Because Swiss Diamond cookware is so efficient at conducting heat, it will probably need a lower heat setting than you are accustomed to. We recommend never using the top 25 percent of the heat settings on your stove. For example, if your stove has settings from 1 to 10, never use more than 7.5. The ideal heat setting also depends on the task at hand: For frying and sauteing, use a low to medium heat setting to bring the pan to working temperature. This should take only a small amount of time. When the pan is warm (not overheated), add seasoning and food. You can tell your pan is overheated if a small bit of butter placed in the bottom of the pan starts to smoke and burn. For stir frying, preparing pasta water, etc. medium-high heat is probably needed. Since each stove top is different, play with the settings until the desired effect is reached. Remember, Swiss Diamond cookware heats up quickly and evenly, but also retains heat well. Therefore, it is much easier to start on a lower heat setting and raise it, than start on a heat setting that is too high and wait for the pan to cool down.
Should I preheat my pan? When done correctly, preheating your pan can improve performance. Use a medium heat setting to preheat your pan for 2 to 3 minutes before adding food. Be careful not to overheat your pan, as this can damage the nonstick coating. To test if your pan is preheated, sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface. If the water sizzles gently, the pan is ready to use. If the water evaporates or sizzles strongly, immediately turn the heat down – your pan is too hot! Allow the pan to cool a little, and test again in 3 minutes. Never preheat an empty pan longer than 5 minutes.
What about oven use? Swiss Diamond cookware and tempered glass lids are oven-safe up to 260°C (500°F). The item should always be placed at least two inches away from any heating coil, as the area close to the heating element often exceeds the maximum temperature. Swiss Diamond cookware is not suitable for broiler use.