If you’re as passionate as I am about discovering new cooking trends, I’m sure you are aware of the extremely hot (pun intended) induction cooking movement. Beloved by both professional chefs and home cooks for its accuracy, speed, and efficiency, induction is transforming the way people approach making a meal. As a result, many homeowners are installing products like the Bosch Induction Cooktop, in their kitchens.
As a National Product Specialist for Bosch, one of my goals has been to educate retailers, distributers, and consumers on the various cooking technologies available and how these different methods can integrate into different lifestyles. Along the way, I’ve realized that there is a growing interest and curiosity in induction cooking technology. That’s why I am so excited to share with you, our loyal A Modern Haven readers, some of my tips for adjusting to and embracing this innovative, new cooking technology.
Choosing the Right Cookware // One of the most common misconceptions about the induction cooktop is that many people worry they will need to purchase all new cookware. This is actually not the case! You’d be surprised that many of your beloved pots and pans, including stainless steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, and carbon steel, will all function perfectly with your new Bosch Induction Cooktop. A good way to test if you cookware is compatible with an induction cooktop? Hold a magnet to the bottom of the pan. If the magnet sticks to the cookware, it can be used with your induction cooktop.
Get to Know Your Cooktop // Before preparing your favorite recipe on your new cooktop, it’s important to get acquainted with what might become your new favorite sous chef. If you’ve welcomed a Bosch Induction Cooktop into your kitchen, you’ve chosen quality and a host of helpful features that simplify the cooking process, and my biggest tip for new Bosch owners is to test out all these innovative features.
For example, when utilizing a Bosch model with FlexInduction, you have the capability to combine two cooking zones into one larger zone. Word to the wise: the FlexInduction feature is my secret weapon for perfectly sautéing large batches of vegetables or skewers of shrimp.
Another induction cooktop feature that eases any cooking adventure is that the cooking zones come with their own timer. Let’s say you want to slowly cook your oatmeal while tending to other items in the kitchen. You can calibrate a specific zone on your Bosch Induction Cooktop to turn off after twenty minutes when your oatmeal is ready. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
More Cooking in Less Time // Something that new users often notice about a Bosch Induction Cooktop is the surprisingly quick response speed. Induction cooking is very efficient because the pan or pot is heated, not the cooktop glass itself. This means the heat is centralized to exactly where you need, thus helping reduce overall cooking time. As well, a special Bosch feature called SpeedBoost provides a burst of power for situations when you need to speed up the heating process even further, like boiling water or preheating a pan for searing a piece of meat or fish.
How to Clean your Induction Cooktop// I also believe that cleaning is an important factor to note when first starting off with an induction cooktop. As I mentioned before, induction cooktops provide direct heat to the pan, and not the glass surface. As a result, any liquid that spills over the pot or pan is less likely to cook and stick onto the glass surface. When you do want to clean your cooktop, I recommend wiping down the surface with a paper towel, followed by a soapy dishcloth, and finishing with a quick polish of glass cleaner – there’s no need to scrub! In a matter of seconds, your stunning induction cooktop is pristinely clean and prepared to take on any new recipes or dish. Learn more about the benefits of induction cooking here.
As you can see, the learning curve is low for any homeowner adjusting to a new induction cooktop. Curious to learn more about the Bosch Induction Cooktops? Watch this video below, or feel free to ask me your specific questions in the comments below!