1. Expert Advice | 2. Types of Cookers | 3. Key Features | 4. How to Determine the Size and Type of Cooker I need | 5. Practicalities & On-Going Maintenance | 6. Care & Maintenance | 7. Customer Endorsement
Using cookers greatly reduces cooking time and provides convenience and ease to the user. With its multiple burners and oven, you can cook a wide range of dishes within a short timeframe. What’s more, you can cook these dishes simultaneously.
You can grill, bake, fry, boil, roast etc, providing your family with delicious and nourishing meals in a short time, leaving you more time to spend on the really important things, like bonding with your loved ones.
There are several types of cookers. The most common are;
An electric powered cooking device for heating and cooking of food. Electric cookers sometimes cook faster depending on the meal. They are, however, subject to power outages.
Uses natural gas, propane, butane, liquified petroleum gas or other flammable gas as a fuel source. This type of cooker is more reliable in locations with epileptic power supply.
Combo Cookers (Gas and Electric):
These cookers combine both electric and gas burners. Users can switch between gas and electric burners on the same cooker or use both at once depending on what suits them.
Induction cookers: Heats cooking vessel with induction heating, instead of infrared radiation from electrical wires or a gas flame as with other cookers. For all models of induction cooktop, a cooking vessel must be made of a ferromagnetic metal such as cast iron or stainless steel.
Cookers have several features that make them up. There are, however, some key features to look out for when making a purchase;
Burners Caps – Be sure to look out for durable burners caps that can last as long as the cooker itself. Cast iron is usually the most durable material used in the production of burners caps.
Pan Support – Having an unsteady pan support can make cooking hectic. Look out for a sturdy and well balanced pan-support when buying your cooker to give a more enjoyable cooking experience.
Auto timer: This allows you set a duration for your cooking when using the oven, allowing you multi-task in the kitchen.
Auto ignition: This gives the ease of turning on your cooker without using matches or a lighter. Simply turn on the hob.
Double oven glass: The double oven glass will reduce kitchen heat, as well as the risk of the oven door burning one while the oven is in use. This is especially important for users with children.
Flame failure: The flame failure device prevents gas fires in situations when the gas is left on without use. The device cuts off supply automatically after a few seconds.
Easy- Cleaning: To make cleaning easier, most ovens are coated in smooth enamel which resists the burning-on of grease and food. Others come with self-cleaning Catalytic liners which become self-cleaning at higher temperatures and reduce all food deposit to ash, making it easier to dust off from the oven.
Kitchen Size: Make sure you measure the space you have and do not forget to take the space around the cooker into consideration before buying.
Energy Source: Before you buy a cooker, you must ensure that the cooker can be energised by readily available energy sources e.g. electricity or gas, depending on your location. For example, buying an electric only cooker in countries with unreliable electricity supply is not advisable, as that will hinder regular cooking possibilities.
Cooking Frequency: Consider your family's needs. If you seldom cook, a high-end, expensive cooker might not be cost effective.
• Always have your appliance installed by a certified expert.
• Keep your cookers clean to reflect the heat better and save energy.
• When using your oven, cook as much as possible in one go to make sure all the space and heat is being used. You can always freeze portions of food to warm up at a later date.
• Use correct cookware. Pots with flat bottoms, straight sides and tight-fitting lids allow food to heat more quickly and cook more efficiently on the cooker. Match the size of the pan to the burner. Always put lids on pans to keep the heat in.
• Blue flame means your cooker is operating efficiently, a yellowish flame indicates an adjustment is needed.
• Turn off your electric burners minutes before the allotted cooking time is up. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more energy. This works with oven cooking too.
Placement: Install your cooker away from your refrigerator. Heat from the cooker will make the refrigerator work harder and raise your electricity bill.
Cooking: Use correct cookware. Pots with flat bottoms, straight sides and tight-fitting lids allow food to heat more quickly and cook more efficiently on the cooker.