What Will You Be Cooking on in Your New Kitchen

Getting a new kitchen installed is incredibly exciting. How your kitchen looks and feels can really affect the whole feel of a home so it’s important that you are happy with yours. Our team at Craftbuilt Kitchens will expertly guide and assist you during this fun and important time to make choices you will not be disappointed with.

The cook top is one thing on which you will need to make the right decision as it’s a major feature in the kitchen. Not only do you want one that looks great, you also need one that functions well and is within your intended budget. There are basically three types of cook tops to choose from and we will discuss each in brief.

Gas cook tops

The benefits of gas cook tops are many. Gas cook tops have long been popular with professional chefs. When it comes to cooking with gas you are able to control the heat instantly. If you turn the heat up or down then it reaches that desired setting immediately.

Any kind of cookware is able to be used on a gas cook top and as a general rule gas is cheaper than electricity. A big benefit of gas is that if the electricity goes off after a storm or for some other reason, you are still able to cook your meals.

Electric cook tops

While electric cook tops don’t change as quickly as gas when you alter the temperature they are very good at providing even and stable heat. If you tend to cook a lot of meals that require low heat then electric cook tops are perfect at maintaining low heat settings.

Electric cook tops are easy to clean and can be used for all cookware. Electric cook tops mean that you don’t have to have a gas line added to your home and they are cheaper than induction, so it’s great if your budget is a little tight.

Induction cook tops

Induction cook tops are newer on the market than electric and gas and have some great benefits. Like gas, induction cooking heat can be adjusted instantly and like electric, the heat is stable and even.

Induction is perfect if you tend to be a clumsy cook or if you have small children. This is because the surface itself does not become hot unless the pan is in place. Once the pan is removed the surface quickly cools.

Another bonus of the cook top surface not heating up is that spilt food does not get baked on the surface, thus making cleaning easier and your kitchen won’t become as hot when in use. Induction cook tops are also very energy efficient.

All three styles are great; you just need to make a choice based on your budget and preference. Contact us at Craftbuilt Kitchens today so we can assist you with choices and designs for your new kitchen.

 

The Benefits of Cooking with Gas

Having a new kitchen put in? If you are then you may be lucky enough to include new appliances in this overhaul, if you are, have you made the decision to use gas or electric? It is quite common now for a kitchen to be fitted with gas cooktops and ovens and very few people have bad things to say about them. If you don’t already know what some of the benefits of cooking with gas are, you better read on before you decide against it.

The first thing that gas cooking lovers will tell you is that it’s very accurate. When an electric oven is turned on or the temperature is changed, it takes time for the desired temperature to be reached. With gas, the change is exact and instant. With gas cooking you have far better control over the temperature than with electric appliances. While we are on the subject of temperature, it is well worth mentioning that gas ovens won’t heat up your kitchen like an electric oven will. This is a pretty important piece of information as too often in our warmer months, the kitchen can be an unbearable place for this reason. Whilst your gas oven is on, the top of the oven will remain cooler than that of an electric oven, this will reduce your risk of any burns.

You will notice when you visit kitchen showrooms in Brisbane that the elements on an electric cooktop are flat. This is because in order for the heat to be dispersed evenly the entire bottom of the pot needs to be in contact with the elements. With gas cooktops, this is not necessary as the heat is derived from the flame. The benefit here is that you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a new flash set of pots and pans if yours are a little on the well used side. One of the last benefits we will mention here today but certainly not the last of them to be gained is the fact that you can still cook during an power outage. There will be times that power failures will occur and with an electric cooktop or stove, this will mean you are unable to prepare a meal. Cooking with gas means provided you have enough gas, you can still prepare a feast.

Choosing gas over electric for cooking will be a choice you won’t ever regret. When you discuss kitchen benchtops in Brisbane with your kitchen designer, be sure to talk further about the benefits cooking with gas can bring you.