Everything You Need To Know About Using An Induction Stove

This special stove needs special treatment.

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Are you in the market for a new stove? Do you have a choice between an induction and a typical stove? The choice doesn't have to be too hard if you know the pros and cons of the induction stove. Many buildings are enforcing the use of only electric stoves in apartments and condos, so a lot of home cooks use induction stoves. It runs on electricity just like an electric stove but is much more efficient.

If you're getting your first induction stove, here's everything you need to know about it: 

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1 Check your cookware. 

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There's a reason why induction stoves come with its own pot. It needs a special pot to work. What's so special about these pots? These bottom of these pots are magnetic. That's what you need for the induction stove to work.

You can check if your existing cookware will work on an inductive stove by using a normal magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of your cookware, you don't need to change your cookware at all. If none of your pots have magnetic bottoms, you will need to replace your pots so you can use your induction stove. 

Another option you have if your pots don't work on the induction stove is to use an induction stove adapter. This piece of magnetic steel can be placed over the induction circle, mimicking the magnetic bottom of a pot so it will heat up. Since this will heat up, you can place any cookware on top and use it as if it's an induction-ready pan. 

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2 It heats up fast.

The most fascinating pro about the induction stove is that once on, it will heat up your pan super fast. The heating coils are so effective you can have a pot of boiling water in a few minutes instead of the usual 10 to 15 minutes it would on a normal gas stove or electric stove. 

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This means you need less time to wait to preheat your pan before you can use it. This also means you need to move faster when cooking so you don't accidentally burn your food. Stir frying will be a breeze on an induction stove. 

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3 It adjusts the heat automatically. 

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An induction stove heats up fast but since it's an electric stove, it also has safety features. One of these safety features prevents the stove from becoming overheated. When you've been using the stove for a long time, you may notice that the stove sometimes powers down a little to compensate for the heat. 

Don't be alarmed. It has sensors so as soon as it's not up to temperature, it will power itself back up so you don't lose your heat.  

This pan is coated in a slick, nonstick surface that won't let any food stick to it.
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4 It's easy to clean. 

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This might be the most appealing reason to get an induction stove. Since induction stoves have tempered glass surfaces and no protruding coils or trivet to hold the pot above the heating elements, it's super easy to clean! Any spill is easily wiped away. 

An induction stove is a fantastic stove to replace your existing one. If you're in the market for one, these tips should help you determine if this is the stove you need in your home. 

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