In the common American household, people usually have two choices when it comes to the all-important appliance: the oven. Gas and electricity are the typical power sources for cooking and baking meals, and while each gets the job done, they also have some differences. For gas stoves, there are several things to know to get the best dish out of it as possible while staying safe.
1. Safety First
The first thing to know is how to man the gas stove in case of a malfunction. If you try to light the flame, but it does not flare up, turn off the stove completely. If the flame is unable to light, but the stove is still on, gas powering the appliance can accumulate and lead to a fire.
2. Keep Loose Items Away
Remember that when you are working with a gas stove, you are cooking over a flame. With electric stoves, an object like a potholder can have time to warm up before it might catch on fire, but with gas, the flame is open and can start fires almost at once. Keep loose items like long hair, bracelets, sleeves, etc. out of the way when cooking.
3. Remember the Heat
Cooking over an open flame will also mean that your cooking strategy will look a little different. Remember that the flame is the heat for your pan that warms the food, and when the fire is gone, the cooking process stops immediately. Turning off the burner right before taking the pan off of the stove can help prevent a fire.
4. Start Low
Whether you are a new cook or are transitioning from electric, you may find that cooking with gas stoves takes practice. To help you ease into it, you can begin cooking food at lower temperatures than you usually might. The flame can heat your food quicker than an electric burner, so it may help to start with lower heat.
5. How to Simmer
Part of getting used to cooking with gas is knowing how to nuance the preparation of the meal. Simmering is a state in between no heat and a full boil, in which some bubbles are coming to the surface, but not many. The best advice is to practice and set the heat lower than higher to avoid burning.
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