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Monthly Archives: August 2016

You Don’t Have to Push My Buttons

FrigProInd2Recently product info came across my desk that got me pretty psyched that there is another option for induction drop-in cooktops about to hit the market this fall. When these pieces hit the market they will be one of the few manufacturers to offer one very important feature in the drop-in induction cooktop category….knob controls. If you’ve shied away from tap and smooth touch controls in an induction cooktop, you might want to keep reading.FrigProLogo1

Frigidaire Professional series is coming out in the 3rd quarter of this year with their 30″ and 36″ knob controlled induction cooktop. The MSRP is $1949 on the 30″ and $1999 on the 36″ option, which is significantly lower than Viking and Gaggenau, but just a little lower than Big Chill (other brands offering knob controls for a drop-in, built-in induction cooktop).

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The 36″ model boasts one 10″ induction element with a min/max wattage of 2500W/3800W, one 8″ induction element of 2300W/3200W, two 7″ of 1800W/2600W, and one 6″ of 1450W/2000W. When using the knob the control knob will allow you to adjust between high and low, as well as increments of .5 between 1.5 and 9. The screen above the knob will display the power level.

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Having options on the market for a drop-in induction cooktop will open up this type of cooking to clients that are unable to use touch controls and/or may be looking for a more budget friendly choice with design elements that pair up well with the whole Frigidaire Professional kitchen suite.

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Live Beautifully – Breathe Easier!

CatturaCompleteCaptureSmoke, steam, grease, heat, odors…..all things you don’t want in your kitchen. And while we all know we need ventilation to remove these special effects during our cooking adventures, we don’t always like the options available to do the dirty work. Here’s an option you will now have that you may not have considered.

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Best has come out with their Cattura downdraft ventilation unit that is available in  30″, 36″, and 48″. Why would this be important to anyone? If you have a view you don’t want to obstruct or an island you don’t want a hood hanging down from….keep reading.

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This powerful ventilation is incredibly versatile! You can put it behind any gas or electric cooktop, a drop-in gas range-top, a free standing or slide-in range, OR with a built-in oven over a cooktop. Best has managed to do this by provided 9 different venting options up, down, and sideways! Rear and recirculating options too!

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There were not many options for downdrafts until this piece. Many manufacturers wouldn’t recommend their downdraft with anything but their own brand of cooking products and/or they were limited by the types of cooking products they could pair up with in the line-up. The Best Cattura will match up with any indoor cooking product that is 30″, 36″, or 48″.

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The stainless steel mesh filters and heat deflectors are dishwasher safe and easily come out to be cleaned. Conveniently it will remind you to clean the filter after every 30 hours of use. The housing stays cool due to these easily removable heat deflectors. There are two levels of LED lighting with the Best logo hidden in the cabinet when the downdraft is in the down position.  For additional flexibility there is an optional, wired remote control that can be positioned away from the hood. It’s complete capture design can be seen in this video using shadow imagining.

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So if you had your heart set on a beautiful, social, unobstructed cooking view that won’t choke you or your guests….consider the Best Cattura. After all, their motto is “Live Beautifully”….and this product is a testament of this mission statement.

 

Grab an Apple and Say Cheese…

ApplesHappy National Apple Week! Many Florida kids return to school this week, too. Coincidence? With an apple in hand, have your favorite kid(s) either bring in a red delicious or create a treat for their brand new teacher(s). This week may be a tad bit more hectic for many. What a perfect time to cook up a delicious, nutritious, quick meal whether you have tiny mouths to feed or not.

GrilledAppleCheeseBlog-1This is a REALLY hard recipe, so prepare yourself. You will need…..apples, cheese, bread, and butter. I know….CRAZY right? Here’s what we did here at Aggressive Appliances on our Jenn-Air griddle. Thanks to Dean Snyder for the awesome idea!!!GrilledAppleCheeseRecipe

Get your apples and cheesy smiles ready for a brand new academic year!!

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Interview with a Dishwasher

Asko LogoAsko Logan 3What happens when you interview a fellow co-worker about their new Asko dishwasher? You get a lot of answers and some silly photo ops…..I put my glasses on for this one to get my “reporter” groove on…Asko Logan 5

Logan used to resort to a base model “other” brand that was noisy (you could hear the *squish*squish* of the water) and didn’t clean her dishes. It was bad, so bad that Quinn (pictured below in all his furry cuteness), her fur baby, helped out with the dishes. Asko Logan QuinnFast forward to about 6 months ago when Logan was the proud purchaser of a top-of-the-line Asko dishwasher and here is what she has to say from first hand experience…

Logan’s words:

“I put REALLY dirty dishes in there. I even put a casserole dish caked on with a dark berry cobbler and it came out CLEAN!!”

“My wine glasses come out streak free. I usually let them sit for a few days because I don’t have a full load right away.”

“I LOVE the silverware tray. I never use the silverware basket.”

“I don’t hear it. The little display window shows the time left. I also like that the design is simple, doesn’t have a name on the front, and doesn’t compete with other design elements in my kitchen.”

“Quinn likes to sit on the door when the dishwasher is open and sometimes ‘pre-wash’ the dishes. He is 10 lbs.” (It’s a good thing this dishwasher sanitizes the dishes!!!!!)

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The top of the line, D5656XXLHS model with a tubular handle has a MSRP of $2155, with the pro handle MSRP at $2210. Their base model starts at $979!!! Inside this stainless steel interior dishwasher sits a fully removal third utensil rack positioned in the center of the dishwasher. The WideClean zones offer more powerful wash action on pots, pans, and cobbler crusted Fiestaware. This model also has an interior light. And since Asko is the dishwasher line for the Subzero and Wolf family, you get a 2 year warranty AND amazing customer service. They also offer a 3 year warranty if it’s purchased and installed by us included as part of a full Subzero-Wolf package. Of course, we have this model and other Askos on the floor. We’d be happy to show them to you!Asko Logan 1