Out of necessity and fear of being helpless (and foodless) once the gas runs out, I decided to get an induction cooker. An induction cooker cooks/heats food faster and is more energy efficient only because you are supposed to finish cooking meals faster than over a fire. The induction cooker only works with any stainless pot or pan. If you place any other cookery with it, it simply won't heat/cook the food . The price for an induction cooker ranges from as low as P1,000 to P15,000. I got my Hanabishi induction cooker for P2,300 at Automatic Center in Cubao (Quezon City, Philippines). It came with a free stainless steel pan so it was ready to be used in case of emergency.
The day finally came when I ran out of gas while in the middle of preparing our breakfast (thank God it was a weekend!). I took out the manual, skimmed through it and was eager to start. I put some oil in the pan, since the manual said "never put an empty pot on the stove", placed it on top of the heating plate and pressed the ON button.
In a matter of SECONDS the oil was sizzling...but the pan was browning TOO! I panicked and turned it off. I guess, oil in the pan wasn't enough.
So take two: I put oil in the pan, put the garlic in and pressed the ON button again. I adjusted the heat to low and Viola! I was cooking! I had the fried rice and hot dogs cooked in under 10 minutes.
Induction cooker, you passed my test. It's great for emergencies and people living in small spaces. It's energy efficient and time saving as well. I do recommend you get one!