In recent years, the debate for cooking technology has gained momentum, with proponents advocating electric stoves replacing LPG. But is it true? And is it the right thing to do? Well here is a comprehensive insight from Shivgas considering the full spectrum of factors before making the switch.
When it comes to cooking, the fuel must be easily accessible. One of the biggest disadvantages of e-cooking is it relies on power, for which electricity must be available 24x7. In India, we still have areas with high load shedding, and in rural areas, electricity has not even reached there.
Whereas gas supply does not rely on these factors, you can use it anytime and anywhere. Be it outdoor cooking, or cooking at places where there are no electric lines, LPG does not rely on external sources and is a reliable and accessible resource.
One of the distinguishing features of LPG is, that it is a by-product of crude oil refining which means it does not contribute to extraction, and when burnt it is a clean fuel that does not lead to residual burning, hence as claimed by WHO LPG has net zero emissions.
In contrast, electricity is still produced by carbon burning, we have not achieved renewable energy as the only source of energy production. Right now, electricity is one of the leading causes of carbon emissions and if we make a transition from LPG to electric induction, we are eventually contributing to pollution.
If you use induction, you would know induction has different modes, one mode for boiling water, another for pressure cooking, and another for frying. Apart from that, in electric cookware, the heat control is different from LPG gas stoves.
The ease of use in induction does not come that easy to consumers, a lot of people take months to understand even the simple concepts in induction cooking, whereas LPG is quite easier to use.
LPG came into action to replace the practice of using wood and coal for cooking which hampered the atmospheric stability. Still in some parts of India people are using wood and coal to cook, but LPG services schemes initiated by the government are trying to help educate people about LPG gas so they could contribute to a greener planet.
On the other hand, induction cooking is hard to accept, people will not feel comfortable in shifting to e-cooking. This rigidity is because of the use of LPG which has become an easy habit for cooking.
We have seen with time that to cook on LPG gas you don’t need a specialised utensil, all steel utensils can be used for cooking on LPG gas. Not only utensils but the taste and recipes also matter. Which may not be the same in induction cooking.
In the case of e-cooking, you need to have proper utensils, not all steel utensils can be used. Recipes may differ and the taste for sure. For instance, you might like your rice a bit soft which can be done on LPG gas but on induction it will be difficult because there are temperatures already measured, which can lead to the ruin of the dish.
If you have ever used induction for cooking, you can see that the availability of spare parts is hard to find, as mechanics are new to repairing inductions. Whereas LPG does not need any fixing or repairing and is always present to use.
An electric gadget will stop working after some time because of some issues and will need repairing at some point. So if you totally depend on induction cooking the scenario will get complicated as you have to immediately find another alternative to cook on. Using LPG will never put you through this situation as you already have another LPG gas coming in next month.
Though e-cooking might sound interesting and fun to use, it is difficult to adapt to the technology right now. Be it technical differences, adapting issues, or just difficulty in using cooking on electric cooktops still requires reconsideration.
Shivgas, as a leading LPG gas company with their LPG gas dealership, is ensuring effective on-time delivery, and also looking after challenges that consumers might face while opting for LPG gas. The existence of LPG gas ensures access in areas with little or no electricity and it also helps in contributing to the greener planet.
The reliability of LPG gas is unmatchable, it tends to be more cost-effective compared to electric cooking, with lower upfront costs and more stable pricing, making it a rational preference as cooking technology in households and in the HoReCa business.