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Dec 10, 2013 04:17 PM

Induction cooktop - an unexpected benefit

I keep meaning to snap a pic when it's at its worst but never think about it. Here's one from today. I was browning lamb in batches in the DO. The already browned meat went into the bowl, spoon for stirring and removing sitting on the cooktop. The broth that got added for braising sitting at the ready. Sure, all that could have been on the counters to each side but I gotta tell ya this is something that I just love. And all the big and little dribbles are on the cooktop to just be wiped off. For everyday cleaning I just use a hot, soapy sponge. Periodically I'll hit it with glass cleaner and every once in a great while I'll use the ceramic cleaner that came with it. When cooking breakfast the warmed plates are sitting right on the cooktop for the eggs to be served onto. This wasn't anything that ever crossed my mind when making the buying decision but it's something that is appreciated every day. Thought I'd share my messy cooktop with y'all.

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  1. As the owner of a gas cooktop, with cast iron grates, I'm envious of the ease with which you can clean up your induction cooktop! Thanks for sharing your "mess" LOL

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    1. re: MrsPatmore

      I'll second stovetop is usually a mess. Once every few months I'll take the grates off and run 'em through the dishwasher and really clean the whole stove top, but most of the time is just gets wiped off with a rag.

      A good friend has a glass top (don't know if it's induction) and it's really easy to clean. the only problem is her huge CI pan is not totally flat on the bottom, and as a result doesn't work as well as it did on gas...

      1. re: MrsPatmore

        I feel your pain. And so does Bob, as he was the one who usually wound up scrubbing and scrubbing :(

      2. What is the unexpected benefit? Ease of cleaning or the fact that you can put utensils everywhere (using the entire cooktop)?

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Yes and yes! TWO unexpected benefits :)

          1. re: c oliver

            The cookware bottoms are just as clean and will stay like that. No more ugly scorched crusty bottoms.

              1. re: unprofessional_chef

                A third benefit :) Never even thought about that.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              With my radiant range, I can set things on it, and often do. But then I'll turn on 2 hobs, cook, turn one off, and a few minutes later set something on the now empty but still VERY hot (though no longer glowing) burner. I've picked up 3 burns on my left hand since Thanksgiving from just such mishaps. The 3rd happened yesterday when I set someone's plate down while waiting for their eggs to finish. I grabbed it right up, but the tip of my finger hit the glass and ouch! No worries, it'll dry up and get crusty in a few days. We won't discuss the scorched wooden spoons and pancake turner handles at all, ok?

              Seriously, the new range gets ordered next week. And in the meantime, I'm going to take a look at the "CREAMY AFTER-DINNER DRINKS See all 11 recipes >>" that have been stalking me all evening. :)

              1. re: DuffyH

                <Seriously, the new range gets ordered next week. >

                I think you are getting induction, right? It will be a nice change.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  You're so going to love it, I'm sure. I noticed again last evening when making a quick shrimp sauce to go over some already cooked rice that my whole mise en place was sitting on the stovetop along with the utensils. It's not something I actually think about; it just happens.

              2. I flipped a batch of minced garlic into a hot pan once, missed completely and then picked up the garlic from the active hob with my bare fingers and tossed it in the pot. I realized as I was doing it, that going back to radiant electric would probably be quite dangerous for me.

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                1. re: AbijahL

                  < I realized as I was doing it, that going back to radiant electric would probably be quite dangerous for me.>

                  Absolutely! I used to know not to mess with things when I had big ol' honking cast iron grates that just shouted "Don't touch!" But then I move and can put things on the glass. Silly me.

                  I noted last year about the time one of my cats, who knew to travel the margins of my gas range (when I was out of the room), burned her little toes walking on the glass when we moved here.

                2. over the last 10 years of induction cooking here is what works best for us: heavy duty greasy cleaning use "Scrubby Bubbles Spray" followed by Windex or Sprayaway Window Cleaner. Also use Scrubby ti clean stainless sink. Just rinse afterwards and no water marks! .

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                  1. re: subal

                    Beats the heck out of cleaning a gas cooktop, doesn't it?

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Unless said cooktop has sealed burners and brushed or satin finished wells and top. Then I'll take cleaning the gas. Easy peasy. But it still heats up the kitchen.

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        Unless it's completely flat, I don't see how it could be easier. Not doubting you. Can you share a picture of one please?

                        1. re: c oliver

                          It's easier to show you a cooktop, but it's the same idea, of course. You can see that it's got a brushed, i.e., not shiny or polished surface. With this, there is never a streak, never a fingerprint, scratches never show and it can be cleaned with an SOS pad, lightly. And no paint to ever wear off.

                          That's a big deal to me. After owning two black glass cooktops, one gas and this electric, I vow that it takes some real work to get it streak free, Paint is worn off in places, etc...

                          After 8 years, my brushed gas range was able to look showroom new very quickly. No one, ever, would mistake my current range for anything even remotely new.

                          My daily routine - lift off grates, wipe with a hot damp sponge, put grates back on. Every week, or after cooking something greasy, I'd use a soapy wash. Burnt crud? SOS. Or Comet, Ajax, BKF, whatever souring thingy is handy.


                          Note that mine was a range, with the knobs on the front panel above the oven, not on the cooktop. That would make a difference, of course.

                  2. Oh I get it. As long as you don't use metal any utensil or bowls etc. that you are using is unaffected by the heat element. That is why removing a wayward piece of food off the unused element is safe because humans are not made of metal. I like that given that I have very little counter space and am kind of a clumsy cook.

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                      1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                        <I like that given that I have very little counter space and am kind of a clumsy cook.>

                        But then it may spoil you and help you develop bad habits. My electric toothbrush did that to me.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          I blame my electric toothbrush for my weak wrists.

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            Whenever I travel (like recently to Toronto), I bring a regular toothbrush. I am always reminded how much I have forgotten to use a regular toothbrush.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              I know! Right? And how weird is it using a manual brush? It just feels too bizarro.