Basic Cookware Care
Congratulations on your decision to purchase the Vita Craft Nutritional Cooking System. Your decision will pay lifelong dividends in healthful, flavorful and nutritional foods. The vapor seal method of cooking assures you of maximum food value retention, and allows you to prepare your foods without water or added fats. Take a moment now to acquaint yourself with the proper use and care of these fine utensils. By following a few simple steps you will enjoy the maximum benefits and become an expert with the Vita Craft Nutritional Cooking System.
Wash Before Using
Before using the cookware, wash each piece thoroughly in one-half cup vinegar and hot, soapy water. This initial washing is essential to insure that all manufacturing oils are removed before cooking food. After this initial washing, normal washing by hand or in a dishwasher is all that is necessary to clean your cookware.
After each use, wash your cookware in warm soapy water with a dish cloth or nylon plastic net. Do not use metal scouring pads, as they will scratch the surface of the cookware. Your cookware may also be placed in the dishwasher.
Occasionally, when cooking starchy foods or searing meats a stain may appear on the inside surface of the pan. A blue or golden brown discoloration may also appear on the outside of the pan from overheating the unit. These stains are easily removed with a good non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner. First, make a paste with the cleaner and water. Then, using a paper towel or cloth rub the paste over the stained area, rinse and dry.
If burned foods are not easily removed by normal washing, fill the pan with hot water and let it soak. If the food particles are still stuck, fill the pan partially full of water and bring to a boil long enough to loosen the food.
While stainless steel is an extremely durable metal, it is not impervious to corrosion, pitting or spotting. Foods such as mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, salt, dressings, or condiments may etch stainless steel if allowed to remain in contact with the surface for a long period of time. Strong bleaches can have the same effect.
Pitting may result if undissolved salt is allowed to remain on the bottom of the pan. Pitting looks like small white spots. This pitting does not in any way affect the performance or usefulness of your pans, nor are they a defect in the metal or the workmanship. To avoid pitting, salt should only be added to boiling liquid and stirred until it is completely dissolved.
Do not cover sulphur dried foods or foods labeled sulphites added as it may stain the cover. Boil liquid for 10 minutes prior to covering when cooking these foods.