Induction stove tops utilize advanced technology to cook foods faster with more accurate temperatures. Solids and liquids are heated via a magnetic frequency that creates an electric current within the pots and pans used. In order for process to be successful, the cookware has to contain a layer that is magnet attracting. Ordinary cookware will not work on an induction stove top. Special cookware is required. There are new pot and pan sets specifically designed for induction cookware for 2017. They range in pricing, quality, and performance.
The first thing to look for is cookware that indicates it is “induction ready” right on the box. It is interesting to note that induction cookware can also be used on traditional stove tops. If purchasing pots and pans as a shower, wedding, or birthday gift, it is best to find a set that can be used on an induction stove just in case. The receiver can still use the gift if they have a regular stove. Check to make sure the bottoms of all the pieces are flat. That will reduce the noise level because vibration will be minimal. Vibration can also cause lightweight lids to fall off the pots and pans while cooking. Seek sets that have heavier lids to avoid that occurrence. Sturdy handles are essential to ensure they will remain tightly in place. It is easy and quick to compare sets online. Pricing is typically lower than in retail stores and customers can compare several options side by side. Selection is also better online.
Induction stove tops have other advantages as well. There is no heat loss while cooking, and the surface does not get hot. That makes the stove safer, especially around young children, because it cannot burn the skin. There are minor disadvantages with this type of stove. A fan is needed to dissipate the heat created by the process, which can be a bit noisy, depending on the design and performance of the fan mechanism. The cookware is initially more expensive than traditional pots and pans, but will last longer. Foods cannot be charred on an induction stove top. That may not be preferable for people who prefer their meats blackened, or wish to char peppers and other vegetables in a frying pan.