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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Culinary Tetris

Ever have that dreaded problem of running out of space in your main refrigerator? Do you find yourself practicing Tetris skills maneuvering leftovers around or while adding in fresh groceries? With cabinet depth and integrated refrigeration soaring in popularity main refrigeration space is at a premium, however, there are a few solutions.

As the refrigerator and freezer stuffing holidays creep upon us, having additional places to store your perishable goodies may be something to consider. If holidays and gatherings are your thing, you’ll need more space, and possibly more ice, for entertaining all your hungry and thirsty party people. There are a variety of under-counter refrigeration and ice making solutions including “cool” pieces such as refrigerator and freezer drawers. If remodeling the entire kitchen isn’t on the horizon consider getting a freestanding piece. An extra appliance in the garage, a spare room, or a pantry off the kitchen can do wonders for lowering stress levels when trying to find additional space. Frigidaire offers a full product line of “Garage Ready” freezer/refrigerator combos that start at $499 MSRP for a 9.9 cubic foot model. Here’s a snazzy picture of it.  FrigRefREVWe carry such a wide selection of options that if you have a desire to add additional food preservation, wine storage, or ice making space into your home, we will be able to find the right appliance for you. So before the busy holiday season hits with its crazed cooking frenzy….get prepared with space to store your yummy ingredients and creations. Bring on the festivities!!!

Keeping it Clean

For over 20 years (despite my desire for “Avocado Green” and “Harvest Gold” to make a comeback) stainless steel dominates appliances. While other colors are peeking onto the appliance scene, stainless is still the go-to choice. It is sleek, neutral, and complements a variety of designs and interiors. And while fingerprints continue to strategically decorate the steel surfaces in our homes, try stealing these tips for your stainless and your sanity.

After reviewing use and care manuals on stainless refrigerators for a few major manufacturers it seems the following cleaning tips ring true for just about every brand.

On all stainless steel handles and exterior:

Use soap and water (wow! what a concept!)

Use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner

Clean and wipe the stainless steel in the direction of the grain

Use a soft, lint free cloth

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For removing rust, tarnish, or small blemishes:

Use cleaners with Oxalic acid

Things all manufacturers stress:

Do not use an abrasive cleaner

Do not use any cleaner that has chloride or bleach

Do not use appliance wax

SS-2Manufacturers did vary in their cleaning advice. Read the use & care manual for your appliance. I know, I know, who has time? Make time! They are online on manufacturers’ websites. If you need help finding elusive model numbers and/or want an email with a PDF attachment of the use & care manual…call us. With the kids getting back to school it will be great to display their true artwork or achievements, not their handprints, nor yours, nor Aunt Edna’s…

In The Breeze…

Ventilation serves a great purpose in an active, creative kitchen. Are you the type of cook that takes cooking to another level with smoke, grilling, frying, griddle pans, searing, high heat, and generally put pots of passion into cooking? Is it safe to say on occasion you’re done cooking when your smoke alarms go off? Did you ever try searing a steak on an indoor grill pan only to have the recirculating range hood spit all the smoke back into the house creating a heavenly affect for arriving dinner guests? (Funny story, actually). Then my friend you are in need of quality ventilation.

Vent-A-Hood. Magic Lung. Have you heard of them? Probably not, because their Magic Lung series is so quiet you wouldn’t know they are on. Grease? The centrifugal force spins it right out of the air so it neatly lands into a grease tray that easily snaps on and off to clean.

Smoke? It is easily sucked out of the room without air resistance because they don’t use a baffle filter to catch grease. Noise? Noise is drastically reduced because, again, no baffle filter in their Magic Lung line. At 1200 cfm it only creates 6.6 sones. Heat? The capture area directs the heat directly to the “lung” so it is removed along with the smoke and grease. Clean? The motor is completely encased and therefore never collects grease to gunk it up, slow it down, or ruin it.Fire Safety? This may or may not be something you considered. The way a Vent-A-Hood is designed (without baffle filters that can collect grease), flames aren’t able to escape to a secondary source of combustion. All of this and a full 5 year warranty that covers parts and labor? It’s safe to say that one day I’ll own one and my smoky steak days will be in the breeze…

I sound like a broken record, but yes, this is on display live in our showroom so you can hear, see, and try out for yourself, the “magic” in this kitchen “lung”. See you soon!

DCS, ATK, Oh my!

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DCS by Fisher & Paykel has a quiet history since they don’t spend a ton of money on marketing; however, other well known names have used DCS in their lineups.  They began in 1988 in California when a commercial range was custom built for use in a residential application. Realizing they had a great product to offer to the masses they started selling their recipe for quality and function to companies such as Viking, Thermador, GE Monogram, and JennAir. Yup. You read that right. You didn’t even know you knew DCS, did you?DCSATK

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Last week I was whisked away to Boston, along with a crew of 9 equally appliance enthused (I’m not being sarcastic here, we love appliances that much!) sales reps from all over the USA, to take a few succulent bites into the world of DCS by Fisher & Paykel. To mix it up, we weren’t trained in a DCS facility, but in America’s Test Kitchen. ATK’s founder, Chris Kimball, has DCS in his personal kitchens, which prompted his natural choice of DCS appliances in ATK’s kitchens.

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ATK’s home is tucked away in an old building in Boston complete with a maze of quirky turns, steps, food, and dining tables with a backdrop of old school, historic charm. We were graciously welcomed by ATK to cook, learn, laugh, and eat within their bustling cooking, testing, and tasting world. In this cozy setting we learned DCS is truly a powerhouse of quality, function, and is user friendly whether you’re a master chef, a weekend cooking warrior, or a 30 minute weeknight meal maker. Using ATK recipes, mouth watering, waist growing meals were created by us all while learning hands on just how fun and easy DCS is to use.

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If you’re looking for meaty, commercial quality appliances without too many bells and whistles, DCS is the way to go. The DCS customer wants a tried and true, quality appliance with a minimal learning curve to get great results focused on highlighting the finished culinary masterpiece.

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With professional ranges, commercial quality wall-ovens, precision cooktops, versatile dish drawers, searing outdoor grills, and a built-in line of refrigeration due out any minute, this is a line to consider if you want hard-working, solid appliances without a super premium price tag. We have their line on display, so please stop in. We’d love to get you fired up over them!

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