Many of you (at least the rich ones among you) already own an induction stove, I'm sure, but after ten years of cooking on my mother's ancient Frigidaire solid burner electric range, I thought what I really longed for was a gas stove.
If I won the lottery, my choice would be a Lacanche or La Cornue (costing a mere $7,000 for the smallest, plainest model), but there I was, at Costco, staring at a small glass item labelled Salton Portable Induction Cooktop, "fastest, safest, cleanest, most energy-efficient cooking technology" -- all this with a price tag of $59.99.
Now I had heard of induction cooking, and my extravagant brother had installed a new induction cooktop in his kitchen a few years ago, costing some exorbitant four-figure number.
Could this be the same kind of thing?
What's nice about most retail stores today is if you don't like something, you can return it for refund; no questions asked. So I put a Salton Induction Cooker in my shopping cart.
I'm pleased to report that I am delighted with this little appliance. I use it mostly for frying because I love the way it keeps the oil temperature constant, and for cooking anything where I want to be able to either turn the burner completely off, or on and off, or where I want the timer to actually turn off the heat, instead of screaming at me to come and do it!
The only problem with induction cooking is that it requires special pots. Fortunately, I already owned a large stainless steel pot from Ikea that has the right kind of bottom, and at Sears I found a wonderful small non-stick wok that was on sale for a mere $20 instead of the $100 regular price.
An additional pot requirement for this particular burner is that the bottom of the pot has to fit within the white circle because that's the only place where the heating happens.
* For several years I published a cooking blog on this Blogger platform, the-cooks-corner-blog.com, but last year Google decided they no longer wanted to get involved in domain names, and I was unable to follow the instructions that they gave for the renewal (and as everyone knows, there is no such thing as customer support at Google), so they cancelled it. Fortunately, I had enough warning to say Goodbye to my many followers.