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What’s the Best Cookware for Induction Cooking?

One-Pot Meals on the Copper Chef Induction Cooktop

What’s the Best Cookware for Induction Cooking?

Are all induction cookware sets the same? There’s lots of pots and pans in stores and online marked “induction ready.” Most of these pans will get hot on an induction cooktop, but not all will cook faster or more evenly.

How do I know if a pan is induction compatible?

It’s easy to find out if your pot or pan will work with induction. Just do the magnet test! If a magnet sticks to the bottom of your frying pan, it will work on an induction stove top. Cookware must be constructed of magnetic material to work with induction. This means your pan’s construction must be iron or steel based. Popular cookware options include stainless steel pans, cast iron pans, and carbon steel pans.

Choose a stainless steel induction plate

The best stainless steel pots and pans have an aluminum core within outer layers of steel. Many at-home chefs believe a pan with a stainless-steel induction plate can make the difference between an evenly cooked steak or a steak with dry edges and hot spots. Cooking at home with induction pots and pans is more popular than ever because it gives you the control to adjust the temperature precisely so there’s little room for error.

The best induction cooktop is also eco-friendly

It’s true! With induction cooking, you’re not wasting heat like with a gas or traditional electric cooker. Heat is transferred via an electric current that is transferred to the inside of your pan. Your cooking surface stays cooler, and your kitchen does too.

When cooking on your gas stovetop, the entire range is heated from the burner. Not only does your cooking range heat up, your kitchen does, too.

I want an induction pan that’s also non stick

Many people get an unpleasant surprise when they bring home a new induction range or cooktop and find that a traditional non-stick pan won’t work. Many ordinary non-stick pots and pans are made of 100% non-magnetic aluminum. BUT, as induction cooking has gained popularity, many of the best cookware companies are introducing induction pans with non-stick coating.

How do you get started cooking with induction cookware? 

Induction cooktops are electric cooktops, they do not use gas or flames. While they are electric, they do work differently from a standard electric cooktop. They also do not get hot so since they don’t heat the air between the cooktop and your pans your kitchen should be cooler in temperature. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic radiation to evenly heat the entire surface of your pan, making food cook more quickly at a lower temperature.  This can take some getting used to, but once you do you’ll love how quickly your meal is done!

Can any stainless-steel cookware be used on an induction cooktop? 

Unfortunately, you cannot use every stainless-steel pot or pan on your induction cooktop. If you want to know for sure if you can use your stainless-steel cookware on an induction cooktop, you’ll need to try the magnet test.  If you do decide to upgrade to an induction cooktop check with the manufacturer, many of them offer a full set of cookware as an incentive when you purchase.

Induction cooktops are flat and clean up with ease, especially if you clean up any spills you have during cooking.  Mild soap, hot water and a soft cloth make clean up quick and easy.  Many cookware brands need seasoning before using the cookware to make cleanup easier. Follow the manufacturers instructions for seasoning and cleaning so your cookware lasts.

What pots and pans are necessary when using an induction cooktop? 

You will want multiple pan sizes for eggs or meats, a medium size pot for sauces and a large pot for things like spaghetti or potatoes. If you prefer to shop for the sizes you want instead of choosing a fixed set you will have more variety and can determine what will work for you.  Don’t forget to include cooking utensils that compliment your new cookware.  Non stick pots and pan may require wood, silicone or heat resistant plastic.

From induction cooktop to the oven, how do I find cookware that can be so versatile? 

Who really wants to spend hours in the kitchen cleaning up pots and pans?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could sauté your veggies in one pan and then use the same pan to finish the dish in the oven? Absolutely!  Done In One is what we like to call it! With a non-stick finish your clean up is a breeze too!

I’d love to get started, what’s an easy recipe I can try? 

How about One Pot Pasta Caprese? This delightful pasta dish serves 8 and is quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

One Pot Pasta Caprese

  • 12 ounces of Penne Pasta
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1½ cups of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup pecorino cheese or substitute with parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces of pearl mozzarella, whole or halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 basil leaves, whole or chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Equipment you’ll need: 

  • Copper Chef Induction Cooktop so you can enjoy the benefits of induction cooking
  • Copper Chef XL deep pan
  • Non-metal cooking spoon
  • 2 Pot Holders
  • 2 Plates or Bowls
  • 2 forks

Using your Copper Chef Induction Cooktop plug it in and add the olive oil to your Copper Chef XL pan. Turn on your Induction Cooktop to medium by pressing the Medium preset, this is 275°.  Warm the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion and sauté until it is soft, about 4 minutes. Then you will add your garlic and cook about 1 minute.  Add your penne pasta, tomatoes, chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring this to a boil, you will want to stir it often.  Continue cooking until the pasta is al dente and the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Use pot holder to avoid burning yourself. Next stir in your pecorino or parmesan cheese. Season it with salt and pepper, to taste.  Finally, you can plate your pasta, topping it with pearl mozzarella and basil.

This dish is perfect for a quick dinner before a soccer practice, family dinner, stay at home date night or any time you just want something easy! 

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January 16, 2020