You may be most familiar with the tradition stove top, but infrared induction cooking is now becoming more popular. How do you know which is best for you? If you are trying to decide which cooking technology is best, this article might be of some help to you.
An infrared induction cooker is different from the traditional stove top burner. The traditional stove top burner works by transferring heat to the food through direct contact. For example, you place a hamburger in a frying pan, and set that frying pan directly onto the heat source, which is the burner. The burner, then, through direct contact with the pan, cooks the hamburger. This is called conduction cooking.
An infrared induction cooker, uses infrared light to create radiant heat. This radiant heat does not require constant flow of air circulation. Induction cooking applies heat directly to the cooking vessels, as opposed to the traditional burner which applies heat through electric coils, or by burning gas. This allows it to cook the food much faster than a traditional stove top. For example, on a traditional stove top, it takes approximately 12 to 13 minutes to boil a gallon of water, but with an infrared induction cooker, it only takes around 8 minutes.
An infrared induction cooker, while it can cook food much faster than the traditional stove top, has its disadvantages as well. Some foods are best cooked more slowly on the traditional conduction burner or oven.
So, which cooking surface is best for you? A traditional stove top may be best for cooking some things, and are a household standard, but if you would like to make a quick meal and are strapped for time, it might not be a bad idea to purchase an infrared induction cooker. The choice, of course, is always your own.
Infrared induction cookers can cook food in much less time than a traditional stove top, but most people are less familiar with this new technology and prefer to cook the traditional way. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Some foods are best cooked slowly, while others can be cooked faster without compromising the taste. Purchasing an infrared induction cooker or stove top can be a bit more expensive, but it can be a great help to you by freeing up your precious time for more important things like enjoying a nice meal your family or attending to other important obligations.
I hope that this article is helpful for you in making your decision. If you are more comfortable using the traditional gas or electric stove top, I would continue to use that, but if you like to try the latest technology, you might want to try infrared induction cooking.
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Jon on July 27, 2015:
Infrared and induction are two different things. Infrared uses radiation to transfer heat to the cooking vessel, induction uses an electric coil to generate eddy currents within the metal of the cooking vessel, which is why it is only effective with thicker higher quality cookware.