Natural Gas, Preferred by Most Chefs
it comes to cooking, most professional chefs prefer cooking with natural gas.
gas ranges and cooktops allow you better temperature control and heat distribution.
So you not only have instant on and off controls, it will take you less time
to prepare meals using natural gas.
of the new gas ranges and cooktops come with an electronic spark ignition.
The ignition prevents you from paying to run a continuous burning pilot light.
Money in the Kitchen
cooking with natural gas, there are several ways you can save money using
less energy. Since gas ovens heat up quickly, shorten the pre-heating time
for your oven before cooking. Also, turn the oven off a few minutes before
a dish is fully cooked. The oven should remain heated long enough to fully
cook the dish without leaving the oven turned on.
preparing several meals at one time. You'll make the most of your time, while
using less energy. Always coordinate your pots to the size of the cooking
elements. A small pot on a large element requires more energy than needed.
cooking with natural gas is safe, you should still practice safe kitchen habits.
And with the holidays approaching, you'll probably be spending more time in
the kitchen than usual.
National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) indicate that cooking fires are the number one cause
of home fires and home fire injuries. Here are some easy tips from the NFPA
to help you prevent cooking fires, especially during the holiday season.
Fore more safety
tips, log on to nfpa.org.
- Never leave
cooking food on the stovetop unattended. And keep a close watch on food
cooking inside the oven.
- Keep cooking
areas clean and clear of combustibles: potholders, towels, washcloths and
- Keep children
and pets away from cooking areas.
- Wear short,
close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Avoid wearing loose
clothing that can dangle on to stove burners.
- Never use
a wet oven mitt. The moisture on the mitt can heat and scald someone.
- Keep a potholder,
oven mitt or lid handy when cooking in case of a small fire. Put on the
oven mitt and carefully slide the lid over the pan smothering the flames.
Remove after the lid has cooled. Never pour water on a grease fire or discharge
a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire. Burning grease can spray around the
kitchen and cause the fire to spread.
- In case of
an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Have the appliance
serviced before using again.
- Make sure
your gas appliance is vented to the outside of your home.
- Have a licensed
gas contractor inspect and tune up your gas appliances annually.