Induction Cooking gets our vote !

This type of hob has long been popular with professional chefs and budding cooks who aspire to be chefs from their state-of-the-art kitchens at home.  Most recently they are becoming more popular with general home-maker who lives a very busy lifestyle.  Those who like  to come home and cook a quick supper in their modern kitchen.  For example, it takes just two minutes to boil a pan of water for your pasta, as opposed to an average of eight minutes on a traditional stove top.

Believe it or not Induction cooking has been around since the 1950’s. It just seems to have been on a slow burner as far as popularity in the everyday home.   Likely to be down to price and the fact that you need pans that have a magnetic field on the bottom of the pan. There is also probably a lack of understanding as to how the process works, which in the long run can safe you time and money.   Both precious commodities when running a busy home.

And this is one of the biggest selling points of the induction cooktop – it’s speed. It simply takes less time to cook food because an induction hob generates heat directly in the pan.   Whereas with gas and electric they are using a third party to transfer heat to the pan, i.e. the gas flame or electric burner, Electromagnetic activity in the induction hobs triggers electromagnetic activity in the pan, and the pan itself heats up saving 25 to 50% less cooking time on average.

This method of induction cooking is the most efficient form of cooking.  Think about the heating processes involved with gas and electric.  A gas flame is going to release lots of heat around the pan. An electric burner emits radiant heat at any point where it’s not in direct, firm contact with the pan.  When heat is generated within the pan itself, as with induction, more of that heat gets to the food and not your kitchen!

The added benefit is going to be the reduced energy consumption meaning lower bills, and a healthier environment.   The hob doesn’t get hot and the burners turn off automatically when you remove the pan.   They are also much easier to clean as nothing seeps into the surface.

You may find that you already have some plans that are suitable for the surface. The popular cast-iron pots and pans that last forever are compatible with induction cooking.

Why Wiltshire Bacon like induction cooking:

When it comes to frying bacon, sausages and black pudding, all benefit from induction heat.  This style of cooking allows them to cook evenly throughout.  No longer will you be serving up burnt sausages on the outside and raw on the inside.  You can turn up the heat right at the end if you want to end up with a crispy outer case.

Please Note: As stated above, Induction hobs do generate electromagnetic fields.   You are advised to keep a distance of at least 60cm (2ft) between the stovetop and your pacemaker.  Most people should be able to use a hob if they follow these precautions, but if you are choosing a new cooker, it may be easier to pick one that is not an induction hob. (information supplied by the British Heart Foundation)