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What is a Bridge Element on a Cooktop?

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A bridge element feature on a cooktop allows you to link two separate burners together to create one large burner. Heat is distributed evenly across the two burners to create a single heat element. Much like a dual burner element, this feature has multiple settings, so you can choose whether to use a single burner or multiple burners. Found mostly on electric radiant cooktops, a bridge element ensures even cooking and eliminate hot and cold spots when using griddles and oblong or oversized pans.

The bridge element is often used to whip up foods like bacon or pancakes on long griddles. The even heat will ensure that all of the food will cook at the same pace. This feature also is useful when making gravy with the juice from roasted poultry and other meats. Once you've removed the roast from the pan, you can place it over a bridge element and add the extra ingredients to make gravy.

Uses of a Bridge Element

  • The bridge element on a cooktop helps you cook large amounts of food on a long griddle.
  • You can can heat gravies and sauces in large roasting pans with ease.