Using your new Saladmaster is as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Use the correct size of pan—at least two-thirds filled with food.
2. Preheat pan for meats and poultry over medium heat, or start with a cold, dry pan for fruits and vegetables.
3. Listen for the clicking of the Vapo Valve. When the valve clicks, reduce heat to low so that the clicking stops. Cook according to recipe instructions or desired doneness.
Preheat pans over medium heat, according to your electric range setting. Preheating usually takes three to five minutes. To tell when a pan is properly preheated, splash a few drops of water on the surface. If the drops bead and dance, the pan is preheated.
Alternately, lay a paper towel in the pan; when the towel turns brown, the pan is properly preheated.When the Vapo Valve clicks, turn the heat to low. On an electric range, that might be as low as your stove can go.
On a gas range, heat is low at the lowest flame without going out. If your lowest flame is still too high, use a heat-reducing ring or pad on your burner.Once you have lowered the temperature and the seal has formed around the lid, you should not have to open the lid until the food is cooked.
Peek if you must, but after replacing the lid, spin it so that the Vapo Valve clicks, indicating that it has re-sealed itself. If it does not, increase heat until the valve clicks, then reduce heat to low.
High heat may cause warping. Also, foods are more likely to stick or scorch over high heat and cooking at a too high heat can cause food to shrink and dry. It is okay to bring large amounts of liquid to a boil, such as water for pasta, over high heat.
Lower heat after boiling point has been reached.
Keep in mind: It is never necessary to set your burner to the highest heat, even when boiling water.
As much as you will love using your new Saladmaster cookware, you will also appreciate knowing that your cookware, like sterling or fine wines, actually improves with age. With your new set, you can assume there will be a breaking-in process that takes about two or three months, during which your cookware becomes more and more efficient.