The 6 Best Induction Cookware Sets
What is Induction Cooking?
Pros of Induction Cooking
Induction cooking has been around of years but only recently gained the reputation for temperature accuracy and power in the kitchen. There are many benefits that can be had including:
- Quick Temperature Adjustment -This is the single most reason why chefs love induction. The cooking heat increases and decreases extremely fast and with great accuracy. No longer do you have to wait long for water to boil. In fact it cuts down your cooking time immensely!
- Zero Heat Loss – Since induction transfers heat directly through it’s electromagnetic field, your induction pans will absorb all the energy directly. Any surface that is not in contact with the induction stovetop will not be transferred.
- Safety – Your induction stovetop remains cool so you can’t be burned when you touch it. This is especially important for young children and for you in the kitchen.
- Health – Since the induction stovetops only use electro magnetic energy, they do not burn gas that could harm your health.
Cons of Induction Cooking
Induction technology is quite safe overall however, there are some cons you should consider:
- Induction Ready Cookware – Since induction only works through electromagnetic fields, pots and pans that are not induction ready will not work on the induction cooktop. For example, cookware that will not work are aluminum cookware, copper cookware, glass and pyrex cookware. Not to worry, we will discuss this in further depth later on.
- Noise – Although induction is a noise free process, the electromagnetic coils produce heat. This heat gets trapped and needs to be dissipated through the use of a fan which generates some noise. Alternatively, sometimes a feint “ticking” noise can be heard from the coil power cycling.
- No Charring Effect – Some serious chefs require a nice char when cooking food such as steaks. Due to the lack of an open flame, induction cooktops will not be able to char.
Before buying induction pans or induction cookware set, make sure you follow these strategies to save yourself time and money.
1. “Induction ready cookware” – Realize that not all cookware is induction ready and those that are, are indicated on the packaging. Induction ready cookware has only been popular in the past decade and reading the package label will inform you.
2. Make sure your induction cookware set has a flat bottom. Bottoms that are uneven can vibrate and make a lot of noise on the glass surface.
3. Take note of the weight of the lid for pots and pans. At high power, lighter lids can vibrate intensely and fall off the pot or pan when the contents inside are bubbling.
4. Pan and pot handles that are poorly attached will often vibrate at high power. Make sure your cookware has sturdy handles.
5. Beware of clad cookware that has a sandwich of metal layers. Typically this would be stainless steel on the outsides that covers the aluminum or copper in the inside. This type of induction cookware allows for more even cooking, however, there is a buzzing sound that is created due to the inside metal vibrating at a different speed than the outside layer. Some people have found this high pitch sound annoying while others find that the noise is typically very soft. Higher quality and high end clad cookware should not be a problem.
6. Not all “stainless steel” cookware will work on induction stovetops. Some of the best stainless steel cookware consist of several layers of metal on the base. One sure test is to take a fridge magnet to the base of the stainless steel cookware and see if it sticks to the bottom.
7. Shopping for induction cookware online can be easy if you look for “induction ready cookware” or “induction cooktop cookware” in the product descriptions. These days, most of the induction pans and induction cookware sets readily provide this information on the product website as well.
8. Shopping for induction cookware in store can also be easy if you bring along a magnet. Simply hold the magnet to the bottom of the induction cookware to see if attracts, then it will tell you whether or not the cookware is induction ready.