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Setting Surface Controls; Selecting Surface Cooking Utensils - Kenmore C970-495022 Use & Care Manual

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Setting Surface Controls

Do not place plastic items such as salt and pepper shakers, spoon holders or plastic wrappings on
top of the cooktop when it is in use. These items could melt or ignite. Potholders, towels or wood spoons could catch
fire if placed too close to the element.
ELEMENTS (30"models with a self-clean-
ing oven only)
During the self-clean cycle, the surface
elements, when used, are subjected to
high heat. To ensure maximum element
life, a safeguard locks off the use of the
surface elements during the self-clean
cycle. Once the oven cleaning cycle is com-
plete and the oven door can be opened,
the surface elements can be utilized.

Selecting Surface Cooking Utensils

For best results and energy conservation, choose cooking utensils that have these characteristics:
Pans should have flat bottoms that make
good contact with the entire surface ele-
ment. Check for flatness by rotating a
ruler across the bottom. There should be
no gaps between the pan and ruler.
Note: Always use a utensil for its in-
tended purpose. Follow manufacturer's
instructions. Some utensils were not
made to be used in the oven or on the
1. Place the pan on the surface element.
2. Push in and turn the surface element control knob to desired setting.
3. The surface signal light will glow when one or more elements are turned on. Always
turn the element off before removing the pan.
The suggested settings found in the chart below are based on cooking in medium-weight
aluminum pans with lids. Settings may vary when using other types of pans.
Note: The size and type of utensil used, and the amount and type of food being
cooked will influence the setting needed for best cooking results.
Type of Cooking
Start most foods, bring water to a boil, pan broiling.
Maintain a slow boil, thicken sauces and gravies, steam vegetables.
Keep foods cooking, poach, stew.
Keep warm, melt, simmer.
• Flat bottom and straight sides.
• Tight fitting lids.
• Weight of handle does not tilt pan.
Pan is well balanced.
• Pan sizes match the amount of food
to be prepared and the size of the
surface element.
• Made of material that conducts heat
• Easy to clean.
* Specialty pans such as lobster pots,
griddles and pressure cookers may be
used but must conform to the above rec-
ommended cookware requirements.
NOTE: Control knob shown is typical only.
• Curved and warped pan bottoms.
• Pan overhangs unit by more than 2.5
cm (1").
• Heavy handle tilts pan.
• Pan is smaller than element.


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