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Basic Cooking Instructions to Master Vapor Cooking
What Size Cookware Should I Use?
Select the right size stainless steel cookware – Select a cookware piece that will be at least 2/3 full with your selected food. Cooking a small quantity in a large utensil will produce inferior results and reduce energy efficient cooking. Be sure to use the cover designed to fit the utensil.
Which Burner Should I Cook On?
Use the right size burner - The diameter of your stove’s burner should be about the same as the diameter of the bottom of the cookware. If cooking on a gas range, the flame should not extend outside the flat bottom cooking surface.
Do I Need to Cook with Water?
When using the Vapor® Cooking method, use little or no water - Fresh vegetables and fruit contain enough natural moisture to cook without adding water. Simply place them in your 360 Cookware and cover with cold water, then pour off quickly. The moisture that clings to the food is enough for cooking (though some vegetables, dried fruits and cereals lacking sufficient moisture may require a small amount of added water). Meats can be cooked in their own natural juices. When cold meat is placed in a preheated pan it will stick at first, but as the meat browns and fat is released, the meat will loosen. Add liquid or oil only if specified in the recipe. When preparing a food whose fat or moisture does not liquefy in heat, such as eggs, a small amount of cooking oil or butter may be necessary to prevent sticking.
How Does the Vapor Seal Work?
Forming the vapor seal - Place your food in the correct size 360 Cookware utensil, cover and place on a burner over medium heat. In about 3 - 5 minutes vapor will begin to escape from beneath the cover. Give the cover a spin and turn the heat to LOW. If it spins freely, a vapor seal has formed, do not remove the lid at this time. After a few minutes vapor will no longer escape and the proper cooking temperature will be reached. If vapor continues to escape, the heat setting is too high; reduce to the lowest setting. If the cover locks on the pan, the heat setting is too low; increase heat slightly to loosen the cover. Since temperature settings vary from one range to another, a day or two of practice will tell you which heat settings are right for vapor cooking.
At What Temperature Should I Cook?
Use low or moderate cooking temperatures – 360 Cookware requires only medium and low heat. Always begin cooking over medium heat, then once the vapor seal is achieved, reduce to low for the remainder of the cooking period. High heat will cause moisture to be driven out of the pan. This will prevent the vapor seal from forming and may result in shrinking, sticking and burning.
Should I Leave the Cover on During Cooking?
When using the Vapor® Cooking method, avoid lifting the cover during cooking to retain heat and moisture. Doing so will break the vapor seal and lengthen cooking times. Remove the cover only near the end of the cooking cycle to examine for doneness. If food has not finished cooking, quickly add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and reset heat to medium. When vapor escapes from the cover, spin the cover to check for a vapor seal, then reduce heat to low for the remaining cooking time.
Can I Bake Using Vapor Technology?
On the stovetop: Another convenience of this stainless steel Vapor® Cookware is that cakes and breads may be baked on top of the range. Preheat well-greased skillet or saucepan over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Quickly pour your batter into the correct-size, 360 Cookware utensil. Cover, reduce heat to the lowest setting and bake for the standard time indicated in the recipe (slight adjustments to baking times may be necessary). To remove excess moisture from food, tilt the cover during the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking.
In the oven: 360 Cookware is safe for oven use up to temperatures of 400º F. Before placing any 360 Cookware utensil in the oven, make certain the oven is completely preheated, as the preheat phase may expose the cookware to temperatures exceeding 400º. Do not use the broiler setting at any time.