When it comes cooking, the tools you use to prepare your food is almost
as important as the quality of the food you’re preparing. With the
right tools, a skilled chef can make a gourmet meal that will have your
taste buds signing, however the wrong tools can make it borderline impossible
to get the results you’re looking for. When it comes to picking
the “right” tools, perhaps no debate has raged harder than
that over whether a gas or electric stovetop is preferable. While many
people contend that gas is the only way to go when cooking thanks to its
even, predictable heating, there are plenty of other people who contend
that an electric range has its own benefits that make it far superior
for the average home. Which one should you choose? This blog will hopefully
help you make an educated decision.
Cooking aficionados will tell you that gas is the only way to go. The stovetop
heat is more even and predictable, easier to control, and provides for
an easier and less stressful cooking experience. Gas also burns clean,
and is relatively inexpensive, which means those recipes that call for
a long simmering don’t cost nearly as much as an electric range.
However, they’re substantially more dangerous. When you think about
it, cooking on a gas range is cooking over a literal open flame, which
means there’s always the risk of fire, especially if a small bit
of oil were to slip out of a pan and onto the flame itself (which is far
more possible than you might think). These units are also far more expensive
than an electric range, and even more risky when it comes to connecting
them: you need to run a gas line to them, which means you need a hose,
and that hose could be prone to leaks if not properly cared for.
An electric range is a less-expensive alternative to a gas range, and is
also far simpler. While a gas stove requires both an electrical hookup
and a gas line running to it, an electric stove simply requires you to
plug it in and away you go. These appliances are generally far easier
to clean than a gas range, and even provide some features that you won’t
find in a gas-powered unit, such as a fan or even an electric grill.
However, that being said they do also have their disadvantages. We’ve
mentioned their shortcomings when it comes to cooking performance, but
they also take far longer to cool down when you’re done cooking.
Don’t leave a pot on a hot burner, it’ll continue to stay
that way for quite a while. Furthermore, if the power were to ever go
out for a long period of time, your gas range would still work, provided
you have a small cigarette lighter to ignite it. Not so with an electric
range: without power, you’re stranded.
Installing an electric range in your home? Call a Marietta electrician
from Lightning Bug Electric today at (404) 471-3847 to
request a maintenance service or outlet installation in your kitchen!