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What Cookware is Compatible with Induction Cooktops?


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Question: What Cookware is Compatible with Induction Cooktops?
Induction cooking is very different from conventional gas or electric cooking methods. It works by creating a magnetic field between the pot and the magnetic coils beneath the cooking surface, which heats the contents of the pot. Because of this, not every pan will work on an induction cooktop.

Induction-compatible cookware contains ferromagnetic materials – in other words, it contains iron, or has a layer with magnetic properties. Cast iron, enamel cast iron and most types of stainless steel cookware are all induction compatible (But not all types – for instance, All-Clad's MC2 line, which is made of aluminum and stainless steel, is not induction compatible). /p>

Aluminum, copper or glass cookware will not work unless they have a layer on the bottom with magnetic properties.

To tell if a pot or pan is induction-compatible, hold a magnet to the bottom. If it clings, the cookware will work on an induction cooktop. Also, many manufacturers have started putting a n "induction compatible" symbol on the bottom of their cookware or they'll note compatibility on their packaging. The symbol often looks like a horizontal zig-zag or a coil.

If you have an induction cooktop, but a favorite piece of cookware doesn't work on it, don't fret – Mauviel makes a product called the Mauviel Induction Disc (Compare Prices), which can be placed on the cooktop under the pan; the heating reaction will then heat the contents of the pan.

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