Cooking On Fire: Four Reasons Why The Modern Chef Might Be Better Off With Gas

Once the staple of any kitchen setup, the gas hob has since gone somewhat out of fashion. Rather, millennial chefs tend to turn to more recent induction hobs in their home kitchens because, well…that’s what we’re all told to do. The induction hob is newer, fashioned for modern life, and does offer undeniable benefits. 

 

In reality, though, the majority of big-time chefs still opt for gas, and it’s just possible that even millennial home cooks could benefit from doing the same. 

 

We know this probably sounds like madness if you’ve used induction hobs until now, but think about it. Gas hobs have been around a lot longer, and there has to be a reason why they’ve stood the test of time. And, far from being stuck in the past, many millennials are realizing that gas has a lot to offer them, too. 

 

Of course, the decision whether to go gas or induction is very much personal, based on everything from your kitchen setup to your cooking style. But, before you discard gas altogether, keep reading to find out why it might not be such a no-go for the millennial kitchen after all. 

 

Appearances still count

 

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While they don’t look out of place in modern kitchens, it’s fair to say that flat-to-surface induction hobs are something of a non-feature. In many cases, you quite literally wouldn’t know they were there unless you searched for them or removed their coverings. This can have benefits, of course, freeing up kitchen space and generally fitting with a subtle style.

 

But, if you like to go bold in the kitchen, then a gas hob could be the secret ingredient. After all, gas hobs are big, chintzy, and definitely country-chic. Whether you’re aiming for a cottage style or simply want to make your stove a feature, then it doesn’t get better than this. 

 

Picture it – a hob-top kettle steaming away, all your friends gathered around this kitchen center-point at your next dinner party. It could be really cute! Of course, if your kitchen is pretty stripped back to basics then maybe the subtle approach is for you. If not, we certainly wouldn’t rule out the appeal of a gas hob for appearance’s sake. 

 

Thinking about the environment

 

If there’s one thing a millennial home cook cares about, it’s the environment. We’re all much more aware of our footprint these days, after all, and taking steps to reduce that wherever we can is fundamental. 

 

On the surface from this standpoint, induction may well have the upper hand. After all, gas hobs traditionally burn unsustainable fuel, while induction hobs, at least, simply run off our home electricity. The trouble is that even electricity can cause issues for the environment and, in some cases, that damage may well be worse than a gas hob could cause. 

 

After all, with a gas hob, you can largely choose which fuel you burn. As such, making this work in a modern kitchen simply requires you to turn to clean-energy options like the propane supplies offered by Annapolis Propane. Thanks to its lack of air pollutants, propane can help to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases. You can’t exactly say that for your electricity-fuelled induction alternative. 

 

A more hands-on cooking experience

 

With the rise of chefs like Anna Jones and her Modern Cook’s Year, many a millennial is turning back to a more hands-on cooking approach. Forget ready-meals and the fastest option – the current trend is for seasonal produce and slow cooking processes that keep you in touch with your food. 

 

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While induction hobs don’t exactly prevent you from enjoying this new cooking style, they do create something of a distance between you and your processes. After all, leaving a casserole sizzling on your induction hob isn’t the same, not to mention that having less control over heat levels etc. can also leave you feeling a little removed from those meals.

 

By comparison, the gas hob is the epitome of becoming one with your recipes. Not only does the hiss of a naked flame make cooking feel like a more hands-on experience, but being able to control the heat at the turn of a knob can really help to make the experience more satisfying. And, of course, nothing quite beats the modern chef, Instagram-worthy aesthetic of a bubbling pot on a beautiful gas stove! 

 

A cheaper solution in general

 

It’s also worth noting that, in a typical sense, gas hobs tend to be a little cheaper to install. In these thrifty times, many a millennial chef would argue that this is a reason enough to turn down this route in itself. 

 

Do note that this isn’t a given, with some chefs finding that the need to pay professional gas installers, etc. can soon escalate. If you’re all set up for a gas connection, though, then a gas hob will most definitely save you a fair few dollars.

 

For one thing, induction hob tops in themselves are way more expensive than standard gas setups. With induction hobs also specifically designed to work with particular types of cookware, it’s also often necessary to replace all your pots and pans after that pricey installation. And, with induction-suitable pan sets also costing a bomb right now, that may just push the millennial budget off the edge. 

 

By comparison, an affordable gas hob means that you can make the most of those well-loved cast-iron casserole pans that your gran gave you, or simply the standard pots that you’ve had since you went to uni. You certainly won’t need to think twice about replacing your bits, as well as your hob itself!

 

A final word

 

Is gas the right solution for every millennial? Of course not, and if you love your induction hob then you should keep right on down that route. But, if you’re open to change or are already on the brink of buying a new hob top, then it’s well worth asking whether a gas alternative couldn’t see you igniting your love for cooking at last.

 

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