Gas or electric? The question circulated on Facebook a few days ago. Regarding cooking. Of course the answers varied from annoyed to passionate. The majority of the fired up ones came from gas cooking folks. I read the lively exchange, thought back to my grandmother cooking on a wood burning stove.
Yes, wood. Because…that was the newest thing then. And that explains why women spent most of their days in the kitchen, especially in winter. The stove became the center of everything because it also provided the only source of warmth. And that stove provided embers for our irons, and ashes used to launder bed linens.
Hey, I’m not making this up. I’ve tried to remember when my grandparents switched to electric cooking, but honestly I can’t. Where I come from, wood stoves are still used by chefs and homemakers alike. My brother kept our grandparent’s old stove to use for some specific family recipes. He loved to cook. I’m not that fussy, I’m thankful for all the new and improved kitchen appliances and various gadgets.
As for the Facebook question, gas or electric? I only use electric…because…once upon a time I used to cook with gas. Until I set myself on fire. Yep. I did. But that’s for another blog.