Cook what you love with control and convenience.

Cooking can be a daily comfort that brings families together, or simply helps us unwind from a long day. With the control and convenience of natural gas, it’s never a chore. Whether it’s your first time using a natural gas cooktop or range, or you’re a seasoned pro cooking on the blue flame, enjoy cooking with your natural gas cooktop or range to create memorable experiences with the foods you crave.

 

Benefits of cooking with natural gas.

Cook with confidence

If you’re new to cooking with natural gas, welcome to the club! Check out some tips to get you started and learn how to keep your home safe and healthy while you’re cooking up concoctions in the kitchen. 
Getting started

Get acquainted with natural gas cooking

  • Light your gas cooktop according to manufacturer instructions.
  • While the flame is instant, pans still need to preheat. However, they will heat much faster than with a cooktop, saving you time in the kitchen.
  • Cooking utensils can get hot if you leave them in, on or around the cooktop while cooking.
  • Flames from gas won’t cause burn marks on the bottom of your pan. This only happens if you get food or oil on the pan bottom, and would occur no matter what kind of cooktop you use.
  • Try charring a pepper or cooked corn on the cob directly over the flame. You can also heat tortillas or toast bread directly on the burner.
  • Good kitchen ventilation is important, so use a hood vent or exhaust fan at all times when cooking. 
Cooking safety

How to cook safely with natural gas

Ranges
  • Keep paper towels, curtains, clothing and electric cords away from burners.
  • Keep burners and cooktop clean to prevent fire hazards.
  • If a flame on a burner goes out, shut it off, wait, then re-light.
  • Keep burners off when not in use.
  • Make sure to have good kitchen ventilation. Use a range hood or exhaust fan that vents to the outside.
Grills
  • Keep grills 10 feet away from other objects.
  • Keep gas grills outside. Indoors, they’re a fire hazard.
  • Check the connection between the propane tank or natural gas line to be sure it's working properly and not leaking.
Indoor air quality tips

Indoor air quality

Many of us are spending more time at home indoors. Many factors contribute to indoor air quality, such as building materials, cleaning products and the food you cook.
Using an electric or gas cooktop, especially frying, broiling and other cooking at high temperatures, can produce pollutants. Using a toaster can too.
Here are some tips on how the proper use of natural gas cooking equipment with regards to indoor air quality:
  • It’s important to have good kitchen ventilation, whether cooking with an electric or natural gas cooktop. Exhaust fans remove emissions directly at the stove before they mix into surrounding air.
  • Fans also increase overall air exchange in the home to remove pollutants from indoor air.
  • Remember to always keep the bottom of your pots and pans clean. This prevents the cooktop from burning unnecessary residue that can create pollutants. 
  • Use a range hood or exhaust fan that vents to the outside. If your range hood recirculates air back into the kitchen, you should open windows or use an exhaust fan in another room while cooking.
  • All gas kitchen appliances should be installed in accordance with local codes, maintained in good working order and periodically inspected by a qualified contractor.
  • Call NW Natural once a year for a no-cost annual equipment inspection to make sure all your natural gas appliances are operating the way they should.
  • We also recommend installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in every household. Contact your state fire marshal’s office for more information.
 

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