Blog Post Monday 17 July 2017
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
All you need to get these pans shining again is some dishwashing detergent and some baking soda.
For tougher grease build up, try boiling them.
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.