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How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop Naturally

How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop Naturally

It’s been half a year since I started cooking with induction. So far, it’s been working out great. Enough so that I continue to stick to the opinion that, despite their higher price, induction cooktops are generally worth it.

The cooktop heats my pans and pots quickly and evenly (for those of you coming here for the first time and who may be wondering, I cook mostly with tri-ply stainless steel and every now and then with cast iron).

Since my induction cooktop’s surface stays cool and my cookware heats from the inside out (I’ll tell you exactly how this works later on in this post), cleanup has been mostly effortless.

What Do Chefs Think About Induction Cooking?

What Do Chefs Think About Induction Cooking?

Until the mid-last century, gas or electric stovetops were pretty much the only way to equip a kitchen, in a restaurant or your home. Until induction cooktops showed up and started raising eyebrows.

The thing that gets many people fascinated by induction cooktops is that they don’t require an electric burner or gas flame. They stay cool and transfer energy directly to your cookware, heating it contactlessly.

But what do chefs think about them?

How to Clean White Stains Off Your Induction Cooktop

How to Clean White Stains Off Your Induction Cooktop

If you are like me, then your induction cooktop is as much a part of your home’s decor as it is an appliance in your kitchen. Yet the unfortunate fact is that, no matter how careful you are with the surface, it will sooner or later get dirty.

At least this has been my experience owning an induction cooktop for four-five months by the time I wrote this post. For the majority of that time, I managed to keep it spotless. Until today, when I came across a few surprisingly stubborn white spots.

Glass-Ceramic vs. Induction Cooktops (Illustrated Guide)

Glass-Ceramic vs. Induction Cooktops (Illustrated Guide)

Whether you’re equipping the kitchen in your new home or are about to remodel your existing place, one thing’s for sure. For those of us who cook every day, the stove/cooktop is probably one of the most important appliances in the entire house.

I’ve used almost every kind of stove you could possibly think of. My great grandmother taught me how to cook on her wood stove when I could hardly see over it. In my college days, I threw parties and cooked for friends on the stained electric coil and old gas stoves in the apartments I rented. 

I dropped out of college in my junior year to start my own business. Luckily for me, it worked out pretty well, and I made enough money to graduate to a glass-ceramic cooktop. In fact, I kept cooking on one for almost a decade. Finally, about one year ago, I upgraded to induction.

In this post, I’m going to tell you all about the similarities and differences between ceramic and induction cooktops—and give you my honest take on which is better and in which case.

The Best Stand Mixers for Beginners

The Best Stand Mixers for Beginners

A stand mixer can take your home cooking and baking to the next level. Pick a good one that fits your needs, and it will quickly turn into your favorite kitchen tool. Unlike hand mixers—which you use by holding in one hand—stand mixers do all of the work for you, freeing you up to do other tasks at home.

Stand mixers are kitchen appliances powered by a gear motor. The motor rotates detachable mixing tools at configurable speeds inside a mixing bowl. Stand mixers substitute hand mixers and can do a variety of otherwise-manual cooking tasks for you, saving you time and effort.

Search for a stand mixer online, and you’ll easily get overwhelmed by the number of choices. 

What should you look for if you’re a beginner in cooking?

Everything You Need to Know About Mini Fridges

Everything You Need to Know About Mini Fridges

There’s one thing that dorm rooms, first apartments, man caves, home bars, and RVs all have in common. They just don’t have that much space. So you have to forgo many conveniences of an otherwise more spacious home. Keeping your food fresh and your drinks cold isn’t one of them.

Then again, you don’t really need to. You can simply buy a mini fridge. As the name suggests, mini fridges are small refrigerators that can keep your food fresh in a tight kitchen or cool your drinks on a game night.

My youngest cousin is a freshman in college. He rented an apartment with a couple of friends recently. Guess who ended up giving them tips on how to equip their (pretty tight) kitchen.

After hours of research, I became somewhat of a specialist on mini fridges. So in this post, I’m going to tell you everything I learned about them.

Stand Mixer or Food Processor? Which One Is Right for You?

Stand Mixer or Food Processor? Which One Is Right for You?

Every day, we are confronted with choices. Some choices, like what tomato variety or cheese block to buy, are relatively easy to make and not that costly if you get them wrong. Others, like what kitchen equipment to buy—and from which brand—can end up being costlier in all meanings of the word.

This is as true for small as it is for major kitchen appliances. One of those dilemmas most home cooks face is, “Should I buy a stand mixer or a food processor?”

In this post, I’m going to give you my honest take on the topic.

Are Induction Cooktops Worth It?

Are Induction Cooktops Worth It?

My wife and I recently changed apartments and are now renting a spacious two-bedroom with an excellently-equipped kitchen.

Kitchen-wise, one of the biggest changes is that I now have an induction cooktop. Before, I used to have a smooth-surface electric cooktop. After only a week of cooking, I’m NEVER going back. And I’m going to spend the rest of this post telling you why.