To switch on a hotplate, turn the relevant control knob
anticlockwise to the required heat setting.
The control knob is numbered 1 - 6
0 - OFF
1 - Minimum
6 - Maximum.
We recommend the plates are switched to maximum (6)
for a short while to boost the plate, and then adjusted to
the required setting.
Take care when frying food in hot oil or fat, as the
overheated splashes could easily ignite.
The Pilot Light will come on each time a cooking zone is
You can switch off the plate a short while before you
finish cooking, and the final stage will be completed on
the accumulated heat. Similarly, stews etc. cooked in
well covered saucepans cook at lower temperature which
is more economical.
Ensure pans are large enough to avoid liquids being
split onto the plates.
Never leave the plates on without a pan on them
or with an empty pan on them.
Suggestions for the correct setting of the plates are given
in the following table.
To keep food warm
To melt butter and chocolate
To prepare cream-sauces,
stews and milk puddings
or to fry eggs
Dried vegetables, frozen
food, fruit, boiling water
Boiled potatoes, fresh
vegetables, pâtés, soups,
broths, pancakes or fish
Larger stews, meat roll, fish,
Steaks, escalopes and frying.
Hints and Tips
Saucepans for use on solid plates should have several
They should be fairly heavy duty
They should fit the heat area exactly, or be slightly
larger for efficient use, NEVER smaller.
They should have a flat base to ensure good contact
with the plate.
This is particularly important when using pans for high
temperature frying or pressure cooking.
As soon as liquid starts boiling, turn down the plate control
knob so that it will barely keep the liquid simmering.