What is induction cooking? It's a fast, efficient, and safe cooking method that continues to grow in popularity. The simple shape, structure, and design of the equipment combine with the efficient inner-workings to give powerful heating potential while taking up minimal space in your kitchen so you can increase both versatility and output.
How Does Induction Cooking Work?
Induction cooking refers to the generation of heat through the use of magnetism. Induction units use a series of electrical components and a large, thin coil of copper wire to create magnetic resistance in induction ready cookware. This resistance creates heat in the base of the cookware, as opposed to the surface of the cooker itself, which then heats the food. When the food is done cooking, simply remove the cookware from the induction range and the source of heat is immediately cut off, and both your cookware and range will begin to cool.
Benefits of Induction Cooking
Induction ranges have four major benefits over traditional gas and electric cookers.
How to Choose Induction Equipment
When searching for an induction range, there are some important questions to ask yourself.
How powerful do you need your induction range to be?
Will a simple 1800 watt unit do the job, or do you need something with a little more kick? Commonly, you can find both single-hob and multi-hob units ranging from 450 to 5000 watts. If you want greater power, a potent multi-hob unit is a good choice, but don't underestimate the utility of a single unit either.
If you operate a buffet, consider looking at an induction buffet table to help save on energy costs while keeping food at safe temperatures. Wok ranges are a necessity at Asian restaurants, and soup warmers are a good selection for practically any foodservice establishment. For the most versatility, standard induction ranges or induction griddles are reliable choices.
If you're only planning on using a fry or saute pan on your unit, it's probably a better bet to go with a standard single hob unit. However, if you're looking to make large quantities of food in large containers, consider a multi-hob unit with a larger surface area so that you can expose more of the cookware to heat at one time. We also offer step-up units that save counter space while still offering multiple hobs.
Is My Cookware Induction Ready?
Commonly, induction ready cookware is made of materials with some amount of iron in them, like cast iron, enamel cast iron, and most types of stainless steel. Remember that aluminum, copper, and glass are three materials that will not work with induction equipment unless there is a layer of magnetic material somewhere in the base of the product. If you're not sure about the materials in a certain piece of cookware, simply place a magnet to the bottom of it. If the magnet sticks, then it will work on an induction range. If it doesn't, you'll have to find a substitute.
When shopping for the best induction cookware for your business, make sure to use pots and pans that match up with the size of your induction burners. Most importantly, you should not use cookware that exceeds the size of the burner, otherwise the entire vessel will not be heated.
Look for this symbol to be sure you are ordering induction ready cookware.