Cooking on a Gas Stove.

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Hot2na
Cooking on a Gas Stove.

"Click. Click. Click. Poof!" - - and the burner is lit. That is step #1 that I have learned the past few days when cooking on a gas stove. Gas. Not propane. Gas. Not my beloved Viking ceramic flat/smooth top that now belongs to someone else in my former home. Ugh! Gas. I have never used a gas stove in my 40-something years of cooking. Sheltered life? No, just worked out that way.

Tonight when I was preparing dinner, my sound was a bit off: Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Poof ...POOF! And can I just say that the second poof took out my eyebrows. The extra clicks were a sure sign that something was wrong. Maybe that round dark piece in the middle that the flames come out of is clogged? It smelled like gas way too long before the multiple poofs. Dinner turned out fine eventually. I'll need new cookware in a month or sooner.

There must be someone here that has a gas stove or experience cooking on one. I have noticed that food/water cooks nearly 80% faster! I was amazed, and obviously not prepared for that feature.

Help.

PinkyV02
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lmao... your POOF! reminded me of my old stove... lmao.. I almost toasted my eyebrows a few times w/ that darn stove lol! i do remember that when it would act up we would quickly tap the top a few times and bam.. it worked!! weird...

 

 

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Hot2na
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[quote=PinkyV02]i do remember that when it would act up we would quickly tap the top a few times and bam.. it worked!![/quote]

okay then tomorrow i'm taking it apart and cleaning it w/a toothbrush. maybe it is clogged. a bachelor owned this home before me. no telling what could be spilt in there.

 

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Bear
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 I'm the polar opposite.  I loathe electric.  Had one in our beach house for a minute until my mother drove my father insane until he had a gas line run down to the house.  It never occured to me when we moved here to Ellie Maeville that there are towns WITHOUT gas lines.   So after the initial shock - okay complete melt down - I realize propane would not be a bad second.  Though I looked at your viking top and I did for a moment envy the idea of not have so many powder coated pieces to try to keep clean - I still would trade my gas (I know it's propane, but I prefer to pretend it's gas) for electric.

You must not only keep your components clean, they must be dry.  Any little bit of water hanging out in the holes of the burner... bad, very bad.  I suggest that along with your toothbrush (perfect, by the way) you get some tooth picks.  I had a hand steam cleaning gadget that I use for heavy cleaning.  Be careful what cleaning products you use - some can really clog those darn holes - less product, more elbow grease. 

Honestly, I give all you electric cookers lots of credit.  I'm a great cook and baker, but I can't imagine using anything but gas(propane).

"god have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of"

Hot2na
Cooking on a Gas Stove.

Bare wrote:
I'm a great cook and baker, but I can't imagine using anything but gas(propane).

you are right junie.bare. i am now pretty much adjusted to cooking on the gas (CH4) stove now. i do like it. yes, food cooks much much quicker. and i have found that it cooks evenly.

since the moving company would not transport our propane tanks for our grill, we have also done w/out the bar-b-que for the past 5-6 weeks. so, have had no choice but to learn how to use and cook in the oven(s), besides baking bread and goodies.

now, if anyone can recommend a good method and recipe for cooking steak that does not involve an outside grill, i'm begging for it.

 

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LadyCerridwen48
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Hot2na wrote:

now, if anyone can recommend a good method and recipe for cooking steak that does not involve an outside grill, i'm begging for it.

 

Doesn't your range have a broiler?  It'll take you a time or 3 to get used to just how far to put the meat from the broiler, and how long to cook each side, but you can do steaks in the oven.  Actually, if it's a small steak, the broiler function on your toaster oven will work just fine, too.

 

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Hot2na
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LadyCerridwen48 wrote:

Doesn't your range have a broiler?

i see "broiler" in the setting/knob. that's the drawer/area underneath. right? i've never used a/the broiler. ever.

 

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LadyCerridwen48
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Treat it like a grill, with the flames up top instead of down below, and tweak your cooking times from there if necessary. 

In some kitchen ranges, it's the drawer underneath, in some, that's storage, and the broiler is actually in the oven, allowing for more control over how far from the heat your food is.  Either way, you might want to start playing with it, it's too darn cold to BBQ for a few more months.

 

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Hot2na
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LadyCerridwen48 wrote:
In some kitchen ranges, it's the drawer underneath, in some, that's storage, and the broiler is actually in the oven, allowing for more control over how far from the heat your food is.  Either way, you might want to start playing with it, it's too darn cold to BBQ for a few more months.

oh hellz. here we go again. learning curve. i'm going to now rely on you. ready for that lady.c?

i just looked in the kitchen. i have 2 ovens. one on top, one on the bottom. the control panel is on the top. no knobs as i stated, it is digital. i see Broil Hi/Lo. no drawer under either so it is inside. i found broiler trays/pans in the bottom one. must be used for storage because it looks brand new inside.

yes, husband of mine agrees w/you. he said the grill would not keep the food warm enough or cook properly due to the cold. i personally do not know enough otherwise to call him on the carpet!

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CritterKeeper
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Yes the broiler is the way to go. That's the one on the bottom that looks like a drawer most likely. Like LadyC stated, it's almost just like a grill, but the flames come from the top. And well, cleaning can be a pain... line the broiler pan with foil, make it easy on yourself. If you have a hi/lo on the broiler setting, i'd go with lo. Many just say "broil"

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Hot2na
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critterkeeper wrote:

Yes the broiler is the way to go. That's the one on the bottom that looks like a drawer most likely. Like LadyC stated, it's almost just like a grill, but the flames come from the top. And well, cleaning can be a pain... line the broiler pan with foil, make it easy on yourself. If you have a hi/lo on the broiler setting, i'd go with lo. Many just say "broil"

i think i do have a double oven, but the broiler on each is inside. there is no extra or bottom drawer. just two ovens that look like regular ovens. although they both say "convection" as well.

i'll try it out tomorrow when everyone is gone! but i need steak recipes. all i've cooked is chicken and pork. every ef'ing way possible. i/they need BEEF!

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Anonymous Visitor
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My husband thinks he has to let the frying pan heat up for a few minutes with nothing in it before cooking something on our GAS stove. can someone please explain to him why this is bad for the pan to let it get that hot with nothing in it? thanks, Kellie

Niebr
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its not that its clogged, its just that it takes a good 3-8 clicks to light, it happens to me all the time, the first time i did use a gas stove (electric for the first 15 years) i lost some arm and eyebrow hair, (face too close and i was waving the stupid thing)
which i found out works now, just wave your hand over it and itll light in 3-5 clicks,

The only stupid question is the one that remains unasked
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PrincessB
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2na, I have always used a gas stove, and that has never happened to me! The old owners might have spilled something in it and didn't clean it properly, but I couldn't tell you.

I know with my own stove we have the "light" and then the heat settings, after a couple of clicks I have to turn the nob to high and that is what lights it.

Hot2na
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[quote=PrincessB] I know with my own stove we have the "light" and then the heat settings, after a couple of clicks I have to turn the nob to high and that is what lights it.[/quote]

yes - yes! that is what husband of mine said to do. but this evening, i must have attempted too many times in the click-click-click step because it smelt like the whole place could torch. i'll clean it in the AM, then try again. thanks love.

 

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Stevie
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I have a modern ceramic cooktop and I much prefer gas.  If I had gas, I'd keep my wok out all the time.  I'm an awesome Chinese chef (I missed my calling) but you can't quite get the authentic flava without a wok at high heat.

Hot2na
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[quote=Stevie]I have a modern ceramic cooktop and I much prefer gas. [/quote]

hmm, i do hope that i can share that confidence soon! here is my former love, the viking electric radiant cooktop:

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Stevie
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I have a similar Frigidaire w/4 burners.  OK for pans I guess.  But you now have gas!  You MUST go out and find a hand-hammered Chinese wok.  Not a fancy flat-bottomed wok-shaped pan made by Calphalon but an actual round-bottom steel wok with a metal lid.  And some peanut oil for cooking.  If it's new, you'll need to season it in an oven (remove the wooden handle first).  And go to a Chinese grocery and stock up!

Man... give me a gas stove, my old wok, and I can make a spicy lo mein that will light up your life.

Wonderland
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yes try to clean it.  and always, always be sure that once you're done cooking, the nob is set to 'off'.  i know that sounds logical and why would i even have to say it but this is why- i once thought i turned off the stove.  turns out i didn't fully turn the nob into the off position.  the whole kitchen started smelling like gas right before i was going to bed.  well, thank goodness for that cause i would have just gone to bed without realizing...ya, i'm not allowed to play with the big kid toys unsupervised apparently.  lol. 

 

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PrincessB
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Don't feel bad, I think everyone with a gas range has done that at some point.

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