Cook Like a Pro | Cooking With Gas

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Do you know the dos and don’ts for cooking with natural gas?

There's always more to learn! Select from the options below to test your knowledge of the dos and don’ts of cooking with gas.

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Before you start cooking, you should…

Select “DO” or “DON’T” from the lists below to reveal the correct result.

Use your range hood as a kitchen accent and never turn it on.

Turn on your range hood to prevent accidentally setting off your smoke alarm.

Turn your range hood on the medium or high setting to capture food emissions produced by food when you're cooking.

Invest in a range hood for your home. Having one is shown to increase your property value.

Turn your range hood off 10-15 minutes before you’re done cooking. This will help keep food emissions, smoke, and steam in your house.


When you prepare a dish, you should...

Make sure the pan you are using fits the size of your burner and is not too small or too large.

Crowd the pan. When a pan is overcrowded, a great deal of moisture is produced, which lowers the temperature in the pan, preventing the liquid from turning to steam and escaping.

Use a slightly lower heat setting than your recipe calls for to get started – gas stove heat is quick and powerful.

Use a dull knife. A dull blade needs more pressure to cut, increasing the chance that the knife will slip and cause an injury.

Make sure to keep a close eye on your dish! Gas stoves heat up fast because the flame is the heat source.

Watch your oven mitts and dish towels – make sure they remain a safe distance from your burner while you cook.

Cooking over an active flame.
Salmon and asparagus.

When you add the final garnish, you should...

Turn off your burner as soon as you remove a pan from it.

Skip the meat thermometer. You don’t need to check the internal temperature of your food using the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s guide.

Make sure to plate your cooked food on a clean plate when finished.


Keep Your Space Clean

Remember to clean any spills from your burner after the burner has fully cooled.

Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your stove for the best care tips.

Skip cleaning the grates and burner caps.

Cleaning a stovetop.