You’ve probably heard that induction cooktops are superior to gas or electric cooktops but have you ever wondered what makes it unique? If you haven’t heard about this method of cooking it means you still think gas and electricity are the ultimate cooking methods. Well, they aren’t. Science has made cooking faster, easier and more efficient.
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Induction Cookware Vs Gas Cookware
While many European kitchens already have this type of cooktops available, many US homeowners still depend on gas. However, this cooktop is gradually becoming popular and for good reason. Here are some things you should consider when choosing a cooking appliance:
Consider The Heat Generation
Induction is unique because it relies on electromagnetic energy to conduct heat directly into the cooking pans. This is different from the gas cookers that use heating elements or burners to heat the cookware from under the pot before the energy can be passed to the food. Induction appliances simple employ magnetic activity that propels the iron atoms into generating heat. There are many benefits of this feature some of which will be discussed later.
Consider The Speed, Heat Transfer, And Control
The importance of having an energy efficient home cannot be overemphasized. From picking living room appliances to kitchen appliances, energy saving is the way to go. By using induction cooking methods, you’ll make your kitchen more energy efficient. This is because 80% to 90% of the energy produced by the induction appliance is transferred to the food directly. It heats the food up faster and gives you more control over your cooking. These cooktops can effectively cook your delicate sauce that requires low heat without burning it and still boils your water fast when the setting is changed. When you cook with gas, only 38% of the energy produced is transferred to the food.
Consider The Popularity
When it comes to popularity, gas wins the trophy. This is because the other cooking method is still fairly new. Not many people know about it and some of those who have heard about it are more comfortable using what they already understand. Not everyone is willing to change their cooking method until they understand how the new method works and how it is more beneficial to them. If you are open minded about what you want, then you’ll be willing to try something new.
Consider The Cost
When it comes to cost, induction appliances take the lead. While they may be more expensive to purchase, you’ll save money in the long run. This is because you don’t need to pay for a regular refill. However, you may also need to buy a new set of magnetic cookware. The good thing is that it will be a onetime purchase. If you want to know if your current cookware can be used on the cookpot, place a magnet under it and see if it sticks. If it sticks, you’re good to go. On the other hand, a gas cooker will cost you a lot of money especially if you’re not connected to a gas line. You’ll need to pay for installation and refill from time to time.
If you want to make your home more energy efficient, save money, and get the most out of your cooking, you should consider induction cooktops. If you don’t like change, want something that is readily available, and are very careful in the kitchen, you should use a gas cooker.