Portable Induction Cooktop Lending Program
Boulder County‘s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience is offering a free, two-week loan of portable induction cooktops for residents to try cooking with induction technology. Please complete this sign-up form to request a cooktop.Sign-up to Reserve your Induction Cooktop
The most efficient electric cooking technology is induction, and induction cooktops deliver better cooking performance than gas, as demonstrated in the videos on this page. Induction cooking is faster, easy to control, and safer than cooking with gas or propane. In addition, because the surface does not heat up (only the pans and food), it is very easy and safe to clean up any spills.
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Any cookware with a magnetic bottom can be used with induction. Therefore, if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your cookware, it will work. Look for the induction logo when purchasing new cookware.
Yes and no. Like all appliances, electric appliances come in all shapes, sizes, and budgets. The most common electric resistance ranges and cooktops are priced similarly or cheaper than their gas counterparts. Induction is often similar or more expensive upfront but offers greater efficiency, performance, and savings over time.
Yes – getting a good char with induction is easy and fast. May induction cooktops come with more precise temperature controls allowing you to adjust the heat of your cookware by increments of five or ten degrees. Even better, because induction heats cookware immediately, you can access this power within seconds leading to a shorter overall cooking time. You may find you need to adjust your cooking style due to the power of induction cooktops compared to gas.
Yes! Cooking in woks is possible on induction with flat-bottomed woks or on induction hobs that are curved to fit the shape of a standard wok pan. The high heat necessary in wok cooking is met easily on induction thanks to the power and quick response it delivers. Unlike gas woks, induction contributes less heat to the environment keeping your kitchen cooler.
A pacemaker is a small medical device implanted in the chest to help regulate irregular heartbeats by sending electrical signals to the heart. Induction cooktops emit an electromagnetic field that is strongest within two feet of the cooking surface. Scientific tests are thus far inconclusive as to whether the electrical field will disrupt the function of a pacemaker. Induction cooktops come with manufacturer’s warning such as “Persons with a pacemaker or similar medical device should exercise caution using or standing near an induction unit while it is in operation, as the electromagnetic field may affect the working of the pacemaker or similar medical device. It would be advisable to consult your doctor or the pacemaker or similar medical device manufacturer about your particular situation.” If you have concerns, a modern electric resistance cooktop may be a good option for you.