Takoma Park lends induction cookers to fight emissions

The City of Takoma Park is offering residents the opportunity to borrow a portable stove to experience the benefits of induction cooking.

If you’re not sure you like cooking with an induction cooker, you may be able to try it out before making a big purchase for a new appliance.

The city of Takoma Park, Maryland is offering residents the opportunity to borrow a portable stove for testing.

The city government is making the offer in an effort to achieve its net zero emissions goals by 2035. Induction cookers, unlike gas cookers, use electricity and emit no greenhouse gases on square.

The city also says it can benefit your respiratory health. Cooking-related emissions can aggravate asthma and increase the risk of asthma in children.

Induction cooktops are also extremely efficient. They boil water faster than traditional gas stoves and allow home chefs to precisely control the temperature. An added benefit for a messy cook, they are much easier to clean.

And for parents: it will not burn your children’s hand when they touch the stove.

However, all your old pots and pans may not work with it.

Induction cooking uses electromagnetic waves rather than an electric flame or coil to heat your pot or pan. But for induction to work, you need to use magnetic cookware. Stainless steel and cast iron will work, but aluminum will not.

A compatible non-stick pan is included with all city cooktops in case your cookware is not compatible.

The portable induction cooker is available at the Public Works Department on Oswego Avenue Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can call 301-891-7633 to check if a cooktop is available or join the waiting list.

The city also asks you to do a boil test and share the experience. Compare the induction hob with the existing cooker and see which one boils faster.

They ask you to tag #SustainableTKPK on Twitter with your videos and results.

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