Chefs and food enthusiasts swear by gas cooktops for their efficiency and superior cooking performance. Once used mostly in commercial kitchens, gas cooktops are now commonplace in many Australian homes.
But just how do the benefits of gas cooktops stack up against electric? We take a closer look below.
The first thing you’ll immediately notice is how much quicker you can start cooking. Unlike an electric cooktop which needs to warm up, gas cooktops immediately heat your pot or pan once the flame is lit. It’s not hard to see the benefit of this in a commercial kitchen setting, where efficiency is key. In busy homes, faster cooking is also incredibly handy.
Electric coils retain heat for a long time after they’ve been turned off. Gas cooktops cool down just as quickly as they heat up, giving you superior temperature control and preventing accidental burns. Temperatures are highly responsive to the slightest adjustments you make. This offers safety benefits as well as a better all-round cooking experience.
When lit, a gas cooktop spreads the flame in a perfect circle under your pot or pan. This ensures an even heat distribution over the entire burner and eliminates the possibility of burned or unevenly cooked food, or cooler spots that interfere with the cooking process in more complex recipes and effect the end quality of the dish. Cookware with rounded bottoms like a wok especially benefit from the even heat distribution offered by gas cooktops.
Gas is inexpensive when compared to electricity. Electric cooktops use around three times as much energy compared to gas. Your cooktops are one of the most commonly used appliances in the home, meaning you can save significantly on your utility bills by choosing to use a gas cooktop.
Modern electric cooktops are often smooth surfaces made of glass or ceramic. While this makes them easier to clean, it also makes them more prone to scratching and cracking. The metal grates on gas cooktops are much hardier and able withstand heavy or rough-textured cookware without causing any damage.
Durable gas cooktops are built to last decades while continuing to look and perform perfectly well.
You Can Cook During Blackouts
If the power goes out at home, you can still cook dinner on your gas cooktop. This is handy in areas that are affected by blackouts due to inclement weather or frequent outages for other reasons. One of the benefits of having variation in your energy mix at home is that you don’t lose all the functionality in your home if a problem related to one of your energy sources occurs.
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