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Blog Post Monday 17 July 2017

Cooking with Gas: How to Maintain Your Gas Stove Top

Cooking with Gas: How to Maintain Your Gas Stove Top

 

Responsiveness, simplicity, old-world feel? There are plenty of reasons why gas stove stops are overwhelmingly preferred by professional chefs and aspirational foodies alike. In fact, a survey of over 100 chefs revealed that 96% prefer cooking with gas. But as much as you might love cooking like a professional, cleaning up is never fun. Maintaining your stove top is, however, important to ensure you can enjoy cooking on it for years to come. So whether you are thinking of investing in a gas cooktop, or already have one installed, consider these maintenance tips to make the most of your stove. 

Why cook with gas?

One of the biggest benefits of cooking with gas rather than electricity is the responsiveness of a gas stovetop. When you twist the gas dial, the amount of heat released is immediately reduced or increased, allowing you greater control over your cooking. Gas stovetops look great too, with a range of designs to choose from, including enamel, glass and stainless steel. As with most things, quality does come at a price, so gas appliances are typically more expensive to purchase and install than their electric counterparts. 

How to keep your gas stove top clean

Grimy stove burner grates are not only unsightly and unhygienic, but they can negatively impact your cooking and present a fire hazard. Roll up your sleeves and put in a bit of elbow grease to get your gas stove top looking good as new. And make sure you don’t forget the knobs and back panels.

When it comes to kitchen cleaning, ongoing maintenance will make a world of difference. In an ideal world, baked in grime and food splashes can be simply avoided with regular wipe downs. But as we all know, sometimes life gets in the way of cleaning up as we go along. After all, no one wants to leave the dinner table early to start scrubbing while a dinner party is in full swing! Depending on how dirty your stove grates and stove top is, here are a few different methods to get rid of stubborn food stains and return your gas stove to its former glory. 

Clean your stove top with vinegar

Many people prefer cleaning with vinegar in order to minimise the use of harsh chemicals. Vinegar is perfect for day to day maintenance and light grease stains.


To clean your stove with vinegar:

  • Spray burners with vinegar and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Use a clean cloth to wipe down. 
  • That’s it! Your grates should look clean and shiny. 
  • Remember, vinegar is most effective at cutting through grease before it has the chance to really stick. 

Clean your stove top with baking soda


Baking soda is a great cleaning agent to remove stubborn grease and grime stains on your stove top. Like vinegar, it is also gentle on the environment and your budget. 

  • Scrub each burner with warm water and dishwashing detergent to remove the initial film of grease.
  • Add spoonfuls of water to a cup of baking soda to make a thick paste. 
  • Coat each burner with the baking soda paste and leave it for 20 minutes to lift the grease.
  • Using a sponge, scrub the softened food residue thoroughly.

Use ammonia for tougher stains on burner grates


If you’re dealing with tough stains that just won’t lift with vinegar and baking soda -  it’s time to bring in the big guns. For baked-in grease and food residue on burner grates, ammonia is a seriously effective cleaning agent. 

  • Place each burner grate into individual zip lock bags.
  • Wearing rubber gloves, add one quarter of a cup of undiluted liquid ammonia.
  • Seal the ziplock bag and allow it to sit for several hours (or even overnight) to allow the ammonia to dissolve and lift the grime safely from the enameled iron. 
  • Tip: To avoid inhaling harmful fumes and leaving a strong smell in your kitchen, you may wish to leave the bags outside. 
  • Remove grates from bag, wipe off grates, and enjoy your shiny new burners.


Make sure to clean stove drip pans


While you’ve got your rubber gloves on, don’t forget to clean your drip pans. These saucers under the grates collect burnt oil, herbs and vegetable pieces. Use these simple methods to make them shine. 

Clean by soaking 


All you need to get these pans shining again is some dishwashing detergent and some baking soda.

  • Remove the pans from the stove and give them a thorough rinse in the sink.
  • Combine one part dishwashing detergent and one part baking soda. Lather this mixture all over the discs.
  • Place the soapy pans in zip lock bags for at least an hour, and give them a good rinse. 
Clean by boiling


For tougher grease build up, try boiling them. 

  • Mix water and half a cup of baking soda in a large pot. 
  • Heat the water and baking soda until it boils before reducing the heat and placing the pans inside the pot.
  • Leave the discs in in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Using tongs, remove the pans from the water and allow them to cool to room temperature before wiping them down.

Stove top maintenance, without the elbow grease

Like any cleaning job, regular routine maintenance will go miles to ensure that you don’t spend hours scrubbing baked-on stains from your grates and pans. While cleaning up is never the fun part of cooking a delicious meal, a little regular maintenance here and there will mean you won’t have to put in too much elbow grease to keep your stove top grease under control.