Having a brand new induction top in your kitchen can change your perspective about cooking. Knowing that you can make a meal within minutes, without making a mess, is undoubtedly an appealing idea. This eliminates any thoughts that can draw you away from preparing a mouth-watering breakfast. You won’t waste time waiting for a pan to preheat, the food is made almost instantly, and there’s no cleaning afterward.
However, you will need to know how to use your induction cookware set to get almost-instant meals. You can’t use just about any cookware; more importantly, induction cookware requires special care. Knowing this can save you a lot of time and money as you can easily ruin your cookware with improper use. To avoid all this, here’s everything you need to know about using this cookware on an induction stove.
Common Sense in Everyday Use
There are things that you probably already know about cooking with induction-ready cookware, and this is called common sense. However, it’s best to go over these common rules. You never know if you misunderstood something or took for granted. For example, many people confuse scratch-resistant properties on cookware to scratch proof. And there’s obviously a difference as one provides full protection against scratches while the other protects the surface only partially.
Misinterpreting this simple feature can lead to damaging the finish on your cookware or even leeching, which is very dangerous. So to avoid all these, let’s go over the most basic rules when using induction compatible cookware.
- Always clean after and before using it
- Don’t leave an empty pan on a burner
- Avoid using abrasive sponges or cleaning agents
- Learn how to store your induction-ready cookware
- Don’t submerge scorching hot cookware into cold water
These are the basics of using induction cookware that everyone should stick to. Wondering about the details behind each do and don’t? Stick with us, as well as explain each rule in detail.
Cleaning and Keeping It Ready for Use
Before you can cook with your brand new induction kitchenware, you need to wash it. The same rule applies if you didn’t use it for a while and suddenly choose to make a quick meal. The reason why you can’t use it straight from the box is because of dust specs. As you know already dust is everywhere, and naturally, it can appear on your induction cookware as well. Cooking with dirty cookware will create stains that aren’t easy to clean. Also, it’s just not healthy.
Use warm water and wash away the entire surface, inside and outside. Afterward, use a soft sponge to clean any remaining dirt and dry it properly. Only then should you proceed towards cooking with your induction cookware.
Things to Avoid
Cooking usually requires a stir or two. Having scratch-resistant induction cookware allows you to move those kitchen utensils more freely around the base. This does not mean that you can cut meat in it or use steel kitchen utensils to scrape grease and fat from the bottom of your cooking vessel. This can lead to damaging the surface even though it’s scratch resistant. Having scratch-proof cookware is an entirely different story.
It’s also best to avoid using abrasive sponges to clean the interior of your pots and pans. Use soft sponge warm water and nonabrasive cleaning aid only. This is to ensure that the pan keeps it’s nonstick features and lifespan. You can use the abrasive or rough side of the sponge to clean the exterior of your pans ( especially cast iron), as it’s much easier this way and doesn’t affect its properties.
Another thing that you should pay attention to when cooking on induction or any other stove is overheating your pan/pot. Never leave an empty pan on a hot burner as it will get hot spots no matter how durable the cookware is. Also, some brands still use toxic materials that are released only when the kitchenware is exposed to open flame, extremely high temperatures.
Storing Your Induction Cookware
If you have induction cookware that’s specifically designed to stack easily and therefore take less space, skip this one. However, if you have regular cookware, you should find a good place to store it. Not too humid, no too cold, but more importantly covered. Leaving it on the open like on the top of your home appliance or pantry will make it full of dust after a while. This means that you will have to clean every single time before using it.
So pick a good place to place all of your kitchen utensils and make sure that it’s easily accessible. This makes cooking even more enjoyable as you’ll always have the right cookware in front of you.
Preserving Its Features
To ensure that your cookware keeps its features, it’s important to stick to these basic rules and common sense. Don’t do anything that could deteriorate, impact quality or lifespan of your cookware. As we’ve mentioned above, this includes washing techniques to proper use and handling while cooking. Induction top cookware isn’t exactly cheap, so the least you can do is make it last. Provided that you use it properly, it can indeed last a lifetime.