Electric and gas stoves operate in very different ways, but they both have burners that produce similar temperatures that can vary slightly, depending on the temperature of the room and the make and model of the oven. Choose the right setting based on your recipe's needs or temperature requirements.

Electric stove top
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The burner temperature on a stove top can vary drastically.

Simmer Setting

Some ovens have a very low simmer setting that will melt cheese, gently simmer sauces and soups or heat up leftovers slowly. Simmer settings generally adjust the temperature of the food in the pot to approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Low Setting

The low setting is ideal for a faster simmer, for slowly pan-cooking chicken, lamb, pork or another type of meat. This temperature will vary, depending on the type of oven and the surroundings, but it will range around 195 degrees Fahrenheit.

Medium Setting

The medium setting is ideal for cooking vegetables, such as onions, asparagus and broccoli. It ranges from 210 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the type of oven.

High Setting

The high setting will quickly create a crispy crust on meats or heat oil to a very high temperature at which you can fry tortillas, donuts or another type of dough. This ranges from 300 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.