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Classique FAQ's & Tips

Cooktops

  • Try to allow around 300mm of bench space each side of cook tops to place pots or cooking utensils, also beside sinks. Ensure you follow the legal requirements for gas installations.
  • Use good quality, flat based saucepans, on all modern cook tops. They should also be the same diameter as the cooking area.
  • Induction hobs are extremely safe to use, especially if you have small children. When a pan comes off the hob, the electricity flow stops. This makes induction hobs even more responsive and energy efficient than gas.
  • Ceramic glass should be wiped regularly between cooking with recommended cleaning products. Ensure any spills are wiped up immediately as spill overs like sugar that are not cleaned up can cause pitting on the glass.
  • Because induction elements heat only the cooking vessel, not the cooktop itself, energy wastage is minimised and the cooking area is less dangerous for wandering little hands.
  • To see if your existing cookware is induction-compatible use the magnet test. If a magnet is attracted to the base of your cookware, then you’re in luck! All cast iron and most stainless steel cookware is compatible.
  • When cooking with large pots on gas use a wok trivet to raise the pot off the surface and increase heat distribution.
  • Solid elements are the most economical cooktops. Where gas cooktops generally start at the next price point, if you have to install a gas bottle it can be more economical to buy a ceramic cooktop that can be less expensive to install.

Dishwashers

  • Your dishwasher has an ‘eco’ cycle, which uses less water than a standard cycle.
  • Dishwashers are more efficient when fully loaded, but be careful not to overload.
  • Your Classique dishwasher uses cold water and heats its own water. This is more economical than using hot water from your cylinder.
  • Studies show that using a modern dishwasher is more efficient than washing by hand when it comes to the consumption of both water and electricity.
  • By cleaning your dishwasher filter once a week you can prolong your dishwasher's life span.

Kitchens

  • Kitchens require a balance of softer, ambient lighting as well as brighter task lighting that gives good illumination for cooking and food preparation.
  • When planning, always consider the location of electrics, plumbing, windows and doors. Removal and shifting of these items can easily break the budget before you start.
  • Allow for appliances and access to them. If putting new appliances in, be aware of their installation specs.
  • Don't forget to allow for the dishwasher, fridge and oven to open into the room without hitting anything.
  • Careful planning of your kitchen layout will help make preparing meals for family and friends a stress-free and enjoyable experience.
  • Plan a functional work triangle.

Laundry

  • Keep the drain hose of your washing machine free of kinks and obstructions.
  • Do a hot wash on your washing machine at least once a month to clear the drainage hoses.
  • To avoid lint and moisture problems, your clothes dryer should be vented on the outside of your house.
  • Clean out your washing machine and dryer lint filter after each load
  • Do not overload your washing machine or dryer to prolong the life of your appliance

Microwaves

  • A microwave oven uses one third less electricity than a conventional oven, and it cooks food much more quickly.
  • Be sure to allow plenty of ventilation space around your microwave oven
  • Wipe microwave regularly with a damp cloth as food splatters affect cooking time.
  • When it comes to baking, using a combination microwave oven is an energy-efficient choice. It only takes a short amount of time to preheat the smaller cavity. Models with a dedicated fan-forced mode offer the same familiar cooking method and quality results as larger, fully-featured ovens. The combination option gives you the versatility to combine grill or microwave in order to brown the food, or shorten the cooking time even further.

Ovens

  • Fan forced ovens allow you to multi-layer cook and to achieve the maximum cooking capacity in the oven. Classique has a range of fan forced models perfect for cooking up a storm!
  • To prolong the life of your oven thermostat, select the function and then turn on the temperature. To change between functions turn the temperature to zero first
  • What oven function should I use? See the Easy Oven Function Guide below.

Easy Oven Function Guide

   Click here to find out more about the Grill function
  Click here to find out more about the Pizza Lower Element function
  Click here to find out more about the Half Grill function
  Click here to find out more about the Fan Lower Element function
  Click here to find out more about the Fan Grill function
 
 Click here to find out more about the Defrost function
 
 Click here to find out more about the Fan Forced function
 
 Click here to find out more about the Fan Bake function
 
 Click here to find out more about the Conventional Bake function

Rangehoods

  • To get the best extraction of steam and odours when cooking, switch on your rangehood one minute before you begin. This will allow time for the air flow to build momentum and reach maximum efficiency
  • When choosing a rangehood, consider the energy consumption and noise of the motor. An extraction rate of 500m3/h will capably remove steam and odours for most cooking without wasting energy on a larger, noisier motor.
  • To maximise the life of the aluminium grease filters in your rangehood, it is best to wash these by hand using hot soapy water – dishwasher detergent can cause this material to turn brittle over time.
  • When choosing ducting, optimise efficiency and noise levels by planning a path that gives the shortest ducting distance with the least number of bends. Position your rangehood on an outside wall or use rigid, rather than flexible, ducting where possible.
  • The ideal rangehood height is 750mm from your benchtop as extraction works most efficiently at this height.
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