People who have electric stoves may be surprised to learn that the water in the kettle takes longer to boil on an electric stove than on a gas or induction stove.
This is because electric burners heat the water differently than other types of stoves. Water boils at a lower temperature on an electric stove so, in order to bring all of the water up to boiling point, you need to keep your stove’s burner turned up.
With that in mind, here are some tips for getting your electric kettle to boil faster:
Turn your stove’s burner off before you add water
When you add water to an electric stove’s pot, turn off the stove’s burner immediately. This prevents the water’s temperature from lowering the stove’s heating elements, and it lets the kettle finish heating without interruption.
This will also prevent your stove’s heating elements from rusting. When those elements are covered in rust, they’re not producing heat.
This causes them to wear out much more quickly. If you have a gas stove, you can also turn off the gas supply as well.
Rest the kettle on its heating element
When you add water to your electric kettle, let the kettle sit on the stove’s heating element until the water comes to a boil. This stops the water from lowering the stove’s heating elements and allows you to boil the water faster.
There’s a good chance that the kettle you purchased has a heating element. These elements are designed to heat up water quickly and evenly.
If you have a kettle with a heating element, resting the kettle on it will let you speed up the boiling process even more.
Use a tall moka coffee maker
If you own a moka coffee maker, you can use it to speed up the boiling process on an electric stove. The moka’s mesh filter draws in air from below the pot, speeding up the boiling process. You can also use a French press or an electric kettle with a bell instead of a whistle.
Check your kettle’s manual
Many electric kettles come with a manual that explains how to use them on an electric stove. The manual should also explain how long it takes your kettle to boil water on that stove. If yours doesn’t, you can read this article after you finish reading about your stove.
Keep a close eye on the water
It’s important to keep an eye on the water when you’re using an electric stove. This prevents the water’s temperature from dropping too low, which can damage your stove’s heating elements. You can use a glass thermometer on your stove’s pot to make sure that you keep an eye on the water’s temperature. If the water’s temperature gets too low, simply add more hot water from your kettle.
Don’t overload your stove’s heating elements
Like any other piece of cooking equipment, your electric stove’s heating elements will wear out after time. When this happens, the heating element won’t produce enough heat to boil the water. Since the stove’s heating element may become rusty or damaged, you should inspect it regularly. If you notice that your stove’s heating element is damaged, you should replace it immediately.
Electric stoves offer more flexibility than other types of stoves, but they also heat the water differently, requiring a little more attention when it comes to timing the water’s boiling point. With that in mind, there are a few quick tips for speeding up the boiling process. You can also use a tall moka coffee maker, an electric kettle with a heating element, or a thermometer to keep an eye on the water’s temperature.