Though there are some raw foodists and that some foods are better when eaten raw, we cannot omit the fact that cooking food has several benefits. For starters by cooking food at a proper temperature not only makes the food more manageable for us to chew, digest, and absorb the nutrients from it, but it also makes the food more enjoyable by improving its taste and aroma. Besides, From the microbiological point of view, cooked food is deemed safer than raw uncooked food. There are several ways you can cook food, such as cooking on a portable induction cooktop, frying in a deep fryer and so many more. However, this post is an induction cooktop temperature guide.
The intention is to guide you on how to control the cooking temperature when using an induction cooker properly. What are the voltage requirements for an induction cooker? The power consumption? What are the proper temperature settings for induction cooking? These are the questions for which we hope to provide answers in this article. Because too much heat in culinary is terrible, it’s very critical to know the temperature level required. With uncontrolled cooking temperatures, you may not only destroy the flavor and taste of the food, but you also destroy several vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and life-giving enzymes needed by the body for optimal health and functioning. Not to mention the safety hazards that may result. So, without further ado, let us start with our induction cooker temperature guide.
Lets first understand how induction cooking works?
Induction burners generate heat through the technology of electromagnetic induction. Below the cooktop’s surface is a magnetic wire coil through which electricity runs and creates a magnetic field that excites electrons in the induction cookware placed on the cooktop. The excited electrons generate heat, which heats the pan and the food placed inside it. The heat generated can be controlled by the magnetic field through adjustable power levels and temperature settings. The temperature inside the pot on the induction cooktop’s surface can be set even in terms of a single degree Celsius. Generally, most induction cooktop models will have a temperature range from 100°F(37 ° Celsius) to up to 575°F (302° Celsius).
Induction Cooktop Power Consumption: Voltage and Circuit Requirements
Besides temperature, induction cooktop power consumption (voltage, and circuit requirements) are also vital considerations. Regardless of the country you reside in, it will be possible to use today’s most modern induction cooktops made today. This is because the induction stovetops have a voltage rating of 120 V or between 200-240 V, and in most countries, including Europe, a joint standard voltage distribution of 230 V ±10% at 50 Hz is followed.
Hence, there is a high chance that your induction burner is compatible with the voltage distribution of your country of residence. However, there are a few exceptions (countries such as the United States, Canada, Japan, etc.) that do not follow the 230 V ±10% at 50 Hz standard. Instead, they use 100-120 V as the standard voltage. In these countries, it is still possible to cook with your induction burner rated 230 V. A ‘three-wire – split-phase’ wiring is used, which produces higher voltage.
Besides temperature settings, it is also vital to consider the required circuit when installing or buying your induction cooktop. The required circuit will depend on the size (number of burners) on the cooktop. A higher amps circuit will be required for a bigger cooktop (one with multiple burners) compared to a single burner cooktop. For most single burner induction cooktops, the wattage is between 1200 watts to 1800 watts, which implies a minimum circuit requirement of 15 amps. A minimum circuit requirement 40-50 amps would be required for an induction cooktop with 4-5 burners.
Now let’s have a look at the different induction cooktop temperature guide levels needed for popular food items and cooking functions.
While using an induction cooktop, you have a variety of cooking temperature settings t chose from based on cooking items, need and styles. Each cooktop may provide different cooking temperature, ensure to check this while buying/choosing your cooktop.
Temperature Guide for Induction Cooking
|No.||Setting||Specific Temperatures||Cooking Function|
|Warm||Low||37°C (100°F)||To warm food|
|Warm||Low||43°C (110°F)||For melting/rendering chocolate/wax|
|1||Low||65°C (150°F)||For Pasteurizing and slow cooking|
|2||Medium-Low||82°C (180°F)||Simmering chicken stocks and sauces, fondue, and melting cheese.|
|3||Medium-Low||99°C (210°F)||Russian steamed vegetables, Waterless cooking jellies, Jam, baking.|
|4||Medium||116C° (240°F)||Chicken roast, Sautéing, boil steaming.|
|5||Medium||132°C (270°F)||Pasta/noodles, Potatoes, pancakes, eggs, and crepes|
|6||Medium-High||150°C (300°F)||Sautéing vegetables and some seafood.|
|6 or 7||Medium-High||166°C (330°F)||For Stir-frying, Sautéing meats (beef, pork, and poultry).|
|7||Medium-High||182°C (360°F)||Deep oil pan-frying of chicken, French fries, fish, doughnuts, fritters.|
|8||High||199°C (390°F)||Ideal for Pasta and fresh popcorns.|
|9||High||216°C (420°F)||Pan broil Indian mutton chops, chickens steaks.|
|10||High||232°C (450°F)||Quick searing and browning or marinated chicken or meats before roasting.|
|Sear||Max-Sear||302°C (575°F)||Just for searing|
Induction cooktops offer energy efficiency and heat consistency, meaning you can save on energy bills. But just like other cooktops such as gas or electric, uncontrolled temperatures can lead to undesirable outcomes in cooking. This is why it is crucial to know what temperature settings to use when cooking so you always cook enjoyable and healthful diets. Hopefully, you found this induction cooktop temperature guide and voltage requirements helpful. Also, read our article on how to clean an induction cooktop from any spills.