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Induction cooking is very different to most other kinds of cooking.
The use of electromagnetism to provide and transfer hear from hob to pan to food, while the hob itself remains cool enough to touch, brings challenges as well as advantages, and one of the biggest among those challenges is finding pans that not only do the job, but do it well.
In store, there’s a scientific method of finding a good induction pan. Take a magnet with you, and if the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan, you’re onto a winner.
Sounds mystical, but is basically just a proof of electromagnetic conductivity – the process by which induction cooking works.
Online though, there’s no such proof (do not under any circumstances approach your computer with a magnet), and there are plenty of companies selling induction cookware.
How are you supposed to tell what’s what?
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When buying induction pans, there are a couple of things to look out for.
Even Out The Hot Spots
You should demand this of all your pans, but especially in induction cooking, if your pans can’t confidently claim to distribute the heat evenly with no hot spots, leave them on their electronic shelf and step away from the ‘buy’ button.
They might look awfully cute, but if they can’t promise even the basics of even cooking on an induction hob, you’re only buying yourself headaches and a future of yelling ‘Why? Why would you do this to me?’ at moments when you really need them to work. Swipe left and save yourself the pain of future disappointment.
The best induction pans will offer a reliable non-stick surface. Take a look at how the non-stick is non-stick – some older makes might still be using chemicals with a dubious history to help you get your omelette to your plate. Make sure your non-stick is long-lasting and safe, otherwise you’ve invested in a long-living pan with no long-term manners.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t I just use ordinary pans on an induction hob?
No, you really can’t – at least, not without checking. You can use pans that are induction-safe with other heat sources, but the trouble with going the other way is that induction’s a very particular heating system that depends on a reaction between the heat source and the pan. Look for a pan with some ferrous content in its base to make induction cooking work.
Why use induction hobs?
They’re cheap, they’re green and they’re safer than many other types of hob if you have children. They’re cheap and green because they work through the relationship between the hob and the pan, so you’re not heating up surfaces or air with energy you’re paying for, and that has to be generated. They’re child-friendly because the hob itself is cool to the touch should wandering fingers investigate.