Ariel Cooktop April 11th, 2018 - 08:04:03
Part 1 of this series explained how Induction cooktops use magnetic hysteresis loss to directly heat the the pot or pan. Part 2 explained the growing popularity of induction cooking by exploring inductions many advantages over conventional cooking technologies. By this time, you are very likely thinking that induction cooking may be appropriate for your kitchen. However, before purchasing an induction cooktop, there are several things that you should consider. These issues are explained in this installment of the Induction Cooking Explained series. Compatible Cookware Considerations As explained in part 1, induction cooktops work only with cookware made from ferrous materials. Anyone with a significant investment in aluminum, glass, ceramic or non-magnetic stainless steel cookware will need to be aware that these types of cookware will not work on an induction cooktop and should include the cost purchasing new cookware when evaluating the cost of the induction cooktop. However, much of the most popular cookware used on conventional cooktops will work with induction cooktops, so many people will be able to use their existing cookware.
In addition, standard induction elements work only with flat-bottomed pots and pans and are therefore not suitable for use with traditional round-bottomed woks. However, it is possible to buy induction units specifically designed to work with woks, but these units are fairly uncommon in the United States. Furthermore, induction units designed to work with rounds-bottomed woks will work only with woks and will not work with flat-bottomed vessels. Electric Power Considerations Kitchens currently equipped with gas cooktops may not have an adequate electrical circuit available for the induction cooktop. As a rule, a drop-in induction cooktop with multiple burners will require a 220 volt, 40 amp dedicated circuit. Most conventional electric cooktops also require such a circuit, so those people upgrading to induction from conventional electric cooktops are unlikely to have an issue, but anyone upgrading from gas may need to have an electrician install a new electrical circuit for the cooktop. If so, this cost should be considered when evaluating the overall cost of the project. And, even if you are upgrading from conventional electric to induction, you should verify that the existing circuit is adequate for the induction cooktop that you have selected.
4. Energy efficient. Cooktops are especially engineered to conduct heat faster than other cooking devices. This fast heating feature, allows for shorter cooking time thereby saving more time and energy consumption. Effective Ways to Prevent Damage 1. Avoid storing heavy jars or cans on top of or near your cooktop set and most certainly avoid dropping these things on to your cooktop. 2. Do not leave a hot lid on the cooktop. As the cooktop cools, air can become trapped between the lid and the cooktop, and the ceramic glass could break when the lid is removed. 3. Always clean food spills. Never let any food spills cool down and tick onto the cooktop, this can cause pitting and permanent marks. 4. Do not slide cookwares across the cooktop surface to avoid scratches. 5. Do not allow objects that could melt, such as plastic or aluminum foil, to touch any part of the entire cooktop. 6. Use cookware about the same size as the surface cooking area. Cookware should not extend more than ½" (1.3 cm) outside the area. 7. Do not use the cooktop as a cutting board.
Downdraft cooktops are cleaner in their operation. They do not require nearly as much maintenance has hooded cooktops. They save you a lot of space, that you can easily use for other useful things such as cutting up the veggies you want to cook on your downdraft cooktop. There is also no hood above the cooktop, which is cumbersome and noisy. And by saving that much space in your kitchen and by making it quiet, you make your kitchen look very modern indeed. Who wants to be cooped up in a small, noisy kitchen, when you can also be cooking in a large, silent kitchen? Buying a cooktop is no small thing. They are quite pricey. But then again, they also last a long time and are an absolutely essential investment if you want to have the capability of cooking your food. There are many manufacturers that build excellent downdraft cooktops these days. Some examples are KitchenAid, Whirlpool, General Electric, Dacor and Bosch. Pretty much all of them are of at least decent quality. But before you buy any of them, make sure youve thoroughly read their list of features. You dont want to buy a cooktop and then find out it cant do what you wanted it to do so badly.