With the mass adoption of electric stoves underway, there is still nothing that can quite compare with cooking with the gas stove. With its visible mix of blue and yellow flame, controlled with a simple turn of the knob. But of course, you know this too; otherwise, you wouldn’t have gotten it, and the only thing left to do is to get a great cookware to use it with.
Today, I will dedicate this page to reviewing all there is to know about the best cookware sets for your gas stove.
But before proceeding, let’s learn about the benefits of a gas stove–in case if you haven’t gotten it and are considering to get it.
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Benefits of Gas Stoves
Because an electric cooktop, which can range from coil, smooth-top or induction, needs to warm up, this makes the gas cooktop faster. Once you turn on the flame, you will immediately get the heat, whereas electric stoves require you to heat up the surface to actually receive the heat. What comes up fast must also go down fast; therefore, electric stoves also cool down more quickly.
Because the temperature changes are immediate with gas stoves, and you can judge the heat levels based on the flames’ appearance and size, this makes gas stoves better in precise temperature control. Also, they are very flexible in that they allow you to use any cookware type without damaging the burners. By comparison, you can’t use cast-iron pieces on a smooth-top range. In addition, you need an even-surface cookware to cook evenly with this range, whereas this won’t be an issue with the gas stove.
Anything that requires electricity to operate is going to be dependent on it, which is fickle to say the least. That’s not to say gas cooktops don’t use electricity, but only to light the gas, whereas electric stoves solely rely on it to do the cooking. This means if there is a power outage, the gas stove can still work but not with the electric stove. (To make it work when that happens, simply light the burner with a match.)
Gas cooktops will incur more costs than electric stoves in installation, but in the long run, they will be cheaper, as you are using fossil fuel and electricity as opposed to only electricity.
What you should look out for?
The main driver of decision in getting a cookware for a gas stove is that it should withstand high temperatures, offer excellent conductivity, and have great durability. Because gas stoves don’t have the energy efficiency quite like electric stoves, and because they tend to discolor the pots and pans rather easily, that’s why the characteristics above are important.
Here is my selection of the best cookware sets for your gas stove based on these key drivers.
All-Clad 700508 MC2 Professional Master Chef 2 Stainless Steel Bi-Ply Bonded
- 8″ fry pan
- 10″ fry pan
- 1.5-Quart sauce pan with lid
- 3.5-Quart sauce pan with lid
- 3-Quart sauté pan with lid
- 8-Quart stockpot with lid
Three different layers of metal were bonded together to form the All-Clad Master Chef 2 line–with an aluminum core, stainless steel interior, and brushed aluminum exterior. The aluminum core ensures your food will cook rapidly and evenly. The stainless steel interior is used for its durability, making it resistant to chips and scratches. And the brushed aluminum exterior makes it very easy to maintain. Because flames of the gas stove sometimes go up around the cookware rather than against the bottom, the aluminum core helps disperse heat evenly all throughout while being retained by the stainless stainless interior. Discoloration of acidic foods and sauces can also be avoided with this steel construction as opposed if it was an aluminum interior.
Also stainless steel are the handles and the lids, with which the handles are riveted to the pans, and the lids are fitted to form a seal, keeping in nutrients and flavors. In terms of versatility, the MC2 line is broiler safe as well as oven safe up to 600°F. But make no mistake about it, as the line is most regarded for its durability. Due to the thicker than most aluminum used with a stainless steel top side, this makes it resists to warps and bends very well. I also particularly like the flared rims on the pieces, as they help avoid dribbles down the side while pouring.
My only gripe about this range is that it’s not induction compatible and dishwasher safe. Also, it’s not nonstick and quite costly. But for a cookware handcrafted in the USA, I say you are certainly getting your money’s worth.
You can get the MC2 cookware here
Cooks Standard NC-00232 12-Piece Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel Cookware Set
- 1.5-quart sauce pan with lid
- 3-quart sauce pan with lid,
- Steamer insert
- 8-quart stockpot with lid
- 8″ fry pan
- 10″ fry pan
- 11″ 5-quart deep saute pan with lid
If you would prefer a more affordable cookware for your gas stove which has the construction and features similar with the All-Clad MC2, then the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad line may suit you better. In fact, it is so similar to it that some even go so far to call it a knockoff–also because it’s made in China. But don’t dismiss it yet, at least not until you learn more about it. In terms of what it’s made of, the Cooks Standard line also offers an aluminum core and stainless steel interior, but with a steel exterior. This in effect makes it more scratch resistant than the brushed aluminum exterior used in the MC2.
Like the MC2, the handles and lids are also stainless steel. Measuring at 2.44mm as opposed to 2.6mm, the handles are on the thin side though, which presumably makes them more prone to warping over time. But to make up for this, they have a V-shape design and some cutouts (which the manufacturer call air-flow technology) to promote air circulation so that they don’t heat up that fast. Also, a clear advantage the range has over the MC2 is that it’s not only broiler-, dishwasher- and over-safe up to 600°F but also induction-compatible.
I guess the part where you can call it a knockoff is when the thickness of the cookware falls short of the real thing. As a result, this affects not just the durability but the heat distribution of the cookware. Nevertheless, it’s still a great set considering all that’s great about it.
You can get the Cooks Standard cookware here