Now that you know how to clean up your drips and spills, here are a few more tips from manufacturers and owners of glass top stoves.
Always start with a clean surface
Don't fire up the heat on your stove until it's pristine. You may have to run your hand across the stovetop to feel if there are any bits still clinging to the surface.
Cooking and cookware
Most manufacturers suggest not using cast iron cookware on the stovetop because it can make black marks on the glass, and the rough bottoms can scratch the surface. The consumer forums I looked over revealed that cooks who love their cast iron just make more of an effort to lift the pots and pans from place to place on the stovetop rather than sliding them. This rule-of-thumb applies to any kind of pots or pans, but especially those with rough bottoms. Even foil can mark up the glass surface.
Take care to set other items like utensils gently on the surface, or set them on the countertop instead. Be especially careful with plastic, because it can melt on the stovetop.
Allowing pots or pans to boil dry on the stovetop can cause the surface to discolor, so check on your culinary creations regularly. Set a timer to remind yourself if necessary.
Using flat-bottomed cookware with electric glass top stoves will allow more surface contact between the heating element and the pot or pan. This makes your cooking more energy-efficient.
A shocking reason to maintain your cooktop
A cracked or pitted cooktop is a more than just an aesthetic problem. If liquids or food spills get past the surface and into the electrical system, they can cause electrical shock.
- General Electric. "Range -- Cookware Used on a Radiant Smooth Glass Cooktop." (Nov. 7, 2010)http://www.geappliances.com/search/fast/infobase/10000221.htm
- General Electric. "Radiant Self-Cleaning Convection Ranges: Owner's Manual and Installation Instructions." (Nov. 7, 2010)http://products.geappliances.com/MarketingObjectRetrieval/Dispatcher?RequestType=PDF&Name=49-88040.PDF
- Samsung. "Electric Induction Range User Manual." (Nov. 7, 2010)http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/200907/20090716113625000/FTQ307NWGX_XAA_DG68-00228A.pdf
- What's Cooking America. "Using Ceramic Top (Flat Top) Electric Range with Cast Iron Skillets." (Nov. 7, 2010)http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/CeramicTopRange.htm