Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Induction Cooking.

Induction Cooking

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Listen to BOB VILA ON INDUCTION COOKING, or read text below:

Gas cooktops deliver only half their energy to cooking. Electric units are less expensive, but they’re only half as efficient as gas. Induction cooking is eighty-five percent energy efficient, which is why it’s been so popular in Europe and Asia for years.

Induction cooktops run on electricity, but instead of a red-hot burner, coils under a smooth ceramic glass top heat the pan itself, by magnetic friction. Nothing around it heats up. You can actually touch the cooktop without burning yourself…a nice safety feature. The hitch is, you do need to have cast iron or stainless steel cookware: anything non-magnetic won’t work.

At three to five thousand dollars, they’re not cheap, but a low-end induction unit delivers the heat of a fifteen thousand-BTU deluxe gas range, using half the energy of its electric cousins.

Get more info at BobVila.com…and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!

For more on induction cooking, consider the following Bob Vila articles:

2011 Trends in Outdoor Entertaining
2011 Kitchen Trends
Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances