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cooktop FAQ

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Tips for using cookware on your cooktop

IMPORTANT: Do not leave empty cookware on a hot surface cooking area, element or surface burner. Ideal cookware should have a flat bottom, straight sides, a well-fitting lid, and the material should be of medium-to-heavy thickness.

• Cookware material is a factor in how quickly and evenly heat is transferred, which affects cooking results. A nonstick finish has the same characteristics as its base material. For example, aluminum cookware with a nonstick finish will take on the properties of aluminum.

Use the following information as a guide for cookware material:

• Aluminum
Heats quickly and evenly.
Suitable for all types of cooking.
Medium or heavy thickness is best for most cooking tasks.

• Cast iron
Heats slowly and evenly.
Good for browning and frying.
Maintains heat for slow cooking.

• Ceramic
Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Heats slowly, but unevenly.
Ideal results on low to medium heat settings.

• Copper
Heats very quickly and evenly.

• Earthenware
Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Use on low heat settings.

• Porcelain enamel-on-steel or cast iron
See stainless steel or cast iron.

• Stainless steel
Heats quickly, but unevenly.
A core or base of aluminum or copper on stainless steel provides even heating.

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