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10 Ways Better Appliances Lead to Better Cooking

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Gas Stoves Are Precise

Gas burners provide precise heat -- right when you need it.
Gas burners provide precise heat -- right when you need it.
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The stove is one of the most basic kitchen appliances. It's where we fry, sauté, boil and steam, and all of these cooking methods can be taken up a quality notch with one simple switch -- from electric to gas.

An electric stove is certainly straightforward: You turn a knob and voila! You have a hot surface. The problem is, that hot surface stays hot even when you turn the knob down, and it takes a while to get up to temperature when you turn the knob up. In other words, it's not responsive. When you're cooking something delicate like scallops or eggs or a sauce, responsiveness is crucial.

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Gas burners are far more responsive than electric, because the gas flame is, essentially, the burner. Turn it up, there's more heat applied to pan; turn it down, and there's less -- instantly. There's no lag in temperature adjustment, so you don't end up with a curdled béarnaise.

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