Gas stoves definitely have some perks; their user-friendliness is more than any other appliance. There are no restrictions when using various kinds of pots, be it stainless steel or cast iron. It takes only a few seconds to heat up and controlling the intensity of the heat is pretty easy, too, which gives you total control over the cooking process. Not to mention that they are relatively cheaper than other options. You only have to pay a small amount of cash every month for unlimited usage. Keeping the gas stove clean is pretty easy, too (as long as you can take care of the unwanted grease around it).
But recently, there has been a noticeable shortage of gas in a lot of neighborhoods. Sometimes there will be very little fire in the morning which makes it difficult for everyone to cook. People are already looking for alternative options. Here’s what we gathered from looking into the most hassle-free and environmental friendly ways of cooking.
Liquefied petroleum gas is a sort of clean and green hydrocarbon fuel. On average, a consumer needs to refill gas about 4 times a year. It’s relatively cheaper than other options since a cylinder costs around Tk 2200 to Tk 2400. It is often the most preferred option since using it means we are being conscious about our environment, too. One of the conveniences of taking on this practice is that you can get it delivered right to your doorstep.
Induction cookery does not require gas at all. An induction cooker is basically an electromagnet you can cook with. When you turn on the power, the electronically powered coil of metal inside makes a current flow through the coil and creates a magnetic field which then penetrates through the pan set on top. The induction surface doesn’t get hot, the pan does. All in all, the entire process is about 20-25% faster than any other options.
However, induction cookers are relatively more expensive than a traditional gas stove. Also, not many Bangladeshis are aware of it yet. Also, only specific kind of pans work with induction cookers.
Crockpots are amazing at cooking slowly over a given period of time. What makes it efficient is how you can just plug it and let it do its work! All you need to do is mix the cut up raw items and ingredients and set a timer. It’ll cook over time and the result will be delicious food ready with minimal effort.
The con, however, is the immense electrical bills. Moreover, keeping an appliance turned on for a long duration is probably not the safest thing to do.
It’s basically a solo electrical stove, which when plugged in, will let you cook. The look of it is similar to an induction cooktop but its portability is a definite advantage.
One of the drawbacks is how expensive it can be. The thing with technologically advanced appliances is that they are usually costly as well. And they need to be operated in a certain way which is a hassle compared to the usual gas stove everyone is accustomed to.