Choice of dishes for glass ceramic hob
You bought a new hob with a beautiful coating for glass ceramics and you can not look at it. Such it is smooth, smooth, shining with novelty, not a single scratch - beauty, and only! It would be nice to keep it like that, is not it?
To do this, you need to perform an audit in the locker and refuse to use anything that is not suitable for glass ceramics. Excellent opportunity to please yourself with shopping in a store of utensils and get rid of old pots.
- 1What is not good for glass ceramics
- 2What kind of dishes can I use
- 3Types of dishes
What is not good for glass ceramics
Glass ceramics can cover two types of heating elements: a conventional heater or an induction coil. On ordinary electric cookers, you can use any pots with a flat bottom. The main thing - that the bottom is tightly in contact with the surface, and which dishes you prefer to use - not too important.
Cooking with a rough uneven bottom is not suitable for glass-ceramic surfaces. First, it does not adhere well to the surface, and because of this, the efficiency is markedly reduced, and irrational energy consumption is increasing. Secondly, such utensils will quickly cover the smooth glass ceramics with scratches. And scratches will not only spoil the appearance of your glass-ceramic panel, but also negatively affect its strength and durability.
Cossettes with a round bottom are not suitable for use on glass ceramics because of the small area of contact. If you like wok frying pans, you will need to find options with not quite a round base, otherwise the frying pan will not warm up at all.
What kind of dishes can I use
It depends on what kind of cooker is installed in your kitchen. If you bought an induction model with a glass-ceramic coating, then only special dishes with a magnetic bottom will suit you. That is, your pans and pots should have a bottom of magnetic stainless steel or cast iron..
Walls can be made of another material - aluminum, non-magnetic steel or even heat-resistant glass, but the bottom must necessarily have magnetic properties. Otherwise, some models will not even turn on - many have a sensor that determines the "correctness" of the dishes..
This is due to the principle of operation of induction cookers: heating occurs not by contact with a heated glass ceramic plate, but by creating induction currents in the bottom of the pan.
For a simple electric tile, which has heating elements of different types, any dish with a flat bottom will do. The smoother the bottom, the denser it will come in contact with the heated glass-ceramic on the plate, the faster the heating will occur. Excellent for glass-ceramic surfaces of steel and enamel products. You can also use glass, but the energy consumption will be greater because of the lower thermal conductivity of the glass. Suitable and the dishes that are designed for induction cookers.
Types of dishes
- Stainless steel. This is the best option that you can find. The stainless steel is well cleaned, it has a high degree of thermal conductivity. About beauty and I do not have to say - the radiant stainless steel with its one kind creates a sense of purity and culinary sanctuary. Pay only attention to the magnetic properties, if you buy pans to use them for cooking on the induction panel. Usually on the packaging or walls of pots and pans there are pictograms with the designation of acceptable methods of use.
- Enamelled steel or aluminum. A good choice, allowing you to choose the color and pattern that fits the style of your kitchen. But do not forget to carefully examine the bottom: it should be as flat as possible, do not have chips, scratches, bulges. Some types of enamelware are normally suitable for induction panels with a glass ceramic surface.
- Aluminum. It is better to choose products from anodized aluminum with a steel bottom. Aluminum pans require careful handling because of the relative softness of this metal. On aluminum, scratches and irregularities are easily formed.
- Heat resistant glass. This kitchen utensil is very beautiful, but due to the low thermal conductivity of the glass is not very suitable for use on the hob. You can use it, but you will increase the power consumption. Glass pans are completely unsuitable for induction, but are great for use in an oven and microwave.
- Pans and pans made of aluminum with ceramic or Teflon coating are well suited for cooking on glass ceramics. If the bottom is magnetic, it can be used on induction. Pay attention to the marking, special symbols will tell you how suitable for your plate is this or that cooking container.