Are You Cooking With Gas? If Not, You Should Be!
Five-star chefs, bakers and burger bars swear by it – but what is it that makes gas the energy choice for anyone who enjoys cooking? We’ve rounded up the top ten reasons why using gas in the kitchen will turn you from a cook to a chef in no time.
1. It’s now even more reliable
The rings on newer cooktops have a greatly improved heat distribution, meaning there’s no dead air space in the middle and your omelette cooks evenly.
2. It’s easier to control temperatures and provides an instant heat source
Which means you can get those temperatures low enough to braise or simmer and high enough to stir-fry with a twist of a dial.
3. A barbecue that’s instantly ready to cook
There’s no waiting hours for the barbie to get going, plus you still get that ‘charred’ taste and effect - the grill on natural gas barbecues allow the cooking surface to get hot enough to render the fat within the meat, giving it that classic BBQ flavour.
4. Baking and roasting with gas leads to more succulent and moist results
The moisture created by the gas combustion process helps prevent dryness in your roasts and cakes. Need help choosing an oven to suit your needs? Head to the Appliance Guide to browse through the features and benefits of some of the best on the market.
5. You can use any pan, even a wok
While electric cooktops just don’t work with woks, and induction cooktops need special pans, any pan works with natural gas appliances. Our tip: if you’re looking to invest, opt for heavy bases - an enormous amount of energy hits the full diameter of the cooking surface so these pans are designed to best work with the gas flame.
Where can I find a gas fitter?
Head to the Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters Association (MPGA) of WA website: they maintain a searchable online database of licensed plumbers and gas fitters in WA.
I still need more information… where can I find out more?
There are further resources available right here on the Life’s Better When You’re With Gas website: don’t miss our Get Connected tool for a step-by-step guide to the process, and take a look at how to find the right energy mix for your life and your home.
You can also speak to a gas fitter, your preferred gas retailer or your builder to find out more.
* Please note: ATCO Gas Australia is only responsible for the connection from the gas main up to your gas meter box. 20 meters of gas service pipe is included as part of the free connection process. Anything over this could be chargeable.