An induction cooktop requires you to use certain types of cookware. Generally speaking, you can use any cookware that is magnetic. It must be magnetic because induction cooktops use magnetic forces to heat up the cookware. If it doesn’t take the magnetic heat, it won’t get hot and you won’t be able to cook.
You don’t want to use cookware that is made of copper, glass or pyrex. It won’t take the heat and you won’t be able to cook. The best types of cookware to use on an induction cooktop are either cast iron or stainless steel. One of the problems with cast iron and stainless steel is that they aren’t the easiest to clean.
A lot of people don’t know how to care for induction cookware. If they have never had the occasion to use it, there is no reason for them to know how to care for it or clean it. This article will discuss the best ways to care for and clean your induction cookware. This will ensure that it lives a nice, long life for you and your kitchen.
We will go over a few different ways to clean and care for your induction cookware. There are different ways that you must clean the inside versus the outside of your cookware, for instance. You use different cleaning agents and even different temperatures of water.
It is important to pay attention to these details, otherwise, the coating on the inside and outside of your pots and pans will be compromised. It is this coating that makes it possible to use on an induction cooktop.
It is important that you use common sense when it comes to using, storing and cleaning your induction cookware. Just like you need to clean your induction cooktop every day, you need to do the same every time you use your induction cookware.
There are some tips to follow for general and every-day use of your induction cookware. These are similar to what you probably do for all of your cookware, but take note of some special instructions.
- Before using your cookware, wash it gently in hot, soapy water and rinse it off. Dry it and then it is ready to use. You want to get all the dust off of it before you cook your meal.
- Try to use a low or medium heat setting. There is very rarely a need to use the highest setting,
- Don’t leave an empty pot or pan on a heated cooktop. If there is nothing in the pot to cook, the heat will damage the cookware and the induction cooktop.
- If you are cleaning a dirty pan or pot, don’t submerge a very hot piece into cold water. You want to either let it cool down first, or, use cooler or luke warm water. The temperature difference could damage the cookware.
A lot of these tips seem like common sense. However, one can never assume that someone has even the most basic knowledge about treating and using induction cookware.
Cleaning Your Induction Cookware
When cleaning your cookware, you want to take special care. Because of the materials induction cookware is made of, you don’t want to wash it the same way you would a regular pot or pan. If you follow these basic tips, your induction cookware should remain durable and high-performing.
Let’s first talk about how to clean the inside of your pots and pans. Whether you are using stainless steel or cast iron, you want to follow the same instructions.
- When washing the inside of your pots and pans, don’t use steel wool or any other abrasive sponge or rag. It will rub off the coating of the pan and quickly make it unusable.
- You want to hand wash the inside of your cookware. Never put it in the dishwasher. Just use hot soapy, water and a rag or soft sponge.
- If you have a charred or really greasy interior, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad. If you let the pan soak in hot water, it won’t be too difficult to get off using just a soft rag or sponge.
When it comes to cleaning the outside of your pots and pans, you want to do it differently depending on what the pans are made of. Here, we will break down how to clean both stainless steel and cast-iron induction cookware.
Stainless steel is actually pretty durable. It can withstand a lot of heat and it can withstand a vigorous scrubbing. For stainless steel, you want to follow the below steps:
- Use the rough side of a sponge
- Coat the outside with baking soda
- If you don’t want to use baking soda, use a product called “Barkeeper’s Friend” – it will get out even the nastiest of stains and spots.
- Scrub it with non-abrasive pad
- Rinse thoroughly and dry when done
If you are cleaning cast iron, rather than stainless steel, you will need the following:
- Cooking oil
- Salt or wire grill brush
- Chemical cleaner like Ajax or Barkeeper’s Friend
Once you have your tools together, you want to start cleaning the outside of the cast iron pan or pot. Here is the best way to go about it:
- Boil water
- Turn the pot or pan upside down in the sink
- Pour the boiling water over the outside of the cookware
- Don’t burn yourself!
- Use a wire grill brush or a sponge with salt on it to rub off any grease spots or food on the outside of the pot or pan
- Once the food is off, pour some salt over the exterior
- Scrub the outside with your sponge
- Clean the pan a final time with soapy water and dry off with clean towel
- Wipe cooking oil on the outside of the pan before storing it.
The oil actually keeps a nice coating on the outside of the pan. Since induction cooking doesn’t use flames to heat, it won’t cause any problems for the next time you want to use the cookware.
Storing Your Cookware
When your induction cookware is all clean and dry, you will want to put it away. We recommend you keep it in a dry, cool place. You don’t want it to be exposed to moisture because it can compromise both the inside and the outside of the cookware. You also don’t want to store it in a place that is too cold or too dry. Again, it can damage the cookware and make it less performing.
It is important that you take care of your induction cookware. Keep in mind, these pieces aren’t cheap. Whether you buy it as a set or as individual pieces you are going to spend a good deal of money on your induction cookware. The last thing you want to do is let your own negligence ruin the integrity of your pots and pans.
If you take care of your induction cookware, it will take care of you. Cooking on an induction cooktop is better than cooking on a gas or electric stove. You need to have to right cookware to do it properly. Yes, you can use induction cookware in a regular stove or oven. However, if you don’t take care of it, it won’t be any good to use at all.