My difficult transition from a gas stove to a Teka electric stove

For someone who has always cooked with a gas stove, switching to a Teka electric stove wasn’t just a change of appliance, it was a shock. The visual and tactile feedback of cooking with gas was so ingrained in me that adjusting to the sleek, knob-controlled world of my new electric range presented more challenges than I expected.

The initial upheaval

When I first laid eyes on my new Teka cooker, I was struck by its modern, clean lines. It was undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, but the absence of the usual gas burners was disconcerting. There was no flame to measure heat, no immediate visual feedback. Instead, there were smooth surfaces and digital controls – a stark contrast to the buttons and flames I was so accustomed to.

The Heat Adjustment Conundrum

The biggest obstacle I faced was figuring out how to adjust the heat. With my old gas stove, flame size was my guide. I could instantly see and adjust the flame to get the right temperature. The electric stove, however, required a different approach. It was a game of guessing and frequent checking as I had difficulty correlating the numerical parameters with actual heat levels.

Unfortunately, when the renovators came to install the stove, they also accidentally took the manual for it. It took a while, but after browsing online I managed to find the corresponding manual on to help me. So with that in hand, I was more ready to jump into things and try them out.

Learn the commands

The Teka cooker’s control panel had another problem. It was a sleek touch panel with symbols and numbers, a far cry from the simple knobs that turn and turn on my gas stove. I found myself constantly referring to the manual, trying to memorize which symbol represented which function. I also had to get used to the responsiveness of the touch controls: sometimes too sensitive, sometimes seemingly unresponsive.

Synchronization and heat distribution

I also had to adjust to how the heat was distributed and how long it took for the cooktop to heat up and cool down. With gas, the temperature change was almost immediate. The electric stove, however, had some lag. I had to learn to anticipate this delay, especially to avoid overcooking or burning my food.

Advantages and disadvantages

Despite the challenges, I have noticed some benefits. The electric stove was easier to clean and the flat surface also served as extra counter space when not in use. However, the lack of direct flame meant I could no longer char or flame cook certain dishes like before, which was a culinary limitation I hadn’t anticipated.

The learning curve

Every cooking session was a learning experience. Little by little, I began to understand the temperature settings, to understand how the numbers translated into heat levels. I began to appreciate the even distribution of heat across the surface of pots and pans, which was very different from the direct heat of a gas flame.

Final Thoughts

Switching from a gas stove to a Teka electric stove wasn’t just about getting used to a new appliance. It was about changing years of culinary habits and instincts. Although I initially missed the immediacy and control of a gas flame, I came to appreciate the unique features of my electric stove. It required patience, a willingness to learn, and a bit of trial and error, but ultimately it expanded my understanding and flexibility as a home cook.

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