Electric To Induction Stove: What You Need To Know

Replacing your old stove? You'll need these cooking tips on your new induction stove.

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Are you using a new induction stove? Did you switch from an electric or a gas stove to this modern stove? If you have, you may have noticed that you have to change the way you cook using this new stove. That's because it works differently from the electric stove and even more differently from your old gas stove.  

You need to learn how to make your induction stove into your new best friend in the kitchen. Here's what you need to know to use an induction stove to its best advantage: 

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1 Use the right cookware. 

Cookware is the biggest difference you will need to change. Not all cookware will work on an induction stove. To discover if you need to change your entire set of cookware to a new set, take a magnet and place it on the bottom of each pot and pan. If the cookware is magnetic and the magnet sticks to it, it will work on an induction stove since that is what will trigger the heating coils. 

If you do find you need another set of cookware or need better cookware, choose heavy-bottomed cookware whether if it's induction-ready or not. Heavy-bottomed pots and pans will resist warping that comes with the way that the induction stove works.

If you want to save money and not buy an entire set of cookware just yet, you might need an induction stove plate on top of the stove before using your non-induction-ready cookware.    

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2 Note the program settings. 

Even better, read the manual so you know exactly what the program settings are best used for. The program settings are useful if you're cooking exactly what it indicates. However, the settings can be confusing if you do not know what it does. 

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Not only that, many induction stoves may not be as accurate as it would seem when it comes to the power it produces to heat your cookware. To better understand what those numbers mean, if the setting is in wattage, it's usually a range from 150 (warm) up to 2000 (high heat). Basically, the higher the setting, the hotter it will make your pan while using up more energy. 

The setting you program it to may instead show the temperature (in Celsius). It's aiming to heat your cookware to that temperature and will try to maintain that temperature as you're cooking. If the numbers have the degree sign and range from 60 degrees C to 240 degrees C. Most cooking is done at around 180 degrees C so if you're stir-frying beef broccoli or searing steaks, you can jack it up to 240. If you're deep-frying, lower it down to 180 so your fried chicken doesn't burn before it's cooked through.     

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3 An induction stove heats up fast.  

Unlike your electric or gas stove, the induction stove heats up incredibly fast. Be ready to start cooking earlier than you planned because preheating your pan can be in 60 seconds or even less. This may be the biggest advantage of using an induction stove.

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Since it heats up so fast, there is no need to waste time or energy waiting for the pan to heat up to temperature. You can start cooking almost as soon as you turn on the stove, and that's a win-win for you, your dish, and your stove.

Induction stoves are the stove of the future. It's a safer option for many homes so it's a good idea to learn all you need to know about using this kind of stove. 

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