Now that the price of cooking gas has risen to almost 850 naira per kilogramme, we have had to learn to be more frugal with its use.
While gas stoves simplify the cooking process, using too much gas can lead to an unpleasant surprise when it's time to switch out the cylinder.
The good news is that there are certain things you can do, including using the proper pot, making sure your pots and pans completely cover the flame while they're heating up, and utilising pots and pans made from metal, to extend the life of your cooking gas.
You may save money on petrol each month by following these steps.
Discussed in this article are recommendations on how you can make your cooking gas last longer.
First, use a stove and pot that are compatible with your needs.
Using the proper pot on the right burner can help you stretch the life of your cooking gas. There is a reason some gas stoves have numerous burners with various diameters. A large pot requires a large burner, while a tiny pot requires a little burner. This method, the amount of gas burn will be equal to the size of the burner. You'll only be wasting gas if you try to cook with a little pot on a large burner.
Having an idea of how heat and temperature are related
When gas is burned in a stove, a flame forms, and this flame generates heat. When more gas is burned, more heat is generated by the flame. Food is cooked as the internal temperature of a cooking pot rises as it absorbs heat from the burner. When the temperature inside a pot is raised, food is prepared more rapidly.
When a liquid in a cooking pot reaches its boiling point, no amount of additional heat or gas will make the remaining food in the pot cook any faster until all the liquid has evaporated.
This means that the trick is to keep the heat at just the right level to keep the water boiling.
Avoid using too much water and cooking for too long over a high burner. Water should be added gradually so that the stove can be kept at a lower temperature for the same amount of time.
Third, try to minimise the amount of time the cover is off the pot.
Keep the lid on the pot at all times and make sure it's sealed tightly to keep the heat in.
It's common knowledge that covering a pan while cooking prevents steam from escaping, thereby speeding up the cooking process. Also, since less time is spent in the kitchen tending the stove, the cooking time is cut down.
Fourth, make sure your gas cylinder and stove are serviced and maintained on a regular basis.
The longevity of your cooking gas is directly proportional to your culture of maintenance.
In order to catch problems like a leak or clog before they cause serious harm to your gas stove, you should clean and inspect it regularly.
In addition, you need to make sure the gas regulator is correctly shut off.
5 Cook with pans and pots made of metal.
Stainless steel and other metals are excellent heat conductors. Pans built of good conductors of heat are more efficient because the heat generated by the flame must reach the food for cooking to occur.
Make careful to use metal utensils in the kitchen.
Step 6: Gather all the ingredients you'll need before you start cooking.
Gas stoves are far more time-efficient than traditional stoves. Before turning on the stove, be sure you have everything you need. Do not fire your cooking gas if you do not have all the necessary cooking utensils and ingredients in your kitchen.
Ensure that the bottom of your pot is above the flame during cooking.
A common cause of wasted cooking gas is letting the flame from your cooking gas travel past the bottom of your cooking pot.
When flames reach beyond the base of the vessel, heat is lost.
Any heat that escapes the vessel and its contents is useless.
Be cautious that the fire doesn't reach the ground outside the pot.
Eight, purchase some pressure cookers.
Pressure cookers increase the temperature of cooking to about 125 degrees Celsius, while regular pots only reach about 100 degrees Celsius.
This means that using a pressure cooker can cut down on both the amount of time spent cooking and the amount of energy expended.
Last but not least, check the colour of your cooking gas; if it's yellow or another colour, it could mean that the burner is clogged with soot, grease, or food residue and isn't getting enough air to burn correctly.
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