If you have a glass top stove installed in your home, it completes the overall beauty and adds class to your kitchen. Some homeowners prefer this stove because it results to clean space and requires less cleaning.
What are the concerns about using cast iron in the glass stove top?
Cast iron pan is considered heavy compared to other cookware, it also has uneven bottoms that make less efficient heat distribution, cast iron pan are also considered larger than the recommended size for the glass top stove, cast irons also has a rough finish which can scratch the top of the stove.
Having a glass top stove requires you to treat it with care because you can scratch the surface by using incorrect cookware such as cast iron. There are however some tips to avoid damage to your glass top stove when using cast iron cookware. Read on.
- Clean the cast iron pan before use. Cleaning the cast iron pan will ensure that no elements are sticking at the bottom which can be transferred to the stove.
- You should choose the cast iron that has a smooth bottom. There is a cast-iron skillet that has some rough bottom which may not be the best for your glass stove, rough bottom can cause scratches to your glass stove.
- Do not repeatedly move your cast-iron skillet all over your glass top. Before you even open the stove, make sure you have placed the cast iron pan properly, so that there is no need for you to keep on changing the spot of your pan. Moving your cast-iron skillet while cooking is a sure-fire way to create scratches to appear on your glass top stove.
- Lift the cast iron. Do not push it when you want to change its location on your stove. Pushing it back and forth can easily create scratches on the glass.
- Do not fill your cast-iron skillet to the brim. The weight of the iron skillet is already heavy as a standard 12-inch cast-iron skillet weighs 7 to 9 pounds on average. The 10-inch skillet they have weighs anywhere between 4 to 6 pounds on average. Their largest pan can weigh as heavy as 11 to 13 pounds alone. Then you add to it the weight of the content which may put a lot of weight to your glass top stove. Yes, the stove can carry the weight but the danger is when you drop the cast iron on top that may cause it to break or crack.
- Use cooking mitts when lifting the cast iron. You may use gloves to lift cookware to and from the glass top stove to ensure that your hands are well protected from the heat and there is no danger of accidentally dropping the pan on the glass.
- Do not turn the heat to a high temperature in a few seconds. You should change the heat setting gradually, starting it in the lowest setting, then change it to the different heat control as you cook.
- Do not leave the iron cast on top of the glass stove. The weight of the cast-iron pan including the content will cause a damaging effect to the burner and the glass. Hence, after cooking, it should immediately be removed and placed on another counter.
- It is best to use a cast iron that is not too large for the burner. Cast iron pan is sometimes larger than the burners of glass top stove, so best to pick one that is medium-sized.
- Choose a cast-iron skillet that has a porcelain enamel coating. This is more aptly used for glass top stoves because of its smooth and even finish.
- You may opt to use a heat diffuser. This will serve as a buffer between the cast iron pan and the glass top stove. They make it with durable metal that can help protect your glass top stove from the cast-iron skillet.
What are the Pros and Cons of Glass Top Stove?
- It provides a modern and seamless look. With the stove’s glass top and clean lines, the overall look is sleek as well as classy.
- Easy to clean. With a clean cloth, you can easily remove stains and food spillage on the glass top.
- Adds counter space. If you are not cooking, the top of the glass stove can be used as an additional counter space. Leave nothing too heavy on top of it though. A bowl of fruits or some pieces of vegetables in a container is manageable.
- It generates the right amount of heat. The heat is just right for every cooking. There is less chance of burning the food unless you leave it on high temperature for some time.
- Fast cooking. Because of the even heating food cooks faster.
- Less messy. There is no space for spills to pool since the surface is glass and has no corners unlike the traditional stove.
- Cost you more. Since there is not much clamor for this stove as some homeowners are still using the traditional stove with burners, glass stove top may cost more.
- Expensive to replace the glass. You may need to shell out more when the glass top gets damage. Assuming you can still have it replaced.
- You cannot use just any cleaners. An abrasive cleaner is not for this stove. You need to use a glass top cleaner and the right cleaning solution.
- You need to invest in the right cookware. With a glass stovetop, the usual cookware is not apt to be used, hence, you may need to buy an extra set of cookware for you to enjoy this stove to its full capacity.
Glass top stove is an elegant addition to your home. It is also easy to use and doesn’t take much space. However, for you to enjoy it to the fullest, also make sure you are adding to its longevity by using the right cookware, keeping it clean and well maintained. A monthly check-up of its interior and exterior is also highly recommended.
You may use a cast-iron pan but make sure you are taking the necessary precaution while using it to avoid any damage to your glass top stove. Not doing so may cause you to shell out more money in the long run.