Electricity, water, food and fuel costs are among the many other household expenses that continue to bloat our budget, hence, the importance of closely monitoring the items that we can conserve or maximize the use of―such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Here are a few practical tips on how to get the most out of the cooking gas at home, courtesy of LPG provider Solane.
Use the right pot for your burner. To make the most of your LPG, use a pot or cookware that is suitable for your gas stove burner and vice versa. If you’re cooking using a big pot, use the big burner and if it’s just soup for one in a tiny pot, use the smallest burner. This way, the amount of gas dispensed will be equal to the size of the burner. Using small cookware on a big burner will just be a waste of cooking gas.
Thaw frozen food before cooking. For faster cooking, thaw frozen food before cooking. It lets you maximize your LPG as you save on the heat energy required to bring it down to room temperature.
Invest in a pressure cooker. Compared to ordinary pans that cook food at around 100 degrees centigrade only, pressure cookers cook at around 125 degrees centigrade, which means it helps get the food cooked quickly, thus reducing cooking time.
Check your gas flames. Is your gas flame blue or yellow? Does it burn steadily or not? Blue gas and steady flames indicate that your burner is clean. If the flame is yellow or orange in color, your burner is chocked with soot, grease or food residue, causing it to not burn properly, and therefore waste fuel. To avoid this, clean the gas stove regularly.
Cover the pan while cooking. Placing the lid on your pan while cooking blocks the steam from escaping and makes your food cook faster. It also reduces cooking time since the heat energy is used more efficiently.
Check your LPG tank and gas stove. To ensure safety and to maximize your LPG, check the following regularly: regulator, pipes/hoses and burner for leaks. To avoid wastage, make sure that the regulator is switched off after cooking.
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