Sunday, September 11, 2011

Induction cooker...do you know?

"BB, I got you an induction cooker", I said excitedly to him over the phone.  He asked what it was.  I blabbered many things but nothing very significant to the new type of cooker.  I thought I would let BB check out the cooker when he got home. It remained in the box until he came home.  Actually, it was 'forgotten' after I made the phone call. 
A few days after BB got home, I thought I would show him the cooker.  I was going to cook using the induction cooker.  The induction cooker came with a large cooking pot.  I filled the pot with water and followed the instructions stated in the manual.  Good, the water boiled.  The confusion began only when I wanted to use the new grill pan I bought. 
Was I in for a surprise?  The pan did not heat up.  The buzzer on the cooker did not buzz.  In fact, it did not work at all.  I thought maybe the grill pan was made of some kind of steel that were too thick.  Maybe, the coating was of bad material.  Next, I took out my frying pan.  Again it did not work. The buzzer did not buzz.  To be honest, I did not know what induction cooking was all about.  All I knew was it uses electricity.  It is clean and it is safer with this cooker.  There is a time control button.  The safety of it was all that I bothered to ask the shop owner. "BB, the cooker is faulty", I hollered when he walked into the kitchen.  I showed BB what was happening.  How when I placed the pans and pots from the kitchen, the buzzer 'went on strike'.  Geez, even the smart aleck of the house did not know what was happening.  However he did mentioned something about the bottom of the pot being magnetic. I decided to find out more about induction cooking.  An induction cooker is faster and more energy-efficient than a traditional electric hob. It allows instant control of cooking energy similar to gas burners. Induction cooker only works with cooking vessels made of magnetic materials.  With induction cooking, energy is supplied directly to the cooking vessel by the magnetic field. Thus, almost all of the source energy is transferred to that vessel. Therefore it is faster and more energy efficient than a traditional electric hob. It allows instant control of cooking energy similar to gas burners. When compared to gas or other forms of electrically powered cooking, induction make for a much cooler kitchen.  Because induction heats the cooking vessel itself, the possibility of burn injury is significantly less than with other methods.  Heat is found only directly under the cooking vessel. No one will be so silly as to place his or her palm underneath the pot!
BB told me that I should keep the cooker with me at home. 
He thought it would be too cumbersome and absurd cooking (for himself) with such a big cooking pot.  He uses a small one for his noodles (mee) and eggs. There were no pots or pans meant for induction cooking in the house.  BB did not like the big cooking pot.  I could not find any smaller ones for use with the cooker. Next time, I will make sure I check out in detail (whatever new things I find) before I get overly excited for nothing.  It was to be a surprise for BB but turned out otherwise. I was not prepared to make an investment on new pots or pans.  Otherwise, this would be an excellent choice of cooker.  For now, it will go back into the box. o)