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hi friends,
For gas stoves, is it more fuel efficient to use a low or high flame?
A great question.

A few things going on here.

First, how high is high? If the flame exceeds the outer circumference of the pot/pan, it is essentially wasted heat. So, high is dictated by the burner size in conjunction with the pan size, with the control knob set accordingly.

Some burners may be so big that they cannot be adjusted down to the size of the pan. In this case, you need to select a smaller burner or a bigger pan.

Second, there is always going to be a level of heat loss from the top of the pot/pan, based on size. Heating it quickly reduces the amount of time available for this heat loss.

Finally, always keep the lid on, if possible, to reduce the heat loss.

Now, the problem is that not all foods will respond well to the optimal heat saving strategy.

Some foods need to be cooked slowly. Also, adding a lid can adversely affect the way some meat cooks, when pan grilling.

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