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Now you're cooking with gas...

My new rental has a gas stove, the very first one I've used. And I love it! Everything heats so quickly and things in the oven are baked up really evenly.
Do you have a preference for either gas or electric, and why?

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  1. GAS GAS GAS. All but two of my homes/apartments has had gas, and now I'm cooking on a glass top electric in my SO's house. I hate it. I hate that if I want to turn the heat up or down, it doesn't do it quickly (which make stuff like candy making almost impossible to do). I've taken to having two burners going... one at a higher heat, and one at a lower heat so I can move something that needs to be simmered over. I hate that if I have an odd shaped pan (like my cast iron which is squareish) that doesn't fit perfectly on the little round circle, it results in uneven cooking. I never had a problem with it on gas. I've already informed him that no matter what the cost, our next house will have a gas stove.

    I guess the only plus of it is that on the "power burner" it boils water quickly.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      You have my sympathy on the smooth top stove. I had one about 8 years back, and I wasn't really into cooking then, and choose it because it looked nice. What an ungodly piece of shit! It cooked so unevenly and took forever to cool off--leading to the "five spice incident" which I may have mentioned before.
      The mr. is well aware that for the future house, the kitchen will all be of my choosing, and if we have only one bedroom and a lot the size of a postage stamp, then so be it ;)

      1. re: alliegator

        <the kitchen will all be of my choosing, and if we have only one bedroom and a lot the size of a postage stamp, then so be it ;)>

        That made me LOL. I'm so picky that a Realtor once told me I was the only woman she knew who bought a kitchen that just happened to have a house attached to it. :)

        1. re: alliegator

          «« The mr. is well aware that for the future house, the kitchen will all be of my choosing, and if we have only one bedroom and a lot the size of a postage stamp, then so be it ;) »»

          This will be interesting. I had the opportunity to design a kitchen from zero but had a bit of a reality check when the required area surpassed 700 square feet (the original property was 1230 square feet over two stories) and the proposed *incomplete* appliance list started climbing upwards of 70% of the property purchase price.

          People get cranky when you propose sleeping in hammocks.

          1. re: alliegator

            Mine is pretty even in terms of cooking unless the pot is too big for the burner, but I just really don't like it. Don't even get me started on cleaning the thing....making it worse is it's black, so everything shows up on it.

        2. Gas, most definitely. I had gas my entire life. Then I bought a house a few years back that had electric. I didn't realize what a big deal that would be. I'm with juliejulez on those funky glass top circles and the uneven cooking that results.

          1. I grew up cooking on gas and I love it. I'm not so impressed w/ a gas oven but I love the gas range. It's way easier to gauge "high" on a gas than an electric. I now cook on electric and it's always a test and feel and (hopefully) not burn to find out what means what. I'm much happier w/ a gas range but not so happy that I'm willing to pay to pipe it into my kitchen.

            1. Most definitely gas, at least for the stovetop. Much more control. I'm about to move and lose my gas cooking and I hope I can get a grip on the differences -- you're situation in reverse! I think you'll love it.

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              1. re: Terrie H.

                Terrie, some people heat 2 elements at once, low and high, then move the pan from one to the other when a heat change is needed. I haven't tried it yet, mostly because my larger elements are at right front and left rear, a very ugly combo. I make do by sliding the pan off the heat when I need to switch to cooler temps, turning the heat down at the same time. It isn't perfect, but it helps.

                Remember to match pan size to burner size to avoid uneven heating and pan warping.

              2. Would cry if I had to go back to electric. Not the oven so much, but the stovetop for sure. I had a choice of convection gas for the oven and wonder if I would have liked that better, my oven is very uneven.