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Surface Cooking - Kenmore 790.4670 Series Use & Care Manual

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Surface Cooking

Selecting Surface Cooking Cookware
Cookware should have 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
Figure 1
Figure 2
Cookware Material types
The cookware material determines how evenly and quickly 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
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 cooktops.
PORCELAIN-ENAMEL on METAL - Heating characteristics will vary depending on base material. Porcelain-enamel
coating must be smooth to avoid scratching ceramic cooktops.
GLASS - Slow heat conductor. Not recommended for ceramic cooktop surfaces because it may scratch the glass.