In the most recent ventures of cooking, I’ve discovered a few things, and a few topics are becoming popular among my friends.
I’m sure a great debate exists about whether an electric stove or a gas stove is preferable- so we’ll address that in this blog!
Basically, the only time I had used a gas stove previously was at my friend Courtney’s house. The stove was odd, though, and the pilot light had to be blown upon to fully light things.
At my parents’ home and my aunt’s house and in most I’ve been in, we have electric stoves- so I’m accustomed to using those and have generally preferred them.
At Caleb’s house, a very efficient gas stove can be found. Turning it to “Lite” actually lights the flame, and then voila, we’re ready to cook.
Water boils in no time at all, and the heat is immediate. If you turn it up, you immediately have more heat. If you turn it down, you immediately reduce the heat. It’s amazing, this idea of immediacy. Electric stoves take a long time to heat up, and if you turn the heat down, it takes a long time for the heat to actually come down…absolutely ridiculous.
My friend Heather, who lives in Japan, has informed us that most Japanese kitchens are equipped with gas stoves, which she prefers.
Doc has said much the same thing, even going so far as to say that one can only cook properly over a gas stove!
The downside, of course, is that the potential danger of a gas stove. A gas leak, while not inevitable, may happen, and more than one home has burnt down because of it. This danger does not exist with an electric stove.
Our general consensus has shown a preference, even by yours truly, for the gas stove.
As a shocking point in watching Julia Child yesterday, Doc pointed out to me that she uses an electric stove. Talk about one’s mind being blown away!
If you’ve never cooked on a gas stove, I highly recommend trying it, to see the differences and advantages it offers. You may ultimately prefer the electric stove, but I’m sticking with the gas stoves as much as I can.
On another note, my friend Roxanne’s stove…slants. I’m not sure how to explain this, other than it appears the hot plates in the stove are pushed up and tilting forward (toward you if you were standing in front of it.) This ruined an omelette I tried to prepare the other day, though we’ll save that tasty little disaster for another blog!
Until then, with good appetites and that deep love for cooking, I bid you adieu!
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