Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances May 17, 2017 07:48:48
"True chef-style cooking requires high heat which means gas heat says interior designer Sue Adams of Andover Mass. While many retailers advertise a"professional" line of electric ranges they just don t put out enough BTUs for flashing fish or searing meats."You can t have a pro kitchen with an electric cooktop she says.
My new stove changed my life and I m not kidding. After a decade of constant struggle with an ancient Amana range (just like the ones Monty Hall used to give away in the 1970s on"Let s Make a Deal!") the final blow came on Thanksgiving. I put the lovingly stuffed 20-lb. turkey in the oven and set it at 325 degrees only to find after hours of basting and checking meat thermometers and fiddling with the dial that for some inexplicable reason the oven wouldn t work at any temperature lower than 350 degrees.
When deciding what to leave out on your counter and what not to leave out ask yourself this: how many times a week do I use it? For items that you use more than once a week go ahead and leave them out. I use my handheld vacuum on the daily and this one is so beautiful I almost want to hang it on the wall like it s a piece of art.
While I don t cook very often one of my favorite items to leave out on my counter is a beautiful teak cutting board. In fact when I need a cutting board for dinner prep I tend to grab a not-as-pretty but easy-to-clean board and keep the teak board out mostly for decoration.
The other drawback is that only magnetic (i.e. steel) cookware can be used. The steel content of the cookware can be tested by taking a small magnet to the store. But Fisher Knott says clients don t bat an eye at this limitation either."Today cooking has become an important part of the social activities of the home and good cookware is part of that. Often buying new cookware is part of the kitchen remodel anyway. We explain that the cooktop and cookware are part of a complete cooking system so they plan on that."
How meticulous are you about wiping up after spills? Electric smoothtop ranges need to be cleaned carefully after every use or you can get a residue buildup on top Franke says. Smoothtops also require a special cleaner. If you re not the constantly cleaning type you may want to consider electric coils which are inexpensive and easy to replace or a gas cooktop with sealed burners so spills can t leak down underneath.