Gas Cooktop

Throughout time, people have used many different fuels to get their food cooked, but perhaps one of the most famous and most lauded cooking fuels is natural gas. Everyone from parents looking to put a tasty and nutritious meal on the table to gourmet chefs at 5 start restaurants everywhere in the world swear by gas cooktops when it comes to cooking tasty, healthy, evenly cooked meals of all types.

Back in the days before modern conveniences such as central heating in the home, stoves were used to heat the home. That is why, in many cases, especially in old fashioned works of literature and poetry, the family “hearth” (i.e. the area around the kitchen fire or kitchen stove), is synonymous with “home.”

Today, gas cooktops, along with their counterpart electric cooktops, are the most commonly used types of stoves in the western world. As such, there is a huge debate over which is a better type of fuel to cook with – electric or gas? As mentioned earlier, most chefs prefer gas cooktops to electric stoves. They maintain that the temperature of a gas cooktop, with its open flame, is easier to monitor and regulate and that food cooked on a gas cooktop cooks more evenly and thoroughly. This is vital to a chef who’s reputation may rely on the opinion of a food critic, a wealthy patron, a dignitary or simply a honeymooning couple willing to spend a great deal on an expensive meal for whom he is preparing a culinary masterpiece.

The battle over electric and gas cooktops rages on for many reasons. For one, electric and gas cooktops are both similar in price. They are also similar in design. Unlike say, learning to drive a manual car when you have always driven an automatic car, switching between cooking on a gas cooktop and cooking on an electric cooktop takes very little effort or adjustment. Further, even though a gas stove features an open flame, both gas cooktops and electric cooktops are relatively equal when it comes to safety. Though gas cooktops do feature that flame, electric cooktops can get just as hot. Some might even say that electric cooktops can be deceptive. Sometimes, even when they are hot, it is hard to determine their heat until you get very close to them. At least, these gas cooktop proponents might say, with a gas cooktop you can always tell when the thing is on. This is also helpful if you accidentally leave the stove on. With a gas cooktop, this common household accident is highly unlikely to occur because you can see the visual evidence – the flame – burning brightly atop the gas cooktop if you have made this potentially dangerous mistake.

It is also equally easy to install an electric cooktop and a gas cooktop. While electric cooktops are easy to install in any house with an electric supply (i.e. virtually all houses in developed areas), gas cooktops do need a dedicated gas supply. Unfortunately for gas cooktop aficionados, if a gas supply is not available in a house, running one simply to supply the desire for a gas stove can be an expensive feat, requiring the hiring of contractors and the setting up of a service contract with a gas utility company.

These days, whether you have a gas cooktop or an electric cooktop in your home is merely a matter of preference. As technology advances, cooktops are becoming less expensive and more energy efficient. If you can’t notice the difference in the taste of food when it has been cooked on either cooktop, then perhaps you are lucky and can choose any type of cooktop you desire!

This Gas Cooktop Review is Written/Updated on Oct 18th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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