Use and Care
So Easy to Use and Clean
Your Kitchen Craft Cookware arrives packaged with a recipe book and a use & care guide for your review. You can continue using all of your current recipes, as well as oil, water and seasoning if you choose. However, with a few slight alterations, you can prepare delicious dinners that require little to no added fat or sodium.
- If it appears anything was damaged in shipment, contact Kitchen Craft’s excellent customer service department right away at 1-800-800-2850.
- Hand wash all of your new cookware in hot, soapy water or run through the dishwasher before first use.
- Other metal cookware is porous and dark, making it difficult to tell whether or not it’s clean. With Kitchen Craft, you will always know your cookware is clean because stainless steel is non-porous which allows you to see any residue left on surfaces.
- Cleaning your cookware while it’s still hot is a good way to prevent food from drying and adhering to the surface. If food does dry on, soak for a few minutes and then clean as usual.
- To clean and polish your cookware, avoid products that contain chlorine bleach. Recommended brands include Americraft Stainless Steel Cleaner, Bar Keepers Friend®, Bon Ami®, Cameo®, Delete®, Kleen King®, Steel Bright®, Steel Glo®, Twinkle® and Zud®.
- The chemicals and minerals in tap water can sometimes leave a white or blue film on cookware. Cameo, mixed with a little water to make a paste, and a damp towel will remove this film.
- Medium to Low Heat: Your cookware is made from seven layers of heat-conducting metals. Medium to low heat is all you need to use.
- IMPORTANT: If the lid ever locks down on your cookware, simply turn your burner to medium heat until the lid releases. Do not place a hot lid bottom-side down on a glass stove top. Always place the lid knob-side down.
*IMPORTANT: If the lid ever locks down on your cookware, simply turn your burner to medium heat until the lid releases. Do not place a hot lid bottom-side down on a glass stove top. Always place the lid knob-side down.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before using your cookware for the first time, wash each piece in hot, soapy water. Use a sponge or dishcloth to remove any manufacturing oils. Rinse with hot water. Dry promptly to prevent water spots. Alternatively, you may run your cookware through a dishwasher cycle.
To maintain the attractive appearance and cooking efficiency, it is important to clean thoroughly after each use. Food films left on the cooking surface will cause discoloration when the cookware is reheated.
To clean, let completely cool. Extreme temperature changes may cause metal to warp. (Your cookware will not warp unless carelessly subjected to unnecessary abuse. Avoid the use of excessively high heat and do not pour cold water into a hot unit.) Wash cookware in hot soapy water, using a sponge, dishcloth, nylon net or plastic pad. Do not use a metal scouring pad or harsh scouring powder on the polished stainless steel finish. Rinse thoroughly with clean, hot water. Dry promptly to prevent water spots. Your cookware may be safely washed in an automatic dishwater, although continued dishwasher use may dull the handles and knobs due to the harshness of dishwashing detergents.
Golden brown or blue heat tints may result from persistent overheating or as a result of the natural minerals in your food. Sulphur-dried fruits should be cooked with the cover off to prevent staining. If staining does occur, removing it is simple. Make a paste with water and a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner, such as Cameo®. Apply paste with a cloth or sponge, rubbing lightly in a circular motion. Wash again, rinse, and then dry promptly. Do not use oven cleaner on your Kitchen Craft cookware.
Suggested cleaners include:
- Americraft Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Bar Keepers Friend®
- Bon Ami®
- Kleen King®
- Steel Bright®
- Steel Glo®
(Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleach.)
Small scratches and marks will result from normal, everyday use and are not damaging to your cookware. To minimize wear, avoid hitting metal kitchen tools against the rim of your cookware, and do not cut or chop food on the stainless steel surface with a knife or other sharp-edged tool. Careless stacking can also cause unnecessary marring of the stainless steel finish
Let the unit cool. Partially fill with warm water and bring to a boil over medium heat until food particles loosen. Allow to cool again. (Extreme temperature changes can cause metal to warp. Avoid the use of excessively high heat and do not pour cold water into a hot unit.) Wash and dry as usual.
If you notice excessive steam and spattering while cooking or if a water seal will not form, then either your heat is too high or there is too much food or liquid in the pan. Remember medium to low heat is all you need. Use appropriate sized cookware, and add liquid only as stated in cooking instructions.
Helpful Cooking Instructions
The diameter of the burner on your range top stove should be equal to the diameter of the cookware selected. When using a gas range, make sure the flame does not extend up the sides of the cookware. Choose the unit that accommodates the quantity of food you need to prepare. Do not overfill your cookware. To brown or sear meat: With the lid on, preheat the unit while EMPTY.
Basic Cooking Instructions
- 1. Rinse food
- 2. Place in unit (Until you are comfortable using the waterfree method, use 1-2 tablespoons of water per cup of food.)
- 3. Place the lid on the unit
- 4. Use medium to low heat (Do not leave your kitchen area until you are very comfortable using your Kitchen Craft cookware with your stove.)
- 5. After you see vapor escaping for 60 seconds, remove the unit from heat.
- 6. DO NOT LIFT LID until the desired cooking time has elapsed
- 7. When your food has finished cooking, it’s best to remove food and immediately fill the cookware with warm water.
- 8. Let water stand while you enjoy your meal
- 9. Clean as usual.
Waterless Cooking Basics
Fry an Egg
To fry an egg, preheat skillet on medium-low and use a small amount of cooking spray or butter. Fry as usual.
Boiled eggs without water
Place a wet paper towel in the bottom of a small pan. Place up to 3 eggs on the paper towel and cover with lid. Cook on medium heat until vapor begins to escape, and then turn to low. Cook for 10 minutes on low. DO NOT lift cover. Pour a small amount of cold water over eggs, and remove the paper towel. With the cover on, shake the eggs to crack the shells. Peel and serve.
NOTE: No green rings on yoke!
Fried chicken without grease
Start with breasts or thighs and remove all the skin. Preheat pan on medium heat. Place chicken in pan, meaty side down. Do not overfill pan. Cook for a few minutes with the cover off to brown. Then cook meat for 10-12 minutes with cover on. Turn to brown and serve.
A burger, a steak, or a pork chop is great!
Preheat pan on medium to low heat. Cook for a few minutes with the cover off to brown. Replace cover and continue cooking about 5 minutes. (If you see steam, turn the heat down.) Turn to brown and serve.
Preheat pan on medium heat. You may add a little butter or extra virgin olive oil for taste, but they are not necessary. Cook for a few minutes with the cover off to brown, if desired. Replace cover and continue cooking about 5 minutes (time depends on type and portion size).
Pour 1-3/4 cups of water and 1 cup of rice into pan—no need to bring water to a boil first. On medium heat, cover the pan. When vapor escapes, close the valve and remove the unit from heat. Let stand for 20 minutes. The rice will not overcook.
Beans and Pasta
You can cook beans and pasta just like you always have, but in 30% less time—on medium to low heat. NOTE: Beans and pasta have no moisture, so you must add water. Do not worry about soaking the beans all night; it is not necessary with your Kitchen Craft cookware.