I received my Frigidaire Gallery Free-Standing Induction Range about a month ago and it has really changed-up my mealtime routine. I had heard how quick and responsive induction cooking was, but until I used it myself I had no idea how it would revolutionize our kitchen.
Those of you who have been following my blog over the last few years might realize that this range looks almost exactly like the one I purchased last fall. It is pretty much the same, except it has the induction cooktop and slightly different dials (because of the induction controls). I loved the range I bought last year, so I did have a bit of apprehension about becoming one of the #testdrivemoms – what if I didn’t enjoy this new range as much? My doubts were squashed the night of the new range’s arrival (yet another pasta night) and I waved a friendly goodbye to the range I was just getting into a groove with. I had no regrets.
Why do I love induction so much? Take for example, boiling a large dutch oven filled with cold water for cooking pasta (something I do a lot, because it’s one of the only things Chelsea eats on a consistent basis). I can bring that huge pot to a rolling boil in about four minutes. Four minutes! Bringing a smaller pot to a boil seems to take seconds (but probably is closer to a minute). I think I have boiled about 50 extra pots of water this month just showing anyone who will come in my kitchen how fast it is. Come, watch water boil with me…
I also love the responsiveness of the heat control. When I turn that pot of boiling water off, the bubbles stop – right away. 30 seconds later can turn the pot back on high and almost instantly resume a rolling boil. I LOVE having this control – I’ve always had an irrational fear of gas (the fuel, not the result of eating my food), but yearned to have instant heat and now I’ve finally got it.
Along with making my cook times faster and my cooking experience more controllable, my new Frigidaire Gallery Induction Range makes my life easier in another way – cleaning! While it looks the same as my last ceramic cooktop, since it’s the cookware, not the cooktop surface heating up, boil overs and splatters don’t ‘cook on’, making clean-up much faster.
For more information on the range I’m test driving, along with the technical information on what induction actually means and how it works, visit Frigidaire Canada’s website or visit their Facebook page and while you are there, enter the Seduction of Induction Sweepstakes, where you could win an incredible induction range, just like mine (runs until October 31, 2013).
Disclosure: I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.