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How Induction Cooking Works


  • How Induction Cooktops function
  • What are the advantages of Induction cooking technology?
  • How does induction cooking work?


With induction cooking, unlike electric cooking, the electricity flows through a coil to produce a magnetic field under the ceramic cooktop.

  • In induction cooking, the electricity flows through a coil to generate a magnetic field under the glass ceramic surface.
  • When an induction-compatible pan is placed on the cooktop, currents are induced in the pan and instant heat is generated.
  • Induction only works with cooking vessels made of magnetic materials, such as cast iron and magnetic stainless steel. It will not work with aluminum or copper cookware.
  • Induction is faster and more energy-efficient than traditional cooktops.
  • 40% faster temperature response than gas or electric, induction cuts down on prep time too.
  • Induction cooktops do not become extremely hot. The inside of the cookware is hot when cooking, but the burner and top itself is cool to the touch.
  • Induction does not warm the air around it as other fuel types do.
  • Heat is generated from an electric current induced by an electric coil.
  • The cooktop detects when cookware is removed or if the contents of the cookware boil dry by monitoring the voltage drop caused by resistance to the current.
  • Additional functions, like keeping a pot at minimal boil or automatically turning off when the cookware is removed are also possible.
  • Induction cooking has advantages over gas and electric because of the rapid heating and heat consistency with the same control gas provides.

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