When it comes to the kitchen, design is dictated by the fact that there are some things you need to have in that room. A fridge freezer, an oven and a stove are pretty much par for the course. When we look heating our pans, we tend to think about gas or electric cook-tops first. Obviously, they have been around for years and do the job very well.
However, a new player has entered the arena and that is magnetic induction heating. IKEA has brought out an induction cook-top because this is a very impressive and effective new method of cooking.
Induction works by creating a magnetic field that reacts with the metal of the pan. This means that the whole pan becomes the heating element. It is this that cooks your food, rather than the heat coming from below.
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Now, this can prove to be much more effective than gas or traditional electric cooking in many ways. For a start, because it’s the pan that gets hot, the cook-top remains a lot cooler. Food won’t stick and burn to the surface and you could clean immediately with a paper towel. This is much safer for the person cooking.
Also, the level of heat control is instant. This is as fast as gas cooking and much faster than an electric ceramic cook-top, which has elements that can take a while to cool if you lower the temperature.
But the main selling point has to be the speed. Because it uses the pan as the element, you can cook a lot faster. In fact, a pint of water will take around three minutes with a gas cook-top. With induction, you can boil in only a minute and a half.
It’s also almost 84% more energy efficient compared to gas cooking. All in all, an IKEA induction cook-top can prove to be a time and money saver over the long term. You don’t even have to buy all new pots and pan contrary to what you may have heard. If a magnet can stick to the bottom of the pan, it’s suitable for induction heating.
Halit is a writer and contributes impartial appliance reviews to Appliance Reviews.