Why Do Professional Chefs Prefer Cooking with Natural Gas?
Even heat, precise temperature control and instant on/off capability are among the top reasons chefs prefer natural gas. Gas ovens preheat quickly and recover in less time than electric ovens. Cooking with natural gas is also less expensive, because natural gas appliances are typically three times more efficient than electric appliances.
Energy Saving Tips for Cooking
- Thoroughly clean your range as often as necessary.
- Don’t preheat your oven unless the recipe calls for it.
- Allow frozen foods to defrost before cooking.
- Adjust the natural gas flame to fit your pans – the flame should never come up around the sides of a pan.
- Cook with as little water as possible and cover the pan.
- Reduce the flame after boiling has started.
- Use a pressure cooker to save cooking time and to cook less expensive cuts of meat.
- Avoid opening the oven door and allowing heat to escape while food is cooking.
- Take advantage of cooking aids such as meat thermometers, meat probes, and time and temperature charts.
- Don’t use foil to line your oven – it can interfere with air circulation.
- Place the pan on your natural gas range burner before you turn on the heat.
- Plan to cook more than one dish at a time, perhaps an entire meal, in your oven or broiler. If you have a double oven, use the smaller oven for one-dish cooking.