This article will discuss how the induction cooktop is used in the kitchen and what best practices should be followed when cooking with this appliance.
Steps to Follow When Using Portable Induction Cooktop:
The first step is to ensure the induction cooktop is plugged in and switched on. The power symbol should be lit up.
The second step is to place either a pot or pan in the center of the induction cooktop and bring it close enough. Placing it too far away will not work.
The third step is to ensure the pot or pan is magnetic, non-metallic and does not contain copper or aluminum. Metals like copper and aluminum will not work with induction cooktops. Some non-magnetic materials like glass, ceramic, silver, gold and select plastic will work.
The fourth step is to place food in the pot and place the pot on the induction cooktop. The food should be able to fit inside the pot.
The fifth step is to set the temperature on the induction cooktop control panel. The control panel should have clear temperature settings, such as a knob or buttons that only allow for pre-set temperatures. The temperature controls are usually at the top of the induction cooktop. The temperature setting should match the food or set it to high.
The sixth step is to turn on the induction cooktop and place it on high heat. The heating element will heat the pot or pan placed on it, cooking the food inside. Choose a temperature that matches the food being prepared.
The seventh step is to ensure the heated area is kept free of debris through regular inspection and cleaning. A dirty induction cooktop will not function properly, if at all, and should be cleaned immediately to prevent damage. Remove any spills immediately with a smooth cloth or sponge dampened with water. Spills on the induction cooktop can also be removed by using soap and water.
The eighth step is to turn off the induction cooktop when cooking is complete. Unplugging the cooktop will prevent any further damage.
The ninth step is to inspect the induction cooktop for any damage or wear and tear. If it has been experiencing an immense amount of use, there may be marks on the heating surface, such as burn marks, stains or cracks at the bottom of the unit. These should be removed immediately.
The tenth step is to clean the induction cooktop before storing or putting it away. Use a damp cloth and soap when cleaning the inside and outside of the unit, removing all grease and dirt from its surface. The induction cooktop should be dried before wrapping it up in a cloth or bag, removing any chance of rusting. Metal marks may occur if there is moisture left on the surface of the induction cooktop.
The working mechanism of Portable induction cooktops:
Induction cookers have a coil of copper wire or aluminum that is designed to interact with magnets. Induction cooking relies on the magnetic properties of electricity and using electromagnetic fields to generate heat, reducing the need for flames. The machines are made up of two coils, one inside the unit and one inside the pan and when these are brought near each other, they generate heat in both. The coils are then made to match each other so that a magnetic field is created between them, and as the machine is in motion, the electromagnetic fields continue to transfer energy from one coil to the other.
The cookware should fit inside the cooktop so that all of the pan’s surface area is covered by the induction coil. Using pans too large can prevent good heat distribution because they cover a larger surface area than necessary and result in uneven heating.
When using glass pans with induction cookers, choosing brands made explicitly for induction cooking is important because different materials require different heating levels. Using glass pans that are not designed for induction cooking can result in glass cracking from thermal shock.
If you have trouble getting your cookware to work with your induction cooker, try using it in a lower temperature setting. Some cookware that does not have a magnetic bottom or non-magnetic materials may require longer to heat up than other cookware. In this case, lowering the temperature setting will reduce the time it takes for the pan to heat up and allow for successful induction cooking to occur.
Induction cookers offer an excellent choice for the kitchen. They are a good alternative to conventional electric and gas cooktops, used for many years.
The use of induction cookers has become more prevalent in recent years, mainly due to the convenience of cooking on demand. Moreover, induction cookers are safer than gas units because they are fitted with safety devices and controls that automatically switch off should a problem arise.