8 Ways To Make Your Cooking Gas Last Longer.

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Luckily, there are a few things you can do like using the right pot, making sure your pots and pans fully cover the flame when heating, and using metal pots and pans to keep your cooking gas lasts long. This will ultimately help you reduce your monthly gas bills and make additional savings. This article provides some tips on how to make your cooking gas last longer.

1. Use the right pot and burner In order for your cooking gas to last longer, you need to use the right pot on the right burner. There’s a reason some gas cooktops have multiple burners of different sizes. If you are cooking with a large pot use the large burner and if it is a small pot use the smaller burner. In this way, the amount of gas burned corresponds to the size of the burner. Using small pots on a large stove top is just wasting cooking gas.

 

2. Understanding the relationship between heat and temperature Burning gas for cooking creates a flame, and a flame creates thermal energy. The more gas it burns, the more heat the flame generates, and vice versa. When a pot and its contents absorb heat, its temperature rises and the food is cooked. The higher the temperature in a pot, the faster it will boil. The thing to note here is that once the boiling point of a liquid in a pot is reached, the additional heating and burning gas will no longer suffice the temperature allowing the contents of the pan to rise or boil the contents more quickly until all the liquid has evaporated. The secret, therefore, is to maintain a minimum flame required to sustain cooking.

Also, avoid adding too much water and avoid cooking over high heat for long periods of time. Instead, add enough water to simmer for the same amount of time.

3. Leave the pot lid open as much as possible. To make your cooking gas last longer, make sure the pot lid is always on and covering it properly. Putting the lid on your pan while cooking blocks steam from escaping and cooks your food faster. It also reduces cooking time as heat energy is used more efficiently.

4. Service and maintain your gas cylinder and burner regularly  A good maintenance culture will help your cooking gas last longer.  You should regularly clean and inspect every part of your gas stove to detect damage, blockages, or leaks in good time. You should also ensure that your gas regulator is properly turned off after use.

5. Use metal pots and pans  Metals like stainless steel are good conductors of heat. To cook, the heat generated in the flame needs to reach the food, and therefore pots with good heat conductors are more efficient.  So make sure your pots and pans are metal.

6. Get everything you need before you start cooking Cooking with gas is faster than when we used stoves. You need to make sure everything you need to cook is prepared before you turn on the gas to cook. If you don’t already have everything you need to cook in your kitchen, don’t turn on the cooking gas or cooking gas will be wasted.

7. Make sure the bottom of the pot covers the flame. Allowing the flame of the cooking gas to extend past the bottom of the pot is an important way of wasting cooking gas. Flames protruding above the bottom of the pot generate heat that escapes from the pot.  The heat is not absorbed by the pot and its contents are lost. So make sure your flame doesn’t extend past the bottom of your pot.

8. Invest in pressure cookers Compared to regular pots, which only cook food at around 100 degrees Celsius, pressure cookers cook at around 125 degrees Celsius. This means pressure cookers help cook food quickly, reduce cooking time and burn gas. Finally, make sure your cooking gas is blue and not yellow or any other color, as this could be a sign the burner is clogged with soot, grease, or food particles that are not burning properly.

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