Although cooking on the induction top sounds appealing, not everyone is familiar with the specifics of its use. Which cookware types are compatible with it, or how to spot one. These are the questions everyone unfamiliar or new to cooking on induction tops is probably asking.
To help you and every other person with the same question, here’s a guide on how to tell if cookware is induction ready. You might have it at home but don’t know how to check, or want to buy new cookware but want to make sure that you can use it on your new magical stove. Well, here’s everything you need to know about induction compatible cookware.
The Science Behind Induction Cooking
Before we proceed into listing every type that can be used on these stoves, let’s see how induction stoves work. The science behind these energy-saving and extremely efficient cooktops isn’t hard to understand. In oppose to other types of cookware tops, this one used electromagnetic induction to transfer heat directly to a cooking vessel.
Instead of heating the panel or burner than converting that heat to a pot, the induction top transfers heat through a copper coil using alternating electric current. This results in the oscillating magnetic field being wirelessly transmitted to a cooking vessel. This further leads to creating heat out of thin air in your pot and instantaneous rise in temperature.
Most professional chefs prefer using induction tops because:
- It’s a fast and efficient way to cook
- It saves energy and time apparently
- The remaining parts of the cookware ( interior walls and handle) remain cool
- It’s very easy to clean as the glass panel doesn’t burn food spillage
How to Spot an Induction Ready Cookware?
There are several ways to find out whether a specific cookware type or model is induction top compatible. Some are easier than others, and there are even methods that are only applicable in certain scenarios.
Now that you have the right tools, you can start cleaning. Be sure to follow each step carefully to ensure you don’t damage the cookware or drastically shorten its lifespan. Also, avoid skipping steps as each has an intended effect.
Using a Magnet
This one is pretty easy, as all you’ll need is a magnet of any size or shape. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just as long it does have electromagnetic properties. Take your pan, pot, or cooking vessel and flip it backward so that the base is facing upwards.
Place the magnet and notice if it’s sticking or not. If there are any metals in the pan, the magnet will react, stick, and therefore make it evident that the cookware is induction top compatible. If it doesn’t stick at all or just barely, that cookware won’t work on your new stove. You don’t have to turn the pan upside down, but be sure to try this technique on the outer side of the base on your pan.
Looking for The Induction Ready Sign
The second easiest method to determine whether cookware is compatible with induction stoves or not is looking for a specific marking. You can check the box, user guide that came with your cookware, or on the surface of a pan/pot.
The sign you’re looking for represents coils of an induction top. So if you notice anything that resembles this marking, it’s safe to use it on an induction top. Sometimes it can be on the base of the pan; sometimes, on the handle, it really depends on the brand and model.
Inquiring About The Construction Method of a Cookware
If you’re the type of person that inspects thoroughly every product before buying it, this method will probably be your first choice. Knowing exactly which construction method was used in a specific model of cookware, or from which materials it’s made of can imply if it’s induction top ready.
Cast iron metals will work on these stoves, but so stainless steel if the model is made from a magnetic grade of steel. Other types like ceramic and aluminum won’t work in most cases. However, if they contain alloys in which the predominant material is iron or metal they will work on induction tops.