Induction cooking has revolutionized the cooking experience for many people.
Gas and electric stoves have been ruling the kitchens for a very long time but thanks to the inception of induction cooking, you can now enjoy the best of both worlds; consistent heating of the cooking pot – just like a gas stove –and easy cleaning of the pots, as is the case with electric cooktops.
Induction cookware is costlier as compared to conventional cookware, which means that you need to think long and hard before making such an investment.
There’s also another question that you need to ask before you go for induction cookware – can induction cookware be used on electric or gas stove?
Nobody wants to invest in cookware that cannot be used on any cooktop other than an induction cooktop or cookware that does not offer the benefits that add a wow-factor to the entire cooking experience!
If you’re looking to use induction cookware on the gas stove in your kitchen, you need to know why you should use induction cookware in the first place, and whether or not induction cookware actually works with non-induction cooktops. This blog post has you covered!
- 1 How Induction Cookware Differs From Traditional Cookware
- 2 What Is Induction Cooking?
- 3 Advantages of Induction Cooking
- 4 Can Induction Cookware Be Used On an Electric or Gas Stove?
- 5 Will That Damage The Cookware?
- 6 Why Should You Avoid It?
- 7 Final Words
How Induction Cookware Differs From Traditional Cookware
Before you make your decision, you should know what induction cookware is and how it is different from your regular cookware.
What makes this cookware different is the ferromagnetic unit that is installed into the base of induction pots and pans.
Other than the base, the rest of the structure and design is the same as regular cookware.
The only edge that you get with induction cookware is its compatibility with an induction stove.
However, if you don’t have an induction stove and you aren’t even planning on getting one, induction cookware would not give you any additional benefits that it would otherwise offer if used for induction cooking.
What Is Induction Cooking?
Induction cooking makes use of magnetic induction instead of electric current or flame as the heating source.
Other than the difference in the heating source, the cooking vessels are heated, and the food is cooked in the same way.
An induction cooktop has a wire coil made from copper wire.
The electrical energy is transferred into an induction cooking vessel by induction when an alternating current is passed.
This creates a dynamic magnetic field that provides the heat that is required to cook food.
The magnetic field generates an eddy current that flows through the pot’s electrical resistance and generates heat.
Advantages of Induction Cooking
Induction cookware has swept millions, and billions of people like fire for all the right reasons.
People aren’t switching from conventional cooking and cookware to induction cooking for nothing, after all.
Let’s have a look at the advantages of induction cooking over conventional cooking.
Induction cooking generates heat directly within the metal.
Since no heat is lost during the process, all of the generated heat is utilized in the heating of the cookware and cooking the food.
Therefore, the food is cooked comparatively faster.
Precise Control of Temperature
Induction cooking provides better temperature control as compared to cooking on electric or gas stoves.
With better temperature control, the chances of over-cooking or under-cooking are significantly reduced, and you get to enjoy perfectly cooked meals every time!
The induction cooktop becomes cool enough to touch almost immediately after you’re done with cooking.
This allows you to clean the cooktop easily.
Not only this, but induction cooking also ensures even heating throughout the cooking vessel, which prevents any food from sticking to the surface of the cooking vessel.
This has the added bonus of making the post-cooking cleanup a lot easier.
One of the biggest benefits of using an induction cooktop is that the size of the burners is adjusted according to the size of the cooking vessel (in most of the newer models).
Therefore, heating is provided only where it is needed.
Can Induction Cookware Be Used On an Electric or Gas Stove?
Coming to the question from where we started; can induction cookware be used on electric or a gas stove, the answer is – YES!
You can use induction cookware on any kind of stove, be it an electric or gas stove.
As mentioned earlier in the blog post, induction cookware has a ferromagnetic unit installed on the base while the rest of the structure and design is the same as your conventional cookware.
This makes it possible to use this cookware on any stove that you like.
The versatility of induction cookware is one of the many reasons why people opt for induction cookware even if they don’t have an induction cooktop.
A lot of people who have both an induction stove and gas or electric stoves at home are now switching to induction cookware.
One point that will help you steer clear of any confusion is this – not all cookware is induction compatible, but all induction compatible cookware can be used on gas or electric cooktops.
If you have an induction cooktop, you’ll need only induction cookware, but if you have induction cookware, you can use it on any stove that you already own!
While all induction cookware can be used on an electric or gas stove, there are two exceptions that you need to be mindful of.
- Whether the base of the induction cookware has a very thin steel
- Whether the outside of the induction cookware has been sprayed with a non-stick layer or a magnetic layer
The reason why induction cookware shouldn’t be used on electric or gas stove when it complies with either of two exceptions listed above has been discussed in detail later in this blog post.
Will That Damage The Cookware?
Usually, using induction cookware on the gas stove or electric stove does not damage it.
The ferromagnetic unit and the rest of the cookware’s body are fused together using different techniques.
Most of the time, a magnetic core is embedded into the base of the cookware. Over time, the cookware is heated and cooled repeatedly.
As the rates of contraction and expansion of both the body’s metal and magnetic core are different, the two units begin to separate.
Once the magnetic core gets loosened, it vibrates every time it gets exposed to heat, resulting in a ‘buzzing’ sound.
While using induction cookware on a gas stove or electric stove does not damage it, it does have an impact on the performance in the long run.
This is not the case with induction cookware varieties where the entire cooking vessel is coated with a magnetic layer.
Such cookware is costlier but does not produce a buzzing sound.
Why Should You Avoid It?
There is no restriction in terms of using induction cookware on induction cooktops only – you can use it on a gas stove or electric stove.
However, you should try to avoid such usage. One of the many reasons why people avoid this practice is to prevent the buzzing sound.
The onset of buzzing sounds makes the induction cookware too annoying to keep in use.
Other instances where you should avoid using induction cookware on a gas stove or electric stove, as mentioned above, are when the base of the cookware is too thin, or it is coated with a non-stick material on the exterior side.
The question here is, why shouldn’t you use induction cookware on a gas stove or electric stove in these cases?
The exposure of such induction cookware to direct flame might produce dangerous fumes.
There is a high possibility of this happening, especially when the exterior surface of the induction cooking vessel has been sprayed with a non-stick layer.
The non-stick layer is composed of harmful chemicals that may leach into food being cooked and make it contaminated and unhealthy.
The fumes are also harmful if they’re inhaled.
This is why you should avoid using induction cookware that is non-stick or too thin at the base – especially if you’re using them on gas stoves.
Induction cooking helps you cook your food quicker and better.
It also ensures that you don’t have to scrub the pots clean after cooking.
However, where does induction cookware stand on its own without an induction cooktop?
Well, if you think that your induction cookware will be stacked up in your kitchen cabinets without if you don’t have an induction cooktop, you’re mistaken.
You can use your induction cookware on a gas stove as well as an electric stove!
Induction cookware heats up quickly as the base of the cooking vessels is quite low-lying.
Not only this, but induction cookware also heats evenly, keeping your food from sticking to the cooking vessels!
Using induction cookware on gas or electric stoves would not damage them; neither is it going to have any negative impact on the food being cooked.
While the benefits of using induction cookware on the gas stove in your kitchen or even an electric stove cannot outweigh the benefits of using induction cookware and induction cooktops together, there is no harm in using it with your regular stove if you’re in a pinch!