Gas or electric - which one is best for you?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Gas or electric - which one is best for you?
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Thu, 06-23-2011 - 10:48am

Do you have a preference? Is it based on your experience,

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 10:49am

Right now, we have a gas cooktop, but we've had electric (both those circular elements and smooth tops) in the past...While I'm not a fan of open flames (I have this fire thing --- let's not go into that), I find I have more control with gas... heat is either on or off (electric units take time to warm up and even more to cool down). So I guess I plump down on the side of gas cooktops.

But our oven (as are most int eh US, I think) is electric... We had a gas one once in China where the pilot light wasn't hooked up and it scared the bejeezus out of me to ligh tthat thing. And it was so messed up that once you set a temp, you had to keep it there or the flame would go out. So none of those recipes where you heat the oven to 450 and then, once you put the food in, you turn it down to 375... So needless to say, I'm ary of gas ovens.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 2:49pm
I've had both electric and gas stoves, but never really developed a preference. If I had a choice I think I'd go with gas because I've started cooking with cast iron pots. I also do some canning, which I've heard I'm not supposed to do on my electric smooth top. (I think it had to do with the bottom of the pot??)

We have electric right now because there is no gas in the house.
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 11:49am
I've used both and actually prefer electric. I have set my hair on fire twice now with gas. lol Don't ask- I was being stupid!

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 7:06pm
From just a cooking standpoint I prefer gas. Fewer things burned, it didn't take forever for water to boil or pans to heat up, and I think food cooked more evenly. From a monetary standpoint my gas bill was always significantly lower when I had a gas stove compared to now with an electric stove. I cook 2-4 times a day so the higher electric costs is really irritating. I don't even think about the environment lol.
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 10:11am

I'm not laughing --- I could tell you about the encounter a raincoat had with a candle that could have been a lot worse!! LOL

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 10:20am

I'm with you on the cost of electricity. Our summer bills are killers (A/C is at fault) but in winter, our gas bills are almost as high,(we heat with gas)...

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Registered: 09-10-2010
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 11:26am

I've always had electric but DH prefers gas and I think I might too. I love how when you turn it off, the heat's gone. I do worry about a pilot light though, do you have to check constantly to make sure it's lit?

On the other hand, we have a gas grill and I think I'd like a charcoal grill - just because the food is suppose to taste better, it's really easy for me to get the grill going now that it's gas. :) The same way with our gas fireplace, I can make this place toasty warm in no time!!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 1:38pm
lol Omgosh, while doing a history project with my daughter we discovered that one of the leading causes of death for women back before electricity was fire-serious burns. (Their hair or skirts would catch fire easily). As much as I was burned when we first got our wood stove (hubby finally got me kevlar gloves) and the two incidents with my hair, I had no trouble believing it.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 11:06am

Nowadays, most stoves don't do pilot lights. They have this clicker thing that strakes a spark when you turn on the gas... Of course, that means you need some electrical connection to run the clicker but it's minimal...

We have a gas grill too --- DH got lazy and tired of always having to start the charcoal so far ahead. It does taste different but it's still better than teh broiler in my oven! AND --- if the power goes off, we can always cook on teh grill (although usually, the power is off with a foot of snow on the ground and cooking outside in that is NOT fun! LOL

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 11:07am

Not totally surprised at that statistic. The clothing back then coupled with an open faire was an invitation to disaster...

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