Gas and electric stoves both have their supporters and their detractors, and both have their benefits and drawbacks. Ultimately which one you prefer is a matter of personal opinion. If you’re considering changing to an electric stovetop or you’re staying somewhere that has one, it might be useful to review how to use them.
Electric stoves are a cheaper option to buy and install than an equivalent gas stove, though they are usually more expensive to operate. Electric stoves are also safer than gas stoves; there is potential for gas leakages or open flames to worry about.
Cooking with electricity
Operating an electric stove is very simple – turn the dial to your desired temperature and start cooking. That’s all there is to it. Once set your stove will provide a steady, constant heat until you turn the dial to the off position. Electric stoves are usually easier to clean than gas ones, as they have no gas outlets to accidentally clog.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that electric heating elements take quite a while to heat up and cool down compared to gas ones. Even if the stove looks like it’s off, it can still be quite hot. This also means that you can’t just turn off the burner and leave the pot without continuing to cook the food for some time. If you want to stop cooking, you also need to move the pot to an off burner or somewhere which can withstand the heat of a pot.
If you want a simple, no-fuss stove to use, an electric stove might be just the ticket.