What is a BTU?

If you like to cook, no doubt you have heard the term “BTU” or British Thermal Unit.  So why is it important to know about BTU’s when cooking with gas?  Without getting technical, it has to do with the amount of heat produced by the burner.  A very high BTU, say 18,000 BTU’s, will boil water very fast!

Likewise, you’ve seen the term “simmer” in many recipes.  To simmer means to cook for a period of time just under the boiling point.  This is often described in terms of BTU’s…say anywhere from 300 to 1000 BTU’s.  Gas appliance manufacturers achieve a simmer in various ways.  The important point to remember is that both extremes are important in cooking.  You can learn more about the benefits of cooking with gas at http://www.piedmontng.com/yourhome/savemoneyandenergy/energysavingtools/energysavingtools.aspx

If you would like to know more about cooking with gas, stop by the A-1 Appliance showroom and I can show you many examples of gas cooktops and ranges, and the various benefits of each.  We are located at 5410 Harding Pk., Nashville, TN or visit us at http://www.a1appliance.com


When you need a new kitchen appliance, think of Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartNachoA-1_2

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