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GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?
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i have a gas range, because thats what i like and when purchasing my home i had my dryer and range changed to natural gas. a few days ago when my grand nephew who used to be my asst came over to bake
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Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 1:30 AM EST
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And I want to add ......... I really, really love how easy the glass top is to clean.  As much as I like gas cooking I don't think I could ever go back.

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posted at 1/6/2012 3:52 AM EST
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If I had the money to buy what I wanted it would be a stainless steel 6 burner stove,with a griddle and two ovens and of couse a nice stainless fridge to go with it.Better yet a walk in cooler like I had at work. lol Oh well keep dreaming Gale!

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 7:02 AM EST
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GRANA  here;
As ayoungster, my om  &  I moved often ( from  one apartment to another). I had to  re-learn cooking each time we moved.Each fuel type has its own good points &  bad.I stil prefer gas  since it isuickjer to respond to heat adjustments.Electric   gets the job done but is not as good for roasting marshmallowsWink A ceramic/ smooth  top was great once we replaced our pots & pans The last few moves hubby & I  made, I insisted  on a gas stove .We discussed moving once again( after 24 years here) &  found only  all electric homes in other areas.Then another blackout here & by using a match we were able to cook or bake; hubby was  convinced: next time gas cooking againWinkCool 

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 9:06 AM EST
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Electric....flat top.  No natural gas available here unless you request to have a line run, pay hundreds of dollars and pay for the easement ruling.  Annoyance.

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 10:15 AM EST
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i was lucky here because in this area away from the city the developer had run the natural gas lines but only in the central core of the original development------------people in the next block don't have it either except for a few who have had it run to them on their own------------------

also the houston metro area has one of the highest electricity rates in the u.s.       and     we pay one of the lowest gas rates in america--------actually it doubled recently and i now pay about 19.00 a month

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 10:30 AM EST
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I learned to cook on a gas stove I have a electc one now I like gas better but can't afford to get one i HAVE ALwayts had to take what ever was there when we moved and it was never gas.

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posted at 1/6/2012 1:02 PM EST
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how much does it cost  for all electric house to heat it??? nancy get someone to level your range there are stops at each leg of ovens. when i got my new cook top oven they used a level to make sure it was even on each leg .if your husband don't know how to do it ask around at church or a neighbor good luck

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 4:10 PM EST
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Fifty-four years ago, when we were first married, we rented an apartment that had a gas range.  I love it....until the day I opened the oven door, and found a live mouse staring at me.  The mouse had entered the oven through the pipeline.  I never opened that oven door again!!  When we moved, shortly after that!, I made sure the place had an electric range, and I've been cooking and baking with an electric range ever since!!

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 6:29 PM EST
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Hi Millie  - In Dec., 2008, I bought my electric range and those super people installed it.  I didn't see but I'm willing to bet it was carefully leveled...... same with my 'fridge.  I bought everything from microwave to dishwasher to dehumidifier from the same place.  I trust them.
Of course, that does not guarantee that things haven't shifted in the last 3 years, does it?
I'll check the level.

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/6/2012 11:27 PM EST
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Nancy, it would be fun to give microwave cooking classes. Maybe I should set up a camera in my kitchen and start my own online cooking demos?!?

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/7/2012 8:16 AM EST
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Verlee - oh, how I would appreciate that.      You Tube !!! 

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/7/2012 8:43 AM EST
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Nancy, it would be fun to give microwave cooking classes. Maybe I should set up a camera in my kitchen and start my own online cooking demos?!?
Posted by Verlee T


Verlee,there are thousands of home chef that do that on Youtube just like Nancy said I go there all the time to watch things made that I have a recipe for but would like to watch it being made.That's where I learned how to make saurkraut and ricotta cheese.You should check it out.That would be great to see you give a tutorial on microwave cooking!

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/7/2012 11:09 AM EST
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Verlee, I too learned everything I could about microwave cooking in the 70's  I use it for a lot of cooking but, like you, "baked goods" is not what we expect from ovens.  It does not crisp or brown.  I have been known to start something in the Micro and pop it in the toaster oven to finish.  Fruit cobblers are an example some cassaroles too.
The company said you could do a turkey in the micro - so I tried it! An 18 lb er! It worked but I prefer my electric roaster for turks.

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posted at 1/7/2012 11:31 AM EST
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Well - you all know what an advanced chef I am  Wink .  When I want a baked potato I zap it in the 'wave and then finish it in the oven so I get a nice crisp, very fluffy potato that's not too 'wet'.  

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posted at 1/7/2012 11:45 AM EST
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And I want to add ......... I really, really love how easy the glass top is to clean.  As much as I like gas cooking I don't think I could ever go back.
Posted by Nancy G


Ah, yes, the glass top.  I have an Amana stove with the original Corning top that is white.  I love it and it is so easy to clean.  Of course because I like it so well and my stove was purchased in 1980, they don't make them anymore.  Drat!  I really don't care for the black topped ones and I don't think they are as nice as the Corning.  it is always so shiny and clean looking even after 30+ years.

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/7/2012 11:51 AM EST
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When I was in grad school (food and nutrition) I had a class in microwave.  At that time they were just becoming popular in homes so it was nice to learn all about them.  I agree that they aren't so great for baked goods, but there's a recipe for chocolate cake in a cup that is made in the MW if you really have a chocolate craving and don't have the time to bake a real cake.  I tried it and it is acceptable,but I'd rather have a real cake.

Re: GAS, ELECTRIC OR OTHER?

posted at 1/7/2012 10:36 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
I've had both gas & electric stoves over my any years of preparing meals & baking.I prefer gas burners because I can contol cooking temperature better sear/brown on high  & then lower rapidly to continue cooking on a low ight( braise/simmer.The only problem is on a hot summer day when theceiling fan tends to blow out the gas flames.
Ideally I would ike an electric smooth top( I'd  need new pots & pans for that) & a convection oven would be nice once l learned  the  how toos of it
  I micro cook bake regularly  &  especiallylike it for cooking frozen veggies.My dil gave me recipefor baking
 simmering a stew orbakedbeans  @ 30% works well for me. My dil gaveme arecipefor baking brownies in themicrowave oven.Using that  and verything coudfind in the library,I manage to bakemany  kinds of cakes in themicrowave oven(You must have a power control model since it requires cooing at 30%-50% after an initial brief time on Hi( 100%)
I par-bake potatos in the micro &  quickly  finish them up  in the gas oven for the chewier skin we both prefer.
Fireplaces/ campfires have been useable fun on short term basis but I'm gladI 'm not stuck w/ one for everyday meal prep.I admire our  forebears who managed to prepare whole meals& bake over an open fire & glad I haver more modern appliances, making my life easier.
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