What is Induction and how does it work?

What is an induction cooktop??
An Induction Cooktop is a cooking surface that heats by transferring currents from an electromagnetic field located below the glass surface directly to the magnetic induction cookware placed above.
How does it work? While gas and electric stoves heat cookware indirectly by first heating a coil, burner, or producing a flame, induction cooking provides direct heat to the cookware which then passes the radiant energy on to the food. Instead of a heating element, magnets are used to stimulate the atoms inside your cookware and heat the pot or pan. Because induction cooking offers direct heat to cookware, it is an incredibly efficient option that gives the user more control over the cook than the traditional alternatives. Additionally, the heat is directly sourced, which means the temperature tends to stay much steadier than electric or gas ranges as well.
Do you have to get special cookware? YES. Any cookware that features a magnetic base can be used on an induction cooktop surface. Common induction-compatible cookware include cast iron and certain types of stainless steel. Stainless steel pots and pans that have had nickel added to them are non-magnetic and can’t be used with induction. To test your current cookware, you can simply hold a magnet up to the bottom of the pot or pan. If it strongly sticks, then that piece will work. If you’re purchasing new cookware, look for any type of “induction compatible” labeling.
An induction stovetop will not work with non-magnetic materials such as copper or aluminum.
Here are a few things to consider:
* The magnetic field can affect important electronics including digital thermometers.
* There are typically no visual cues that the burner is on, such as a physically hot surface, red coils or a physical flame. The can confuse people and make them wary to try it.
* You’re limited in the type of cookware that can be used.
* Induction cooktops typically hum during use, which can become louder when higher heat settings are used.
* Induction does use less energy. Check with your electric company as you may be eligible for a rebate when you switch to induction.
If you could like a demonstration on a live induction cooktop, please let us know! We have a few “live” induction cooktops in our showroom. Call 916-581-1063 to make an appointment. You can also shop online www.masterswholesale.com.  

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