Nowadays, induction cooktops are becoming much popular. The inductions cooktops are very helpful. The induction cooktops are quicker and easy to clean. However, you can only use induction-friendly cookware on the induction cooktop. Now, this raises the question. How to use non-induction cookware on induction cooktop?
Well, this is the most common question that disturbs while buying an induction cooktop. You will need to buy induction-ready cookware with the cooktop. But, we will tell you a trick to use non-induction cookware on the induction cooktop.
There are some simple devices available on the market like induction interface disk. By using these devices, you do not need to buy induction-ready cookware. Let’s see how you can use non-induction cookware on the induction cooktop. Before we move forward, don’t forget to read our previous post on pour-over coffee.
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How does Induction Cooktop work?
Well, the induction requires induction-ready cookware because they only heat magnetic objects. The induction cooktop uses electromagnetism to produce heat. The induction cooktop comes with a ceramic plate with an electromagnetic coil beneath it.
Once you start the induction, an electric current runs through the electromagnetic coil and creates a magnetic field. When you put an iron or stainless steel pan on the cooktop, it will create the flow of a small electric current in the pan.
After that, the small electric current converts to heat. It makes the cooking process easy and efficient. The electric current will not pass through the pans that are not made of cast iron or stainless steel.
How to Use Non-induction Cookware on Induction Cooktop?
Here we will talk about two different ideas that will help you to use non-induction cookware on induction. With these ideas, you can use any regular pot or pan on the induction cooktop. The first idea is to use an induction interface disk.
- Use of Induction Interface Disk
The induction interface disk is something that allows you to use non-induction cookware. It can be made of stainless steel or iron. This is a thin and heavy disk. Because of the heavy weight, there are fewer chances of slipping.
However, not all interface disks are high-quality. You have to find a sturdy and durable induction interface disk. The interface disk is also known as a converter disk. It also has a heat-proof handle to hold the disk.
The interface disk fits perfectly between the induction cooktop and cookware base. It will evenly distribute heat through the cookware for efficient cooking. This is the most common method for using non-induction cookware on induction.
You only need to put this interface disk on the cooktop and then your cookware on the disk. These interface disks will cost you around $30 to $50. They are affordable. It is good to buy a $30 interface disk than a whole new cookware set.
The interface disk allows you to use non-induction cookware. But, there are also some downsides of interface disk. With a converter disk, it can take some time for cooking. Also, if you use heavier cookware, then it can lead to scratches on the cooktop. Be aware of these side-effects while using interface disk.
- Use of Steel Wire Mesh Sheet
While researching this topic, we got one more idea for using non-induction cookware. We found the steel wire mesh sheet can also be helpful in this case. The steel wire mesh sheet is available in any hardware tool shop.
Once you have the mesh sheet, fold the sheet and then put it on the induction cooktop. Now, you can place the non-induction cookware on the steel wire mesh sheet. The issue with this method is that it takes a long time.
Also, it is not the safest method for using non-induction cookware. However, you can try this by taking all necessary precautions. Only turn on the induction once the mesh sheet and cookware are placed on the cooktop.
Don’t touch the mesh sheet or cookware. First, switch off the induction and only after that remove the cookware and mesh sheet. Don’t forget to use oven gloves.
If you don’t have one, then you should let the cookware and sheet cool down. If you are looking for a cheap method, then this is the best method for you.
How to Use Uneven Cookware on the Interface Disk?
As you know, you should have cookware with flat and smooth bottom to use converter disk. But, if you don’t have cookware like that, then you can try computer thermal paste.
What you will need to do is to apply computer thermal paste on the bottom of the cookware. After that, you can place the cookware on the converter disk. Once you place the cookware on the disk, the thermal paste will spread into the thin layer of the cookware’s bottom.
However, it is not the best solution. You have to remove the computer thermal paste from the cookware to use next time. After that, you can apply a new paste and use the cookware. Rather than doing all this, it is better to use a cookware with smooth bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – What if you put a non-induction on the induction cooktop?
A – Well, if you put a non-induction pan made with copper or aluminum, the pan will not heat up. It can also damage your induction cooktop.
Q – How do you know if a pan is an induction ready?
A – All the cookware looks similar. However, you can check the pan is induction ready or not. You can check the user manual and look for the material of the pan. If the pan is made of iron, cast-iron, steel, or carbon steel, then the pan is induction-ready.
These materials are magnetic. You can also check the bottom of the cookware. The bottom of the cookware should be flat to enhance the magnetic field.
Q – What if the interface disk won’t work on induction?
A – If you purchase a high-quality disk, then it is rare that the converter disk doesn’t work. If anything like this happens, you should consider buying induction-ready cookware. That’s the only solution.
How to use non-induction cookware on induction cooktop? We hope that you got the answer to this annoying question. The techniques given in this article are simple and easy. Using interface disk is the best method to use non-induction cookware. You can also try other methods. But, they are not as simple as interface disks. So that’s it for now.
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