Understanding the difference between a gas stove and an induction cooktop can help you make an informed decision when it comes to installing a new hob in your kitchen. Some people stick to the conventional gas stove while others hob on the bandwagon (pun intended) with induction cooktops. Having the right hob can vastly affect the way you cook. Below are some essential factors that can help you make that decision.
Gas stoves heat food with a flame. It uses flammable gas or other natural gas as a fuel source. Cooking with a gas cooktop is intuitive because you are able to see the direct heating of the flame to the cookware. If you enjoy moving your wok around the flame while you cook, gas cooktops will spark your interest.
Induction cooktops use an electromagnetic field to heat up the pan instead of using a flame or electric heating element. They are fundamentally unique because they employ a series of magnets that excite the iron atoms to generate heat. Induction cooktops typically have buttons to adjust the amount of heat with precision.
Gas stoves can heat up any type of cookware above the flame and are generally more “metal friendly” than induction cooktops. If you like to use clay pots often, you might prefer using a gas stove. Gas stoves are also more accommodating to cookware with odd-shaped bottoms. As long as the flame touches the base of the pot or pan, it’s good to go!
Induction cooktops can only be used with cookware that is made of ferrous metals like steel or caste iron. Aluminium, glass or ceramic cookware won’t work on an induction hob because without a magnetic-based material, they cannot react with the electromagnetic field generated. One simple test to see if your cookware can be used on an induction cooktop: if a magnet sticks to it, it is induction compatible.
While it is not necessary for induction cookware to have a flat base, having a flat-bottomed cookware allows for greater stability on the hob. With a flat bottom, a larger area of contact between the pan and the surface allows for maximum efficiency of heat generated and more even heat distribution in the pan.
Gas stoves use a naked flame that heats up not only the cookware but also its surroundings. It is a combustible heat source, and you run a higher risk of burning yourself, among other accidents that can occur. Gas stoves are potentially more dangerous than induction cooktops, especially if you have curious and active children in the house.
Some induction cooktop models have an auto-power off option! When the pan is removed from the surface, the cooktop will automatically cool down and you can touch it without burning yourself. Additionally, you could be whipping up a meal without breaking extra sweat from all the heat coming off the stove.
Overall, induction cooktops are more economical and efficient than gas stoves. Because of the induction technology, heating the pan is more energy-efficient than using a flame. You also need not worry about burned food getting stuck onto the surface or spillages in the grooves. Clean-ups of induction cooktops are fuss-free – perfect for busy working individuals!
While you’re free to use either of the two hobs to prepare any of your meals, each have specific features that are more suitable for cooking certain types of food. Choose your preferred hob based on what you cook most often and how particular you are about how your food turns out!
Gas stoves can change temperature instantly, moving from high to low heat with a turn of a knob. It allows for easy controllable open flame that gives you a visual cue when it comes to delicate cooking. This makes it perfect for charring tortillas, and stir-frying food in a round-bottomed wok!
Induction hobs offer instantaneous and precise heat control, even at low temperatures. Since it is heat-efficient, cooking with induction is usually faster than gas burners. Stews, sauces and soups can be cooked within minutes.
With a fast boiling time, you can achieve al dente for your pasta in a jiffy. Try cooking this Lemongrass Clam Pasta to test the convenience of induction cooking.
With precise heat control, Korean army stew or steamboat are best prepared with portable induction cooktops due to their ability for lengthy and constant simmering. Furthermore, you would not be sweating as you enjoy your hotpot!
Knowing the difference between gas stoves and induction cooktops can help you make an informed choice when it comes to cooking the food you love. But ultimately, the most important factor in choosing your cooktops is that you enjoy the cooking process!