Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware is dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended for best results. Before using for the first time, remove all labels, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse and dry. Regardless of whether your Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware has a high gloss enamel interior or a black matte enamel interior, seasoning is not required.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware is suitable for use on all types of stovetop cooking surfaces and in the oven. When using Cast Iron on glass or ceramic cooking surface, do not slide the cookware on the surface?always lift to move. Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware distributes heat evenly and efficiently. ONLY LOW TO MEDIUM BURNER HEAT IS RECOMMENDED.
GENERAL COOKING HINTS
Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware will transfer heat throughout the vessel, including the handles. ALWAYS USE A POTHOLDER OR INSULATED GLOVE WHEN HANDLING THE COOKWARE. Keep in mind that this cookware performs well only low to medium heat.
Use low to medium heat when cooking. For best results, preheat the cookware on medium heat for 2-3 minutes prior to adding food. This ensures a more consistent temperature during the cooking cycle. It is important to use the cookware on a burner of corresponding diameter (or slightly smaller) and at no time should a gas flame be allowed to extend up the side of the pan as this will cause overheating and staining. It will also cause the handles to heat up and could be dangerous.
To avoid spillage and the risk of boiling over, the pan should not be filled to more than 2/3 capacity. As soon as the boiling point is reached, the temperature should be lowered.
Avoid over-heating the pan and NEVER LET A PAN BOIL DRY ON A STOVE AS IT CAN CAUSE SEVERE DAMAGE AND CAN BE A SAFETY HAZARD.
Do not use metal tools or sharp utensils when cooking ? they can scratch or chip the enamel.
Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware can be used in conventional and convection ovens. All pieces of the cookware with the cast iron knob are oven safe up to 500 degree. However, cooking under 475 degree will ensure the best performance from your Cast Iron Cookware. Other Cast Iron Dutch Ovens with the black phenolic knob can withstand up to 400--450 degree in the oven. The plastic knob can be removed and the item can withstand up to 475 degrees. The stainless steel knob can be purchased at a local hardware store.
Naturally, the handle as well as the pan will become hot. ALWAYS USE A POTHOLDER OR INSULATED GLOVE WHEN HANDLING THE COOKWARE WHILE OVEN COOKING TO PREVENT BURNS. DO NOT use in the microwave oven, as this will damage the microwave oven.
High temperatures toughen meat; they should only be necessary for brief pre-heating or for browning certain cuts of meat. Even tougher cuts of meat remain juicy and tender when cooked at low to medium temperatures. Make sure the meat fits the pan snugly. If too full, meat stews rather than fries; if half-empty, juices will burn in the uncovered areas.
In order to maintain the appearance of your cookware, we recommend:
Immediately after cooking, remove pan from heat and let it cool on a trivet or heat-resistant surface.
Food adhering to the inside of the cookware may be removed by soaking pan in soapy water, then washing with hot, soapy water. Do not use bleach, metal scourers or abrasive cleansers. However, plastic scouring pads may be used. Let the cookware cool before placing it in water to prevent warping.
USE IN DISHWASHER
Fancy Cook Cast Iron Cookware is completely dishwasher safe, however, as with all fine cookware, hand washing is preferred. In time, the cumulative effects of strong agitation and harsh detergent will dull the high-gloss exterior, although the performance of the pan will not be affected.
· Do not misuse your pans. Follow use and care instructions carefully.
· Use medium to low heat for cooking. The use of continuous high heat will discolor the Cast Iron.
· Remember not to leave an empty pan on a hot burner. Besides wasting energy, it may impair the pan?s performance or cause irreparable damage. It will also discolor or damage handle and knobs over a period of time.
· Keep handles from extending over the front edge of the cooker where they can be snagged by clothes or small hands. Similarly, position handles away from other burners or electric units to keep them from getting hot.
· Always use a potholder or insulated glove when handling the cookware.
· Remove the lid by lifting it away from you. Direct contact with rising steam can be hazardous.
· Check lid knobs to confirm they are secure before using.
· Do not put hot pans directly on countertops or unprotected surfaces.
· When filled, the cookware can be very heavy. Be extremely careful when moving the pan if it contains hot oil or other hot liquids.
· Enameled Cast Iron Cookware will chip or crack if dropped on a hard surface.
· If deep-frying, fill the pan no more than 1/3 full of oil. This is to allow for displacement of the oil caused by the addition of food and to ensure adequate coverage, so foods will fry evenly. Do not leave hot oil unattended or keep it covered while deep-frying. The cover can be used to control splattering when frying or searing, but it must be closely watched.
· Do not use in microwave ovens.