Duck, Duck, Chicken…..Goose Eggs !

It is Easter weekend and eggs are everywhere…..plastic eggs, colorful eggs, and boiled eggs.  Parents everywhere will be boiling eggs for their children to dye, decorate and then search for them outside….only for a few to be erroneously found in the heat of the following days.

2f7b30c0-d9d6-4683-9567-a63c00039a24One of the perks of our showroom is our plethora of live kitchens, we are able to demo a variety of appliances and enable customers to get an up-close and personal look before they purchase.
Recently, one of our owners brought in some fresh duck, goose, and chicken eggs.

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We immediately thought we should “boil” them using one of our steam ovens….and we went to the Wolf Convection Steam Oven. When was the last time you changed the way you boiled eggs? New technology in appliances has certainly brought us many shortcuts to spending hours in the kitchen….induction cooktops can cut your boiling time into less than half, speed ovens greatly reduce your baking time, but you can’t perfectly boil your eggs this way without a steam oven.

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We actually put the eggs in the steam oven on a cardboard holder, which we don’t recommend….steam created a slightly soggy egg holder, but they cooked perfectly regardless.

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The eggs were varied sizes and the oven was set at 210 degrees, then give or take 18 minutes, all the eggs were finished to perfection.  There was no pot of boiling water to watch, trying to guess just how long to leave them on the cooktop….instead, we found the right setting on the display and the oven’s digital technology took away all the guesswork.

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A new way of boiling provided beautifully cooked yolks with eggs supplied by a duck, a goose and a chicken.
76be4c95-0176-40f8-bbe5-17c5d00915d0  Steam Ovens are unique, they might possibly be considered the most versatile oven.  Where else can leftovers be reheated to taste better than when originally prepared, a stale croissant rejuvenated to crispy fresh and steamed veggies retain more vitamins….only in a Steam Oven.  Click on the link to see a couple videos and view more details about this cutting edge technology appliance.

*** as always, check out our Clearance page for our latest markdowns

Pizzas, Flatbreads, and Yum….Oh My !

Last Thursday we were treated to some yummy flatbreads cooked on the Lynx Napoli Outdoor Pizza Oven.….in our parking lot!   The Demo Lynx Pizza Oven was here and our awesome Sales Rep, Nikki Salerno, created and cooked up some great combos to the delight of our customers and staff.

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She used some packaged flatbreads and a pre-cooked crust, they worked perfectly. The varieties ranged from barbecue pork, caprese/ basil – mozzarella- tomato -pesto, pepperoni, veggies with parmesan, and ham with mozzarella.

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These flatbreads cooked up quickly with crispy crusts and the perfect melted cheese on top.

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 They were gobbled up as soon as they were put on a serving platter…
We actually have this Pizza Oven on display in our Summer Kitchen area…in our showroom it is shown as sitting on a countertop, but it can be built -in or a cart can be purchased.
There is an 18″ x 22″ stone surface drawer that pulls forward for easy access, and a removable front door that can be in place to keep in the heat, or removed for viewing.  Also included is a 12 1/4″ x 20″ aluminum pizza peel.
This oven preheats quickly to 700 degrees, the control knobs are illuminated with blue LED lights, and the interior has halogen lighting.

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This oven will also be making an appearance this week at the MCBC Golf Tournament at Keene’s Pointe.  We will once again be sponsoring a hole with Busby Cabinets and treating some of our favorite builders and golfers to freshly made flatbreads.

You really need to come in and get a look at this for yourself, and talk to one of sales associates for up to date pricing and get all the specifics regarding accessories available….and how it might fit into your summer kitchen.

*** Don’t forget to visit our Clearance page for the latest markdowns……

Leftovers Get Steamy….

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Steam ovens are still one of the relatively newer appliances to hit the market…..our sales staff loves to use them and show them to customers.    There are several misconceptions associated with the steam oven – they look too small, they don’t seem like they would perform multiple functions, and why do I need another cooking  appliance in my kitchen?
A lot of food makes it way through our showroom live kitchens and into the mouths of our staff and customers.   Recently, one of our vendors treated us to lunch and provided  massive amounts of food from Tijuana Flats, we made a good dent but had lots of leftovers.

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We fit 8 leftover containers into 2 steam ovens to reheat…..the Bosch and the Jenn-Air. I was a doubter about their ability to hold all the containers, but I was proved wrong.    They were not too small.

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We were able to heat large amounts of food in just 2 steam ovens.  One of the great qualities of heating with steam is, you have the advantage of adding moisture back in to your food resulting in leftovers that are not dried out and often taste better the second time around.  

 

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This blog is singing the praises of elevating the taste, and saving the life of leftovers by using the wonderful steam oven.  Steam ovens are way more than a means to heat up leftovers…..they will crisp food while maintaining the moisture, they have the space and ability to cook the whole meal from veggies to meats in one appliance, there are pre-set modes to perform multiple functions from defrosting to making perfect boiled eggs  or the flakiest pastry.

 

 

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Bosch and Jenn-Air both have great Steam Ovens – they have the same steam, convection, and combo steam-convection features.  The Jenn-Air has a slightly slower convection preheat, but the Jenn-Air model is 110 volts and works great in remodels without 240 volt connections.


The misconceptions about steam ovens are wrong….they look small, but hold a lot – they cook everything from a Beef Wellington to simply reheating multiple foods – and as far as concerns over adding an additional appliance in the kitchen, no other appliance can accomplish this much using such a small footprint of space.
Look out for future blogs that will go into further detail regarding the features on the multitude of amazing steam ovens we display in our showroom.


***as always don’t forget to check out our clearance page on the  website….

Spring Cleaning Time is here…..

Spring has sprung…March 20th was the first day of Spring, bring on the pollen, allergies, sneezing, blooming flowers, and college students flocking to our state.   Spring is also the time we think we should traditionally clean and get a fresh start after our ‘harsh’ winter.
At Aggressive, we support spring cleaning of your appliances….as much as our Service Department loves to visit you and your appliances, we will offer some suggestions to keep your investments running smoothly.

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I love the Dishwasher….the kitchen can be trashed, dirty dishes everywhere, and in minutes they are hidden away in the dishwasher and not seen until they are sparkly clean.   To keep your dishwasher as your best cleaning friend, try a few proactive maintenance moves so you can prevent dishpan hands.
–  Make sure the drain is clean, periodically check it and clean
out the food debris to keep it draining and running smoothly.
–  Place a cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run your dishwasher through a cycle on the hottest setting.
****  And remember, do NOT over-rinse your dishes the newer dishwashers need a certain amount of grease and grime in order to do their job.

 The Microwave
– Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water into a measuring cup
and place in your microwave, set timer for 5-10 minutes
on med-high setting and when time is up, carefully remove
container with an oven mitt.  Wipe down the interior with a wet
rag, steam from water and vinegar will loosen any spills or
splatters.

**** Vinegar….is a recurring theme, it will be your best friend,
buy it by the gallon.

The Oven
Newer ovens have wonderful self-cleaning modes, use your
owner’s manual, go online and follow the directions…yes,
sometimes we need to look at the directions…it will save you
money and time.

Please refer to a past blog on Self-Cleaning Ovens, if you don’t
want to click and open it….then, just trust us when we say do
NOT use oven cleaners, they will most likely damage the
interior of your oven during self-cleaning mode.
If you have an oven with a self-cleaning option, use it, and that
task is done.

 The Refrigerator
– Clean behind and under…sweep, vacuum, whatever it takes to
get rid of pet hair, dust, and anything responsible for
blocking airflow or getting the coils dirty.
– A simple cleaning to do is just empty the fridge, throw out
expired items, wipe down the shelves, check water filter and
see if need replacing or order and have on hand.

 For any glass surfaces, use some rubbing alcohol….take a spray nozzle attachment, put on the bottle of alcohol and simply spray surfaces and wipe clean, this works best with a microfiber cloth….on Glass surfaces.
For Stainless surfaces we recommend an oil based cleaner.

 The internet is full of great spring cleaning ideas….simple is best.

Outdoor Kitchens
Aggressive has a tech assigned to just cleaning grills….it is a
tough dirty job, call our Service Department 407-295-4489 or fill
out a service request online and get all the details to set up an
appointment and check this scary job off your list.  It will be
done correctly and efficiently while you and your
outdoor kitchen area stay clean…letting us do this will also
promote great harmony between those living in the home, no
dirty, greasy, sooty, clothes or shoes tracking through the
house.

 Happy Spring….use these simple ideas and reminders to clean and maintain your appliances, common sense is always best, and call our Service Department for any repairs or maintenance appointments, then enjoy your kitchen.

 *** If Spring involves looking for great savings, take a look at our
Clearance Page.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day !

 

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a multitude of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, a variety of special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

The team at Aggressive started celebrating a day early on Thursday with an amazing Irish inspired feast for lunch.   Cheryl Jaskot prepared a menu that included Corned Beef w/Potato Rolls,  Cabbage/Vegetable Soup, Guinness Cheese Spread, Irish Pub Salad and Car Bomb Cupcakes.

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Cheryl cooked the Corned Beef with the seasoning packet included, coated it with approx. 1/3 c mustard and 1/2 c brown sugar, and braised them with a bottle of Guinness beer.  She baked them at 300 degrees for about 4 hrs, on Convection bake in our Jenn-Air and GE Monogram multi rack ovens.

The Car Bomb Cupcakes are everyone’s favorite…..how can you go wrong with dark chocolate cake w/Guinness, Irish Whiskey in the ganache filling, and Bailey’s Irish Cream in the frosting.   Click here for this recipe if you want to make them for yourself.
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Another yummy recipe you may want to try is the Triple Threat Guinness-Cheese Spread….click here for the recipe.  We served it with chips, but it would be great with fresh veggies….we also used white KerryGold cheddar cheese.

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We hope you get to enjoy some Irish food or at least try some of the
recipes we have shared, you won’t be disappointed.

*** Go to our Clearance page for the latest updates on our reduced products….

We have a New Kitchen

Change is good, it’s a sign of progress and keeps things interesting.  Our showroom is ever changing, appliances are always being updated and vendors love for us to display their latest and greatest products.

Our most recent change is our new Thermador kitchen, the folks at Thermador called on Jack Busby with Busby Cabinets to collaborate on designing a fresh new look for this kitchen.  Jack and his team came up with an efficient design incorporating an impressive display showcasing over 25 appliances.

We took out the existing cabinets and appliances, and put in a new floor….

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…and in just a short time a beautiful new kitchen emerged….

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You really need to stop by the showroom to see this kitchen for yourself, and see these appliances up close and personal.

 In the meantime, here are a few highlights to consider….

The Thermador 60″ range is pretty new and is one of the only ranges whose oven will hold full size baking/catering sheet pans. If you buy one of these ranges before the end of the year, you get 2 free dishwashers.

0f6658b0-1381-4f8a-b5dc-db00a88b2313  Thermador’s great new coffee machine is stacked over their double drawer refrigerator in our new kitchen.  This combo makes a nearly perfect drink station.  You have a cold spot for your milk or creamers, as well as your other favorite cold drinks.  If you prefer a hot drink, your coffee machine is right there to make an espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano, tea, or cocoa.

fe303aa1-0d02-4dc5-8ff3-a93b49effe31 Thermador also has a One-Two-Free promotion…buy a cooktop and oven (or range) to get a free dishwasher, add a built-in refrigerator and Thermador throws in a free exhaust hood (or microdrawer or extra dishwasher).

 Please take the chance to stop in and see our new kitchen, our sales associates are ready to take you for a tour and get you up to date on the latest and greatest in the Thermador line of appliances.

***as always, don’t forget to visit our clearance page….

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Blog  submission by Tina Wilson with help from Doug White/Dean Snyder

 

What’s up with that Name?

Just this week a customer commented on the name, Aggressive Appliances….he said he walked in expecting an “aggressive” sales person to attack, but was pleasantly surprised when he was treated in a non-aggressive manner, and so appreciated the attention to detail and a relaxing shopping experience.  We thought we would share a bit about our name and the owners that are behind it…………

When Jerry Jaskot, a PE teacher and coach, decided to go into business in 1980 he believed being aggressive to be a positive attribute, plus it would get them first in the phonebook (remember those things?). Over the years there have been no shortage of smiles, smirks, and puzzled looks; but you must admit the name kind of sticks.

 Jaskot’s only frame of reference in the world of business was as a customer. Over time, he realized he also needed to make a profit (that occurred coincidentally when he ran out of money, lol) in order to stay in business. This led to the development of Jerry’s business philosophy which is about building value for not only customers, team members, suppliers, and the community, and then trusting that profit would be a result of rather than seeking profit above all.

 Our purpose is to help people purchase and fully enjoy their appliances to their full extent. Our team shares this commitment and we believe the profit will come as a result of doing business with this purpose in mind. Our customer base continues to grow and we are so pleased to say that at least 85% of our new customers are referred to us by loyal customers. We’re humbled by this kind of trust and it solidifies our resolve to be a business with a conscience.

 Jerry and Cheryl continue to proudly lead Aggressive Appliances with their unique expertise, and most importantly their passionate commitment to service. Their son, Jeff, shares this passionate commitment and has been involved in the company’s leadership since 2009 when he completed his military service.

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Jerry and Cheryl Jaskot

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Jeff and Maya Jaskot

Visit our showroom and see how we strive to provide you with a better shopping experience.
*** please refer to our website and stay up to date on our clearance items….
Blog submission by Tina Wilson

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What…..a Free Coffee Machine !?!

Okay…….you have to stretch the math to call it a free coffee machine, but if you go to  “FourBucks” once a day for about  a year and a half, you will spend as much money as it costs to get our best deal on a built-in coffee machine.

In recent years, coffee systems were introduced by Wolf and Jenn-Air, while Miele’s coffee machines got even more advanced.  The BSH Corp. (Bosch, Thermador & Gaggenau) coffee machines seemed old fashioned by comparison.  On the sureface,the new all electronic coffee machines appear to significantly outclass the older BSH units, but the reality was that we loved the simplicity and reliability of the classic machines.  You change cup size or strength with knobs, so you never had to work through any computer menus.  Frothing milk was a little bit more manual than the fancy carafe based systems, but the milk was always outside the machine on a dishwasher asafe wand and there was no required milk cleaning function with specific chemicals to purchase.  The  price was a little better, too. Well, new Bosch and Thermador coffee systems are here now and they are suitably awesome.  We will have the new Gaggenau machine soon.   To make room for the new products, BSH Corp. made us a deal on some of the remaining Gaggenau coffee machines.  The Gaggenau CM210710 sold for $2949 until just a few weeks ago, but we have several in inventory for $1999.  In a market where the competitive brands cost as much as $3699, that is a fantastic value.

If you are interested in a built-in coffee machine that makes coffee as good an any machine available today, is  easier to learn and maintain than any other machine, and costs less….come see us soon.  When these are gone, you will have to buy one of the more complex and expensive machines: yes, it will have cooler features, but it won’t make better coffee.  You will love any of our available coffee systems, but why spend more and stretch your learning curve.

By the way, do not forget to make room in the cabinets for Gaggenau’s matching cup warmer. There are few things in life worse than putting hot coffee in a cold cup.

*** Please refer to our Clearance List on our website, it stays updated with savings you don’t want to miss !

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Blog submission by our own Appliance Geek..Doug White

Why yes, I would love a cup of coffee….

 

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We sell an amazing diverse selection of appliances…every size, price range and brand….but, there is an appliance that is visited daily, hourly, and often has several of us singing its praises, it is the Coffee Machine.
When a customer walks in our doors they are greeted with…….would you like a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or even an espresso ?   No, you are not at Starbucks, and we will not incorrectly write your name on a paper cup and ask for a debit card or $20…we just love to show off the brewing capabilities of our ‘live’ coffee systems.
The newest machine to be installed, and the one we have been playing with, and critiquing is from Bosch, and it just looks cool….so sleek, and high appeal for techies with wifi capability using Home Connect.   It is very user friendly, and they made the dial selector a little too fun to play with, as you are able to spin the finger touch sensitive wheel around to choose the perfect drink, temperature, strength and size.
To fully appreciate these machines and discover which one you can’t live without, you really need to visit our showroom, test drive one for yourself…and enjoy.

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While all these awesome coffee systems are mechanical dreams producing the perfect cup of happy….they are nothing without the correct coffee bean.   Rule number one is, you can’t use an oily bean….ever……it will clog up the system and result in a maintenance issue and maybe a service call (which, we can help with that too…don’t forget, we have an in-house service department). Beans need to be dry, and while taste is subjective, as freshly roasted as possible produces the best cup of coffee.
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I recently was referred to Foxtail Coffee, newly opened in Winter Park…I stopped by, met the owners and fell in love with their space, their coffee beans… and they both couldn’t have been more friendly and willing to let me sample a cold brew as I walked out the door with 10 lbs of freshly roasted beans.   If you stop by their place you won’t be disappointed, we are proud to now be using Foxtail roasted coffee beans in our showroom.  FYI….their grand opening is this weekend.

If you are in the market for your own personal barista in the form of a coffee machine, stop by our showroom, have a cup of coffee and let one of our sales associates connect you to the perfect match for you.

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