The Power of Induction Cooking
In the appliance world, everything is hot and cold (both literally and figuratively in these unique times). Fortunately, induction cooking is one of the hottest and coolest trends of the year.
What is induction cooking and how does it work?
At Billy Wood Appliance, our knowledgeable sales team receives questions about induction cooking but the main question we still hear is…what IS induction?Induction cooking was first displayed in the United States at the National Association of Home Builders Convention in 1971. Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for decades where gas is not always available and energy efficiency is king in German engineering.
Induction cooking takes place on a cooktop or on the surface of your range. Unlike radiant electric cooking, the induction cooking process creates friction between the cooking surface and your pots and pans to create precise heat on cookware rather than your cooking surface. As a result, when the pot and pan is removed from the induction cooking surface, the heat dissipates almost immediately which means you never have to worry about burnt food adhering to a hot surface after you’ve switched off your appliance. How cool is that? Literally!
The instant friction created by placing a properly sized pot and pan on an induction cooking surface also helps create a fast boil so you and your family can sit down to your delicious Sunday dinner faster than with gas or radiant electric cooking. If you’ve found yourself frustrated with the temperature control on a gas or radiant electric cooktop, you’ll love the responsiveness of induction which can help maintain lows and highs more easily due to consistent temperatures.
What would I need to install an induction cooktop or range in my home?
As with any appliance, you will want to learn more about the electrical requirements needed to install induction in your home by reviewing the specifications on the product you are interested in purchasing.
Beyond making sure that your kitchen has the required power to serve your new induction appliance, you may need to invest in a new set of pots and pans. To test your current set of pots and pans, take your favorite refrigerator magnet and see if it sticks to the bottom of your cookware. Clad pots and pans from brands like All-Clad or Demeyere can be used on induction but many cookware brands will list induction-ready as a feature.
If you don’t already have gas established at your home, the expense of adding a buried liquid propane tank at your home can be considerable if you live in many neighborhoods throughout the Lowcountry that do not offer natural gas as an option.
Although induction can require a bit more upfront product investment and might cost you a new set of pots and pans, installing induction in your kitchen can save you money down the line because it will never require you to refill an LP tank.