FAQ - General questions on pots

General questions on pots

  • The units feature an Akkutherm encapsulated base that absorbs small amounts of heat, distributing it evenly to your food and storing it like a battery: It is intricately joined with the pot body using a pressure-welding method developed and patented by AMC and is suitable for all cook tops, including gas, electric, cast iron, ceramic, halogen and induction hobs.

  • Yes, this is easy to verify. Simply turn over your pot and you will see the “induction” stamp right on the bottom.

  • Yes, the base of AMC pots has an excellent heat storage capacity. In combination with Visiotherm and Audiotherm optimal it will achieve optimal energy consumption, which saves you a great deal of energy. 

  • We provide a 30-year warranty on all stainless steel parts for production faults. All other products, such as the Visiotherm and plastic parts, are covered by a 2-year warranty. Please be aware that warranty does not cover improper use. For this always read carefully our user manuals.

  • No, they feature a Thermobloc inlay, which blocks heat transfer from the body of the pot to the handles. So, you can grip the handles since they don’t get hot. However, if heat reaches the handles from an external source, such as from within the oven or nearby gas range, the Thermobloc will not be able to fulfil its task and the handles may become hot.

  • Yes, they are fully oven-safe with no temperature restrictions. 

  • The four holes on the handles are necessary so that water entering them, for example during cleaning, can escape. The holes are placed to allow any water that may have entered them to drain completely without leaving anything behind.

  • Place the pots in the dishwasher at an angle so the water can run off/drain. 

Visiotherm

EasyQuick

  • The EasyQuick super steaming solution is more flexible, easier to use and energy-efficient. You don’t have to pre-heat a large cooking chamber, need much less water and can place the EasyQuick on any AMC pot with a diameter of 20 cm or 24 cm, meaning you an always choose the best pot for how much you’re preparing. On top of that, with the EasyQuick you can not only super steam, but also roast and cook. EasyQuick super steaming is fast and gentle: always below 100 °C.

  • Yes, the EasyQuick is a lid that fits two different pot diameters.

  • On average, EasyQuick will cut the time you need super steaming by 35% compared with automatic cooking without adding water. For some dishes, such as salmon skewers, fish rolls or stuffed vegetables, you can even cut down the time by up to 50%.

  • When cooking without adding water, you heat up the pan up to the vegetable window, that is 80°C, on the highest setting and then cook on a lower setting or shutting the heat source off completely within a temperature range from 80°-96°C. In contrast, when super steaming with the EasyQuick you heat up to the super steaming window, 97°C, at full power then super steam on a lower setting or shutting of the heat source within a temperature range from 97°-99°C. This difference saves a great deal of time.
    By the way, controlling the time and temperature on the Navigenio is the easiest way to deliver the best results when super steaming, since it’s the most efficient solution for controlling the temperature.

  • No, rapid cooking with the Secuquick softline is and will remain the fastest AMC cooking method.

    With the Secuquick, you can cut cooking time by up to 80%, and with the EasyQuick up to 50%.

  • Yes, the EasyQuick can be removed at any time while cooking. This allows you to check on your food or season as needed. You can then continue super steaming without losing any of the time that you saved.

  • Yes, all parts belonging to the EasyQuick are dishwasher-safe – the valve, the sealing ring and even the Visiotherm E. 

  • The EasyQuick is an all-rounder, fitting both 20 cm and 24 cm pot diameters. This is why there are two sealing rings. If you want to cook using a 20 cm pot, then you simply remove the 24 cm sealing ring, and vice versa. On the one hand, you only have to clean one sealing ring, and on the other hand, you avoid the risk of the 24 cm sealing ring being damaged using a 20 cm pot on a gas hob with an open flame.

  • The valve moves when the pot begins to build up steam for cooking. After a stable steaming atmosphere has been established, the valve will generally stop moving.

  • Of course. In fact, we recommend cooking using Navigenio and Audiotherm with the EasyQuick, since the temperature is regulated optimally, minimising power consumption and improving cooking results.

Secuquick softline

Audiotherm

Audiotherm Plus

FAQ - Recipes and cooking methods

Description

In our FAQ we have answered the most frequently asked questions about our products, recipes, cooking methods and more. If you can't find the answer to your question for here, please feel free to ask your question in the forum. In the forum all questions will be answered individually, either by our community team or by other users.

Recipes and cooking methods

  • All vegetables with a short or medium cooking time, for example broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, peas or mixed vegetables can be cooked to perfection with the AMC lid without adding water. Of course, steaks, cutlets or sausages can also be roasted using the ACM lid without adding fat.

  • The Soft rapid cooking programme with the Secuquick softline is ideal for all types of risotto and rice as well as pasta dishes. The Turbo rapid cooking programme with the Secuquick softline is optimal for all meat dishes with long cooking times, such as goulash, beef roulade or hearty stews. It can also be used for legume stews (white beans, chickpeas, brown lentils etc.) or broths, such as a strong beef broth.

  • EasyQuick is ideal for fish dishes such as fish rolls, fish-veggie skewers or fish steamed whole (e.g. gilt-head bream). Of course, it is also suited to cook stuffed vegetables, such as stuffed mushrooms or all types of dumplings, as well as for ragouts with a relatively short cooking time, e.g. chicken ragout, or mincemeat dishes.

  • Yes, steaming with EasyQuick is healthy. The meals are cooked in the Softiera insert, meaning they never come into contact with water and instead are gently super steamed in a pure steam atmosphere always below 100 °C.

  • Of course you can cook on all hob types. Whether gas, electric or induction, the AMC pots and pans can be used on all types of hobs.

  • Position the pot on the hob such that no neighbouring flames can reach the handle. The flame should not reach the sides of the pot.

    Otherwise, heat the pot up on high then switch to low heat to continue cooking, but not the lowest setting, as otherwise the food in the pot will not become soft and tender enough.

  • You can use your small burner for all pots with a diameter of 14 and 16 cm, as well as for low cooking units with a diameter of 20 cm (e.g. 20 cm 2.3 l).

    Normal burners are suitable for pots and pans with a diameter of 24 cm, as well as for medium and high pots with a diameter of 20 cm (e.g. 20 cm 3.0 l and 4.0 l).

    Large burners are ideal for pots with large capacities from 8 litres, or for pots with diameters from 28 cm.

  • The diameter of the bottom of the pot you’d like to use must fit on the hob. If you choose a hob that is too large, you are wasting energy. If you choose a hob that is too small, this hob is too slow and weak and the Secuquick will not able to close, for example. Otherwise, heat the pot up on high then switch to low heat to continue cooking.

  • You should never switch on the power or booster setting to cook with AMC products. To heat up your pot, use the highest setting and then choose a setting corresponding to about 300-500 W to continue cooking (approx. 300-700 watts when cooking with Secuquick). Please refer to the user manual for your induction cooker to see which setting this is on your cooker. 

  • This sound is generally caused when stainless steel pots (not only AMC pots) are heated up on induction cookers on a high setting, e.g. when boiling pasta water. This sound will not damage your hob, your pots or you and will stop when you turn down the heat.

  • Place your pan or pot on your hob, position the lid and put your hob on the highest setting. Heat it up until the red indicator has reached the roasting window. Remove the lid and place your meat in the hot pan or pot (after dabbing it dry) and roast it at a low heat until it detaches from the bottom by itself. 

  • Clean your vegetables and cut them into uniform pieces. Add them to a pot dripping wet, position the lid and place the pot on your hob. Turn on the highest setting and heat up until the vegetable window is reached. Then, put your hob on a low setting for the rest of the cooking time. 

  • Add a bit of frying grease to your HotPan, place it on the hob without the lid and turn your hob to the highest setting. As soon as the grease begins to froth, coat the pan and add your eggs. Place the lid on the pan and continue heating until the red indicator has reached the roasting window. All done!

  • Place your prepared food, e.g. fish, in a Softiera insert and put the insert in a suitable pot filled with a bit of water. Close off the pot with the EasyQuick using the sealing ring matching the pot. Place the pot on the Navigenio and steam your food keeping the temperature and time under control with the help of the Audiotherm.

  • Of course you can deep-fry with AMC - it’s super easy and healthy! Place your HotPan on your hob and add some deep-frying oil. Position the lid and heat the pan up to the roasting window on the highest hob setting. Once the roasting window has been reached, add your food to be deep-fried, position the cover and switch the hob to the medium or low setting. When the red indicator on the Visiotherm has reached 90°C, you can remove the lid and finish deep-frying.

  • Add the raw pasta to a pot and add twice as much liquid. Position your Secuquick softline and cook the noodles in the Soft window. After you have released the pressure in the Secuquick, you can add more ingredients, such as vegetables, to make your pasta bake an especially tasty meal. Finally, sprinkle some grated cheese on top, place the pan on a fireproof case and turn the Navigenio over. Switch the Navigenio to the highest setting, enter approx. 6 minutes on the Audiotherm and gratinate your pasta bake until golden brown. 

  • Prepare your goulash ingredients. Place a pot on your hob and heat the empty pot up to the roasting window and sear the pieces of meat on the highest setting. Add the remaining ingredients, position the Secuquick softline and close it. Heat up to the first Turbo window on the highest setting and continue cooking the goulash at a lower setting.

  • Nuts are high in fat and can therefore be roasted ground or chopped without adding any fat. First, heat up your pot or pan on the highest level until reaching the roasting window, remove the lid and add the nuts. Reduce the heat or shut off completely. Do not stop mixing the nuts until they have reached the desired colour. 

  • You have two options:

    One: you add the minced garlic or onions to a cold pot or pan, position the lid and heat it up to the roasting window on the highest setting. Then remove the lid and reduce the heat to the lowest setting, mixing as you sauté.  

    Two: you heat up the empty pot to the roasting window on the highest setting, then add the chopped onions to the heated pot. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, mixing as you sauté.

  • Nuts are high in fat and can therefore be roasted ground or chopped without adding any fat. First, heat up your pot or pan on the highest level until reaching the roasting window, remove the lid and add the nuts. Reduce the heat or shut off completely. Do not stop mixing the nuts until they have reached the desired colour. 

  • You have two options:

    One: you add the minced garlic or onions to a cold pot or pan, position the lid and heat it up to the roasting window on the highest setting. Then remove the lid and reduce the heat to the lowest setting, mixing as you sauté.  

    Two: you heat up the empty pot to the roasting window on the highest setting, then add the chopped onions to the heated pot. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, mixing as you sauté.

  • Heat up your pot or pan to the roasting window on the highest setting, add your fish or vegetables and reduce the heat to the lowest setting.

  • You can turn your meat when the red indicator on the Visiotherm has reached 90°C. If you’ve only got a little bit of meat, you can switch off your unit completely after turning. If you have multiple or large pieces of meat, you can reduce the heat to the lowest setting 

  • Your meat will crisp and form a nice crust. Roasting without a lid is particularly suitable for steaks. 

  • Your meat will stay especially juicy and grease and any odours will remain in your pot or pan This method is ideal for white meats, such as chicken breast, that normally dry up quickly.

  • Yes, exactly, you can reduce to the lowest setting.

  • Between 80 and 97°C, symbolised by the green bar.

  • All pots with 20 and 24 cm diameters are suitable for baking and gratinating with Navigenio.

  • To quickly gratinate e.g. Pasta bakes or to bake a pizza, choose the high setting (=2 lines). As a rule of thumb, choose the high setting for anything that will take up to 10 minutes.

    For even baking, e.g. for breads or cakes, choose the low setting (=1 line). You can simply choose the low setting for anything that will take over 10 minutes.

  • It is difficult to specify the exact temperatures in the pot as these depend on the dish, the pot and the baking time. As a guideline value, we can estimate a temperature of approximately 150°C in the low setting and 220-250°C in the high setting.

FAQ - A delicious, healthy diet

A delicious, healthy diet

  • Yes, the AMC cooking method is very gentle to valuable ingredients such as water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, for example in vegetables. The content in some cases increases thanks to better availability due to gentle heating. 

  • Yes! When heating foods, minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium are dissipated into the cooking water, but these losses are much lower when cooking with AMC than compared with standard cooking in water. 

  • Bioactive plant compounds only occur in fruits, vegetables and grains. They help the plant in growing, or serve as protective substances for example. But they also promote human health. For example, they help to inhibit cancer development, can prevent heart attacks, are anti-inflammatory and can even lower blood pressure.

    Often, heating food causes significant losses in bioactive plant compounds. This is why it is important to keep these losses to a minimum applying a gentle preparation method with little cooking liquid. Cooking without adding water is very effective here. 

  • Many people have reservations when it comes to healthy eating. They think it isn't possible to create tasty meals without grease because fat is a flavour carrier. But grease isn’t necessary to achieve optimal roasting flavour! Flavour comes from the meat, not the grease! Roasting without adding fat achieves the same sensory results in flavour, smell, colour and texture as does roasting with added grease. At the same time, it cuts down on unnecessary calories. (Source: University of Hamburg, 2009)

  • Studies by the University of Koblenz-Landau (2009) show that the AMC cooking method is by far superior to conventional cooking and cooking in the microwave, with regard to flavour, colour, smell and consistency. The examined carrots taste better, look better and are not drained of their nutrients or watery!

  • Yes, roasting a steak with only 15 g of fat results in 285 calories. When roasting without adding grease, this number is only 150 calories, a total savings of 135 calories. Logically, this adds up to around 49,000 fewer calories each year!

  • The AMC cooking method enables you to roast without adding fat. This allows you to cut down on the fat used for roasting every day, which also helps to prevent or lose excess weight. In general AMC cooking methods supports good eating habits.

  • The absence of fat only plays a role in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K so that they can be absorbed by the body. However, very small amounts of fat generally suffice, for example the oil in a salad or fats in the meat itself that have to be absorbed with the vitamin-rich foods. 

  • Carrots are rich in carotenoids. These are provitamins of fat-soluble vitamin A. They can only be absorbed by our gastrointestinal tract in the presence of fats. However, this does not make it necessary to prepare the carrots with fat. Side dishes containing fats, such as meat, sauce or bread and butter already provide sufficient amounts of fat. Raw carrots or salads, however, should always be dressed with a bit of oil. Check out our tasty „ddkdkd“ recipe.

  • Yes, by monitoring the temperature, foods are cooked in the ideal temperature range, which helps to preserve valuable vitamins and minerals.

  • When time is of the essence, studies on vitamins have shown that there is no reason to have a guilty conscious. Soft rapid cooking with the Secuquick softline and Softiera insert is just as gentle as the AMC cooking method for vegetables with longer cooking times, such as potatoes. With Soft rapid cooking using the Softiera insert, more vitamins are much better preserved than when cooking in great amounts of water.

    Soft rapid cooking with the Secuquick softline and Softiera insert is also the most gentle method for preparing frozen vegetables. Frozen carrots, cauliflower or mixed vegetables are ready to be served in next to no time. The cooking time ranges from 1-6 minutes depending on the vegetable type and size.

  • Fat is a vital nutrient that provides essential fatty acids the body is unable to produce on its own. This means that it is not the amount of fat, but the quality of the dietary fats which is important. With the right fat quality and in good health, many nutritionists find a fat content of up to 35% of the overall caloric intake to be acceptable.

    In concrete terms, this means that you should use saturated fats such as butter, fatty meats, sausage and cheese, as well as frying fats sparingly. 

    The lion's share of your fat in take should consist of monounsaturated fatty acids. Ideal are olive and canola oil e.g. on salad or added for flavour unheated and after cooking. Have you already seen our tasty salads? (Verlinkung zum Rezept Salat)

    Essential polyunsaturated fatty acids should also play a role in your diet. Here, the most important suppliers are plant oils as well as cold water fish such as mackerel, herring or salmon.

  • Frozen vegetables have a similar vitamin and mineral content to fresh vegetables. In winter, they are sometimes even superior to fresh options since they have been transported and stored for long periods of time. In particular, we recommend vegetables and vegetable mixes without any additional ingredients. But watch out: often frozen dinners contain high levels of fat and/or salt.

  • Solanine is found in the green parts of potatoes. The riper the fruit, the less solanine it contains. Potatoes store this toxin in their peels, eyes and sprouts. These parts as well as all green spots should be removed carefully when cleaning your potatoes. This prevents the toxins from ever entering your pot. Cleaning them well is half the battle. And while we’re on the topic of potatoes – have you already tried out our delicious potato salad?

  • Societies for nutrition recommend consuming approx. 5 - 6 g salt per day. This amount already includes all the salt hidden in foods. Sauce, cheese, bread and many instant meals contain very high levels of salt. More than 10 g of salt daily is not recommended.

    A very good option for reducing salt is cooking without adding water. Taste tests have shown that this method cuts down on salt by half without losing any flavour. Try it yourself and cook with the AMC lid in the vegetable window.

  • Convenience products are foods that are easy to prepare and save time. Take a look at the shelves and freezers in supermarkets and you will see that the selection of pre-packaged foods is growing with no end in sight.

    These products are not generally unhealthy, for example frozen vegetables contain just as many vitamins as fresh. However, many frozen dinners contain excessive levels of fat and salt. Make sure to examine their nutrition facts label.

    • Many parents have this problem. Small children are cautious when it comes to foreign dishes. Try adding new ingredients to foods they know. For example, try adding grated carrots or zucchini to their favourite pasta dish with tomato sauce, or “hide” them in the sauce. (Verlinkung zum Rezept)
    • Puréed vegetable soups, for example carrot or broccoli, are also popular among those who aren’t keen on their veggies. Crunchy croutons are an inviting plus. (Verlinkung zum Rezept)
    • Try using some cookie cutters to transform vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers, peppers and apples into fun shapes. Their lunchtime meal is sure to taste twice as good. 
    • No sure formula exists. Simply try out new things to see what your kids like without running out of patience. The more often a child comes into contact with a food, the higher the chances that the child will get used to it. Of course, you should also always try to set a good example and be a role model for them. 
  • This is due to the fact that Mediterranean cuisine features mainly vegetables and carbohydrate-rich sides, such as pasta and rice. The body is automatically supplied with loads of vitamins and minerals. And instead of meat, this diet also includes many fish dishes. The fats are also more favourable to a healthy diet: olive oil instead of butter. This does wonders for your figure, but also reduces the risk of heart attack and lipid metabolic disorders. Bring Mediterranean cuisine to your kitchen and try out a tasty, light dish with the EasyQuick.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are components of fats (polyunsaturated fatty acids) that often occur in salt-water fish, such as mackerel, salmon and herring, but also in vegetable oil, such as linseed and canola oil. They have a positive, lowering effect on blood lipids and cholesterol in the body, which reduces the risk of developing arteriosclerosis or suffering a heart attack or stroke. This is why salt-water fish should be on your menu 2-3 times a week, and also why you should use high-quality vegetable oils in the kitchen. Try out one of our delicious fish recipes with the EasyQuick!