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Surface Cookware Recommendations
Selecting Surface Cooking Cookware
Cookware should hove flat bottoms that make good contact
with the entire surface heating element. Check for flatness
by rotating a ruler across the bottom of the cookware (See
Figure 1). Be sure to follow the recommendations for using
cookware as shown in Figure 2.
Note: The size and type of cookware used will influence the
setting needed for best cooking results.
Cookware Material types
The cookware material determines how evenly and quiddy
heat is transferred from the surface element to the pan
bottom. The most popular materials available are:
ALUMINUM - Excellent heat conductor. Some types of
food will cause it to darken (Anodized aluminum cookware
resists staining & pitting). If aluminum pans slide across the
ceramic glass cooktop, they may leave metal marks which
will resemble scratches. Remove these marks immediately.
COPPER - Excellent heat conductor but discolors easily. May
leave metal marks on ceramic glass (see Aluminum above).
STAINLESS STEEL - Slow heat conductor with uneven
cooking results. Is durable, easy to clean and resists staining.
CAST iRON - A poor heat conductor however will retain
heat very well. Cooks evenly once cooking temperature is
reached. Not recommended for use on ceramic cool<tops.
PORCELAIN-ENAMEL on METAL - Heating characteristics
will vary depending on base material. Porcelain-enamel
coating must be smooth to avoid scratching ceramic
GLASS - Slow heat conductor. Not recommended for
ceramic cooktop surfaces because it may scratch the glass.
° Curved and warped pan
° Flat bottom and straight
• Tight fitting lids.
• Weight of handle does
not tilt pan. Pan is well
° Pan sizes match the amount
of food to be prepared
and the size of the surface
* Made of a material that
conducts heat well.
° Easy to clean.
* Always match pot diameter
to element surface
° Pan overhangs element by
more than one-half inch.
• Pan is smaller than
• Heavy handle tilts pan.
De not place empty aluminum, glass or porcelain-enamel
coated cookware on the ceramic cooktop! The melting point
of cookware made with these materials may be reached
quickly especially if left empty & they may bond to the
ceramic cooktop. If the cookware melts it will damage the
cool<top! Be sure to follow all the cookware manufacturer's
suggestions when using any type of cookware on the