As we explained in a previous blog post, induction stovetops heat food in a way that is much different than the traditional method employed by radiant stoves. Induction ranges use magnetic energy to heat up pots and pans instead of transferring heat to them via an electric burner or gas flame. Because of this unique design, induction cooktops will only work with certain types of pots and pans. Read on to learn more about what you can and can’t cook with on an induction stovetop.
In order for an induction cooktop to heat up a pot or pan, the piece of cookware must be magnetic. This means that the pot or pan must contain iron. Cast iron, enamel cast iron and stainless steel crafted from iron are all magnetic metals commonly used in cookware. Nearly all pots and pans constructed from these materials will work perfectly on an induction range.
If a pot or pan does not contain iron, it will not become hot when you place it on an induction range. Aluminium, copper and glass are three of the most common non-magnetic and therefore non-compatible types of cookware. Unsure what your pots and pans are made of? You can test them with a magnet. Unless the magnet sticks the metal, you cannot use the piece of cookware on an induction range.
A Solution for Non-Compatible Cookware
The good news is that there is a way to convert non-magnetic cookware, so that it can be used on an induction cooktop. Induction rings can be purchased to place between the range and the pot or pan. The magnetized ring grows hot when you cook and then transfers the heat to the pot or pan. While this allows you to use any pot or pan on the stove, it does diminish some of the benefits of induction cooking, such as instant temperature control response.
If you’re finding that your induction stovetop doesn’t work with pots and pans that should be compatible, call us here at Matic Service. There could be a problem with your stovetop that requires servicing. We can troubleshoot the issue and make any necessary repairs to get your range working perfectly.