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Here is to a great Holiday Season and some very useful recommendations from Cuisinart.

I thought perhaps it might be worthwhile sharing some

...Cookware Recommendations

Frequently when we buy a new cookware do not read the Care instructions inserted in the box. I thought I pass some Cuisinart information on to you, especially, since during the Holidays we tend to renew our cooking utensils, accessories, gadgets, etc., as we prepare for a series of Christmas delights.

So for those of you have a little bit of time this is worth reading (applying) as your kitchen investment is one that you will be using and reusing time and time again. I have highlighted some personal observations in Red. Here is to a great Holiday Season and some very useful recommendations from Cuisinart:

Never use Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware on high heat. Food will burn. The aluminum encapsulated base makes this cookware highly conductive and efficient for quick, even heat distribution. We recommend using a low to medium setting for most cooking. To boil water, medium-high is sufficient. Never leave Cuisinart® Cookware or any pan empty over a hot burner. Doing so can ruin the pan and cause damage to the stovetop.

Before Using

Wash your new cookware in warm water with a mild soap or dish detergent, or in a dishwasher, before using for the first time. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry immediately with a soft dish towel, or you may place your Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless cookware in a dishwasher.

Easy Maintenance

Immediately after each use, fill the pan with hot water and liquid dish detergent; let stand until lukewarm. Use a sponge or soft cloth to remove any remaining food particles. Do not use steel wool or other metal pads that make coarse scratches. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately for a flawless finish. Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless features oven-safe handles that can withstand oven temperatures up to 550°F. Caution should be used when handling any cookware handles and we recommend the use of potholders. I do this all the time and it works. The grease will lift off with ease and the probabilities that you will tarnish or scratch the surface will dramatically reduce.

What About The Dishwasher?

Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless is dishwasher safe, but remember that soil from other dishes may be abrasive. If the dishwasher is carelessly packed, other dishes or flatware may mar the surface of the cookware. Over a long period, regular dishwasher cleaning will eventually scratch any utensil. We recommend using a non-lemon detergent. If you use fill the pan with hot water as recommended above you will reduce the probabilities of scratching the surface.

What about Metal Utensils?

We recommend using plastic or wooden utensils with your Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware. You may prefer using metal utensils. These may scratch the cooking surface, but will in no way impair the performance of your Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware. You may use a hand mixer with metal beaters which can scratch the interior surface but will not impair the cookware’s performance or its durability.

To Rem ove Stains

Calcium in your water may leave a multicolored stain. This is from a harmless deposit and can be removed with a little warm vinegar. Certain foods such as pasta or oatmeal may leave a light residue or cloudy appearance. This can be easily removed with any of these cleaning products: Bon Ami®, Cameo® Stainless Steel or Metal. Warm vinegar also works great on expresso coffeemakers.

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To Remove Stubborn Residue

When food is burned in the pan, a stubborn black residue may remain. If soaking does not loosen it, add water to a depth of one inch in the pan, then add a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent (a non-lemon product). Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then drain and rinse. Loosen the residue with a sponge or plastic spatula. Repeat if necessary. Caution: Detergent fumes can be irritating. Carry out this procedure under a hood with an exhaust fan or in a well-ventilated room.

To Remove Burner Stains

Stains on the outside bottom (not sides) of pans can be removed with an oven cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and spray or brush the cleaner on only the outside bottom of the pan. If the directions call for using the cleaner in a warm oven, heat the pan before applying the cleaner. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Important note: Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware has exceptionally high thermos conductivity, and
Even a low setting on some gas burners will overheat or even burn foods such as thinly sliced onions. An inexpensive gas “flame-tamer” placed between the burner and the bottom of the pot solves this problem. Flame-tamers are readily available at most hardware stores

Cooking Over a Gas Burner

When cooking over a gas burner, make certain the flame touches only the pan bottom. If the flame comes up the sides of the pan, energy is wasted and the sides of the pan may become permanently discolored.

Cooking Temperature in Oven

Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware can be used in the oven without damage. Naturally, the handle as well as the pan will become hot. Use potholders to prevent burns. The cookware can be used in the oven at any baking temperature up to 550°F and can go from burner to broiler to table when placed on a Heat-resistant trivet.

To Break A Vacuum Seal

The uniquely designed rims and covers form a perfect fit to reduce the evaporation of liquids. If you leave the cover on after turning the heat down or off, a partial vacuum may form which will seal the lid to the pan. To break the seal, turn on the heat for a few moments, and the cover will come off easily. If you don’t want the lid to seal to the pan, remove the cover or set it slightly ajar before turning off the heat.

Convenient Storage

A cookware rack or pegboard for your Cuisinart® Chef's Classic™ Stainless Cookware provides convenient, safe storage. Stacking and crowding in cabinets or drawers may cause scratches.