You’ve probably heard the popular phrase “now we’re cooking with gas!” Meant to imply a positive directional shift in a task at hand—and as a direct reference to the adage, “turning up the heat,” which itself is a cooking term for faster, better, or stronger cooking. Though benign, the implication is that we were not cooking with gas before—as though the cooking was somehow inferior. Historically, gas ranges have been considered a better alternative to gas ranges. But this is an outdated misconception. When electric ranges were first introduced, these low power models were often seen as worse than a traditional gas range. Gas ranges, which had been around for far longer, were the basic gold standard for a cooking appliance. At their introduction, electric ranges simply could not compete.
Electric Range as a New Standard
This is the case no longer. Electric ranges have become a standard of the industry, making their way into energy conscious homes across the nation. Additionally, electric ranges don’t just reduce the need for natural gas hookups within your house, they also offer exceptional control while baking. Even at the height of their popularity, gas ranges were—and still are—known for their hot and cold spots. Because of the nature of a gas-lit flame, temperatures can fluctuate, both in an oven and on top of a range. While a gas range can produce a high heat in an instant, it’s often scorching and unreliable, leaving your pots and pans—and the food within them—occasionally burned or stuck. Electric ranges and ovens, on the other hand, are reliable and easy to control. Their elements heat up slowly and carefully, and their oven interiors offer a specific granularity. When a thermostat says your oven is a heated 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll know the entire oven is resting at that temperature, ready for even baking of delectable recipes. So don’t be afraid of an electric range. Their reputations are a relic of a bygone era, before technology let them catch up to their natural gas peers.
Not only will an electric range make it easier to control your cooking—it’ll also make it easier to control your utility bills. Most nightly recipes take at least half an hour of baking and cooking, and with natural gas as a source, it adds up. Electric ranges and ovens are able to maintain a constant temperature without fluctuation. Additionally, they tend to create a dryer oven while baking, making sure that no additional moisture enters your perfectly-tuned recipes.
No matter your reason for choosing an electric range—be it energy, preference, or pre-installed kitchen equipment—you’re sure to find a solution that will fit into your space here at Living Direct. No matter if you need a range with a thin footprint or a full-sized unit with plenty of space, we’ve got you covered. If you’re after a specific brand, or maybe you just can’t go without a spotless stainless steel appliance, you’re sure to find it here.
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