VOYAGER DISC
OWNER’S MANUAL
Safety Alerts, Operating Instructions,
General Maintenance, and Storage
This Instruction Manual contains important information necessary for the proper and safe use of
this cookware. You must carefully read and follow all warnings and instructions in this manual
before using this cookware.
KEEP THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE
For Questions or Information Call: 1-505-980-3349 • Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm CST
CottleCo LLC. • Albuquerque, NM • www.cottleco.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
LIST OF FIGURES ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
LIMITED WARRANTY ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
SAFETY SYMBOLS ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND WARNINGS ................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOYAGER DISC ......................................................................................... 11
—SEASONING INSTRUCTIONS— ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 11
—COOKING TIPS— .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
—CARE AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS— ................................................................................................................................................................... 12
FRYING INSTRUCTION .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 13
COOKING OIL: IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ................................................................................................................................................................... 15
—COOKING OIL FACTS TO REMEMBER— ..................................................................................................................................................................... 16
—TWO-STEP THERMOMETER TEST INSTRUCTIONS—.......................................................................................................................................... 16
—THERMOMETER PLACEMENT—.................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
—FRYING OIL/GREASE LEVEL DETERMINATION— ................................................................................................................................................ 17
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
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LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1. Thermometer Placement ................................................................................................................................................................16
Figure 2. Oil/Grease Level .................................................................................................................................................................................17
Figure 3.Oil/Grease Strainer.............................................................................................................................................................................17
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LIMITED WARRANTY
CottleCo LLC. ("Vendor") warrants to the original retail purchaser of this cookware and no other person, that if this cookware is
used in accordance with the printed instructions accompanying it, then for a period of Ninety (90) days from the date of
purchase, all parts in such cookware shall be free from defects in material and workmanship. Vendor may require reasonable
proof of your date of purchase from an authorized retailer or distributor. Therefore, you should retain your sales slip or invoice.
This Limited Warranty shall be limited to the repair or replacement of parts, which prove defective under normal use and service
and which Vendor shall determine in its reasonable discretion upon examination to be defective. Before returning any parts, you
should contact Vendor's Customer Service Department using the contact information listed below. If Vendor confirms, after
examination, a defect covered by this Limited Warranty in any returned part, and if Vendor approves the claim, Vendor will
replace such defective part without charge. If you return defective parts, transportation charges must be prepaid by you. Vendor
will return replacement parts to the original retail purchaser, freight or postage prepaid.
This Limited Warranty does not cover any failures or operating difficulties due to accident, abuse, misuse, alteration,
misapplication, improper installation or improper maintenance or service by you or any third party, or failure to perform normal
and routine maintenance on the cookware, as set out in this owner's manual. In addition, the Limited Warranty does not cover
damage to the finish, such as scratches, surface chips and cracks, discoloration, rust or other weather damage, after purchase.
This Limited Warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties. Vendor disclaims all warranties for products that are purchased
from sellers other that authorized retailers or distributors. AFTER THE PERIOD OF THE ONE (1)-YEAR EXPRESS WARRANTY,
VENDOR DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FURTHER, VENDOR SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY
WHATSOEVER TO PURCHASER OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Vendor assumes no responsibility for any defects caused by third parties. This Limited Warranty
gives the purchaser specific legal rights; a purchaser may have other rights depending upon where he or she lives. Some
jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of special, incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long a
warranty lasts, so the above exclusion and limitations may apply to you.
Vendor does not authorize any person or company to assume for it any other obligation or liability in connection with the sale,
installation, use, removal, return, or replacement of its equipment, and no such representations are binding on Vendor.
If you have a missing or damaged part, call CottleCo LLC. for assistance:
1-505-980-3349; Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm MST.
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SAFETY SYMBOLS
The symbols and boxes shown below explain the meaning if each safety symbol and heading. Read and follow
all of the safety warnings and instructions contained in this manual and on warning tags.
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The purpose of this safety alert symbol is to attract
your attention to possible hazards as you assemble and
use this product.
When you see the safety alert symbol pay close
attention to the information that follows.
CAUTION
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Hazard or unsafe practices that could result in minor
personal injury, product, or property damages.
WARNING
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Hazard or unsafe practices that could result in severe
property damages, personal injury, or death.
DANGER
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Indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if
not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING
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Read all installation, operation, and maintenance instructions as well as safety precautions and
warnings thoroughly before operating or servicing this equipment. DO NOT skip any of the warnings or
instructions!
Failure to follow these instructions could result in fires or explosions that could cause property
damage, personal injury, or death.
Keep this manual for future reference.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND WARNINGS
WARNING
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Failure to follow these instructions could result in fire or explosion, which could cause property
damage, personal injury or death!
NEVER
NEVER
NEVER
NO
leave cooker
unattended!
cover Disc with lid when
pre-heating oil or frying.
allow children or pets near
the cooking area
during or after use.
bare feet or sandals
when cooking.
HOT!
Extremely hot during and after use.
Allow appliance to cool
below 115°F (45°C)
before cleaning or storing
ALWAYS
ALWAYS
wear protective mitts, gloves,
goggles, and long sleeve
clothing when cooking.
use an accurate thermometer
to monitor temperature when
pre-heating oil or frying.
Remember: Think Safety and Use Common Sense.
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WARNING
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DO NOT use this Cooker if you feel uncomfortable about operating this product. Contact the seller for
return and refund.
The warnings and safety instructions in this manual must be followed to provide reasonable safety and
efficiency in using the appliance.
For Questions Call: 1-505-980-3349; Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm MST.
Remember: Think Safety and Use Common Sense!
WARNING
Cooking with Oil or Grease
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When cooking with oil/grease, a thermometer must be used. Follow instructions in this manual for
proper testing, installation and use of your frying thermometer.
Cooking oil pre-heat up to over-heat times can vary significantly with relatively small adjustments to
regulator; variable wind, ambient temperature, altitude, starting oil temperature, and type of cooking
oil used.
DO NOT allow cooking oil/grease to exceed 400°F (200°C) which is the FIRE HAZARD zone on the
thermometer. Cooking oil/grease will ignite and catch fire at 550°F to 700°F (287°C to 371°C).
Due to varying heating and cooking times, check your thermometer every three (3) minutes to ensure
cooking oil does not exceed 400°F (200°C). This is an ATTENDED appliance. DO NOT leave appliance
unattended while heating oil/grease, cooking food or cool down period after use.
DO NOT use a lid when pre-heating or cooking with oil. Using a lid when frying greatly increases the
potential of over-heating the oil to ignition and fire.
Smoking oil is an indication that the oil is too hot and may ignite. Regardless of thermometer reading, if
the oil/grease starts to smoke, turn OFF fuel supply to the burner and STOP COOKING IMMEDIATELY.
This indicates the thermometer is not working properly. Discard the thermometer and a replacement
thermometer must be obtained before frying with this cooker.
Never overfill the cooking vessel with oil/grease or water. Follow instructions in this manual for
establishing proper liquid levels for cooking.
When frying with oil or grease, all food products MUST be completely thawed and towel dried to
remove excess water. Failure to completely thaw and dry foods may cause oil or grease to overflow
from cooking vessel. If ice is present on the food, it means the thawing process is not complete and may
cause a boil-over when placed into HOT oil causing a fire and severe burns.
Never drop food or accessories into hot liquids. Wear protective gloves and S-L-O-W-L-Y lower food and
accessories into cooking oil in order to prevent splashing or overflow. Be careful when removing food
from oil. It is hot and could cause burns.
In the event of rain, snow, or severe weather while cooking with oil, cover the cooking vessel and
immediately turn off the burner and gas supply. DO NOT MOVE cooker or cooking vessel.
When cooking with oil/grease, have a BC or ABC type fire extinguisher readily accessible. The cooking
vessel remains at scalding temperatures long after cooking has ended. Allow appliance to cool below
115°F (45°C) before cleaning or storing. Cool down period varies with amount of oil/grease used, wind
and ambient temperature.
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WARNING
Thermometer and Oil Temperature
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When cooking with oil or grease, a thermometer MUST be obtained and used for reasonable
temperature reading. Follow instructions for proper testing and use of a thermometer on page 16 in
this manual.
Test your thermometer before each use. If your thermometer does not function properly, a
replacement thermometer must be obtained before frying with this cooker.
Carefully monitor the temperature of cooking oil with your thermometer and regulate temperature so
it does not reach the "Fire Hazard" zone on your thermometer. If necessary, turn the gas OFF to the
cooker to allow the oil to cool.
Oil ignites at varying temperatures depending on type of oil used, altitude, ambient temperature and
wind. Check your thermometer every 3 minutes to ensure cooking oil does not exceed 400°F (200°C).
DO NOT allow oil or grease to exceed 400°F (200°C). Oil or grease will ignite and catch fire at 550°F to
700°F (287°C to 371°C). If cooking oil or grease reaches 400°F (200°C), turn burner OFF. Wait for the
cooking oil or grease temperature to decrease to less than 350°F (117°C) before relighting burner.
Regardless of thermometer reading, if the oil/grease starts to smoke, turn OFF fuel supply to the
burner and STOP COOKING IMMEDIATELY. This indicates the thermometer is not working properly.
Discard and replace with a new thermometer.
WARNING
General Operating
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This cookware does not have automatic thermostat controls so must be attended and monitored at all
times during use.
DO NOT leave this cookware unattended while heating oil, grease or water, cooking food or when hot
after use (oil, grease or water above 115°F: 45°C).
Heated liquid can remain at scalding temperatures long after cooking has ended.
This cookware is not for frying Turkeys
When cooking with oil/grease, a thermometer must be used to monitor temperature. Oil/grease heated
above 400°F (200°C) will ignite and catch fire causing property damage, personal injury or death.
Even when burner is set at a low flame, never leave the cooker unattended. Cooking oil/grease will heat
up quickly and ignite at 550°F to 700°F (287°C to 371°C).
Keep children and pets away from the cooking area at all times. Carefully monitor all activity around
cooker to avoid burns or other injuries.
This cookware will be hot during and after use. Use insulated oven mitts or gloves for protection from
hot surfaces or splatter from cooking liquids. Always wear closed toe shoes while cooking with this
appliance.
Use caution when walking or standing near cooker when cooking with oil as splattered oil may have
created a slick surface.
DO NOT move the cookware when in use. Allow cooking disc to cool down to 115°F (45°C) before
moving, cleaning or storing.
Never overfill Disc with oil, grease or water. Overfilled cooking Disc can boil over and cause a fire.
Follow instructions in this manual for establishing proper oil or water level.
Sober adult operation ONLY! Read and understand this manual before using this appliance. The use of
alcohol, prescription or nonprescription drugs may impair ability to properly assemble or safely
operate this appliance.
DO NOT keep an empty cooking Disc on the cooker while in operation for extended period of time.
Use caution when placing anything in a cooking vessel while the appliance is in operation.
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WARNING
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Children can fall into cooking Disc and drown in even a small amount of liquid. Keep cooking Disc out of
reach of children. DO NOT store your cooking Disc with liquid inside. When cooking with oil/grease,
have a Type BC or ABC fire extinguisher readily accessible.
DO NOT use this cookware for other than its intended purpose.
Only use replacement/accessory parts manufactured by CottleCo LLC. Repairs should be performed by
CottleCo LLC.
WARNING
Read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions contained in this manual. DO NOT skip any
of the warnings and instructions contained in the preceding sections of this manual.
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This cookware is not for frying Turkeys.
Determine what size cooking vessel to use and Proper Amount of Liquid for Cooking.
When frying, test cooking thermometer to ensure accurate temperature reading.
Follow thermometer test and placement instructions on page 16.
Never leave oil unattended during preheating or cooking process as it can ignite and cause a fire.
Hot cooking oil is extremely hazardous and must be monitored at all times.
Remain attended to the cooker and when frying check the thermometer every 3 minutes.
Never allow oil to reach FIRE HAZARD zone on the thermometer.
Smoking oil is an indication that the oil is too hot and may ignite and cause a fire. Cooking oil/grease
ignites at varying temperatures, so check thermometer every 3 minutes during oil heat-up and frying.
Never allow the oil to exceed 400°F and NEVER LEAVE HEATING OIL UNATTENDED.
Use extreme care when lowering food and utensils into and removing from hot oil or liquid.
Follow GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOYAGER DISC instructions of
page 11.
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DANGER
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Never use this cookware unattended. A sober, adult must attend and monitor this cookware at all times
during use.
Never allow oil or grease to get hotter than 400°F (200°C). If the temperature exceeds 400°F (200°C) or
if oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the burner or gas supply OFF.
Heated liquids remain at scalding temperatures long after the cooking process. Never touch the
cooking appliance until liquids have cooled to 115°F (45°C) or less.
If a fire should occur, keep away and immediately call your local Fire Department.
DO NOT attempt to extinguish oil or grease fire with water.
Failure to follow instructions contained in this owner’s manual could result in fire, explosion or burn
hazard, which could cause property damage, personal injury or death.
DANGER
If Oil or Grease Fire Occurs:
In the event of an oil/grease fire, DO NOT attempt to extinguish with water. Immediately call your local
Fire Department. A Type BC or ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher may in some cases contain the fire.
If a fire occurs inside the cooking vessel, follow these steps:
1. Turn off gas supply.
2. Wearing a protective glove, cover the pot with a lid. DO NOT re-open lid as the oil/grease fire could reignite.
3. Allow cooking vessel to cool down to 115°F (45°C) before opening lid.
If a fire occurs outside the cooking vessel follow these steps:
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Turn off the gas supply if possible.
Wearing a protective glove, cover the pot with a lid if possible.
Call the local Fire Department if property damage is possible.
Attempt to extinguish using a chemical fire extinguisher specified.
Once fire is extinguished, DO NOT re-open lid as the oil/grease fire could re-ignite. Allow cooking vessel
to cool down to 115°F (45°C) before opening lid.
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GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR
VOYAGER DISC
—SEASONING INSTRUCTIONS—
Breaking in your new Voyager Disc starts by "seasoning" it. Seasoning is a process of cooking on a protective
coating of oil (as you would treat a cast-iron skillet). When seasoned properly, it prevents rust and keeps food from
sticking.
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Clean cooking area with hot water and soap to remove the factory coating.
Rinse and dry thoroughly
Heat to 300°F over gas grill for 3 to 5 minutes.
Coat the entire surface of the cookware with solid vegetable shortening (Lard, Crisco, or bacon drippings are
best). DO NOT season with margarine, butter, or salted fat.
4. Rub the oil off with a thick wad of paper towels. The cooking surface should look wet but not glistening with oil.
CAUTION
Cookware and oil is HOT, handle with care.
5. For best results, season the cookware one or two times before use.
NOTE:
Apply a thin coat of solid vegetable shortening after each time the cookware is used. Improperly
seasoned cookware can cause food to stick.
—COOKING TIPS—
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Prepare Ingredients Before Cooking:
Before you heat your Voyager Disc, prepare the ingredients you plan to use to cook. The cooking area heats
quickly and food cooks faster in the Voyage Disc. Pre-cut veggies and meats into bite-sized pieces. Measure
out liquid ingredients and spices. Have all the ingredients within reach so you can easily add them while
continuously stirring.
Pre-Heat Before Oil:
Before you add oil to the Voyager Disc, allow it to pre-heat for about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat.
Then, drizzle the oil down the dished cooking surface, swirling to coat the entire surface.
Adding Ingredients:
When adding ingredients use a large spatula with sufficient length to ensure you can continuously stir the
ingredients. Cook foods like garlic and onions for a minute before adding meat in the disc. This will ensure
they will permeate the oil, spreading flavor throughout the other ingredients. Hardier vegetables such as
peppers, carrots, eggplants, or potatoes should be allowed time to cook prior to adding meat. You should
add delicate and leafy vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, and zucchini toward the end of cooking so they
don't turn mushy.
Group and Cook Vegetables, from longest to shortest cook time, as follows:
1. Hard vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and potatoes.
2. Medium-hard vegetables such as zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers.
3. Soft/Leafy vegetables such as leafy greens and tomatoes
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—CARE AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS—
WARNING
DO NOT place Voyager Disc in a dishwasher. The detergents and humid environment will remove the
seasoning and cause rusting to occur.
1. Allow cookware to cool below 115°F (45°C) before cleaning.
2. Scrape out remaining food particles with a spatula.
3. Rinse cooking surface with hot water and scrub with a food brush.
a. Alternatively, you may fill cookware with water and boil
NOTE:
Avoid using detergents as they remove the seasoning from cooking surface. If detergents must be
used, re-season the Voyage Disc following the instructions above
4. Once cleaned, use a burner to thoroughly dry the Voyage Disc. The Disc surface will appear dry, and not glisten
with oil.
5. After each time the Disc is cleaned, apply a thin coat of solid vegetable shortening with several paper towels.
NOTE:
Properly seasoned, cookware will turn black after repeated uses. This is normal.
CLEANING WITH SALT PASTE
If heavy cleaning is necessary to remove food particles, CottleCo recommends using a salt paste, as described
below, before cleaning the cooking surface with water.
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Add enough vegetable oil to coat the cooking surface bottom heavily.
Add approximately 2 to 4 tablespoons coarse salt to form a paste. The salt will act as an abrasive.
While wearing a glove, scrub using several paper towels.
Scrub any cooking residue off the surface.
Make sure to covering all cooking surfaces with the cleaning paste. Add more as needed.
Once finished, wipe out all excess oil and salt paste. The cooking surface of the Disc should appear wet but not
glisten with oil.
7. Rinse cooking surface with hot water and scrub with a food brush.
8. Once cleaned, use a burner to thoroughly dry the Voyage Disc. The Disc surface will appear dry and not glisten
with oil.
9. After each time the Disc is cleaned, apply a thin coat of solid vegetable shortening with several paper towels.
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FRYING INSTRUCTION
NOTE:
Optimum frying temperature range is 325°F to 350°F (163°C to 177°C).
1. Prepare food and ensure food product is thawed and towel dried, add food product into the empty basket.
CAUTION
Before lighting cooker, always have all food products prepared and ready for frying. This will
reduce future distractions and better enable proper monitoring of thermometer and heating oil.
2. Add the determined amount of oil/grease into the cooking vessel.
3. Attach your thermometer to the cooking vessel, making certain the stem is immersed into the oil at least 1inch.
4. Light the burner on the cooker.
NOTE:
Spend a few moments to adjust the flame up and down to become familiar with flame
adjustment process.
5. Increase flame to desired level and monitor your thermometer. When using 3-quarts of oil or less, the heat-up
time to reach 325°F to 350°F will take from 5 to 8 minutes. Actual heat-up time will vary depending on type
and amount of oil used, regulator setting, ambient temperature and wind.
WARNING
DO NOT cover cooking vessel with a lid during oil heat-up or frying. This can cause oil to heat faster,
overheat, ignite and cause a fire.
6. When temperature reaches 325°F-350°F, reduce burner flame to lowest level.
WARNING
Thermometer will become very hot and cause burns if touched by bare hands. Always wear protective
gloves or mitts when handling a hot thermometer.
7. Leaving burner flame at lowest setting, and wearing a protective glove, carefully and S-L-O-W-L-Y lower the
strainer or basket, with food product into the cooking oil. Inserting the food product into hot oil will cause a
brief and furious spatter, and will quickly reduce oil temperature. Once spatter subsides, increase the flame so
that temperature can return to 325°F-350°F.
8. Frying time will be fast so NEVER LEAVE COOKING UNATTENDED and constantly monitor your thermometer.
WARNING
Regardless of thermometer reading, if the oil/grease starts to smoke, turn OFF fuel supply to the
burner and STOP COOKING IMMEDIATELY. This indicates the thermometer is not working properly.
Replace thermometer.
9. When frying is complete, first turn off gas supply at the cylinder valve, then close regulator valve. Do this before
removing the strainer or basket from hot oil.
10. Wearing protective gloves, carefully remove strainer or basket from oil. Keep it above the pot to drain.
11. Allow liquid to cool to 115°F (45°C) or below before moving cooking vessel.
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CAUTION
Wait for oil to cool to or below 115°F (45°C) before pouring into its plastic container. Hot oil can
melt the plastic and cause severe burns or bodily harm.
NOTE:
When frying the very first food product, the food may reach proper doneness before the cooking
oil returns to the optimum frying range between 325°F to 350°F. This is normal.
For subsequent loads of food, the oil should return to the 325°F to 350°F cooking range while the
food product fries to proper doneness.
As cooking process continues, a steady frying temperature can be maintained with burner flame
adjusted to a lower setting.
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COOKING OIL: IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW
When human civilization first developed pots and pans, humans have used various forms of cooking oil for
frying. Originally, animal fat (grease/lard) was used for frying, which has now mostly been replaced by olive,
vegetable, and peanut oil.
Over-heated cooking oil will catch fire and burn. Cooking oil has a flashpoint temperature ranging from 550°F
to 700°F, depending on type of oil used, altitude, wind, and ambient temperature. However, cooking oil typically
does not burn when below its flashpoint temperature.
Cooking oil contained inside the confines of a stockpot, skillet or pan (vessel) is quite stable when below its
flashpoint temperature. For example, heated cooking oil at optimum frying range of 325°F to 350°F does not catch
fire, even if a flame is accidentally placed in contact with the oil. This stable characteristic enables cooking oil to be
used on kitchen stoves inside millions of homes worldwide. Imagine someone smoking while frying at 350°F and
the cigarette falls into the hot oil. The fire inside the cigarette will be extinguished by hot 350°F cooking oil as if it
had fallen into water.
Nevertheless, cooking oil must be respected and used responsibly. As cooking oil approaches its flashpoint
temperature, it becomes unstable and begins to breakdown. As cooking oil breaks down, vapors are created that
when mixed with oxygen, will burn. When heated to very high temperatures, cooking oil vapors will self-ignite.
The following is a typical scenario of what happens as vegetable oil, contained in a cooking vessel,
reaches its flashpoint temperature and self-ignites:
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The oil first becomes darker and emits an unpleasant odor.
At about 440°F, the oil begins emitting a pale vapor smoke.
At about 500°F, the smoke turns black.
Soon a heavy, thick black smoke belches out.
At about 600°F, a small flame flickers out from the oil. At this point the cooking oil has reached the point of selfignition.
If the heat source below the vessel remains engaged, the flame will quickly grow.
All the while cooking oil burns, thick black smoke continues to belch forth.
Over-heated cooking oil that catches fire can create a huge flame. For example, a small 12" skillet with only
1/2" deep of cooking oil can create a flame 7 to 9 feet high! A large cooking vessel containing up to 3 gallons of
cooking oil can create a flame up to 15 feet high!
On average, every year in the U.S. there are 80,000 kitchen/house fires caused by burning cooking oil that are
responded to by a Fire Department. Imagine a 3 foot high kitchen stove supporting a cooking vessel emitting a 7
foot flame; that is a dangerous house fire!
The vast majority of these kitchen fires are the result of leaving cooking oil unattended. Simply answering the
door bell, phone or tending to a crying child are sufficient distractions that allow a 12" skillet with 1/2" cooking oil
to over-heat and catch fire.
Eventually, burning cooking oil will self-extinguish. Actual burn-out time varies, but on average:
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A 12" skillet with 1/2" deep cooking oil will self-extinguish in about 5-7 minutes after first flame emits.
A cooking vessel with 3 gallons of cooking oil will self-extinguish in about 20-25 minutes after the first flame
emits.
A large flame burning long enough will spread fire to any flammable structure it touches.
Another well-known point is that cooking oil can be re-used. Most cooking oil brands recommend using oil 4-5
times if it is strained, and can be stored in a cool dark place from 9-12 months.
During the storage period bacteria will form on poultry, fish or animal fats remaining in the oil. This bacteria is
quickly killed when the oil is re-heated. Prior to using again, it is recommended that you smell the cooking oil. If it
smells unpleasant or rancid, discard properly and use new cooking oil.
However, most people are unaware that used cooking oil has a reduced Smoke Point and Flash Point
temperature due to partial breakdown of the oil. (Partial break-down is caused by previous use and bacteria.)
Although safe for normal use, this is just another reason to never, ever leave cooking oil unattended during heat up
and cooking.
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—COOKING OIL FACTS TO REMEMBER—
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100% peanut Oil is considered a very stable cooking oil, having a higher Smoke and Flash Point temperature
than other vegetable oils.
Some cooking oil is sold as a "blend" of vegetable and peanut oil.
Re-used Vegetable and Peanut Oil both have reduced Smoke and Flash Point temperatures.
As a result, Flash Point temperature of cooking oil ranges from 550°F to 700°F.
—TWO-STEP THERMOMETER TEST INSTRUCTIONS—
WARNING
Always use a thermometer when frying any food products. A thermometer is a sensitive measuring
device which may not work properly if dropped, bent, or twisted. Always check to be sure your
thermometer is working properly before frying. DO NOT use a meat thermometer for frying.
1. TEMPERATURE ACCURACY: While wearing protective gloves, hold the thermometer by the dial and insert stem
into boiling water. The needle should quickly move around the dial and register approximately 212°F (100°C)
(plus or minus 5°F). This indicates whether or not temperature reading is accurate. NOTE: Due to water
evaporation, the maximum reading possible on a thermometer in hot water is 212°F (100°C).
2. TEMPERATURE RANGE: Hold thermometer by the dial and place end of the stem above a lit match or lighter.
The needle should quickly move around the dial and register a temperature reading far above 350°F. If the
needle stops at a low temperature reading such as 225°F; then the thermometer is damaged and cannot be
used. Discard and replace with a new thermometer
CAUTION
DO NOT attempt frying if the thermometer is not working!
—THERMOMETER PLACEMENT—
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Make sure clip on thermometer is about 2" below the dial.
For frying, attach the thermometer clip on the inside of
the disc with the stem immersed in oil at least 1-inch.
DO NOT insert thermometer stem into food. This can
cause incorrect thermometer reading. During frying with
oil, the thermometer dial indicator will continue to rise.
Remain with the cooker and check the thermometer every
3 minutes to ensure the dial indicator does not stop
before reaching optimum frying temperature range from
325°F to 350°F (162°C - 175°C).
This cooker can heat 3 quarts of cooking oil/grease to
350°F (175°C) in 3 to 5 minutes.
Figure 1. Thermometer Placement
DO NOT allow cooking oil/grease to exceed 400°F (200°C) which is the FIRE HAZARD zone on the
thermometer. Cooking oil/grease will ignite and catch fire at 550°F to 700°F (287°C to 371°C).
Regardless of thermometer reading, if the oil/grease starts to smoke, turn OFF fuel supply to the burner and
STOP COOKING IMMEDIATELY. This indicates the thermometer is not working properly. Discard and replace
the thermometer.
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—FRYING OIL/GREASE LEVEL DETERMINATION—
Follow the tips and steps below to determine the proper amount of oil to use in cooking vessels.
Tips:
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Keep oil level below the disc handles as
shown.
Place and remove food product from oil with
a strainer as shown.
Remember less is best when frying with oil.
Instructions:
1. Place the food product into the empty vessel.
2. Add water into the vessel until the food
product is almost submerged. There must be
a minimum of 1½ inches between the water
level and top of the vessel.
3. Remove the food product from the vessel and
either mark the level on the side of the vessel
or measure the amount of water in the vessel.
This water level indicates the amount of
cooking oil needed to cook the food product.
4. Remove the water and completely dry the
vessel and the food product.
5. Add cooking oil into the vessel up to the
indicated level.
NOTE:
Figure 2. Oil/Grease Level
Figure 3.Oil/Grease Strainer
Cooking oil/grease will expand when heated and increases the oil/grease level inside the
cooking vessel.
WARNING
When cooking with oil/grease, a thermometer must be used to monitor temperature. Oil/grease
heated above 400°F (200°C) will ignite and will catch fire causing property damage, personal injury or
death.
DANGER
If the information above is not followed, oil overflow may occur causing property damage, personal
injury, or death.
Remember: Think Safety and Use Common Sense when Frying with
Cooking Oil/Grease.
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QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
For questions, concerns, or to order replacement parts call:
1-505-980-3349; Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm MST.
Or visit www.cottleco.com.
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