Staying home over lockdown and avoiding fast-food outlets and impulse buying has allowed you to put a little savings pocket together, and you want to invest in a new stove. You currently have an old gas stove that has served you well over the past two decades. You are loyal to gas, only because you are familiar with it. However, there is a new cooking “sheriff” in town – induction stoves, and it is causing quite a stir in the cooking and cookware arena.

While gas still, to this day, wins the familiarity contest, only because it has been around for decades, many South African homeowners and businesses are talking about AC electrical current technology. Although this technology is not new, it is only now making waves in homes, city developments, student accommodation, and hospitality kitchens throughout our nation. If you are new to this technology, here are a few differences to know about between gas and induction stoves: 

Both Cooking Methods Affect Kitchen Heat Levels Differently

Hospitality kitchens struggle with open gas flames that heat the room to intolerable levels, forcing restaurateurs to invest hundreds of thousands in ventilation systems. One of the best things about an induction stove is that it is far more efficient than its gas opponent. Unlike induction, the gas heats the pot first, and then the food. That means you lose up to 50% of heat while you cook. Whereas gas heat goes straight to heating a kitchen, induction uses 90% of the heat generated to cook the food, losing only 10% to the kitchen. That tells us that if you want a fast and efficient cooker that will not drown your kitchen in heat, consider induction stoves.

Money-Saving and Safety Benefits

South Africa is in the middle of a changing economy, and with the future uncertain, it is wise to reduce energy costs where we can. Whereas gas and induction both have their benefits, one of the top advantages of induction stoves for homeowners and businesses on a budget is that this technology saves money on ventilation costs. It also decreases the chance of fire and burns. However, one thing we cannot forget is that gas-readiness is an incomparable benefit for when power lines go down.

You Must Purchase Induction-Ready Cookware

Induction technology runs on electromagnetic energy. As a result, you will need to invest in an induction-ready pot and pan. The costs will add up, but once you have the accurate electromagnetic cookware, you will never look back to using traditional cookware or gas permanently again. Tip: Before splashing out on a new set of electromagnetic cookware, ensure your current pots and pans work on an induction stovetop by placing a magnet on the bottom surface. If the magnet sticks, you can use it for induction cooking. If not, start off with the basic pot and pan, building your collection over time.

They say once you go induction, gas will become your back-up, and we could not agree more. A cooking method first patented during the early 1900s, induction stoves are affordable, easy to clean, efficient, safe, and better on the environment. Visit Snappy Chef online to purchase your very first induction stove.