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Today, Three Rick and I are taking a look at the new Fagor Induction Portable Cooktops. These things contain some awesome new technology, and we couldn’t wait to try it out! The fine people at Vann’s informed us that this device can boil water faster than conventional heat, and without all the dangers of an open flame.
If you’re not familiar with induction cooking, let me lay out the basics for you. Underneath the surface of this thing are magnetic induction coils. Now, with this you can ‘t use copper bottomed cookware. (We actually tested this, like idiots.) The induction coils react with the ferrous materials in the Fagor pots and pans, so the heating element is actually the cookware itself. This way, nothing gets baked onto the cooking surface (easy cleanup), and there is little to no risk of burning yourself. There are several videos on the internet showcasing the fact that you can leave a dollar bill underneath the pot, and it will emerge unscathed. It’s impressive, really. But it’s been done.
This may sound like the holy grail of cooking, but this system has drawbacks just like anything else. For instance, your cookware is limited. You’ll need ferrous pots and pans, so your current collection may not suffice. This may not be a problem for someone with a lot of money to spend, or a college student that only needs to boil water for noodles, but it’s something you should be aware of. All of this aside, these things are awesome, so Eric and I decided to put it to the test in the most epic time trial battle of the century.