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Cooking With Gas vs Electric

As someone who has recently gone from using all electric appliances to using gas ones where I can, I am quite amazed at how different the two truly are. When you talk to someone about moving from one to the other, they will often tell you that you are going to need to “learn how to cook again” because they are so different, but when it comes down to it you can actually learn the differences fairly easy. Through this article I am going to be looking at why the two are different and what you want to know ahead of time. It may also help if you recently made the move from one to the other and are not sure why your foods are not coming out quite right.

Why Even Use Gas?

This is a pretty common question, and it is easy to answer: saving money. Going from electric to gas is considerably cheaper on a meal basis, which also means that you end up saving money over the long run. Along with this, the more you cook, the more you save. Of course, if you are not cooking that often anyways, the value may not be there in terms of the cash savings alone, but there is another pretty awesome benefit, which is that they heat up significantly faster.

You are probably wondering why this matters. Well, it means preheating the oven, for example, is a pretty fast and painless process. Instead of having to turn it on ten minutes prior to starting your cooking, for example, you can do it right as you are finishing up with the preparation and still count on it to be heating up pretty fast. The same also goes with the stoves: being that they heat up so fast, you do not spend nearly as much time sitting over water and other items to wait for them to heat up. Instead, you can just throw your pot or pan down with the food in it and go to town!

When it really comes down to it, then, there are two awesome reasons for switching over to gas: saving money and saving time (and you have probably heard the saying that “time is money”).

Burning Your First Foods

I was lucky enough to not get caught up in my old habits when it comes to cooking. The first thing I made was a pizza, and I checked on it fairly often. Normally this same exact pizza, when put in the oven when it was still cold, would take around 25 minutes to get fully cooked. With gas, doing the same thing, it is a matter of around 15 minutes. This is extremely important to notice because it means that the pizza is cooking almost twice as fast. I can not even imagine how charred it would come out if I left it in there for the entire 25 minute duration I am used to!

The moral of that story is to keep up with your cooking, especially in the beginning. As you get more and more used to how it is going to work, you can start running it on auto pilot. Until then, though, you want to pretty much baby it so you can see what is going on. Not doing so can lead to a lot of issues with cooking, and can create a lot of frustration.

Understanding the Process

We have covered some of the differences, but now it is time to deal with what is often considered as the major one. When you turn off your stove or oven and you are using electric, it is still generating heat. It takes a while for it to cool down, and this means that your foods are still cooking. Many people use this to their advantage, and factor in that “cool down” time to how long they need to cook. With gas, it is different. Gas runs by, well, igniting gas. As soon as you turn it off, the heat quits being generated. This is instant. So much so that if you were to have a pot of boiling water and you turn it off with electric, it would keep boiling. With gas, it is an instant stop.

This is arguably one of the more important changes to the two styles of cooking, being that you can easily under cook on one and overcook on the other. Getting used to this change can take a bit of practice, but just try to keep it in mind when making things. On a positive note, if you start a fire and you turn off the gas you are not making the problem worse. With electric, being that the heat is still there, you are still going to have problems.

Conclusion

If you are going from a gas to electric setup or vice versa, it is important to understand that cooking styles differ greatly. What you are used to cooking may be done in different ways, and your perfected method may no longer be perfect when you make the move. Take everything slow, watch how the differences impact your foods and the way they are being cooked, and you are going to have a much better experience with cooking. Do not just assume that everything is just like you are used to, because it is not!

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