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Advice Neede for Electric Stove-Hell! I just moved into a new place, and for the first time in my life, I'm stuck with an electric stove. I am finding it impossible to cook on. Bacon, for example gets done in the middle, and the ends remain uncooked unless I spend gobs of time tending to it, moving it around, etc. Worse? I'm starting to see small "burn" spots on the bottom of my All-Clad. The burners are a flat surface that a wiped clean before I heat anything, so it's not reside ruining my pans. Help! What can I do to improve cooking capability and how do I protect my expensive cookware? This is bumming me out in a major way.

asked by SuperFineSugar about 6 years ago
8 answers 6046 views
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drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 6 years ago

I feel your pain. There's no natural gas where we live so I have a glass-topped electric stove, too. It sounds like you're cooking with the heat too high. You're used to the heat coming up immediately with gas, but with the glass-topped electric stove, you have to preheat slowly so the pan gets evenly heated. You also have to make sure the pan size and burner size match. Good luck--I hope this helps.

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Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 6 years ago

Also, you might want to think about using your oven more -- bacon cooks really nicely in the oven, as do sausages. And there's no splatter!

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added about 6 years ago

I've got glass-top electric also. I agree with drbabs - turn the heat down - heating elements kick on super fast, and stay really hot for a while. If needed, I change the setting, even move the pan off the heat if it gets too hot. And Merrill's advice is golden - bacon cooked in the oven is fantastic!

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 6 years ago

Same problem here. I just "inherited" one from the previous owner---eventually I'll rip it out. The cook top is useless for anything but boiling water because the "burners" cycle on and off and you can't maintain a steady flame as you would with gas. Fortunately for me over in the Commons building there is a major league, 6 burner gas cook top that I can appropriate as needed.

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added about 6 years ago

I used to cater lunch for 20 with only 2 burners and a convection oven at my disposal, and had happy clients every time. One trick I found invaluable was to keep an extra burner at a lower heat for when I needed to go from boiling to simmering in an instant ( this was an older electric stove top, not a glass surface).

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added about 6 years ago

Merrill & mrslarkin, when cooking bacon in the oven, what temperature and what kind of pan do you use? I'd like to try it in my gas oven, too!

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Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 6 years ago

I usually put it in a 350 oven, laid out on a baking sheet. I flip it after 8 to 10 minutes and then just cook until it's crisp.

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added about 6 years ago

Many thanks, I'll try it!