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Maytag PRECISION TOUCH CONTROL 500 Use And Care Manual: Surface Cooking

Precision touch control 500 electric slide-in smoothtop.
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Surface Cooking

Surface Controls
Use to turn on the surface elements. An infinite choice of
heat settings is available from Low to High. The knobs can
be set on or between any of the settings.
Setting the Controls
1. Place pan on surface element.
2. Push in and turn the knob in either direction to the desired
heat setting.
• The control panel is marked to identify
which element the knob controls. For
example, the graphic at right indicates
left front element.
3. There is an element indicator light on the control panel.
When any surface control knob is turned on, the light
will turn on. The light will turn off when all the surface
elements are turned off.
When a control is turned on, a glow can be seen through
the smoothtop surface. The element will cycle on and off
to maintain the preset heat setting, even on High.
4. After cooking, turn knob to OFF. Remove pan.
Suggested Heat Settings
The size and type of cookware, type and amount of food
being heated, and wattage of individual elements will deter-
mine where to set the knob for cooking operations. Some
elements have a predetermined simmer and melt setting that
will require only minor adjustment up or down depending on
the food being prepared. The other elements have settings
printed around the knobs that are also unique to those
• Always place a pan on the surface unit before you turn it
on. To prevent damage to range, never operate surface
unit without a pan in place.
• NEVER use the cooktop as a storage area for food or
• Be sure you know which knob controls which surface
unit. Make sure you turned on the correct surface unit.
• Begin cooking on a higher heat setting then reduce to a
lower setting to complete the operation. Never use a
high heat setting for extended cooking.
• NEVER allow a pan to boil dry. This could damage the
pan and the appliance.
• NEVER touch cooktop until it has cooled. Expect some
parts of the cooktop, especially around the surface units,
to become warm or hot during cooking. Use potholders
to protect hands.
elements. Adjust the heat settings to the numbers that give
the desired cooking results. For information on cookware and
other factors affecting heat settings, refer to "Cooking Made
Simple" booklet. The following descriptions will aid in choos-
ing the settings that will give optimum results.
Hold or Warm: Food maintains a temperature above 140°F
without continuing to cook. Food is initially hot and then heat
is reduced. Never use a hold or warm setting to reheat cold
Simmer: Food forms bubbles that barely break the
surface. Foods are between 185°F and 200°F. A simmer
setting can also be used to steam or poach foods or continue
cooking covered foods.
Slow Boil: Food forms bubbles at a moderate pace. A slow
boil setting can also be used for most frying and for maintain-
ing the cooking of large amounts of liquids.
Boil: Liquid forms bubbles at a rapid pace. A fast boil setting
can also be used to brown meat, stir fry, sauté, and heat oil
for frying before turning to a lower setting. The highest 3 or 4
settings on the knob are used for these cooking
operations. The highest setting is always used to bring water
to a boil. Some elements offer an even higher speed for
boiling liquids.
Power Boost
(select models)
The element located in the right front
position offers higher speed cooking
that can be used to quickly bring water
to a boil and for large-quantity cooking.
• Make sure surface unit is turned off.
• Clean up messy spills as soon as possible.
• If cabinet storage is provided directly above cooking
surface, limit it to items that are infrequently used and can
be safely stored in an area subjected to heat. Tempera-
tures may be unsafe for items such as volatile liquids,
cleaners or aerosol sprays.
• NEVER leave any items, especially plastic items, on the
cooktop. The hot air from the vent may ignite flammable
items, melt or soften plastics, or increase pressure in
closed containers causing them to burst.
• NEVER allow aluminum foil, meat probes or any other
metal object, other than a pan on a surface element, to
contact heating elements.
• NEVER store heavy items above the cooktop that could fall
and damage it.


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