Trends in Propane

Why Home Chefs Prefer Cooking with Propane

Home chef cooking with propane stove

Cooking can be considered an art form, and to create the best art, one needs the best tools. For professional chefs and other serious foodies, that means gas-powered cooking appliances.

More than 96% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas because of the convenience, ease and control it provides in preparing the meal. In addition to the performance benefits, homeowners are also drawn to propane appliances because of their energy efficiency, low environmental impact, and sleek designs.

Using propane in the kitchen has many practical advantages. Cooking with propane allows for easy temperature control, with near-instant response times. Unlike electric appliances, propane burners are instant on and off, so the cooking can start and stop exactly when you want. That means less time wasted waiting for the range to get hot and almost no chance of accidentally over-cooking your favorite dish.

Propane carries other benefits as well. Using propane instead of electricity to cook can reduce a home’s CO₂ emissions by up to 30% each year. In addition to reduced emissions, homeowners will have lower utility costs, too. The average cost of electricity in Missouri is almost twice the cost of propane on a BTU basis, so the savings really add up with propane. These benefits and more can be seen with propane appliances, especially with new state-of-the-art appliances.

One of the newest trends in home appliances is propane-powered infrared cooking technology, which takes the traditional power and ease of cooking with propane and gives it a modern enhancement. Infrared ranges utilize a ceramic tile that is heated by gas combustion that radiates heat as infrared energy into the food, allowing it to be cooked faster. Additionally, infrared heat can produce higher temperatures than other heat sources, so chefs can do more kinds of cooking in the kitchen with this type of technology.

Electric induction cooktops have brought some competition to the indoor range market, but propane is still preferred by American chefs. Although consumer reports have noted that people like the looks of modern induction cooktops, that style does not result in purchases. A 2017 report showed that only 16% of all cooktops sold in America were powered with electric induction. Additionally, electric induction cooktops require special cookware to utilize the induction method. Consumers reason that they like the look and function of a real flame, as it gives better real-time feedback and lets a chef properly gauge the temperatures they are working with.

Unlike electric induction power, which can only be used in cooktops, propane-powered infrared technology can be used in ovens, grills and griddles as well. This means that the convenience of cooking with propane can be utilized throughout the kitchen, allowing home chefs to cook just like professionals. Even as styles change and new technologies come into the market, propane still stands as the choice of professional and home chefs alike because of its many benefits and rewards, including convenience, performance, energy efficiency and luxurious designs.

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