Our kitchen's maiden voyage/hate my rangetop?
We passed our final inspection today! The house is actually a long way from the actual finish point, but we get to move in, and that's a lot. :-)
Tonight we made our first meal in the new kitchen, using the new Wolf rangetop, my first ever try at cooking on gas. I'm sure it's because it's all new, but I feel a bit scared and disappointed. Some of you know it was my absolute dream to have induction, but with a family the size of ours, I really need a selection of large burners for large pots and pans, which induction doesn't offer...so in went the 8 burner rangetop instead. It looks fantastic and everyone is very impressed by its presence.
The heat and flames are scary. My kids are so used to working near the range, that I'm nervous about them using old habits and having clothing and packaging too near the flames. I worry that we're not used to pan handles getting so hot and someone will get badly burned. (The underside of the wooden grab handle on my wok is now black, but wasn't before tonight.) I worry about the easier possibility of grease fires.
Then there's the cleaning/maintenance issues. I felt like bits of food and spatters went EVERYwhere, but there's no getting to them. I feel like every time I cook anything on the rangetop, I'll have to remove all 8 grates to clean down into each drip pan. This is NOT the way I like to do things. I don't want the cleanup to be such a hassle that people avoid using the appliance or making certain dishes...I also don't want people making things and leaving a big mess for me to find later. I'm so wishing right now I'd found a way to combine 2 induction cooktops, and I'd be able to just wipe away any splatters, crumbs, or wayward pieces of food...and not have to worry about flames, burns, or gas leaks. :-(
I hope you can all reassure me that this will pass and I'll LOVE my enormous and expensive rangetop.