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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Woodland Creatures, Soap, and Water

Dishwashing

This morning as I unloaded my dishwasher I decided it may be my favorite appliance (closely tied with my range, refrigerator, microwave, washer, and dryer). Spending most of my young adulthood in New Jersey I was quite accustomed to doing dishes the old fashioned way….with a sponge and soap. Most of the homes where I lived didn’t have room for dishwashers without giving up valuable cabinet space. Many homes were older and smaller. Winter would come and my poor dishwashing hands would take a beating in that dry, cold weather.

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Since moving to Central Florida one of my favorite luxuries is my dishwasher. Florida is blessed with lots of newer construction and space so dishwashers are a staple in many homes and apartments. The chances of magical woodland creatures helping with housework are pretty slim even in Disney’s backyard, so I am quite grateful to modern engineering and design. They have provided indulgences such as being able to wake up to clean dishes in the morning while slumbering in dreamland overnight.

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There are a variety of live dishwashers on our showroom floor. Having experienced first hand how to load, unload, reconfigure, and use all the features on our floor models is a huge help in showing and explaining them to our clients.

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A personal favorite is the Bosch brand. Depending on the model, Bosch can offer an interior light, an indicator light on the floor showing it is running, energy efficient condensation drying, a half load option, a speed perfect cycle, a water softener, plenty of rack adjustability, and a third rack (a personal favorite) for those pieces you don’t want bouncing all over the machine. Being able to put lids, large utensils, ramekins, and small items in the third top rack really help with clean up of jobs large and small. They are also quiet, perfect for overnight washing!

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I’m grateful for dishwashers. They allow more time for doing what I love…cooking, spending time with friends and family, or just being able to go to sleep and wake up to a set of clean dishes from the day before. Life is good!

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When you wish upon a BlueStar…

bs11My appliance adventures lead me to the crisp fall weather of Reading, Pennsylvania. BlueStar was the brand I was privileged to be wowed by this month….

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The setting of BlueStar was like stepping back in time as I walked into a manufacturing building from 1880. Within its historic walls I found hand crafted ranges, wall ovens, and cooktops still being made….by hand. I personally witnessed master welders expertly close stainless steel seams and sand them smooth into a one of a kind cooking masterpiece. They test every one of their products before they leave the building. Focusing on their free standing ranges, follow me into the land of appliance artistry and workmanship that is exceptional in this industry.

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BlueStar takes the open burner concept and puts their burner design in an elite class all on its own. How? Well, for starters there are ports all up and down the 8 prong burner, with a grate design that doesn’t interfere with the flame. Depending on the BTU of the burner, there are more or less ports. Their simmer burner goes down to 130 degrees. The Platinum Series offers a 25000 BTU burner. The grates are cast iron coated with porcelain for ease of cleaning. The way the burner is nestled within the grates it is easy to see how this particular open burner concept makes cleaning up a breeze. Cooled grates can be hand washed in hot, soapy water or thrown in a dishwasher. Spillovers land in an easy access, removable, drip tray cleaned in the same way. Removing the center of any grate allows direct flame cooking perfect for woks. The Platinum series offers a removable griddle/grill kit. The RNB Series offers built-in configuration options such as a griddle, grill, or French plate, along with burners.

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They offer 6 types of ranges depending on your cooking needs, your wallet, and your customization preferences. Any of their 30” ranges and up are able to hold a true to size catering sheet . The Platinum Series offers innovative heating with PowR Oven technology. The concept is that the oven cavity air is heated, not the oven walls, reducing pre-heat times as well as improving recovery time when the door is opened or food in put in. Their infrared broiler goes up to 1850 degrees.

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With all of that….they also offer 750+ color options and are able to create a range in any color from a swatch. The knobs and bezels can be custom colored as well. There are textures, jewel tones, and metallic to choose from as well. If you can dream it, I’m sure BlueStar could do it! 

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Fun facts about BlueStar

They manufacture pieces for other companies. They acquired Big Chill 5 years ago. They acquired Independent Hoods 3 years ago. They are owned by Prizer Painter Stove Works (hence all the uber-cool color choices). They are launching a refrigeration line at the end of 2015, beginning 2016. And……They totally blew me away. I can’t even fit all I learned in this blog!!!

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I can tell you this, if you want to wish on an appliance star, consider making it a BlueStar, because anything your heart desires may just come true….bs5BS CBS ABS B

 

Finding the Right One

Baking iStock_000063681259_SmallThere are so many brands in the appliance industry. Each one carries it’s own set of bells and whistles, or not. When renovating, rebuilding, or just replacing one major appliance in your home, it is really important to be able to see what’s out there and get a true feel for what you want in the heart of your home.

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Some brands offer lots of innovation, scroll screens, options, and have easy to navigate options. Some are more manually driven and the temperatures, settings, and oven modes are right up front. Are you looking for sleek and modern? Or do you lean more towards a control board that is reminiscent of gauges on a plane?

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Are you feeling stainless or is color more your speed? Maybe a simple coil range fits the bill with its minimal features because simplicity is the goal.

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The beauty of our showroom is the ability to walk around and really see the possibilities. We have so many appliances that are live and in use. We cook with them, clean with them, keep food fresh with them, and enjoy them! Our reps have first hand use and knowledge to share and can guide you through your selection based on your wants and needs. This is invaluable during the selection process. I have been here when clients have brought in their own chicken breasts to test several ovens with the goal of finding the right one. Some have found that their original plan for one brand lead them a different way once they saw all that was available in brands they hadn’t seen before.

With an appliance playground right in your backyard, stop in and see us! Orlando is full of theme parks, be sure to stop in and visit ours!

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Photo Credit to Tina Wilson

 

 

 

Dedicated Cookery Succulence aka DCS

DCSlogoDCS-7This is a warning that you should have a napkin ready if you are going to read the rest of this blog because there are pictures of grilled delicacies that WILL make your mouth water.

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As if we didn’t love him enough already..our dear DCS by Fisher & Paykel rep, Dan Trbovich, came by this last Tuesday to grill up lunch on a DCS grill for our ENTIRE staff. Our own Doug White was on hand helping because, well, he rocks! (cue air guitar). Together they grilled up delicious steaks, chicken, portobello mushrooms, onions, and pineapple. We baked up potatoes inside, while Mike Davidson shared his decadent smoked fish spread.

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The steaks were outrageous!!!! The onions were so sweet!!! The grilled pineapple? Succulent candy!! I thoroughly encourage any one of you to sink your teeth into the features that are offered by a DCS outdoor grill that result in such deliciousness pictured here.

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With their full surface super searing grill, grease management system, smoker box, infrared rotisserie, along with grilling and griddle accessory options, it’s no shock we all enjoyed some seriously soul satisfying food!!! This is one hot grill!! While our menu had hearty meats, veggies, and fruit, DCS grills can delicately handle fish as well. Yes! Yes! We have DCS grills here for you to see!!! Some of our staff own DCS grills and can first hand tell you how they use and love them. I’ve cooked on one myself. After the belly stuffing meal we enjoyed I can assure you this isn’t the first time I’ve had a fantastic feast on a DCS grill and it definitely won’t be the last!

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Thank you so much, Turbo!!!

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Saving Young Hearts

register-heart-screening-2When you think of Aggressive Appliances, you may think of a premier destination in Orlando to find your ideal, major home appliances. There is a little known secret that silent, secret heroes are among us.

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Andy Anderson, our top sales consultant, would be one of them. After losing his 10 year old son, Sean Alexander, in February 2004 to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Andy and his wife Martha honored the loss of Sean in the most beautiful of ways.

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They started “Saving Young Hearts” a nonprofit organization for the prevention of SCA in children and young adults. This organization runs heart screening events. The next event is just two weeks away! To find out more about their organization and to register for the next heart screening event October 17th follow this link. If you have children, or know children, between the ages of 6-18, please register them. For another valuable source of info on SCA visit “Parent Heart Watch”.

If you have children in your life between the ages of 6 and 18 I strongly urge you to register them for this very important event. It could be the difference between life and death.

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