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Paella over a wood fire or gas?

For a good paella to succeed, control of fire is essential, because you must be able to revive it, or soften it, following each step of cooking.
So: firewood or gas?
Traditionally, paella is cooked over a wood fire. And just cooking it will give it an unparalleled flavor, compared to cooking with gas. But it requires a great organization and a very good control …
This is why gas cooking, much simpler & more flexible, has become widespread.

Tips for cooking paella over a wood fire

If possible with orange or lemon wood.
This wood, in addition to bringing a special flavor to the paella, provides a regular fire and easy to control.
Relatively easy given the difficulty of cooking over a wood fire.
Of course, you can cook with another wood than the orange tree.
It will always be better than gas cooking.

Restaurant Puigmola Paella plein feu de bois

Tips:
Prepare well, different pieces of wood before starting.
But also your ingredients, because once the Paella launched, impossible to stop, to take the time to cut this or that …

Tips for cooking the gas paella

If you have to cook with gas: never on a gas stove
Or else, a tiny paella for two.
Why ? Because the kitchen burners are not at all suitable for cooking a larger paella.
And you will cook your rice in some places but not others.
To cook well you must use a “paellero”.
It is perfectly studied for!
Paellero para la Paella Valenciana

Tips:
While cooking, use only the small circle of gas to cook food without unnecessarily burning the edges of the pan.
And while cooking the rice & broth, use the two circles to spread the heat evenly over the whole, and cook the rice of all your paella evenly.