Like nearly everyone in the threads I've looked at here and elsewhere, I love cooking with gas. And I've been fortunate enough to have gas in every apartment I've lived in for the last 12 years. Now I'm buying my first house, and it's perfect in nearly every way... except that it has no gas service.
Every dollar I've got is going into the house, and I wouldn't even be thinking about a new stove except the owners are taking theirs with them. So now I've got to buy an electric stove. The ceramic top seems to be the most popular now but I'm concerned about this. I'm already going to be a little unhappy about not cooking with gas for the next 7-10 years ('till the next house), and I'd like to minimize that unhappiness by getting a stove that will allow me to cook well.
I've used the coil type of electric stove before, and I am familiar with its behavior. My only experience with the glass top one was while visiting a friend. I tried to make popcorn three times, and burnt it horribly each time. The "burners" consisted of a deep red light that (on Hi setting) would turn on for about ten seconds, then turn off, then on, etc. I still bear the emotional scars from my total failure to pop corn
, and it has totally turned me off of that kind of stove.
So, I hope you can help me. Is it possible to do any serious cooking on a ceramic top stove, or are they only for people who value good looks and easy cleaning? Not to minimize the importance of aesthetics and cleanliness, but I love to cook! Is my experience typical, or was that a particular type of flat top stove that they don't make anymore? I'm currently planning on getting a coil-type electric stove, but my fiance would be really pleased if you could convince me that I can have pleasurable cooking experiences with a ceramic top stove.