Setting surface controls, Operating the gas surface burners, Setting proper surface burner flame size – Kenmore 7861* User Manual

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Setting Surface Controls


___________ Do not place plastic

items such as salt and pepper shakers,
spoon holders or plastic wrappings
on top of the range when it is in use.
These items could melt or ignite.
Potholders, towels or wood spoons could
catch fire if placed too close to a flame.

In the event of an electrical poweroutage,

the surface burners can be lit manually.
To lighta surface burner, hold a lit match
to the burner head, then slowly turn the
surface control knob to LITE. Afterburner
lights push in and turn knob to desired
setting. Use caution when lighting surface
burners manually.

Setting Surface Controls

Your range may be equipped with different sized surface burners. The ability to
heat food quickerand in larger volumes increases as the burner size increases.

The SIMMER burner (some models) is best used for simmering delicate sauces,

The standard burners can be used for most surface cooking needs.

The POWER burner or burners (some models) are best used for bringing large
quantities of liquid to temperature and when preparing larger quantities of food.

Regardless of size, always select cookware that is suitable for the amount and

type of food being prepared. Select a burnerand flame size appropriate to thepan.

Never allow flames to extend beyond the outer edge of the pan.

Operating the Gas Surface Burners:

1. Place cooking utensil on surface burner.

2. Push the surface control knob in and turn counterclockwise out of the OFF



Release the knob and rotate to the LITE position. Note: All four electronic

surface ignitors will spark at the same time. However, only the burneryou are
turning on will ignite.

3. Visually check that the burner has lit.
4. Push the control knob in and turn counterclockwise to thedesired flame size.

The control knobs do not have to be set at a particular setting. Use the guides
and adjust the flame as needed. DO NOT cook with the surface control knob
in the LITE position. (The electronic ignitor will continue to spark if the knob
is left in the LITE position.)



Never extend the flame beyond the outer
edge of the utensil. A higher flame simply

wastes heat and energy, and increases
your risk of being burned by the flame.

Setting Proper Surface Burner Flame Size

For most cooking, start on the highest control setting and then turn to a lower

one to complete the process. Use the recommendations below as a guide for

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determining proper flame size for various types of cooking. The size and type
of utensil used and the amount of food being cooked will influence the setting
needed for cooking.

*Flame Size

Type of Cooking

High Flame

Start most foods; bring water to a boil; pan broiling.

Medium Flame Maintain a slow boil; thicken sauces, gravies; steaming.
Low Flame

Keep foods cooking; poach; stewing.

For deep fat frying, use a thermometer and adjust the surface control knob

accordingly. If the fat is too cool, the food will absorb the fat and be greasy. If
the fat is too hot, the food will brown so quickly that the center will be
undercooked. Do not attempt to deep fat fry too much food at once as the food
will neither brown nor cook properly.

*These settings are based on using medium-weight metal or aluminum pans with lids. Settings may vary when using
other types of pans. The color of the flame is the key to proper burner adjustment. A good flame is clear, blueand hardly visible
in a well-lighted room. Each cone of flame should be steady and sharp. Adjust or clean burner if flame is yellow-orange.

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