Ariel Cooktop April 23rd, 2018 - 08:03:23
Gas cooktops still offer the quickest reaction time and many cooks like the ability to judge heat levels by the visible flame. Gas burners can generate lots of power and excel at high-heat tasks like searing and stir-frying, but are less capable of maintaining very low simmer temperatures. If youre considering a gas cooktop, look for burner output of 9,000 BTUs per burner. Electric cooktops have a reputation for slower response, but technological advances have put them almost on par with gas. Electric cooktops are more consistent at low temperatures, making them great for long simmers and delicate sauces. The most popular electric cooktops are smooth-tops, which produce heat from radiant elements beneath a flat, ceramic-glass surface and are considerably easier to clean than the grates and burners on gas cooktops. If youre considering an electric cooktop, be willing to invest a few more dollars to avoid electric cooktops with coil burners theyre less responsive than advanced models and theyre harder to clean.
Downdraft cooktops are cleaner in their operation. They do not require nearly as much maintenance has hooded cooktops. They save you a lot of space, that you can easily use for other useful things such as cutting up the veggies you want to cook on your downdraft cooktop. There is also no hood above the cooktop, which is cumbersome and noisy. And by saving that much space in your kitchen and by making it quiet, you make your kitchen look very modern indeed. Who wants to be cooped up in a small, noisy kitchen, when you can also be cooking in a large, silent kitchen? Buying a cooktop is no small thing. They are quite pricey. But then again, they also last a long time and are an absolutely essential investment if you want to have the capability of cooking your food. There are many manufacturers that build excellent downdraft cooktops these days. Some examples are KitchenAid, Whirlpool, General Electric, Dacor and Bosch. Pretty much all of them are of at least decent quality. But before you buy any of them, make sure youve thoroughly read their list of features. You dont want to buy a cooktop and then find out it cant do what you wanted it to do so badly.
Speaking of the cons of electric cooktop, the first thing that comes to my mind is the slow reaction time. Electric cooktop can be slow in terms of heating the pots and pans. Besides, some models of electric cooktop might be lacking in terms of power and temperature. Some high temperature cooking such as quick boiling and frying with a wok might not be possible with electric cook top. You might want to check with the specs before purchasing any cooktop. Some low end electric cooktop certainly lacks far behind its gas counterpart. But most high end and expensive electric cooktop will have a workaround for this issue. Other disadvantage of electric cook top compared to gas cooktop is the power supply. If there is a cut in the power supply, then there will be no cooking. In short, no electricity means no cooking. On the other hand, you can still do whatever cooking you like with gas cooktop even if there is no electricity.
Imagine this scenario. You drag in from work and have to cook dinner for your family. As you get the food ready to go, you place to pots on the cook top to start heating up. Meanwhile, your two small children are running around the kitchen after being cooped up all day in day care or preschool. Before you know it, one of the trips and grabs the cooktop to stop from falling. Your childs hand touches the edge of the burner that is hot and burns his hand pretty badly which means a trip to the hospital. This scenario can and does happen each and every day in households across the United States and around the world. Now, imagine the same scenario with a magnetic induction cooktop. Your childs hand touches the edge of the burner but DOES NOT get burned! You get to fuss at your children, tell them to quit running around so wildly and then you kick them out of the kitchen. There is no burned flesh and no need to make a trip the ER to have your childs hand treated for burns.