Best Cookware for Gas Stoves
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This American-made cookware set from Made-In is an extensive array of pots and pans, which is perfect for budding home chefs who like to cook on a gas stove.
The selection of cookware you’ll get with this (expensive) set features non-stick, carbon steel, and clad stainless steel pots and pans that will give you the ability to cook almost any meal.
If you can’t afford the full set, it’s possible to buy the pans individually so you can try out the pans you might use the most.
Gas stoves are widely considered to be the superior form of cooktop, prized in both homes and commercial kitchens around the world. More energy-efficient, and with superior heating and temperature control, a gas cookstove can allow its users to cook up a broad range of delicacies with ease.
Choosing the right cookware for your gas stove maximizes the potential of your cooktop. The most popular option for home cooks is definitely stainless steel pans of a 3 or 5-ply construction thanks to their affordability and durability as well as performance. Some chefs prefer cast iron, particularly for meats, and upmarket homeowners may prefer copper thanks to its style, cost, and even distribution of heat. Of course, no cookware material is without its positives or negatives, so be sure to weigh up the pros and cons against your own needs before purchase.
Best cookware sets for gas stoves
1. Made-In The Sous Chef 11-Piece Cookware Set
This American-made cookware set from Made-In is an extensive array of pots and pans, which is perfect for budding home chefs who like to cook on a gas stove. The selection of cookware you’ll get with this (expensive) set features non-stick, carbon steel, and clad stainless steel pots and pans that will give you the ability to cook almost any meal. If you can’t afford the full set, it’s possible to buy the pans individually so you can try out the pans you might use the most.
- 10″ Non-Stick Frying Pan,
- 10″ Stainless Clad Frying Pan,
- 12″ Carbon Steel Frying Pan,
- 2 QT Stainless Clad Saucepan with Lid,
- 4 QT Stainless Clad Saucepan with Lid,
- 3.5 QT Stainless Clad Saute Pan with Lid,
- 8 QT Stainless Clad Stock Pot with Lid,
- 2 oz can Carbon Steel Seasoning Wax.
- Incredible Value: Pound for pound, there is no other cookware collection on the market that offers this much value. It’s a fairly hefty chunk of money to spend all at once, but for what you get in return, it’s definitely worth the cash.
- Ultimate Versatility: The Sous Chef collection from Made-In gives you the best of all worlds. Not only will you get a selection of pots and pans that cover all your cooking needs, the stainless steel, carbon steel, and non-stick offerings are only outdone by copper cookware in terms of functionality on gas stoves and ranges.
- 5-Ply Construction: The stainless steel pans in this collection have a 5-ply construction which is widely considered to be one of the most efficient ways (alongside 3-ply) to build cookware for maximum efficiency. The stainless steel and aluminum layers form a formidable partnership for optimal heat distribution and durability.
- Made in the USA: All of the pieces included with the Made-In Sous Chef collection were designed and manufactured in America, giving you peace of mind that you’ve spent your money well.
- Beautiful Craftsmanship: Made-In are renowned for their high-end products. Every piece in this collection (including the non-stick pans) is absolutely gorgeous and constructed to a super-high standard.
- Magnetic Base: While the magnetic base doesn’t have any effect on the functionality of this cookware when used on a gas stove, you can rest safe in the knowledge that if you ever want to swap your gas range for an induction cooker, you won’t need to buy new cookware too.
- Stockpot Prone to Staining: It appears that several consumers have struggled with staining issues inside the stockpot after cooking tomato-based foods.
2. Mauviel 2.5mm 9-Piece Brushed Copper Cookware Collection
Made in France, this exclusive Mauviel collection is the absolute pinnacle of premium-quality cookware. The 2.5mm thick construction plays to all of the strengths of a gas range and will heat more quickly, evenly, and efficiently as copper is one of the most conductive metals on earth. This breathtakingly beautiful collection is priced accordingly and is easily the most expensive set on this list.
You can buy a smaller five-piece collection for half the eye-wateringly high price point, but even that is almost as expensive as 9 or 10 piece sets from Hestan or Made-In.
- 10.2" Skillet,
- 1.9 Quart Saucepan with Domed Lid,
- 2.7 Quart Saucepan with Domed Lid,
- 3.2 Quart Saute Pan with Domed Lid,
- 6.4 Quart Stock Pot with Domed Lid,
- and Bonus 5 Ounce Copperbrill Copper Cleaner
Unrivaled Performance: Get these bad boys on a gas stove, and the heat will be almost instantaneous. It should come as no surprise that this extremely expensive cookware set gives you absolute control over your cooking to help you deliver perfection every time.
Stainless Steel Lined: While copper is one of the most heat-reactive metals on earth (second only to silver), it can leach into your food, and it isn’t overly robust. 10% of these pan’s construction is made up of the stainless steel lining to make the part that comes into contact with your food more durable, safer, and ensures your food doesn’t taste of copper.
Domed Lids: The curvature of the lids on these premium pots not only helps you retain heat while you cook, but it always directs the flow of moisture back towards your food, so it doesn’t dry out or over-cook.
They’re Utterly Beautiful: Copper cookware isn’t only the perfect cookware type to use on gas stoves; it also holds the monopoly for being (objectively) the most stunning style of pots and pans that money can buy. The brushed exterior and handle design from Mauviel is perfection.
Cast Stainless Steel Handles: Because copper reacts so well to gas-delivered heat, having a copper handle would lead to all kinds of problems, so using other metals for the handle is commonplace with copper cookware. But Mauviel have surpassed all expectations with both the design and practicality of the handles.
Ridiculously Expensive: If you want the best cookware, you’ll have to pay the highest prices. This Mauviel set is super expensive for only five pots and pans and will not be available to most people’s budgets.
Needs a Lot of TLC: These expensive pans will need to be washed by hand as the copper construction isn’t as durable as stainless steel or cast iron. You’ll also need to polish your set regularly to stop the pieces from becoming discolored.
3. Misen Essential Cookware Set
If you’re looking for an affordable cookware set but don’t want to compromise on quality, the Misen Essential cookware set might be exactly what you’re looking for. These pots and pans will give you the bare essentials you need to cook exceptional meals on a gas stove. Like the Made-In pan set, you can buy Misen cookware pieces individually if you’d like to test them out before committing to buy a full set.
- 12” Skillet with Lid,
- 10” Skillet,
- 3-Quart Saute Pan with Lid,
- 3-Quart Saucier Pan with Lid,
- 8-Quart Stock Pot with Lid.
- Good Bang for Your Buck: For nine pieces of high-quality 5-ply cookware, you really can’t beat the value for money you get from the Misen Essential Cookware set.
- Surprising Performance: When you consider the extremely reasonable price point of this mid-sized set, you’d be forgiven for thinking the pots and pans might not perform overly well. You’d be wrong. All the pans in the set heat quickly, efficiently, and evenly, which is perfect for cooking with gas.
- Superb Handle Design: Cooking with gas gets the cookware hot and quickly. But the clever ergonomic handle design means not only are these hefty pans comfortable in your hand, but they don’t get too hot either.
- Near-Optimal Thickness: The general rule of thumb is “the thicker, the better” when considering stainless steel pans, but there is a point of diminishing returns. The 3mm thick 5-ply pans are almost an almost ideal balance between durability and heat distribution.
- Good Price-to-Capacity Ratio: The affordable price point of the Misen Essential cookware set betrays the decent pot and pan capacity you get with this set. The sizable cooking capacity makes this set an excellent choice for larger families.
- Larger Pans are Heavy: The thick stainless steel of the large pans in the Essentials set is quite heavy, especially when they’re full of food. This could be a problem for people with weaker hands.
- Handle Rivets a Tricky to Clean: While riveted handles are much more secure than welded ones, this particular design sees food getting stuck, and it can be a pain to remove.
4. Hestan Ultimate 10-Piece Copper Cookware Set
If performance outweighs all other criteria (including cost) on your list of needs when you’re considering your next cookware purchase, then the Hestan Ultimate “Copper” cookware set is worthy of your consideration. Beautiful, durable, and first-class performance. This cookware ticks all the boxes. It is very expensive, though, so you might want to consider buying a single pot or pan, but it does work out a bit more expensive per piece than buying them in a collection.
- 8.5″ Skillet, 11″ Skillet,
- 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 3-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 3.5-Quart Sauté pan with Lid,
- 6-Quart Stockpot with Lid.
Unbelievably Efficient: While I’ll touch on the fact that these pots and pans aren’t authentic copper cookware later, it’s worth noting that the speed and evenness at which this set heats up is astounding. In the case of the large skillet, it even outperforms some actual copper cookware. This type of performance is ideal for gas ranges.
Thick & Durable: The Hestan Ultimate collection pots and pans have a robust 5-ply construction that will last you a lifetime. The mix of stainless steel (exterior and interior), a copper core, and two layers of aluminum sandwiched in between form an almost indestructible product that doesn’t compromise performance.
Interchangeable Lids: Not every piece in this collection has a lid; however, the lids we designed to be interchangeable. So unless you’re using all the pans simultaneously, you’ll be able to retain heat and moisture in your food through the use of a pot or pan lid.
Breathtakingly Beautiful: The Hestan Copperbond collection is utterly gorgeous. The pale copper and stainless steel finish combine perfectly to form some of the best-looking cookware on the market, while the stainless steel lids complete the whole aesthetic and the heavy-duty logo stamped into the handles.
Flush Rivets: Riveted handles are the most secure construction but often cause problems with the clean-up process. These flush rivets completely negative these problems and give the pans strength and make them easier to clean.
- Not Actually Copper Cookware: Copper cookware is the pinnacle of high-end pots and pans. Everything about this collection screams “copper cookware”, from the appearance to the name of the collection. In reality, this “copper bond” is more of a copper/stainless steel hybrid. That’s not to say it doesn’t perform flawlessly; it does, it’s just something to be aware of.
5. All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set
The All-Clad D3 Tri-Play stainless steel cookware set is an American classic that goes some way to showing that 3-ply stainless steel pots and pans can be every bit as good as 5-ply as long as some care and attention has been put into the design and construction.
If you find this collection too expensive to buy all at once, you can buy a smaller set, or if the collection doesn’t cover all your bases, then there’s a 10-piece or 14-piece set at a considerable price increase.
- 10” Skillet,
- 3-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 3-Quart Saute Pan with Lid,
- 8-Quart Stockpot with Lid.
Original Innovators: All-Clad cookware are the pioneers of multi-metal bonded pans. Their experience in this field shines through in the quality of their products.
Highly Polished Exterior: If bright, gleaming cookware is your thing, then you’ll love the aesthetic of the D3 cookware set. The 18/10 stainless steel has been polished to a mirror-like shine.
Lightweight Without Performance Loss: Although the D3 collection has two fewer layers than its D5 siblings, this excellent pan set still performs exceptionally well on gas stoves. While in contrast, the fewer layers make the pans lighter and easier to handle.
Oven-Safe to 600F: These robust pans can withstand up to 600F inside your oven, giving them all the versatility you need in the kitchen.
Not the Best Value: For only four pans and three lids, you’ll be paying a hefty sum for this Tri-Ply cookware.
Dish Washer Issues: While All-Clad claims that the D3 cookware collection is dishwasher safe, the small exposed aluminum rim could suffer from degradation after prolonged use in the dishwasher when used in conjunction with harsh cleaning chemicals.
6. Made-In “The Copper Set”
Even though this set of copper pots and pans is small in terms of quantity and capacity, this beautiful collection still boasts some of the finest heat distribution and aesthetics on the market.
It is possible to buy each pan separately if the initial outlay is too expensive. However, you’ll pay an average of $65 more for each pan than you would if you bought them as a complete collection.
- 1.9-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 5.2-Quart Rondeau with Lid,
- 5.2-Quart Saucier with Lid.
Superior Heat Distribution: Copper cookware reacts superbly to the almost instantaneous heat of a gas range. The Made-In copper set will not only get up to temperature quickly, but it’ll distribute that heat perfectly evenly across the surface.
90% Copper & 10% Stainless Steel: Copper cookware is often lined with tin as it prevents the copper from leaching into your food. Tin is also relatively cheap, though it’s structurally weak. The stainless steel lining provides these pans with a durably interior so you can be more forceful when you’re cooking.
Stylish Stay-Cool Handles: The Made-In copper cookware gets hot and quickly with instant heat from the gas and premium heat conductivity. Fortunately, these attractive stay-cool handles will stop you from burning your hand.
Stunning Storage Facility: The Made-In copper cookware set comes in an excellent wooden storage crate that really sets the collection apart from its rivals.
Small Pans, Big Price Tag: Copper cookware is expensive, and rightly so; it’s the pinnacle of high-end pots and pans. However, these pans are relatively small, while the price point is enormous. With an average price of $300 per pan, you could buy some of the full sets from this list for what you’d pay for two of these pieces.
Not Overly Robust: Copper itself isn’t too durable, but the 2mm thick exterior means you have to be careful when handling the cookware, or you risk damaging your pricey pans.
7. Hestan 10-Piece Titanium Cookware Set
Hestan takes cooking with stainless steel cookware to the next level by giving this exquisite set a titanium nano-layer bond, so their products are super strong, safe to cook with, and easy to use. A perfect choice for budding home chefs who prefer to cook with gas who can be a bit heavy-handed when cooking and cleaning.
Like any collection from Hestan, you can buy any of the pans and pots from this set individually, though the cost per unit increases if you buy them one by one.
- 8.5” Skillet,
- 11” Skillet,
- 1.5-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 3-Quart Saucepan with Lid,
- 3.5-Quart Sauté Pan with Lid,
- 8-Quart Stockpot with Lid.
Unique Exterior Coating: Thousands of titanium nano-layers have been bonded the these pan’s stainless steel construction to make the metal four times stronger than regular stainless steel, so your pans should last a lifetime.
100% Toxin-Free: Pure ceramic cookware is the only other genre of pans that can make this claim, making the Hestan Titanium Ultimate collection the perfect choice for anyone whose primary concern is the health of their family.
Sealed Rims & Flush Rivets: The clever design of this high-end cookware means the pots and pans are super easy to clean and are genuinely dishwasher safe.
Non-Stick Without Being Non-Stick: Non-Stick cookware is very popular for its ease of use, but it comes with certain health risks. The Hestan Titanium collection’s nano-layered interior gives the pots and pans functional non-stick properties while negating the dangerous chemicals.
Can Withstand 1050F: I’m not sure if there’s any food that needs to be cooked at 1050F, but if there is, the Hestan Titanium cookware collection is one of the few sets of pots and pans that could handle it.
- Relatively Pricey: The only thing “wrong” with this set is the significant price point. And even then, you still get excellent value for money, considering you get ten pieces in the collection. It is a lot to layout all in one sitting, though.
8. Stargazer 10.5” Cast Iron Skillet
While cast iron isn’t the most efficient material for cookware to use with a gas stove or range, gas is the best energy source to use with cast iron. The Stargazer 10.5” cast iron skillet is one of the most premium pans in this genre, and it should be as it’s relatively expensive when compared to other cast iron brands.
- 10.5” Cast Iron Skillet
Top Performing Cast Iron Skillet: If you have your heart set on a cast iron pan, the Stargazer heats more evenly than any other in this genre.
Ethically Produced: The Stargazer company uses fully recyclable materials to produce this 10.5” frying pan. Even the packaging is locally sourced and environmentally friendly.
Easier To Handle: By its very nature, cast iron is heavy, and some people can struggle to use it. The Stargazer skillet is relatively lightweight compared to rival products, so it’s easier to pick up.
‘Infinite Warranty’: So confident are Stargazer in their product that the 10.5” skillet is covered by a warranty that lasts forever, giving you peace of mind.
Cast Iron is High Maintenance: The Stargazer skillet doesn’t naturally have non-stick properties, so you’ll need to keep up with your seasoning to avoid food getting stuck every time you cook.
Takes a While to Heat Up: This isn’t so much a problem with this piece of cookware, but with cast iron skillets in general. Cast iron doesn’t conduct heat well, and it takes a while to get hot enough to cook with. Its inability to heat quickly doesn’t utilize the main benefits of cooking with gas. However, gas cookers will heat cast iron skillets faster than any other heat source.
It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that many of the cookware sets on this list are a little pricey.
That’s because the materials or constructions that exploit the benefits of cooking with gas most efficiently are more expensive than regular cookware. But being on a tighter budget doesn’t mean you don’t have options. They didn’t test anywhere near as well as the premium brands in my kitchen, but here’s a list of alternative brands if the collections above are out of your price range.
This brand is a staple in American households, and their very affordable stainless steel cookware line is a very good choice for use on a gas cooker. The non-stick properties aren’t great, and heat distribution not as efficient as high-end pieces, but this cookware is excellent for punishing on a daily basis.
From this brand, you’ll find a selection of reasonably priced 3-ply stainless steel cookware. They’re a bit bland to look at and have limited oven-safe functionality, but they’ll get the job done.
Not too dissimilar from KitchenAid cookware, their workaday tri-ply cookware collection is nothing to write home about aesthetically but performs reasonably well on gas stoves. These sets are approaching the higher end of the price scale, though.
The Ninja NeverStick range blurs the lines between traditional non-stick cookware (which comes with certain health connotations) and stainless steel pots and pans. This popular brand makes cookware that is healthier than normal non-stick but won’t last as long as stainless steel. It’s priced accordingly and is super affordable.
If you absolutely must have a non-stick pan, T-Fal has been making this type of cookware for decades. Their budget price points mean you can use their cookware with reckless abandon and throw them away when defects occur (or risk health problems). You can only expect a year or two at the most from this range, and any external non-stick coating that comes into direct contact with a gas flame will deteriorate over time.
Additional information for choosing cookware for gas stoves
How do Gas Stoves Work?
Gas stoves also referred to as burners and cooktops work by igniting natural gases. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how each element works:
- When the user turns the knob of the hob into the ‘on’ position gas is allowed to flow through the supply pipe to a part called the jet. This is found underneath the burner.
- Slots found on the edge of the burner will allow the gas to be distributed around the cooktop ring.
- The metal plate found on top of the burner protects the burner from spilled food and makes the gas cooktop easier to clean. This cap also creates tighter compression which encourages the gas to flow through the slots.
- When the user presses the ignition switch a spark is created by the ignitor which sets the gas aflame.
- To avoid the impacts of direct heat on cookware, the gas cooktop also features metal pan supports that elevate the pan above the flame.
Types of Gas Stoves
While the way that gas stoves operate doesn’t differ between models, there are a variety of different elements that your gas stove might feature which can change the way you cook and the best cookware for your stove. Here are some different gas stove features:
- Accessory Accommodation: Some cooktops will be designed to cater to accessories like woks, griddles, or grills.
- High-Heat Burners: High-heat burners are useful for those looking to whip up a quick meal, as they can reduce the time taken to boil water or heat items.
- Bridge Elements: Your cooktop may have a bridge element that will allow for the use of larger pots and pans. Such elements are common in commercial cookware.
Gas Stove Heating Properties
Gas burners have a major advantage over standard electric models because they can change temperature instantly by simply turning the knob. In the aforementioned devices, there’s a delay, which can make or break for more delicate items of cuisine, but in regards to a gas cooktop, the heat provided is instant and consistent. Induction cooktops are certainly an improvement on basic electric stoves as magnets evenly distribute heat, but still, temperature changes can be more sluggish.
Gas stoves are also, on average, more energy-efficient and cost-effective than electric cooktops due to their ability to quickly achieve high heat. It’s thought that using a gas cooktop instead of an electric model can reduce the cost of cooking food by over 50%.
How Hot is a Gas Stove?
Gas stoves can reach very high temperatures very quickly. The flame of a gas burner itself is around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, but only a portion of this total heat is transferred to the cookware. The temperature that gas stoves release is most commonly measured in BTU’s; which stands for ‘British Thermal Unit’. All gas cooktops and burners will be labeled with a BTU value. Most modern gas cooktops range between 500-18,000 BTU. When considering the heat that a gas stove can achieve it’s no wonder why choosing the right cookware is so essential.
Listed below are the different BTU, as well as average Fahrenheit readings, for low, medium, and high temperatures.
- Low Heat: 500-2,000 BTU’s or 195 degrees Celcius
- Medium Heat: 2,000-10,000 BTU’s or 210-300 degrees Celcius
- High Heat: 12,000-18,000 BTU’s or 300-350 degrees Celcius
What Types of Cookware are Compatible with Gas Stoves
Compared to induction and electric cooktops, gas stoves can emit higher heat far more quickly. This means that some forms of cookware may be unsuitable or experience accelerated wear when used for cooking on a gas stove. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to pick cookware that is designed to evenly disperse heat and not create uneven hot and cold spots. In terms of overall efficiency, cookware that is able to retain heat is ideal.
Stainless Steel Cookware: Opt for Three to Five Layers
When picking cookware for your gas stove remember that layers are often best. Also referred to as ‘ply’, the best cookware for gas cooktops will have three or more different layers of metals that are sandwiched together in order to provide even heating and prevent reactions between the metal and the food. Almost all stainless steel pans will be constructed as layers.
Most commonly, 3-ply cookware will be made of a layer of aluminum that is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel, though a core of copper can also be used. In 5-ply pans, three layers of aluminum are sandwiched between the stainless steel. Copper and aluminum have great conductive properties meaning that cookware which uses these metals is fast-heating but these materials need to be encompassed with stainless steel to prevent them from contaminating food items with processes such as leeching.
Stainless steel cookware is one of the most popular options for home cookware. Affordable, non-toxic, and long-lasting, stainless steel is able to take a beating and is therefore ideal for cooking in busy home kitchens due to its reliability. Stainless steel is also incredibly versatile, meaning a wide range of different cookware types (such as pots frying pans, griddles, and more) are widely available to consumers.
There are a few downsides to stainless steel cookware for gas stoves, however. Firstly, as it is so easy to produce, there are many cheap options out there for cookware made in this material, so consumers are often drawn in by price and buy inferior cookware made solely out of stainless steel instead of those constructed from three or five layers.
While its affordability makes it ideal for use by students and in first homes, a pan made solely out of stainless steel is less efficient and less durable than its three-layer counterpart. Those with a nickel sensitivity will also want to look for alternatives to stainless steel, as when exposed to the high heat that can be achieved by a gas stove, a stainless steel cookware item may leech metals such as iron, chromium, and nickel into foods.
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron cookware can be a bit of a double-edged sword when used on a gas stove. Cast iron cookware is heavy and unwieldy which can make it unsafe for those unused to its weight. Cast iron is prized by chefs because it is incredibly durable, able to retain heat for a long time, and is known to leech ‘ghost flavors’ into food, which can add depth of flavor to dishes, if used consistently for one item; such as steaks.
It’s worth noting that cast iron can take a long time to come to temperature, which isn’t ideal if you’re looking to knock up a quick meal, however, if you’re the kind of cook that embraces the preparation and cooking process, this can add to the ambiance in your kitchen. Once it has reached the set temperature cast iron is able to hold on to its heat for a long while, which is great for energy efficiency, but makes this type of cookware unsuitable for more delicate dishes which may need frequent and quick temperature adjustments.
While many chefs swear by the unique flavor given to meat (in particular) from cast iron cookware, this phenomenon which imparts ‘ghost flavors’, which can taint other foods even if the pan has been fully washed. It’s also good to know that cast iron doesn’t have a non-stick surface, so some form of oil or fat will need to be used to prevent dishes from sticking. This type of cookware can also be susceptible to rust if not properly maintained. Opting for a piece of enameled cast iron is often a solution to this problem, and can also be a way for users to add color to their kitchen without compromising on quality or durability.
Carbon Steel Cookware
For many, carbon steel cookware is seen as the modern, upgraded version of cast iron cookware as it takes the best elements from cast iron and removes many of the downsides. Carbon steel cookware retains the durability and heat tolerance of cast iron cookware but is able to heat up far more quickly and can also come with a non-stick surface.
The downside of many carbon steel cookware items is that, like cast iron, it requires seasoning before use. Seasoning is the process of heating the pan to a high temperature with fat in order to ensure it gains non-stick properties. Carbon steel cookware can be prone to rust if not treated with care and can be reactive to acidic food.
Copper Cookware has been prized for centuries and was used by servants in the kitchens of stately homes. When it comes to modern cooking, however, copper may have had its day. This form of cookware while stylish and impactful is very expensive and requires frequent polishing to retain its condition. Copper is reactive to acidic and alkaline substances which can mean foods cooked in copper pans that are on the high or low end of the PH-scale may take on a metallic taste or leech trace elements of copper into food.
Materials Better Avoided…
While it may look good, you’ll want to avoid colored cookware. A pastel set of pans, for example, may complete your design dreams, but these items tend to be far more style over substance and wear quickly when exposed to high heat. The item may also discolor to an unattractive hue depending on the colored coating that was used.
A Quick Note on Non-Stick
Many of us can’t live without our non-stick cookware, and if this is the case for you then you’ll be relieved to know that non-stick pans can be used on gas stoves but some precautions should be taken to retain the longevity of your pots and pans.
When cooking with non-stick items on a gas cooktop keep to a low-to-medium heat, avoid using metal utensils, and handwash instead of using a dishwasher.
How to Use Cookware on a Gas Stove
When cooking on a gas stove you’ll want to make sure that you use your selected cookware properly, as even items designed for gas stoves need to be looked after to ensure you get the longest lifespan possible from them. Here are three things to bear in mind when using your cookware on your gas stove:
- Don’t Cook on a High Heat Constantly. While one of the most convenient things about a gas cooktop is how quickly it can bring water to a boil or food up to temperature, constantly pushing the envelope and cooking at a high heat will lead to your pots and pans becoming scorched. Higher heat often leads to taller flames, which can often be the undoing of cheaper cookware that may have plastic handles.
- Remember to Adjust your Air Intake Valve. This is something that not many of us consider but can make a huge difference to how long our cookware can last. When cooking on your gas stove pay attention to the color of the flames, yellow-tinged flames tips are a danger to your pans as they most commonly lead to discoloration and scorching. When you cook you should always make sure your cooktop produces a blue flame.
- Proper Cleaning. Make sure not to be too rough when cleaning your cookware. While stubborn baked-on residue may be a frustration (and can happen more commonly when using a gas cooktop due to high heat), avoid reaching for your toughest scrubber as you may end up taking the coating of your pan off alongside the stubborn foodstuffs or scratching up the surface of your brand new cookware. This is particularly true of the outside of pans used on a gas cooktop due to the direct contact with flames, unlike electric and induction cooktops where no direct flame is used.
Health and Safety Tips for Using Cookware on a Gas Stove
Gas stoves offer the highest heat of any stove type, and as it uses a direct flame, needs to be treated with the correct care and safety. Listed below are a few tips for operating gas stoves safely.
- Flame Management: The flames of your gas stove should never reach out beyond the underneath of the cookware, nor should burners be left unattended.
- Cook With Care: When cooking, make sure that the handles of your cookware are turned to the side or use back burners where possible to prevent overhanging handles which could be easily knocked.
- Keep the Cooktop Clear: A cluttered kitchen space is asking for an accident to happen, as even inflammable items can become scorched by the high-heats produced by a gas stove.
How to Clean your Cookware After Use on a Gas Stove
Common sense goes a long way when it comes to maintaining and cleaning your cookware after use on a gas stove. As mentioned earlier, reducing the amount of time your pans are exposed to high heat, as well as choosing pans made from optimal materials, will prevent hard-to-clean damage such as scorching.
When it comes to baked-on remnants inside the pan, leave the pan soaking in some warm water and dish soap, as the lipids in the soap will eat away at the grease in the pan, making it easier to clean off without the need for excessive scraping which can damage the surface.
A lot of cleaning hassle can also be saved by avoiding leaving leftover foods to dry or solidify on your cookware. Instead, before eating, set your pans to soak to prevent this from happening.