For 10 days in April, I stayed in a secluded lakefront cabin in Cape Cod (dreamy) that only had a kitchenette (less). Because of the municipal law and all that, it couldn’t be a “real” kitchen – so forget about an oven. The cups were made of plastic, the knives were used to cut butter, no whetstone was in sight. However, the Pièce de résistance was a futuristic-looking portable induction hob from Duxtop. Bern, as I would call the slim black box, my only companion, consistently and quickly delivered al dente penne, perfectly creamy scrambled eggs, crispy mushrooms and crunchy sausages. I, on the other hand, continued to view Bern’s devotion with skepticism.
To be honest, the haptic experience with an induction hob was initially scary, like driving an automatic car after years with a gear stick. I had trust issues, okay? Unlike my gas stove in Brooklyn, there were no dials or flames – “Bern, are you in there?” – but after I put a pot of salt water on it and pressed the boil icon, it bubbled wildly two minutes later. What are you? I asked myself, patting Bern’s, um, head. How do you work? Why are you hot but … not?
If cooking over a fire is about feeling, induction cooking is about belief. In the end, Bern (and a tough background check on Google) convinced me. The Duxtop portable induction hob, I’ve learned, did pretty much anything my Brooklyn gas stove could do – without the deleterious respiratory and cognitive, earth-destroying fossil fuel emissions and the extreme risk of seizing every tea towel I’ve ever used Obsessed on fire (just me?) Although I think Bern is priceless in my heart, its Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop clones are now being sold for Amazon Prime Day. Here’s what you need to know:
How do induction hobs work?
“To be honest, I don’t quite get it,” says Chris Morocco, BA’s test kitchen manager, “but instead of burning gas that then heats your pot, induction heats the pan directly through magnets.” In other words, the electromagnetic heating coils that are underneath lurking on the flat glass surface of the burner, they generate electricity when they come into contact with ferromagnetic materials: cookware that contains iron or has an additional magnetic layer. The magnetic particles are whirled up by the active heating coils, which means that the pan is heated up quickly. A bit like your face feels hot when you’re this angry (that’s what I made up). Unlike gas or electric stoves, which have to get hot enough to heat your cookware, the surface of an induction hob usually stays cool (and safe!) Any heat you feel doesn’t come from the surface itself, but from the hot pan back on the glass hob.
Okay, but which is the best induction hob?
I am a loyal supporter of the portable induction hob from Duxtop, and not just because Bern was my first love. The price-performance ratio is unbeatable (the 2,199+ Amazon reviewers who gave it five stars agree!). First, it has a whopping 20 temperature options that range from 100 ° C to 460 ° C, which means there is basically nothing you can’t cook on this burner. And in contrast to many induction devices with an automatic switch-off time, you can set a 10-hour timer on the Duxtop and be sure that your brisket will not be disturbed while it is braising. It also weighs less than most human babies (5 lb., 12 oz.) And takes up about the same space as a large cutting board. After all, it makes me sleep better at night knowing that I am not breathing toxic gas or generally contributing to the ecological collapse of our planet (more on that shortly). DID I MENTION IT’S ON SALE?
How do I know if my cookware is suitable for induction?
The good news is that “most new pans are made to account for induction,” says farmer, whole animal butcher, and induction fanatic Sophia Hampton, whose work studies the relationships between food, animals and the environment in a changing climate. Hampton typically uses their cast iron pan with induction hobs. “The only thing is,” she adds, “the pan has to be completely flat to insert properly.” No warped old things! It also means that induction hobs are not well suited for curvy cookware such as your favorite wok. For this you need a special concave induction burner or a wok specially built for this purpose.
In addition to cast iron, many stainless steel pots and pans also work with induction – with the exception of anything with a high nickel or aluminum content, which blocks the magnetic field. Cookware made entirely of aluminum, copper or glass will only work if it is lined with a magnetic bottom layer, which many manufacturers have started with. But if you’re like me and prefer to be able to test compatibility on the fly, just hold a magnet to the bottom of your favorite pots and pans to determine the attraction:
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