There was a discussion recently, on Facebook, as to the comparative popularity of gas vs. electric vs. induction cook tops. When we bought this house it didn’t have a kitchen.
Really – no kitchen.
There was a small sink in what I now use as a pantry, a big fireplace with hooks in it, and an old wood-burning cook-stove that was on its side just off the bank where I have my potager.
There were snakes living in it.
I had a blank slate, so to speak, as to what kind of kitchen I wanted. I seriously looked into induction as I had friends who loved theirs.
I crossed that off my list when I realized none of my existing cookware would work.
Next was gas. I found a range I loved with 5 gas burners and an electric oven. It seemed the best of all worlds…. until we realized that we would have to haul gas bottles.
I ended up with a 5 burner electric ceramic cook top.
Maybe, next house, I’ll be able to get a gas range. I really like the idea of having instant heat as well as burners that react quickly. I would have to make adjustments. Now I tend to use light-weight cookware (it heats faster) and I know I can put it on the burner to heat while I clean and chop the onions.
I’ll have to rethink that for gas.
Which means I’ll have to rethink my cookware.
If you have a gas stove – or are thinking about it, Cookwares.co is a great resource for checking out different types of pans specifically for a gas.
But what is best? Stainless steel? Cast iron? Copper? Teflon? Ceramic? Glass? Aluminum? Tin? (tin?!?)
Because a gas cooktop heats differently than electric (or induction) one should use pans that work best.
Fortunately, one does not have to have a matched set of one type of cookware. Pick and choose what works best for cooking style and stove type.
Gas is very flexible when it comes to cookware choices. A heavy cast iron pan will heat more quickly on a gas flame and retain its heat a long time – plus it can go in the oven. I wouldn’t use cast iron on my ceramic top as it would likely scratch it.
And who wouldn’t like a nice set of copper saucepans? If one could afford them….. And be willing to take care of them.
I have 3 that were left by the previous (French) owners of our house. They hang on the wall.
At the moment I have a mix of stainless steel, cast aluminum, and a couple of cheap non-stick skillets that get replaced every few years.
My favorite, is this big, heavy non-stick cast aluminum skillet that I use regularly for quick dinners like this Spicy Sausage Hash:
This would work well on a gas stove.