by Kaye Morris
While many electric ranges offer a variety of features and make perfectly acceptable cooking appliances, gas ranges offer the same features for comparable prices; plus, they offer a traditional cooking method with many distinct advantages. If you've ever been interested in gas stovetops but haven't used or purchased one yet, keep reading to learn the top five advantages of gas stoves that make them a great investment for your home.
Accurate cooking temperatures: Gas ranges tend to provide heat more closely suited to recommended heating requirements in cookbooks and most recipes. Because a gas flame immediately grows larger or smaller with the turn of a dial, the heat transmitted to the cookware also changes immediately, unlike an electric range where the burner has to cool before the heat distributed to the cookware drops. The accurate temperatures and controls of a gas stovetop allow you to try tricky recipes that might be difficult with an electric stove.
Evenly distributed heat: Unless an electric cooktop is perfectly flat, the heat from the burner might not distribute evenly to the cookware. Because the flame of a gas cooktop is centralized, it allows for even distribution of heat to the cookware, which reduces scorching.
Lower heat emissions: Gas burners emit less wasted heat than electric stoves, which helps maintain a cool environment in your home. Also, the gas flame and the heat it emits immediately disappear when turned off, whereas an electric stove will keep emitting heat until it completely cools.
Faster cooking time: Gas heat is immediately available, so it takes less time to cook food on a gas cooktop than on an electric range, which must warm up before cooking. Because gas ranges evenly distribute heat and can adjust temperature moment to moment, food can be cooked faster by adjusting the temperature from high to low with less scorching.
No power? No problem: If your electrical power goes off due to weather or other interference, you can still prepare a meal with a gas stove. Gas lines are not usually affected by inclement weather, so if your home is equipped with gas burners, you can eat steak instead of sandwiches.