How to Use an Induction Cooktop? Induction cooktops have become a familiar term in modern kitchens. Slowly but surely, it has begun to replace conventional cooktops.
Let me first explain induction cooking.
All of us are aware that heat is created by friction. Since childhood, we have been taught that warming our hands by rubbing them in the cold season is a good way to keep warm.
The hands get warmer the faster you rub them.
The same principle applies to cookware. Instead of friction being caused by friction in the hands, it’s created by electrons within the cookware.
On the other hand, induction cooking heats up from within the cookware.
Although I will be covering induction hobs and their use in detail in the article, let me give you a quick overview.
This is how an induction stove/hob works:
- Turn ON the induction hob.
- Place your induction cookware/cookware on a suitable cooktop ring.
- To turn on the induction cooker, locate the Power switch and press it.
- If you have multiple burners, you will need to select the sensor you want to use.
- To adjust heat, use the +/- sensor buttons
- After cooking, press the power button to turn off your Induction Cooktop.
Induction hobs will not generate heat if there isn’t any cookware on the cooking ring.
The Max Burton Induction Cooktop is an induction stove that’s durable, easy to use, and efficient. You can use it to create a quick and easy cooking experience. It can also be used with induction-friendly cookware, including digital temperature control and safety shutoff.
Induction: How Does It Work?
Induction can be described as a shorthand for electromagnetic induction.
Induction can be turned on by turning on an electromagnetic current. This current flows through a copper coil, also known as the heating element.
Induction-compatible cookware can be placed on top of induction. The currents will pull electrons from the pan into a formation.
The electrons resist formation and react stubbornly. The electrons’ constant pull and push create friction in the cookware.
It is also known as a resistive electricity current. The resistive electric current generates heat, which heats the food.
For the induction systems to work, cookware must be magnetically conductive and ferromagnetic.
What are the benefits of an Induction Cooktop?
The Induction Cooktop is a smart, efficient and safe method for cooking food.
This device makes it easy to cook. You just need to press a few buttons, and the induction does the rest.
It cooks food faster than electric and gas cooktops. Induction cooking allows you to control the temperature and power of your food.
Within seconds, power and temperature can fluctuate from high to low.
It cooks evenly throughout, which is the most exciting feature. There are no undercooked or overcooked parts in one dish.
It is easy to switch on and off and requires only a functioning socket.
It’s far more efficient than electric or gas cooktops. The heat is confined to the cookware and not the area below. This is called the heating zone or burner.
The rest of your cooktop will remain cool to the touch.
You can forget about hot, sweaty kitchen times. It does not emit heat to the surrounding environment because it isn’t equipped with flame or burners. This keeps the chef and the kitchen cool.
It is super easy to install and can be fixed at a lower or higher setting depending on the height and needs of the family.
You can also carry it around in a lightweight form to use it anywhere, indoors or outdoors.
It’s super simple to maintain, doesn’t require any raw materials and is very easy to clean.
It leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed while taking care of your cooking.
Commercial establishments also use induction cooktops.
The food is prepared quickly in restaurants, food trucks and food carts.
The freshness induction is unrivaled and generates profits for the owner.
Induction is a way for restaurants to excel in their craft, rather than just precooking and serving.
This also reduces food spoilage as you don’t have to prepare large quantities of food beforehand.
Let’s not go on with the praises. I’ve been talking for a while about Induction cooktops.
It is a system that I have explained to you, its functioning and the benefits you will get from using it.
Let’s now discuss how to use induction stoves/cooktops.
How to Use an Induction Cooktop
It is easy to use an induction cooktop. You can use an induction cooktop in your daily work with a little knowledge.
This section will explain how to use an Induction Cooktop.
Installation: Getting Started With the Induction Cooktop
Induction can be either a fixed or portable device. In case it is fixed, it must be unpacked and then installed.
It is now ready for use after installation.
If the item is fixed, the company usually sends their labor to install it correctly.
They can adjust to your height and desired location. If this option is not available, make sure you have it installed by a certified technician.
To determine the required voltage and current, read the manual that came with your device. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Check the ceramic glass surface after placement. It should be free from cracks and defects in artistry.
If you happen to be in contact with one, please immediately seek a replacement.
The majority of inductions come with a one-year warranty covering defects in manufacturing and artistry.
You can also check the functions buttons with the help of the owner’s guide.
Use Induction Cooktop Cookware
Induction-compatible cookware is required before you can start to cook.
Check for the induction-friendly label on any cookware you purchase from the marketplace.
The cooking vessel should have a flat, smooth surface and be magnetic.
It must be induction-friendly, meaning it must contain ferromagnetic materials for the induction process. The best stainless steels are magnetic, iron, cast and enameled steel.
Glass, copper, and aluminum are not compatible with the induction process unless they have magnetic properties.
You can test the cookware by placing a fridge magnet on the bottom of the vessel. If the magnet sticks, then the cookware works on induction.
Many people recommend using an interface disk between non-induction vessels or induction cooktops.
It’s a magnetic plate kept between the two plates for cooking.
An interface disc has the disadvantage of slowing down the process of cooking because heat must be transferred from the stove to the disc.
Heat loss is greater. The disc can also heat up to a high temperature to transfer heat, which can cause damage to the cooktop beneath.
If there is an alternative, I wouldn’t recommend that you use an interface disk.
For maximum contact with the cooktop’s surface, ensure a smooth base.
Avoid people with large dents and dings.
Flat-based cookware is best for even cooking.
This is unless you’ve purchased a sunken wok model. Yes, I do. These cooktops are not new, but they are readily available.
A wok with a flat bottom is also a good option (many options are available in the market).
Use high-quality, thick cookware. It will make lots of noise when cooking.
I’ve compiled a list to help you choose the best induction cookware.
Some units will not detect small pots or pans. Refer to the manual for details.
The minimum base size is usually 4 to 5 inches, depending on the hob.
The maximum base size is between 12-14 inches depending on the company model. You can also use “element bridging,” which involves syncing multiple burners.
It’s very efficient to keep grill, cook, and large diameter vessels on such stovetops.
Zoneless units are great for large family gatherings and cooking for many people. They can be shaped and sized to fit the vessel you place on your cooktop.
It is not good for induction cooking to use spoons made from stainless steel, iron, or any other material. Use wooden spoons.
Use the Induction Cooktop while Cooking (Step by Step)
Once the cooktop is installed and you have induction-ready cookware, it’s time to start the cooking.
Placement of cooktops and cookware
- Place the cooktop on a stable, flat and non-metallic surface. To avoid blocking the air vents, leave a gap of approximately 3-5 inches around the induction.
- Clean the bottom of your cookware. Keep the food in the cookware. Next, place the cookware in the heating area according to its size. Place a lid over the cookware to prevent spillage. Depending on the design of your cooktop, you may have one to five heating zones.
- The US has four zones. Most cooktops have clearly defined cooking zones. They also provide clear guidelines for what size cookware suits which zones. Induction cooktops should have a large, flexible, and small cooking area. They are more compatible with a range of sizes of cookware.
- Place the pan in the middle of the heat zone using a ring on the cooktop’s top. To avoid scratches or thumps to your glass surface, lift and place the item and then lift and remove. Don’t drag your utensils onto the glass surface.
- The power cord should be plugged into an electrical socket. The induction should be kept away from any objects affected by the magnetic field, such as a TV, radio, credit card or digital meat thermometer. Before operating the induction, patients with cardiac pacemakers or other devices sensitive to magnetic fields must consult their doctor.
EMF (electromagnetic magnetic field) is produced by induction.
To avoid EMF-induced illness, ICNIRP recommends keeping a minimum of one foot between the cook and the stovetop.
After a certain distance, the emf exposure to radiation is not dangerous. An antimagnetic shield is available on some cooktops to protect them from magnetic radiation.
To avoid EMF strays, we place the cookware in the oven before turning on the induction.
You should also know that some cooktops emit a ringing sound when they turn on. They need the cookware to be in place within 20-30-60 seconds, or they will switch off to conserve heat.
The Induction Cooktop Controls
Next, we will start to work on the control panel. Each induction comes with a control panel with a different set of functions.
Induction control panels have three main types of switch controls.
You can control the rotation knob, press button, or touch sensor using a push-button control.
You can turn on the induction using the on/off button, following the instructions in this guide menu.
To assist you in cooking, the control panel contains these buttons.
Power buttons, temperature buttons, timer buttons, + and – buttons increase and decrease the power/temperature/time.
A panel with LEDs displays the cooking temperatures, power, and other information. Some high-end inductions have LED flames that give the user a sense of the heat.
Inductions can be set to different temperatures and power settings, from low to high. Inductions can also have different timers.
Inductions can only work for 2-3 hours before it shuts down.
Inductions can be set to power by using a power management system. This divides power between the cooking burners.
The maximum power function cannot be set for more than one burner in a single cooking zone.
The other burner will display low power located in the same zone. You can cook two dishes simultaneously with maximum power settings if they are in different zones.
According to the manual, follow the instructions to set the timer, temperature, and power.
The majority of cooktops have an integrated timer that can run for between 1 and 170 minutes, with increments of 1 minute.
Induction cooktops heat quickly and maintain temperatures evenly. It will take practice to become proficient at induction cooking.
If the cooktop shows errors while cooking, please read the instructions booklet to fix it. If the problem persists, contact customer service or your dealer.
Additional Features Buttons
Here are some common settings that you’ll find on most induction stoves
Many inductions include pre-programmed cooking menus. These are preset for specific heat and time for each dish.
Most common menus include hotpot, warm, steam, boil, and stir-fry.
You just need to select the menu button that you like, and the induction will take care of heating and timing.
Wi-Fi or Smart Device Control
These are found in higher-priced Inductions.
These devices allow the user to control the settings from a remote location.
This safety feature is a great asset for most cooktops. This is especially important if there are children in the home.
This feature will lock all buttons and allow the program to continue running.
It prevents accidental changes in settings by the user or children.
It is necessary to activate the cooktop’s child lock by pressing the child lock button for three seconds. To deactivate it again, press the child lock button for three seconds.
For the exact procedure of activation or deactivation, refer to the manual.
This is another safety feature that allows you to pause the program settings. It will then resume cooking if you press again.
This is especially useful in the event of spills. You can quickly restart cooking by taking a quick pause.
This button can also be used to rescue you if you have an urgent need.
Delay Set Button
This button allows you to delay cooking until a later time.
It is useful for multitasking and forgetting. The induction remembers your settings and cooks your food accordingly.
High-end inductions have a specially designed depressed area for the wok.
Follow the instructions to cook in a wok. Wok cooking can be used for steaming, roasting, smoking, pan-frying and stir-frying.
Residual Heat Light Indicator
Inductions often have a residual heat indicator. The cooktop stays hot even after the cooking process is completed.
The light indicates that you should not touch the stovetop.
Before touching the stovetop for cleaning, wait for the flashing light to stop or the hot sign to turn cold.
The fan will cool the induction. Once it has cooled, you can clean the induction safely and store it.
Induction Stove In-built Features Explained
This section will discuss some of the built-in features and their meanings.
Automatic Pan Detection
The induction device has an internal sensor that detects whether cookware is being stored on it.
If there is no cookware on the glass surface, it will beep and shut off within 20-30-60 seconds, depending on the inbuilt sensors.
If you ever lift the cookware during cooking, the cookware will sense that it is missing and shut down.
Some inductions will return to the original setting if the cookware is returned. Others will require you to adjust all settings and restart the cooking process.
Nearly all inductions include a safety cutoff.
If the cooking zone is left on for a prolonged period, without temperature changes, it will automatically cut off or turn off.
The time it takes to trigger the safety cutoff depends on how hot the cooktop is at the time.
The cooking zone will stay on for longer if the temperature is lower.
Certain food types, for example, require very low sims for long hours. Some cooktops can be left on for 10 hours at very low heat settings.
Cooktops with the highest settings will automatically turn off after about one-and-a-half hours.
You should choose a longer safety cut-out period for your cooktop if you have a cooking style that requires continuous cooking.
This safety feature protects against overflows, as the name implies.
The cooktop will sound a beep before being turned off.
Voltage Fluctuation Detection
Some inductions have a voltage detector sensor that warns the user when voltage fluctuates. After this, it shuts off.
Preset programs will cause the cooktop to automatically turn off after the program is completed or go into sleep mode.
The induction may beep to remind you that the set timing has ended in certain cases. To turn it off, press the on button.
Once the cooking is done, take out the cookware and let it cool on the stove.
It should take between 3-5 minutes, and the fan will turn on. Wait for the residual heat indicator to stop flashing or change from hot to cool. The cooktop can now be cleaned and stored.
Take the switch out of the socket.
Are you looking to purchase an Induction Cooktop? You can read my complete buyers guide to learn everything you need before purchasing one.
Storing and Cleaning Induction Cooktop
Use a paper towel or wet sponge to clean the induction cooker.
To rub your toothbrush, you can also use it. Give it some time.
You can avoid scratching the glass surface by using a soft cloth.
It’s not safe to immerse it in water, as it is an electronic gadget. Use a damp cloth to remove any cream and dry it with a towel or pad.
Use a special scrapper at 45 degrees or specialized creams to remove stubborn residues.
Use scrapers for ceramic and glass. Do not use too much pressure. White vinegar is recommended for hard stains.
Rub the area with white vinegar. Next, use a damp towel to wipe the area. Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe the area clean.
Follow the manual’s instructions. Before storing the induction, always wipe it clean and dry it thoroughly.
Place a cover over the induction to prolong its life.
I will now say goodbye and hope that I have ended your hesitation about using an Induction stovetop.
You now know how to use this simple, intuitive, and modern technology in the kitchen.