You may have seen our recent posts on social media about induction cooking, but are you still asking yourself “why should I make the switch?” Well, there are multiple benefits to cooking with induction that you may want to consider. Plus, you can try an induction cooktop for free by checking one out from SCP!
Induction is short for “electromagnetic induction”. With induction cooktops, heat is produced directly into the pan, not the cooktop surface. Induction allows you to set the exact temperature you desire, giving you more control and accuracy while cooking.
The direct heating method of induction means that the exposed cooking surface around the cookware remains cool to the touch, preventing burns and making spilled food easy to wipe up.
Not only does induction cook your food faster than gas or resistance electric cooktops, it also delivers roughly 80% of its energy to the food in your pan. In comparison, a traditional gas cooktop retains only about 40% of the heat it produces.
You are no longer exposed to a red-hot stovetop surface (or coil), or an open flame. Additionally, induction cooking is safer because it doesn’t produce carbon monoxide or other byproducts of gas combustion, eliminating a major source of air pollution in your home.
Because induction relies on electromagnetism, only pots with a magnetic bottom (steel and iron) can transfer heat. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go out and buy all new cookware. If a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pots and pans you already have, they'll work with induction.
Because of its speed, energy efficiency, safety, and easy clean-up, induction cooking is quickly becoming the wave of the future.
We invite you to borrow an induction cooktop and test it out for yourself! Try cooking carbon-free today by requesting one online at https://sonomacleanpower.org/programs/induction-cooking, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.