Induction Cooking: Great Kitchen Idea!

by : Carey Frankel



If you have been thinking about renovating your kitchen to improve the home's value and allure on the local real estate market then there is a new revolution in cooking that you may want to take a serious look at. Induction cook tops are taking the cooking world by storm and it is said that this type of stove top is the best innovation in cooking technology since the microwave oven. Perhaps the neatest aspect of the induction method of cooking is that unless there is a proper pot on the burner, it produces no heat at all. This is due to the incomplete electromagnetic field that is used to cook food. The field only becomes complete when a compatible pot or cooking vessel in in use. Through the induction technology the pot itself becomes the cooking element and not the element that sits below. The heat is "induced" through the electromagnetic field directly into the contents of the pot so no heat is wasted. As stated before, the pot itself becomes the source of heat and this helps to cook things much more evenly.

This provides significant advantages over regular coil, elements as well as gas ranges and ceramic or glass top units as well. Not the least of which is safety and gives the user immediate and accurate control of the heat that is being used. It is also much easier to clean as substances do not have the opportunity to burn on hot elements. These kind of ranges, while more expensive than traditional range choices, tend to save a lot of money in the long run as they have severely reduced the amount of heat that is lost in the cooking process and as such they are great money savers over time. There is a disadvantage or two at this point, the first being the cost. It's unfortunate that these units are expensive, but most things are when they are new on the market. A second drawback is the fact that one needs to be using pots made of ferrous metal to complete the electromagnetic field. this means that copper, aluminum, glass or ceramic will not work, stainless steel or cast iron are the preferred metals. However this is not a huge problem as these kind of pots and pans are utilized by chefs who are in the know about their cooking utensils. There are some exciting innovations just around the corner so keep your eye out for new revolutions in cooking to come soon!