Ovens & Ranges

 

Choosing between ranges, stoves and ovens

When it comes to cooking, many tend to use the terms ovens, ranges and stoves interchangeably, but they're not the same. Whether you’re running a business or planning to upgrade your home kitchen appliances, it’s important to understand which you need, so you can make the best choice for your cooking habits and layout. Find everything you need to make the perfect meal at Walmart.ca, online or in-store.

Getting an oven

If you’re looking for something separate for baking and roasting, it’s a good idea to invest in a wall oven that’s separate from your cooking surface. For a gas oven, you’ll need a specialized line to hook up. If you don’t have one already in your home, that’s an additional installation cost. Electric ovens tend to be more popular because it’s easier to tap into your existing electrical connection. Plus, you can program special cooking functions, such as cooking start time and length, by pressing a few buttons.

Convention vs. convection

A conventional oven uses the heating elements on the top, bottom or sides for cooking, but a convection oven takes that one step further by using fans to circulate heated air. This lets the food cook more evenly and quickly than a traditional oven. This method also helps with recipes that require lower cooking temperatures or when you have a lot of food to cook at once.

Finding the right stove

Traditional coil-top stoves use exposed spiral heating elements and have drip pans that help protect wiring from spillage. Smooth-top stoves have flat surfaces with the heating elements underneath glass or ceramic. They may take some time to heat up but may be easier to clean, depending on how fast you handle spills. Then, there are induction stoves, which use electromagnetism. They don’t use direct heat on the pan to cook. Instead, the EM field excites the molecules of the metal pan, cooking the food. Because of this, whenever there’s a spill, it won’t become a cooked-on mess, making it easier to clean off with a damp rag or paper towel.

Type of ranges

A range is an extended cooking area that includes a stove, an oven and zones for food preparation. This combination is useful for commercial or residential kitchens, where there’s less room to move and speed is a factor.

There are a variety of ranges, including double-oven ranges, which are for people who bake extensively, and dual-fuel ranges that use both electricity and gas. Range hoods are add-ons that use fans to clear the air in the kitchen and may also help with fire and fume suppression. Some ranges come with many features, including storage drawers to hold your pots and pans.

Quick maintenance tips

If you have a traditional oven, cleaning requires a bit of elbow grease. There are plenty of oven cleaners to choose from at Walmart.ca. With some, you simply apply, turn on the oven and wipe down afterwards. For those who opt for a more natural approach, simple ingredients, such as using vinegar and baking soda, are effective. You can use this method to clean the stove as well, especially if you have a smooth ceramic or glass top. To reduce this chore to the turn of a knob, many ovens have self-cleaning modes.

Prevention is one of the best ways to maintain your range for the long haul. If you have a traditional coil stove top, you can cover the drip pans with heavy duty foil to reduce or delay damage from spills. Eventually, you will need to buy new ones, so it’s good to keep extras handy. 

Consider some special features

Apart from choosing between a gas or electric range and deciding if you want to add a kitchen hood, there are a few additional features you may want to opt for. If you do a lot of entertaining, having a warming drawer lets you keep some food warm for guests while you cook the other dishes. There’s also the issue of safety, especially if you have young children. Consider getting a range with knobs towards the back instead of the front because it reduces the chances that children will be able to get to them. 

 

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