Important Do’s & Dont’s for your Platinum Cookware Collection
Before using for the first time, wash unit(s) completely in hot soapy water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar added (This will remove any polishing compound residues).
Medium to Low is all you need to know
When preparing fresh or frozen vegetables:
1. Fill your unit at least 2/3 full, rinse well in cold water, pour off water and cover unit.
2. Set unit on a similar sized burner (small unit = small burner, large unit = large burner).
3. When heat indicator reaches the 10-11 o’clock position, reduce heat down to low (next to the lowest setting). Most foods (medium size) take approx. 10-12 minutes per quart after reducing heat.
Pre-heat for Meats
To prepare meats the Platinum Grease-less Method:
1. Preheat covered unit on medium heat (as above).
2. When the heat indicator, reaches between the 10-11 o’clock position lift cover and place meat or poultry into unit, press firmly, cover and let brown for approx. 4 minutes.
3. Lift cover and turn meat with fork or spatula and press down, cover and reduce heat to low (as above).
4. Most chops, chicken, burgers, etc. need to cook for an additional 5-8 minutes. When cooking steaks the average rule is 2 minutes after reducing heat for each 3/4 inches for medium rare.
5. When preparing roasts after turning meat, you may add potatoes, onions, carrot, etc. right on top of your roast. Then reduce heat and cook for approx. 1-1 1/2 hours for a 5-6 lb. roast. You can’t overcook, so relax and let it tenderize even more.
Your First Week Using Platinum
Certainly we don’t want to scare you but you should be aware that your first week with Professional Platinum Cookware may be your worst week.
Old habits are hard to break and we’ll bet you’ll carry over the tendency from your old cookware to turn the heat on high and “let it rip” in which case it’s likely that most things you cook will scorch and burn. Fear not…remember “medium to low is all you need to know” and, with that in mind, the adjustment period will be brief and the long term benefits to your health and culinary pleasure enormous.
Cleaning Your Platinum Cookware
Start your Platinum experience out right…
The first thing to do before you start using your new Platinum cookware is to thoroughly wash each piece in hot soapy water to which 1 cup of vinegar has been added. Rinse with hot water and dry completely with a towel. This will remove manufacturing oils that have been left on your cookware. Good dish washing rules are all that are necessary for everyday care of your cookware.
Maintaining the Shine
To clean and maintain the shine on your cookware, here is the easiest way to accomplish it. While the pan is still hot, fill it half way with cold water and let it sit for a few minutes. This will shock the food residue off the bottom of the pan. Using the sponge that came with your cookware, simply wipe the reside off. If you need to scrub a little more, use a good stainless steel cleanser like “Barkeepers Friend”. If a stubborn burn has been created, partly fill the pan with water and bring to a boil. Use a wooden spoon to remove such burned particles. Follow it up with a good stainless steel cleaner. After using the stainless steel cleaner, clean your cookware in hot soapy water then dry. Simply sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on a surface and gently rub with a wet cloth or sponge, or create a paste to tackle stubborn and difficult stains. Just rinse away to reveal a clean and shining surface! Be careful not to use on the outside of the pan.
If you should see a blue or golden brown discoloration appearing on your cookware, this is caused from overheating a unit. Remove this discoloration by using a good stainless steel cleanser.
Some more Helpful Hints
When using the Platinum Thermo Control Knob never lift the cover from the unit until the recommend cooking time been completed. Doing so not only reduces the temperature, but also results in a loss of valuable moisture from the food. Remember, the Thermo Control Knob tells you what is going on in the unit at all times.
No matter what type of range you use, if steam begins to escape from under the cover you are wasting heat! Reduce your heat and continue cooking. This will not disturb the cooking process, and all the natural juices and nutrients in your food.
Always be sure that meats and poultry are dry before roasting and broiling.
When searing meats or poultry (in pan broiling or roasting) press the meat or poultry down firmly to achieve even browning. Do not be alarmed if the meat sticks to the pan at first. Meat pores close when they come in contact with heat, and after a couple of minutes, the meat will loosen from the unit and it will turn easily!