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Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction: Why I Love Cooking with Magnets


| 2/19/2020 9:22:00 AM


 cooking french toast on induction stove

One of my favorite dishes growing up was French toast but when I left home I found that my French toast never tasted as good as my dad’s. It took years for me to discover that the secret was — drum roll, please — black pepper! Yep, visiting home one time I realized that the warm, subtle notes of heat and complex flavor that I loved about French toast growing up came from a liberal sprinkling of black pepper that my dad added to the egg mixture. It was so simple but for me it transformed this dish.

Living on a homestead with eggs in abundance, French toast is a no-brainer way to deal with lots of eggs and a family that ignores the ends of bread and stale bread left in the breadbasket. We have also discovered that leftover French toast heats up beautifully in the toaster for a quick snack. Perfect French toast also needs to fry up quick and turn lovely crisp golden brown and to do that a good stove is a big help.

induction stove in my kitchen

Comparing Electric Stoves to Gas Cooking Ranges

I grew up cooking on an electric range. Back then I was known for two things when it came to cooking. The first was the ability to invent amazing dishes that I could never replicate and the second was burning things on a regular basis especially the last few pancakes. Electric stoves take awhile to heat up and a long time to cool down (thus the charred pancakes). When I went away to college, the apartments all had electric burners as well; crusty, sad, hard to clean, low rent electric burners. I made bland French toast, continued to burn pancakes and agonized over how long it took my pasta water to boil.



Fast-forward to my marriage and my husband who had only ever cooked on gas. Our first apartment had a groovy retro gas stove. I loved it. My husband showed me the ropes, I learned all about pilot lights, super fast stir-fry and the ease of cooking on the gas range. Over the next 20 years, each subsequent house had access to natural gas. Meanwhile, my parents had graduated to a glass top electric stove which I tried and disliked only slightly less than the electric burner since the heating elements didn’t cook with the direct and controllable heat of a gas stove. I was committed to cooking with gas in spite of its less than stellar environmental score. That is until we moved to our farm.



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