Getting Better Performance from Your Appliances, Part 3: Your Gas Range
When it comes to cooking efficiency (and precision temperature control), it’s hard to beat a gas cooking range or gas cooktop. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get even better performance from your equipment with just a little investment of time and effort.
Try these simple tips and tricks for getting more from your gas range:
- Keep an eye on the color of your flame – A healthy gas stove burns blue rather than yellow; if the flame is yellow, it’s time for maintenance – or a gas range upgrade.
- Check the seal on your oven door – Gaps or tears in the seal let heat escape, wasting heat.
- Keep your oven window clean – Opening the range door to check on your food costs you heat…and money.
- Keep the burner flame as low as possible – A higher flame won’t necessarily cook your food faster, but it will definitely use more gas. Modern cookware is extremely conductive and holds heat very well – most of the time you don’t need as much flame as you think.
- Use the right-sized burner for your pot – Putting a small pot on a large burner can waste 40 percent of the burner’s heat. Match the burner to the job and you will save gas (and money) every time you cook.
- Cook in batches – Use all the space in your oven once you turn it on – you can always freeze portions for later.
- Use glass or ceramic dishes – Glass and ceramic dishes are the most efficient materials to use in the oven, so you don’t need as high a cooking temperature to cook your meal.
For quality gas ranges and gas cooktops from top brands like KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag and more, trust the pros at Ace-Robbins. To learn more, or to see our full line of quality cooking and other home appliances, visit our Tunkhannock showroom today!