So, you've finally stepped into the world of smart cooking with induction cooktops. But are you still clueless on how to use them and how you need to take care of them? Well, we are here for you. We will first give you a step by step guide on how to use your induction cooktop, and also lend little tips and tricks for taking care of it in your kitchen! So let's get started!

How to Use an Induction Cooktop

Step 1: Make sure the bases of all the pans you will be using are all made of iron or an alloy of iron. A ferromagnetic material is a must for the vessel to be able to heat up when placed on top of an induction cooktop.

Step 2: Switch on your induction cooktop by pressing the power button or switch. This might vary according to the model you've purchased. Your cooktop won't start heating up right away. It would help if you placed the pan on top of it.

Step 3: As soon as you place the pan on top of your cooktop and set the temperature and time, the cooktop starts heating up the bottom of your pan by induction. The heat generated by the copper coil when the flux is generated inside it teaches the cooktop and heats up the base of your pan through induction. So if you remove the pan and place your hand on top of it, there won't be any burns; because the cooktop itself doesn't heat up.
Step 4: Switch off the cooktop when your food is cooked or let the timer switch itself off on time. Take the pan off the cooktop and enjoy your hot meal!

How to Properly Take Care of an Induction Cooktop
It is a common misconception that cleaning induction cooktops is easier than cleaning a regular gas stove because it is a flat surface that doesn't get heated up while cooking, and any spills can easily be wiped off. But often, we risk scratches on the ceramic glass top of the induction cooktop in doing so.

Clean the induction regularly:

Use a dampened sponge to wipe spills on the cooktop when it's cool. Try using a paper towel with a little amount of cleaning liquid and gently rub the surface of the glass top. Wipe the leftover cleaner off the surface using a dry cloth.

Heavy cleaning:

Clean spots left by hard water using white vinegar. Invest in a ceramic cooktop cleaner and pad to get rid of the hardened residue. A cooktop scraper is great for scraping off hard residues from the surface. But be careful not to apply too much pressure, or you might leave scratches on the surface of the cooktop. Wipe off the scraped-off residue once they've been removed.

Cleaning the glass-ceramic cooktop:

A soft cloth and some ceramic cooktop cleaning cream are ideal for cleaning the cooktop. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth after cleaning it with the cream.

Cleaning the stainless steel parts:

You can use a grainy material to wipe the stainless steel parts of the induction. But make sure it's not an abrasive cleaner. Also, be careful not to leave watermarks on the cooktop.

Removing hard-water spots:

Some minerals present in hard water leave marks on the surface of the cooktops. You can get rid of them by wiping the surface with white vinegar and follow it up by cleaning the surface with a cooktop cleaner on a soft cloth.

I hope these tips on how to use and take care of your induction cooktop were useful. For more details follow https://www.inductioncooktopguide.in/. We'll make sure you have a fuss-free, easy and fabulous experience in the kitchen!

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