Before using the cooktop for the first time, you need to remove any protective coating that may still be on the hotplates. After you’ve removed the protective coating, boil a saucepan of water on each plate for about 10 minutes. There will be a distinctive smell and some light smoke visible while this is happening. This is normal, but make sure your kitchen is well ventilated during this process. The smell and smoke will disappear when the process is complete.
Using your cooktop
- Make sure that all the temperature control knobs are turned to OFF.
- Switch on the electricity.
- Select the hotplate you require. The rapid hotplates (with a red dot in the middle) heat up 30% faster than the regular hotplates. The red dots do not change colour with heat.
- Turn the temperature control knob to the setting you require. Note that the knobs have six distinct heat settings (see Figs. 22-24). Do not try to leave the knobs in intermediate positions.
Fig. 24 Control knob settings
Cookware and cooking tips
- Use pans with thick flat bases, as they are the most effective. It is worth buying good quality pans to get the best results from your cooktop.
- Use a pan with a base that matches the diameter of the hotplate.
- Ensure that the bottom of the pan you are using is dry.
- Use pans with tight fitting lids to reduce cooking time and save energy.
- To reduce the cooking time, set the hotplate to the maximum at the beginning and then reduce it later.
- The electric plate retains heat, so you can turn off the heat a short time before you finish cooking.
Fig. 25 Suitable and unsuitable uses of the pans and hotplate
- Never turn on a hotplate without any saucepans on it. This is a hot surface hazard, and could heat up the control panel and the adjacent benchtop.
- Never cook food directly on the hotplates. Always use a pan or suitable container.
- Do not place any wet or steamed-up lids on an unused hotplate, as this will lead to rust.
- Do not use decorative covers over the hotplates as these hold condensation which causes rust. The covers could also become dangerously hot if a hotplate was accidentally turned on.
- Never leave handles overhanging the benchtop or other hotplates.
The following tables contain guidelines to show recommended heat settings for cooking different types of food with your cooktop.
Exact settings will depend on the type of pan and quantity of food being cooked.
Fig. 26 Suggested heat settings for cooking different types of food
Electric hotplate usage table
|Knob setting||Type of cooking|
|1,2||For melting butter or chocolate.|
|2||To keep foods warm or heat small quantities of water.|
|3||To heat greater quantities of water, and to reheat and simmer soups and stews.|
|4||For all kinds of fried foods, steaks, cutlets and boiling without a lid, eg pasta.|
|4,5||For browning meat, cooked pota- toes, fried sh.|
|6||Boiling large quantities of water, rapid frying, grilled steaks, etc.|