For Finer Food: Gas or Electric Cookers?


It is hard to choose which produces finer foods – gas or electric cookers? They both seem to do the job well and it mainly depends on what you are used to using. Most will argue that if a gas cooker has always worked for them then they will keep using one and likewise for electric – so therefore if they are successful it is more than likely they are not going to experience the other kind.

Gas cookers, most common in family homes, are the favoured cookers by food professionals and chefs, mainly for their precision cooking surface. This is for several reasons. They have no delay in heating up, whilst electric ones gradually build up heat. Therefore gas cookers are easier to control and more responsive. Gas is also far quicker, especially when quickly cooking meat, and gas cylinders also allow for food to be cooked on the move. These exist in the form of portable gas cookers which have safe temperature controls and safety valves.

Electric cookers, which can be found mostly in apartments, however, also hold advantages over gas cookers. They are firstly easier to clean, which may be appealing to people who cook at their own convenience, rather than the long cleaning gas cookers which allow gas to escape, which electric cookers prevent. More so, cookers powered by electricity are more modern and becoming more popular with the consumer; the burner starts up almost instantly. Electric cookers also concentrate heat on the food and do their bit for the environment by reducing wasted energy.

There are also several things that both electric and gas cookers have in common. They have three or four standing stoves with several cooking surfaces – the modern cooker allows us to cook more food in more different ways than ever before. Both have had models adapted to fit with the modern era. Cooking has become faster and faster and adapted models of both gas and electric cookers have made this possible.

Consumer choice may also depend on gas prices, so many may do a gas price comparison, or for electric cookers benefit by using the cheapest electricity supplier, giving them an incentive to buy that type of cooker. Nonetheless, there are still differences and advantages and disadvantages that each hold over one another.

Many people talk about an ‘upgrade’ from gas cookers to electric cookers. This way of thinking may have been merited by safety concerns that electric seems to have this element covered in a way gas does not. Electric cookers are deemed far safer than gas cookers. Gas is highly flammable and if the gas is left on anything could trigger a potentially fatal explosion and even cost lives. If you leave your electric cooker on, you would only waste power – the greater threat of fire is therefore provided by a gas cooker. This does not however take away its effectiveness and it seems that, in the end, people would not buy only one kind – they would either buy one or the other- based on both performance, reliability and, in many cases, reputation.

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