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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 07:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
The house we live in has a gas stove. I hate it. I have never burned so much food in my life. I also hate that the even on the lowest temperature, the food is still boiling. I have waterless cookware and I can't get it to work properly with the gas stove.

Anybody have any tips for using gas stoves? I'm so frustrated!

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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 08:10 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I didn't grow up with a gas stove, but I love ours now that I am used to it. So maybe I'm not a lot of help.
I like it that it is instantly hot & when you turn it off it is off right away (in fact last time I used an electric stove, I burnt the food, because I forgot that they stay warm so long after turning off the burner). I have found though, that I can't turn all the burners up to get things done fast (my tendency ), or they get done WAY too fast, and then I have burnt offerings to serve. I have really nice heavy cookware, but I always add just a bit of water in the bottom & it works great. When doing beans, for example (mine are frozen) I'll get it started off to a good simmer, then turn it off with the lid on for 15-20 min. & they are perfect.
You didn't mention anything about the oven, so maybe it is electric. I had SO many frustrations w/ our gas oven until I bought a little thermometer and found out that the heat is 25 degrees too hot. That helped out a lot.
Don't know how new the stove is for you, but I think it always takes a good while to get used to a new one, as it seems every stove/oven is a little different.
Good luck!

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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 10:36 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I like my gas stove. But, I do NOT like a gas oven. I think mine bakes weird, like "uneven" or something. One nice thing about a gas stove is that even if your electric off, you can still light the burner with a match and be able to cook something. With an electric stove, of course you can't do that. It has come in handy many many times for me.

Janelle...I think the flame on the burners can be "adjusted" somehow. The only reason I know that is because when we hooked ours up 8 yrs. ago, I remember the guys doing something to adjust how high/low the flame can burn. So maybe you should have someone check it out. It should be able to be turned down low enough that your food doesn't constantly boil.

I also have the waterless cookware...I never had success cooking waterless. I always add a tiny bit of water or it will burn.

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 Posted May 4th, 2012 12:30 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I just got a gas stove and I'm really liking it. But it's really my only option for cooking quickly. I agree about the gas stove being hard to use. My MIL said preheating helps. But I do think it just takes some getting use to. My burners seem to work good, although yesterday I did notice my food still boiling even when it was turned as low as possible.
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 Posted May 4th, 2012 09:38 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I haven't had problems with my oven....it's gas too...but I don't use it often. I have a toaster oven that I use more. Hmm...I'll have to check into getting the flame turned down. And I like Rebekah's suggestion of cooking it on high for a bit and then turning it off.
With my waterless cookware, I do add some water and it still burns. :-(
I do like that it's so quick though...so there are some benefits!

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 Posted May 4th, 2012 09:50 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I grew up all my life with a gas stove and had to get used to an electric. Then we moved to Guatemala and I had a gas stove again. But I guess I'm a little puzzled—because I never knew it was so hard to use one!! I would second getting the flame height checked. I know we always preheated our oven too, but I do that anyway. Not sure... Can you find a manual online for it somewhere that might give tips on using that particular stove? or a support line that could answer your questions maybe? even googling your problem with the stove model?? Hope you find some answers. Def frustrating if you can't depend on what you know to turn out what you want.
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 Posted May 4th, 2012 10:23 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I would agree on getting the flame height checked out. My father-in-law used to work on stoves and I think sometimes the orifice can get kinda plugged up with tiny bits of dirt that are in the gas. Cleaning that out might help you. I love my gas stove now that I've gotten used to it and would hate to go to electric! I always burn stuff at my sister and mom's house.
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 Posted May 4th, 2012 04:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
When you want to simmer try turning the knob slightly right instead of left after it ignites. You should have just a small flame.

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