When choosing a new saucepan, there are several factors to consider, especially if you have an induction hob. Often a regular saucepan will not work on an induction hob, because it has been damaged too much by the gas or is simply not suitable for induction. So it is important to choose an induction-suitable pan. In this article we discuss why you need a special saucepan for induction and what factors are important when choosing the right saucepan.
What is an induction hob?
An induction cooktop works differently than a traditional cooktop because it does not work with heat applied directly to the pan. Instead, the heat is generated by an electromagnetic field that heats the pan. This means that the pan itself generates the heat, and not the hob.
Why do you need a special saucepan for induction?
Because induction works on the basis of electromagnetism, not all pans work on an induction hob. To conduct the heat, the pan must have a magnetizable bottom such as stainless steel or cast iron. Other materials such as aluminum, copper or glass do not work on induction as standard. At Cook and Pan, for example, all aluminum pans have an induction bottom, so this is possible again. So if you have an induction hob, make sure you use induction-suitable pans.
Materials of induction saucepans
There are several materials suitable for induction, including stainless steel, cast iron and anodized aluminum. Stainless steel is durable and easy to maintain and conducts heat evenly. Cast iron is also a good choice for induction because it retains and distributes heat well. Anodized aluminum is lightweight and heat-conductive, but it is not as durable as stainless steel or cast iron. In contrast, aluminum is often more competitively priced. At Cook and Pan we work with thickened aluminum, which significantly extends the lifespan.
Choosing the right size and shape
When choosing a saucepan for induction, the size and shape are important. If you have a smaller stovetop you may want to choose a smaller pan to ensure it fits properly and doesn't take up too much space. On the other hand, if you have a larger hob, you can choose a larger pan. In addition, it is important to consider what type of dishes you want to prepare in the pan. For example, if you often make pasta, you want a pan with high edges, while a frying pan has a flat bottom and is ideal for making pancakes.
Soil thickness and material
The bottom thickness and material of an induction-suitable saucepan are also important. In general, a thicker base works better on induction because it retains more heat and distributes it more evenly. In addition, the material of the bottom must be magnetizable in order to generate the heat. Stainless steel, cast iron and anodized aluminum all have a magnetizable bottom and are therefore suitable for induction.
Handles and lids
You should also pay attention to the handles and lids. Stainless steel or cast iron handles are durable and safe to use on induction, while cheap plastic handles can melt from the heat. Bakelite is a good alternative that does not heat up during cooking, nor does it melt. In addition, the lid must fit properly and be secure to ensure that the heat is contained within the pan and the food is heated evenly.
Prices of induction-suitable saucepans
The prices of induction-suitable saucepans vary depending on the material, size and quality of the pan. In general, stainless steel pans are more expensive than cast iron or anodized aluminum pans. However, it is important to invest in a good quality pan that will last a long time and is safe to use on induction. At Cook and Pan you can choose from different saucepans so that there is always the perfect one for you.
Maintenance of induction suitable saucepans
To ensure that your induction-suitable saucepans last a long time, it is important to maintain them properly. Be sure to clean and dry the pan after each use to prevent rust and stains. If any food is burned in the pan, it is best to soak it in hot water with a mild detergent before cleaning. Do not use abrasive cleaners or hard brushes to clean the pan as this may damage the base. Or simply choose an induction saucepan with a ceramic non-stick coating, then sticking is a thing of the past.
Choosing the right induction-suitable saucepan is important to ensure that you can cook safely and efficiently on an induction hob. By considering factors such as material, size, shape, base thickness and material, handles and lids, you can choose the perfect pan to suit your needs. It is important to invest in a quality pan that will last a long time and is safe to use on induction. Maintenance of the pan is also important to ensure that it maintains its quality and lasts a long time. So be sure to view our range of beautiful and high-quality induction pans! We have exactly what your induction hob needs. Cook and Pan is ready for you! View our induction saucepans here!