Frequently Asked Questions about Vapor® Cooking
You will love the versatility of your new Americraft Cookware. If you are using the Vapor® Cooking method, with a few slight alterations to your cherished healthy recipes, you will enjoy your favorite foods the way nature intended – with all the natural flavors and nutrients in tact.
1. Is Vapor® Cooking suitable for frying or boiling an egg?
Absolutely. To fry, simply preheat your empty skillet on medium-low. Since eggs don’t release moisture or fat, after preheating you will add a small amount of butter, oil or cooking spray and fry as usual.
To boil an egg without water, place a wet paper towel in the bottom of a small pan. Insert 3 eggs (for starters) and place the lid on the unit. Cook on medium heat until a vapor seal is formed and the lid spins, then turn to low. With the cover on, cook for 13 - 15 minutes for hard eggs, 7 - 8 minutes for medium, and 5 minutes for soft. Remove the paper towel and pour cold water over eggs. Replace the cover and shake to crack the shells. Peel and serve. A special bonus – no greenish ring around the yoke!
2. What about cooking meats?
Burgers, chicken, steaks or pork chops come out moist and tasty using the Vapor® Cooking Method. Remove the skin from chicken and any excess fat from steaks and pork chops. Preheat your utensil on medium. Place the meat in the pan (meaty side down for chicken) - do not overfill the skillet. Cook for a few minutes with the cover off to brown, then cook for 12-15 minutes with the cover on - depending on the meat and your desired level of doneness. You can turn the meat once it has browned if desired but it is not necessary. Serve browned-side up.
For seafood recipes, use the same technique with a little less heat. If desired, add a little butter or extra virgin olive oil to taste. Fish dishes will cook up moist, flaky and tender every time.
For beef or pork roasts and wild game, preheat pan on medium heat. Sear and brown on one side for 10 minutes with the cover off. Then add thick sliced onions and/or other vegetables beneath the roast, cover with lid and cook on low for 40-50 minutes.
Any meat entrée recipe will turn out moist and delicious in a fraction of the cooking time of conventional cookware – all without added oil, lard or shortening!
3. Can I use Vapor® Cooking Technology to cook rice, pasta, vegetables and beans?
Americraft Cookware makes cooking these foods easier than ever! Foods such as pasta, rice and beans are definitely exceptions for cooking using the Vapor® Cooking Method. These foods contain absolutely no moisture so water and/or broth will be required.
For rice, pour 1 3/4 cups of water and 1 cup of rice into utensil - no need to bring water to a boil first. Place the utensil on medium heat and cover. When you see vapor escaping from the lid, turn to low and cook for 8 minutes, then remove from heat. Let utensil stand covered for 25-30 minutes. The rice will not overcook, and will turn out tender and fluffy every time! Tip: Add raisins and serve with milk and honey for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
Cook beans and pasta just like you always have, but in 30% less time using only medium to low heat! Because beans and pasta have no moisture, you will need to add water. But don’t worry about soaking those beans all night – Americraft Cookware makes soaking a thing of the past! Now you can enjoy beans whenever you want, without having to plan ahead.
For vegetables, fill your Americraft Vapor® Cookware at least two-thirds full with cut veggies, cover and cook on medium heat until you see vapor escaping, then reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 5-8 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to sit 10 minutes with the cover on and serve. Broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, turnips, fresh spinach, green beans and other veggies turn out fresh, crisp and delicious. Since kids often complain about veggies’ soggy texture, try serving them the crisp, colorful version instead!
4. Can I cook starchy foods like corn on the cob and baked potatoes?
There’s almost no food that doesn’t turn out healthier and more delicious with Americraft Cookware! For tender yet crisp corn-on-the-cob, shuck the corn and place a layer of the shucks in the bottom of the unit. Add corncobs, fill unit with water and drain. Start cooking on medium heat, then turn to low when a vapor seal is formed and the lid spins. Cook about 15 minutes more and serve. So flavorful and crisp, you may never add butter or salt again!
To bake potatoes in about 1/3 the time, slice potatoes in half, leaving the skin on. Place the potatoes in the pan, face down. Start on medium then turn to low when you see vapor escaping. Cook approximately 20 minutes, test and serve. Potatoes turn out tender yet firm in no time.
5. Can I use my Americraft Vapor® Cookware to bake?
Yes! Americraft Cookware can be used on the range top for baking cakes and breads more conveniently and without the time and energy required to operate your oven.
Your Vapor® Cookware can also be used in the oven to bake at temperatures up to 350º F. Note: Cookware should not be placed in the oven during preheating or if the broiler is on.
6. Is Americraft Cookware built to last?
Absolutely! Americraft Cookware comes with a lifetime warranty. While standard cookware may wear out in about 10 years, we commonly receive letters from happy customers who have been using their cookware daily for 40 years or more.
7. Can I use my Americraft Vapor® Cookware for my traditional recipes?
Definitely! In fact, if you have a really great recipe you’d like to share, we’d be honored if you send it in to us.
8. I’ve noticed blue and white spots on my cookware. What causes these?
If you are witnessing white spots on your cookware, they are formed from the chemicals and minerals in your water. Blue spots are formed if the cookware has been exposed to too much heat. To clean either kind of spot and to give your cookware new luster, use a stainless steel cleaner and a dishcloth.
9. How do I make pancakes, French toast, grilled cheese or any other breaded food?
Preheat your unit on medium heat for one to two minutes. Dance a bead of water on it. When it evaporates add oil or butter. Fry as usual.
10. Why do some recipes call for the “water droplet test” and others don’t?
To keep chicken and meats from sticking you must begin with a really hot pan but since you don’t need to use any oil or butter with Vapor® Cooking, it’s difficult to tell how hot is hot. Sprinkle some water into the pan — if the droplets sputter and steam away, you’re not quite there. Wait a few more seconds and try again. When the droplets bead across the pan’s surface like mercury, your pan is ready.
11. Why do some recipes call for pre-heating the pan but others do not?
By first browning chicken, meats, and fish you get foods that are extra-flavorful and visually appealing. Other foods, like our vegetable recipes or most of our one-pot meals, call for combining ingredients in a cold pan and therefore don’t require pre-heating.
12. Can I use Americraft Cookware without the lid?
Absolutely! You can use your Americraft Cookware to cook everything, in any style. Leave the lid off to deep-fry chicken, sear steaks, sauté shrimp, reduce a classic pan sauce, or for any other traditional cooking technique you want to use.
13. Can I cook my food with butter or oil?
Yes. With Vapor® Cooking, you won’t need it (except for stovetop baking, frying eggs, or searing fish), but if you want it you’ll find you need much less than you normally use. Begin with half the amount of oil or butter you usually cook with, or, try drizzling a robust extra virgin olive oil and a little fresh lemon juice over some just-cooked fish or chicken to “finish” your dish.
14. Can I use liquid to cook my food?
Yes, but unless you’re cooking rice or boiling pasta, you’ll only need a splash of broth or wine for flavor. To prove our point, try our recipe for waterless hard-cooked eggs.
15. If Americraft is fat-free, why do some recipes call for butter or oil?
If a recipe states a need for extra virgin olive oil or butter, it is strictly for adding flavor.
16. Why do my sauces seem more watery than usual?
Vapor® Cooking coaxes out the natural moisture in foods and traps it under our dome-shaped lid. If you want a thicker sauce simply remove the lid and simmer over medium heat for a few minutes before serving.
17. Can I put Americraft in the dishwasher?
Americraft Cookware is dishwasher safe.
18. Can I put Americraft in the oven?
Americraft Cookware is oven safe up to 350º.
19. How do I sear fish?
With a few exceptions, fish is too lean to sear without some form of oil to prevent sticking. We recommend lightly spraying the pan with non-stick cooking spray or using a teaspoon of olive oil before searing.
20. Can I bake on the stovetop with Americraft?
Americraft Cookware conducts heat so efficiently that you can bake in it right on your stovetop. Most recipes call for lightly spraying the cookware with non-stick cooking spray and for cooking in a cold pan.
21. How do I clean burnt-on foods?
Thanks to the highest-quality, American-made, T304 surgical stainless steel we use to line all our cookware, Americraft Cookware is amazingly easy to clean — no matter how burnt-on foods appear to be. A soapy scrubber sponge is usually sufficient but if your mess is particularly stubborn, pour ¼ cup of water in the pan and heat it over medium heat, stirring up the burnt bits with a wooden spoon. Pour off the hot water then use a wet sponge and very thick paste of water and Americraft Stainless Steel Cleaner, baking soda or your favorite stainless steel cleanser.
22. I’m cooking on low heat but my food is still burning. How low do I have to go?
Some stovetops run hotter than others no matter how low you go. We recommend purchasing an inexpensive flame tamer or cooking on one of the rear burners which typically use fewer BTUs.
23. My lid is stuck on my pan. How do I remove it?
Don’t panic — a vacuum has formed between your lid and pan and is easily released by placing the pan over low heat for a few seconds.
24. My lid is stuck to my counter. How do I remove it?
A vacuum has formed between the hot lid and the cold countertop. Wet a kitchen towel in the hottest water you can stand, ring it out and lay it over the lid for a minute or two. Once the stainless lid warms up you should be able to lift it off easily.
25. Is Americraft Cookware induction capable?
Yes! Americraft offers several different types of cookware including a multi-ply, induction-capable option.
26. How do I get parts and warranty service for my old waterless cookware?
Americraft manufactures and supports some of the most popular waterless cookware brands dating back to 1917. If you have one of the following brands, Americraft will still honor your lifetime warranty:
- Kitchen Craft Cookware
- Lustre Craft Cookware
- All-American Cookware
- Healthy Gourmet Cookware
- Americraft Cookware
- VitaLife Cookware
- 360 Cookware
For details about what your warranty covers and how to order parts, click here.
27. How do I make the Kitchen Kutter suction to the counter?
To secure your Kitchen Kutter to your counter top, press firmly down on the stem and rotate the locking handle.
28. Can you explain the settings on the Slow Cooker Base?
Here are the general settings for slow-cooking:
- Setting #1 - Warm or hold food at a serving temperature
- Setting #2 - Low, cooks in 6 to 10 hours
- Setting #3 - Medium, cooks in 3 to 6 hours
- Setting #4 - High, cooks in 1 1/2 to 3 hours
28. How do I remove minor scratches?
During the first few uses, bright metal marks may appearon the inside of the pan. Remove with a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner. Avoid hitting metal kitchen tools against the rims of the pans, and do not cut or chop foods with knives or other sharp-edged tools on the stainless steel surface. Any metal will scratch if gouged with a hard metal. Small scratches and marks will result from normal use. They are not damaging and are a result of normaleveryday use. To clean and to give your cookware new luster, use a stainless steel cleaner and a dishcloth.