Where standard cooktops use natural energy sources for cooking food, induction cooktops create heat itself. So, no pollution! Well, how to cook food on induction cooktop? Let’s learn in this quick post.
Ever rubbed your hands on each other on wintery days! Your hands get warmer as friction gets created due to push & pull behavior. The same principle is applied in the working of induction cooktops.
Induction uses electromagnetic radiation to cook food inside the cookware. You turn on the induction, and the electric current passes through the copper, which is a heating element. After that, you put a ferromagnetic vessel over the stove. The electric currents pull the electrons inside the utensil towards it, and however, the utensil’s electrons resist this push. Due to the constant push & pull battle, heat energy is generated. This, in turn, cooks your food.
Well, how do you cook food inside an induction? Let’s decode it in this short post.
What’s in it for me?
1. How to switch on induction?
2. How to cook on an induction cooktop?
3. How to clean the induction after cooking?
4. Storing the induction after use
5. Induction cooktop Features Explained
So, let’s dive deep into this short post.
How to switch on induction?
It’s easy! I hope you’ve installed the built-in or portable induction already! A built-in cooktop requires the technician to fix it, and you may need to cut the countertop to install it properly. After that, it’s time to start cooking.
Before switching on induction, place induction-friendly cookware on its top.
Keep the surroundings of cookware and induction-free to allow air to vent through.
Place the food to be cooked inside the cookware. Then, switch on the button.
We place cookware before switching on the cooktop because it avoids the stray EMF flow. Also, ideally, a cooktop switches off itself if it detects no cookware within 10-60 seconds. So, to avoid this hassle, we put cookware before turning the induction on!
Safety tips to remember before you cook:
1. Keep the right-size cookware in the right-size heating zone for even cooking.
2. Align the heating zone’s center with a ring drawn on the cooktop surface.
3. Never drag utensils over the induction. Gently put cookware straight onto the induction and remove it the same way.
How to cook on induction cooktop?
Trust us; you would love cooking on induction! Yeah, it takes a learning curve when you start induction cooking. But, it’s super-fast and super-easy as you progress.
Gently place the induction-compatible cookware over the cooktop. Switch on the induction stove. (Follow the procedure said above in this post)
Set the plug inside the power outlet. The power outlet must be switched off while you place the pin. Switch it on afterward!
Place the ‘power on’ button on the control panel, and it could be one-touch or long-press. Check the owner’s manual if you’re confused.
This step applies to appliances having multiple rings. There is a sensor on the control panel, and choose the right ring suitable for cooking or heating based on the sensor’s directions.
Use +/- buttons existing on the cooktop, and one uses them to increase or decrease power or temperature and time. For instance, use low-temperature control for cooking cuisines that require slow cooking.
Power off the induction after use.
How to clean the induction after cooking?
Once the food is cooked, it’s time for induction cleaning! Follow the steps:
● Wipe the induction base with a wet pad or towel. Use cream or mild-detergent alongside.
● If any, to remove stubborn stains, use a scraper by applying optimal pressure. Apply white vinegar or special creams for hard stains. Dab the cloth and rub the stained areas.
● Finally, wipe with a dry & soft cloth. Check Here for details guide how to clean an induction stove
Never use a lot of water while cleaning up the induction. Remember, it’s a piece of electric equipment. Remove another cream with a damp pad or wipe with a soft dry cloth.
Storing the induction after use
Follow the steps:
1. Before storing, the induction must be completely dry.
2. Cover the induction cooktop with a dry cloth. It makes it durable!
3. Store the cooktop somewhere at a handy place. You require it for the next cooking session sooner! (Only possible in case of portable induction cooktops and not built-ins.)
Happy cooking with induction!
Induction cooktop Features Explained
Induction comes with many cool features!
What if I tell you that you can control the induction settings remotely? Yes, you can while sitting or standing at a distance.
Busy in other kitchen tasks? Overwhelming to cope up with faster induction cooking? Take a break. Use the ‘pause’ function.
Delay set function
Wish to cook cuisine a little later? Use the Delay set function, and your induction will initiate cooking at a future time.
Use a variety of present menu programs for delicious cooking! Power functions like a grill, boil, steam, stir, fry, warm, hotpot, etc. Just select the part. Timing & heating will be taken care of by induction. (Applies in case of most-featured inductions, exceptions can be there!)
Also, use a wok on an induction depressed area. It allows excellent stir-frying, roasting, steaming, pan-frying, etc.
Never risk an accidental change in cooking settings! With a child lock function, lock the cooking programs and let the induction continue cooking.
Residual heat light flash
Once cooking is done, the induction is still hot for a few minutes. Wait for the heat light to stop flashing or turn from hot to cool. This feature ensures a great user’s safety.
Overflowing and safety controls
Imagine that you kept the food cooking over induction and forgot to switch it off! Well, worrying about fire hazards? PLEASE, DO NOT. Your induction is innovative, and it cuts off when cooking zones are on without program alterations for a longer time.
The higher heat setting turns off automatically in 1 or 1.5 hours, and a lower heat setting keeps on for 9 hours or so.
In conclusion, it’s super-easy to cook with induction. Just use it the right way, as said in this short post.
Follow the safety tips. Use different cooking modes mentioned above! Clean and store the induction cooktop well after use.
And, you’ll be a great induction chef no sooner than later!