Induction Hobs – Technology in the kitchen
A new fitted kitchen is not complete without its range of kitchen appliances.
With the ever-increasing need for an easier life, kitchen technology is not slow in keeping in touch with features that make cooking that much simpler.
Here at Meridien Interiors we advise our clients on the best appliances for their kitchen space and lifestyle.
One of the more popular choices for a new kitchen is the induction hob, so let us take a look in a little more detail.
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What is an induction hob?
An induction hob directly heats the pan and not the hob ring. The hob itself has copper coils under its surface that induces an electrical current that generates heat in the pan. These copper wires create a magnetic field as electricity is passed through. Once a pan with a magnetised base is placed on the hob the magnetic field causes it to heat up directly.
Why use an induction hob?
An induction hob is much faster and safer than a traditional gas or electric hob. It is safer mainly because the hob itself stays almost completely cold. Therefore, there is less chance of you burning yourself. Coupled with the built-in child safety lock, your mind is more at ease with an induction hob.
Do you need special pans for an induction hob?
In short, the answer is Yes. The types of pots and pans needed for use on an induction hob have been designed with flat bases. Flat bases that are made of magnetic metal. Most quality cookware now comes with suitability for use on induction hobs, labelled “suitable for use on glass ceramic induction hobs”. Also, easily identifiable with a coil symbol on the base.
Is an induction hob quicker?
Quicker than a gas hob? Yes. Quicker than an electric hob? Most definitely!
The induction hob is quicker compared to an electric of gas hob, namely because all the heat produced is sent directly to the pan.
It is advisable when first using your new induction hob to start on a low heat and gradually work up, getting used to the cooking levels. As an example of how quick an induction hob works a 2-litre pan of water will come to the boil within a matter of minutes.
Is an induction hob easy to clean?
As an induction hob itself does not heat there is minimal risk of any food residue being burnt onto the surface. It is safe practise to make sure that the hob itself is cool before cleaning it. Cleaning it involves a wipe down with a damp cloth. For a more thorough clean occasionally a ceramic glass cleaner can be used.
Induction Hob Pros
Quick to heat up & Cook
Safe to Touch
Flexible cooking zones
Child Safety Locks
Here at Meridien Interiors we tend to favour the induction hob range from Siemens (in-fact this is what the MD has installed in his own kitchen!).
Prices starting at £549 for a simple, yet effective induction hob increasing to £3999 for a 90cm iQ700 with all the bells and whistles!
The Siemens range of induction hobs include some great features, making cooking that much easier.
Power Move Plus
In brief this Siemens hob feature separates the hob into three different zones.
Simple and easy to use, with each individual zone activated by placing the pans on them.
Flex Induction Plus
Here is modern kitchen technology that allows for adjustable cooking zones.
Next to the traditionally placed cooking zones there are rectangular induction zones that combine to increase the surface cooking area. Therefore, being able to place pans wherever on the hob.
Cooking Sensor Plus
As a result of attaching a sensor to the pot. The hob and the pot communicate with each other via blutooth. Keeping the temperature consistent.
Frying Sensor Plus
Before this innovative feature, burnt fired food could be a common occurrence.
With the addition of the frying sensor plus technology the desired heat for frying is maintained. Therefore, avoiding the scorching of food.
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