Plug it in and Switch it On
This step is pretty standard but nevertheless an important step in the guide of how to cook using an induction cooker. The type of model will determine on how it works; while some have touch controls others use buttons so make sure you read your instruction guide for a more in-depth and personal guide of how to use your induction cooker for the first time.
Remember though that the induction cooktop will not get hot, it will only start to heat up when the pan is put on the surface of the cooker, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look like it’s doing anything even if you’ve plugged it in and switched it on.
Choose Your Pan
Depending on what you’re cooking you may choose a different pan each time you use your induction cooker. If it’s your first time using it then we would suggest you try boiling some water on it. This is to ensure everything works properly, because if it doesn’t then you may have to go back to the store where you got it from.
Once you have checked that it works, you can cook your meal with pride and know it’s going to taste delicious. One of the best things about having an induction cooker is that you can leave your meal simmering (if it needs it) without a worry that it will boil over; when the cooker suspects that the meal is cooked it will automatically turn down the heat and not allow for the pan to overflow during the cooking process.
Clean Everything Up
Once you’ve cooked your meal successfully you can start to clean up your surfaces including the induction cooker. You will be extremely surprised that the cooker doesn’t actually heat up so as soon as you’ve taken off your pan and waited a few minutes then the surface should be touchable.
This is where the induction cooktop differs a lot from other cooktops such as gas or electric. If you have spilled anything on the cooker while you’ve been cleaning then just be careful and clean it up as soon as possible to ensure that it doesn’t get stuck or burn the next time you use your cooker.
Induction cookers are a great invention and they’ve helped so many people improve their cooking throughout the last few decades. They’re only improving as time goes on too so you can rest assured that your induction cooker will live up to any expectations you have.