I had one of these silly ideas one can have when when is delirious with hunger. Over-hungry sometimes has the same effect as over-tired, I’ve noticed. For some inexplicable reason, I suddenly had to know what anthroposophy might say about induction cooking. I learnt about the importance of cooking pots, about cosmic energy and composition, about open-fire cooking being suited best for cave-men, about how electricity is anti-natural, ruled by evil spirits, opposed to good… and so on. The computer can turn you into a zombie, I should warn you. Ceramic pots are the best, in case you can’t afford gold, although I’m sure all of my readers can afford gold pans. (In the ethereal kiosk, we cook all our food in gold pans. Over an open fire in the garden cave after chasing out the gnomes who have taken up residency there.) Unfortunately, there’s not much reliable holistic science on induction stoves and their effects on the spiritual properties of food. But there are a few things that can be said:
I have very limited knowledge of induction cooking, and even less practice! But a large appliance reliant on electro-magnetic waves does not sound an attractive thing to have in one’s kitchen. I have to add that I am also no fan of mobile phone (stations) in a kitchen. So, I might be a little too neurotic about dotting i’s and crossing t’s when it comes to electrical goods. After all, I would not do without a fridge (but I have a tiny ice-cube freezer only). The problem with the electricity of an induction cooker is that it goes directly into the pot: here it creates the heat. In effect the food is directly exposed to electro-magnetic waves, unlike with a tradtional coil or smooth top electrical cooker, where a pan still mediates. You lose the protective bedding of the pan, and end up with a kind of modern cave-man situation of cooking over an open fire, but then a dead one.
Next we will have to conclude that non-metallic cooking pots are not favoured by induction cooking (bad conductors of heat). So we lose that dynamic and potentising force already. Not very much else can be said about this method of cooking, since holistic sources make little mention of it when a gas (or if without a choice, electric) cooker and an electric oven are good enough for what you would like to prepare holistically.
Now you know more, and I can focus on curing my starvation. (In fact, I’m cooking on my very ahrimanic induction stove right now.) That article, entitled ‘Induction cooking health hazards’, is worth reading.