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Flame-Free cooking…the seduction of Induction!

Posted by Alistair Ward on 19th May 2014

Induction cooking technology is not new to the kitchen appliance market; however there has been a move in recent years by professional cooks away from the more traditional use of gas hobs towards induction, mainly because it offers flame-free cooking.

Induction hobs have been around for the last 20 years but it is only in the last 5 years that they have increased in popularity and accessibility within the home, this is due to the fact they are fast, safe, clean and now much more affordable, with the market price now being half what it was 5 years ago. Once you have cooked on an induction hob you will wonder how you ever managed without it!01_neff-induction

Induction hobs are made from smooth, ceramic glass and the heat coming from a magnetic induction coil heats the cookware but not the cooking surface. They provide the same instant heat adjustment that you receive from a gas hob, but without the drawbacks.

Science Bit – How does Induction work?

Induction cooking uses electromagnetism to create a magnetic field between the pan and a coil beneath the glass top! Basically, electricity is passed through a copper coil magnet within the hob, creating electromagnetic energy. The energy then passes through the top directly into the pan, ‘inducing’ a current which releases heat. The heat transfers directly to the pan rather than the cooking surface, so when you remove the pan the heat is removed and you can touch the surface without burning yourself; very clever!

The Pro’s:

  • Energy efficient – with induction cooking 84% of the energy used is used to cook versus 40% from gas. Making them cheaper and quicker to use than other hobs
  • Quick to heat up and cook – it has the instant adjust benefits that you get from gas with the benefit that once the pan is removed the hob is cool to touch.
  • Safe – without the ferrous pans in contact with the hob there is no heat transference, so no more burning your fingers on the hob.
  • Modern and stylish – this goes without saying! Now available on range cookers, the induction hob will fit seamlessly in any kitchen, blending beautifully.
  • Ease to clean – with the benefits offered from the cool touch surface and the ceramic glass, there is no more waiting for the hob to cool before you can wipe it clean.

The Con’s:

  • You may need to invest in new pans - Pans suitable for an induction hob must be made from magnetisable metal such as cast iron or steel. As a general rule if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pans they will work on an induction hob!

The Induction Seduction…what more can we say, they look great, you are buying a an appliance that is a piece of technology that will change your view of cooking, they will save you time cooking and waste less heat and energy and most importantly they are much safer and more intelligent than any other option.

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