Things to Avoid With a Glass Top Stove

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Glass top stoves are very popular, but they need more tender loving care than most stoves. For instance, surfaces are easily scratched, so so take care with cooking tools and jewelry. If food spills are not cleaned up immediately, they may burn on to the glass surface, making clean-up much more difficult. Don't be discouraged; by utilizing a few tips, you'll wonder how you ever got along without your glass top stove.

Cleaning

  • Don't begin cleaning until the glass top is completely cool. Wait a minimum of thirty minutes after the hot surface indicator light has went off. While you're waiting for the glass top to cool, apply a small amount of liquid cleaner and hot water to burned on stains, and let the area soak. If the stains won't budge after soaking, use a scraper that is specially designed for use on a glass top stove, and scrape as hard as you can. When the food stains are gone, rinse with warm water, and dry with a lint free cloth.

    Do not use abrasive scouring pads or cleansers, grimy wash cloths, or paper towels to clean the glass control panel. Grimy wash cloths and paper towels smear the glass, and abrasive cleansers can damage the finish. As soon as the hot surface light goes out, spray glass cleaner directly onto a soft cloth or sponge, and wipe clean

    When cleaning the stainless steel surface, avoid stainless steel cleaners that contain chlorides or acids, as they can cause stainless steel corrosion. Other stainless steel cleaners can contain coarse abrasives that may scratch the finish. Read the label on the can, and test in a low visibility spot first before applying to the stainless steel surface.

Meal Preparation

  • If your kitchen doesn't have sufficient counter space, it's a temptation to use the flat surface of the glass top stove as a counter, but using a knife to chop food can leave marks on the flat surface.
    Clear an area on the kitchen counter for meal preparation.

    Be careful when transferring dishes from the counter to the stove, because dropping heavy dishes or pans can crack or break the glass top.

Cooking Equipment

  • Avoid using soft aluminum pans as they can leave gray or black marks on a harder glass surface. Pans with a copper bottom rub off less, but do not cook foods as evenly as aluminum. If you must use aluminum, choose heavier weight aluminum, and smooth the bottom of a new pan with a mild abrasive.

    If you don't mind the extra expense, all-clad stainless steel cookware works best with a glass top stove, and has separate metal discs attached to the bottom of the cookware. These heavy discs create even heating, keep pots and pans steady, and are completely flat.

    If you're making popcorn, lift the pan up when shaking, instead of dragging the pan across the surface.

    Foil can leave dark metal marks when rubbed across the surface of the stove, and if it bakes on the surface, it can be difficult to remove. Cover baking dishes with foil on the kitchen counter.

Alternate Heat Source

  • To reduce high utility bills, it can be tempting to use the glass top stove to heat the house. Resist this temptation, as carbon monoxide poisoning can result, if you're using a gas stove with a glass top.

    According to the New York City Fire Department, approximately 500 Americans die annually from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and approximately 5,000 are treated for exposure at area hospitals.

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