Wondering if Induction Cookware is Right for You? Here’s a Comparison between Gas and Induction Cooking

Before making the decision here is a detailed comparison between gas and induction cooking. The information will help you which technology best compliments your cooking style. However, here’s a brief discourse on induction cookware for the benefit of people new to the technology.

What is Induction Cooking?

Induction cooking is the most efficient, accurate and energy conserving cooking method available today. In induction cooking, electromagnetic waves, housed under a ceramic cooktop surface heat up the cookware placed on it without heating up the ceramic top.

The non-stick induction cookware must be made from magnetic metals such as steel or iron for heating to occur. The magnetic properties of the cookware allow it to gather energy from the underlying circuit and in the process, it becomes hot. Cookware made with aluminum, Pyrex and copper don’t work with induction cookers. However, there are some nonstick induction cookware made from copper and aluminum that play well with induction.

The standard gas burner, on the other hand, heats up first before heating the cookware. The transfer of heat between a gas burner and the cookware is not efficient, leading to energy loss. However, with induction cookware, heating occurs within the cookware, heating up the food directly. Once you take the cookware off the ceramic top, heat transfer stops immediately since you break the circuit.

Advantages of Induction Cooking

With induction cookware sets, chances of getting burns are rare compared to other cooking methods. Even when you place your hand on the cooktop, you find that it’s relatively cool. On the contrary, gas or electric cooktops continue to be sweltering even long after cooking. Because do not have to worry about gas leaks when using induction cooktops is also an added advantage.

Additionally, non-stick induction cookware is easy to clean compared to gas or electric cookware. The reason is with gas cooking the heat rises to the very top of the cookware where it cooks food. The food then sticks to the cookware, making it harder to clean. With induction, however, the heat stays near the bottom of the cookware. Therefore, there’s no residue at the top of the cookware.

Secondly, you might be pleased to know that induction cooking hardware is super easy to clean. The cooktop is made from ceramic or glass allowing you to wipe it easily right after cooking. With gas and electric cookers, you have to wait for the cooking element to cool down before cleaning it. If you don’t, you risk nasty burns.

Cons of Induction Cooking

There are no clear cons when it comes to induction cookware sets. As already demonstrated, the cooking technology has a lot to offer. However, some people feel put off by induction cooktops because they cannot see a visible fire. With gas cookers, you can see when something is ‘cooking’ by relying on the visible flame from the burner, and you can control the flame with a set of knob controls.

When using induction cookers and nonstick induction cookware, there’s no visible flame. The only way to control the cooktop is with a dial that doesn’t tell you very much about the ‘cooking’. This is purely a matter of preference, not a disadvantage.