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If Irma visits your Appliances…

Our state has an unwelcome houseguest arriving this weekend, and although we are not exactly sure how she will arrive, her reputation precedes her as destructive and unruly…..the houseguest you don’t want to visit.

  We have revived a previous blog detailing some precautionary things you can do to prepare your appliances for the upcoming storm.
Our store will be closed on Monday, and hopefully, we will be able to be back to normal business on Tuesday….but, we will be making decisions as we see the status and outcome of Irma.  We are trying our best to accommodate our customers with delivery, install and service schedules all while being mindful of our employees and their safety being on the roads.

We are hopeful Irma will be attracted back to the warm waters of the Atlantic and spares most of our state from the chaos she carries.   In the meantime, we look forward to a normal business week of talking about and focusing on all things appliances…..and as always, we wish the best for our community.

 

“Is there anything that I can do to get my appliances ready for a hurricane?”
Fear not, APPLIANCE BOY is here to help.

 

While some might view this as a ridiculous question, there are several things that you can do regarding your appliances to help, or at least minimize headaches after the fact.

Water:
I will start by saying that water is not good for electronics. Hopefully water intrusion won’t be a major issue for most people in Central Florida, but it might be for our friends and family closer to the coast. If you think you will be facing a major threat of flooding, unplug the appliance or flip the breaker to it. Do not turn it back on until you are reasonably sure that any electrical components are dried out. (Think of a cell phone)

Power surges:
These are a higher likelihood for many of us as lightning increases in proximity to the storm. If you do not have surge protectors or are worried about some of the complicated electronics in your appliances, it is not a bad idea to unplug them or flip the breakers to those units. If they are built-in appliances and you don’t have access to the plugs, flip the breakers.

What if you lose power?
Do not panic, your refrigerator can work like a large Igloo ™ cooler. Keep in mind however, that anytime you open it with no power you will be letting cold air out and it will begin warming up. Frozen foods and ice will begin to melt. When the ice melts it will probably start to leak out of your freezer onto your floor. Remove the ice bucket and use it in your cooler to help keep those foods cool. To prep for the storm put as many bottles of water into your freezer as possible so that you have a higher ice load to maintain the cold. Remember that water expands when it freezes so drain a little off before you put them in. If you lose power you can move some of these to the refrigerator compartment to help keep it cold. It is also a good idea to go ahead and set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest temperatures.
 

The Language of Appliances

The Language of Appliances…

French door isn’t just an option to replace sliding glass doors, Columns aren’t just an architectural element to hold up a ceiling, Built-In isn’t always a term used in building bookcases, Steam can be a type of  appliance, and not just what we see on the hot asphalt on a lovely muggy rainy Florida day…..

If you have been appliance shopping recently, you most likely heard a lot of new terms relating to appliances and their features and functions….and, if you are getting ready to be on the hunt for a new appliance, refer to this handy guide to help you with your shopping experience.   This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few terms to get you started……

COOKING :

– A Range is a unit with either burners or a glass cooktop and an oven, they are made to slide in, or can be built in.
Induction is not new, but is getting more popular and is being offered by many brands.  Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, as opposed to heating from a flame or an electrical heating element.  Induction cooking requires pans/cooking vessels to contain a ferromagnetic metal.
Dual Fuel appliances use both electricity and gas.
Speed Cooking is a feature using Advantium technology to cook food through the power of light.  Radiant heat is produced by halogen bulbs above and below the food, adding a boost of microwave energy, cooking food quickly and evenly.
Cooktop/Rangetop is a stand alone cooking surface that does not include an oven, is installed in the countertop.

Steam Ovens basically cook with steam….shocking….typically there is a water reservoir and most also use Convection, a cooking method that circulates hot air around food to cook it faster than conventional ovens.
French Door wall ovens have 2 doors that open on a single oven, creating an ease of accessing the inside of oven without having to reach over the drop down door.
REFRIGERATION:
Built-In/Counter Depth refrigerators are the same depth as your counters so they sit flush.
Freestanding/Slide-In appliances simply slide in the space and they don’t require cabinet alterations.
French Door refrigerators have 2 doors and 1 drawer below containing the freezer.
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Side by Side refrigerators have 2 doors, one side is refrigerator, other side is freezer.
Under Counter refrigeration applies to wine coolers, beverage centers, and ice makers that are made to fit under the counter.
Columns are freezer and refrigerator units that can be installed separately from each other.
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Integrated appliances have panels installed on the front and disappear into the cabinetry.
Have you walked in an appliance store saying I just want a Refrigerator, an Oven, or a Stove….only to find out things have changed…. so many types and choices now.  Please visit our showroom and let one of our sales associates answer your questions, and  guide you through 10,000 sq ft of beautiful shopping space.

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….

Wanna save some money?

Last spring I wrote about clearing out your freezer: removing the unknown, the expired, the unwanted, and then planning your next week’s menu around the food remaining in your freezer. It was a time for savings and serving creative meals for dinner. Making space in my freezer was rewarding and fast too. It allowed me to create space for the spring and summer harvest.

Aggressive Appliances has the same issue that my freezer had last spring. Our warehouse has several appliances that were older models, dented and scratch, mismatched, and returns from clients for various reasons. WE NEED TO CLEAR THEM OUT!

We have brought many of these appliances to our sales floor. Our clearance equals great savings to you! Come check them out!

-Jim Balano

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Why are grills so expensive?!

Why are grills so expensive?!

If you have ever bought a grill at one of the big box stores, it can make our grills that start about $1000 and up (way up…way, way up) seem kind of pricey. What are you getting with a $3999 DCS, $5769 Wolf or a $12,999 Alfresco that you do not get with a $199 Memorial Day promo grill? BTU’s and longer life are the key benefits.

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I was at my sister’s house a few weeks ago. She lives out of state and can’t easily buy appliances from us, so don’t judge her. As the appliance expert of the family, she asked me to look at her grill. Without even walking outside, I told her that her hardware store grill is only good for about two or three years and then maybe you can replace a few parts and get another year out of it. When I looked at it, I was exactly correct. Even though it has stainless steel burners and stainless flame tamers, they do not use the same grade or gauge metal as the premium brands. In her case, the caps over the burners that even out the heat were a pile of rust and the stainless base plate had so much rust that the brackets holding up the drip pan were gone. I was able to wire some things together and get one more season out of her grill.

Our premium brand grills typically have lifetime warranties on most of their stainless steel components. That doesn’t mean you can forget about maintenance. The burners, grates, fireboxes and other heat zone components are built of much thicker gauge material that last much longer. The other big advantage is that our grills are much hotter. If you want to sear a steak the way Ruth’s Chris does, you need a thousand or more degrees. The main burners from our grills are often 25,000 btu’s or higher. Alfresco’s sear zone will hit 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, you can create a great crust on your steak so quickly that you can keep a great rare zone in the middle.

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I don’t want to say that you cannot successfully cook on a less expensive grill; I did for years. Now that I have a great DCS grill, I can say without reservation that my ability to cook great meals has gone up substantially. Come in and let us show you some options to turn your parties into a more impressive event.

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“Is there anything that I can do to get my appliances ready for a hurricane?”

Fear not, APPLIANCE BOY is here to help.

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While some might view this as a ridiculous question, there are several things that you can do regarding your appliances to help or at least minimize headaches after the fact.

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Water: I will start by saying that water is not good for electronics. Hopefully water intrusion won’t be a major issue for most people in Central Florida, but it might be for our friends and family closer to the coast. If you think you will be facing a major threat of flooding, unplug the appliance or flip the breaker to it. Do not turn it back on until you are reasonably sure that any electrical components are dried out. (Think of a cell phone)

Power surges: These are a higher likelihood for many of us as lightning increases in proximity to the storm. If you do not have surge protectors or are worried about some of the complicated electronics in your appliances, it is not a bad idea to unplug them or flip the breakers to those units. If they are built-in appliances and you don’t have access to the plugs, flip the breakers.

What if you lose power? Do not panic, your refrigerator can work like a large Igloo ™ cooler. Keep in mind however, that anytime you open it with no power you will be letting cold air out and it will begin warming up. Frozen foods and ice will begin to melt. When the ice melts it will probably start to leak out of your freezer onto your floor. Remove the ice bucket and use it in your cooler to help keep those foods cool. To prep for the storm put as many bottles of water into your freezer as possible so that you have a higher ice load to maintain the cold. Remember that water expands when it freezes so drain a little off before you put them in. If you lose power you can move some of these to the refrigerator compartment to help keep it cold. It is also a good idea to go ahead and set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest temperatures.

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Emergency Service: We will not have emergency service available during the storm and it will likely not be available again until Saturday.      

As always, you can send a message to service@aggressiveappliances.com.

Vintage Freezer Contents?

BigChill3When was the last time you went searching for something in your freezer? What were your results?  Did you find the food item you were looking for? And how many bags of mystery did you lift out and back into your freezer compartment.  When you open the freezer door, does the same container fall to the floor, and you just try to push it back in? Does your freezer have a “vintage” feel….on the inside?Freezer1

It is time to clean out your freezer.

If it is a true mystery, with no label, and no way of identifying, please throw it out. It is just taking up valuable space.  I found 5 different empty storage bags and containers.

If you can identify the food item, plan your menu accordingly, and incorporate it into your next week’s dinner plan. Could it be turkey stock from last Thanksgiving?  Make a soup.  Frozen blueberries from spring 2015? Bake some muffins. Chicken breasts? Time to make chicken salad for the weekend sandwiches. Pork tenderloin? Cook it on the grill for Memorial Day.Freezer2

Better yet, list your entire inventory of food items in your freezer and plan your meals for the next thirty days. Empty that freezer! You will save money and clear up space for this season’s fresh fruit and vegetables.

After you have organized your freezer, set up rules. Double wrap or, better yet, use a vacuum food saver to prolong the life of the food in the freezer.  Avoid freezer burn and your food will not dry out.

LABEL IT!

DATE IT!

I was inspired to clean out my freezer from a friend’s blog  that you can visit here.

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Proms & Dishwashers

Prom1It’s prom season. Teens everywhere are suiting and dolling up for this special event. So what do proms and teenagers have in common? If you are fortunate enough to have a teen that cleans up and helps out around the house, we might just help make their jobs easier. Let’s face it, it is hard to get kids to do any chores. Wouldn’t it be nice if one chore was easier to do but still got the job done?DishesPicNot all teens are meticulous cleaners. And if you have them doing the dishes, they may not always pay attention to how they are loading the dishwasher. With a new dishwasher you won’t have to worry if your teen pre-washed or pre-rinsed the dishes. Scraping any pieces off the plate and putting them in is the extent of the effort needed. Yes, they will look disgusting. Yes, you will doubt the dishes smeared with mashed potatoes and caked on cheese will get cleaned. Yes, you will be amazed at the end result. Dishwashers these days actually wash dishes. What a novel idea…dirty dishes3

Dishwashers have changed plenty over the years. Drying done by heating elements has almost disappeared, replaced with more energy efficient condensation drying methods. Loud? These days many dishwashers are so quiet an indicator light or displayed light within the door is included so you know the dishwasher is even running and/or off. They are THAT quiet. The clean factor is what really wows me. I’ve watched some really awful dishes go into current dishwashers and that come out squeaky clean. It’s really fun to experiment and put the most disgusting dishes in and still have them come out clean!dirty dishes2So if you can get your teen to help out, and even if you can’t, know that you could make dishwashing easier on everyone by upgrading to a new machine.

You’re So Fresh!!!

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We really advocate using appliances correctly. Some may tend to generalize and use their appliances the same way every time even when they’ve updated or upgraded to new appliances.  This made me think that maybe we should throw out some hints on the best ways to use your appliances starting with refrigeration.

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Refrigerators are good at keeping things cold, but not everything needs to go in the refrigerator and not every part of a refrigerator does the same thing. Some foods do not do well in the refrigerator.  Most potatoes are best stored in a cool, dark cabinet – not the refrigerator.  Onions aren’t as light sensitive, but like potatoes shouldn’t be refrigerated.

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Check your tomatoes, peaches, pears, or nectarines for ripeness.  If they aren’t quite ripe, do not refrigerate them yet.  Leave them on the counter until ripe because refrigeration keeps them from ripening further. Lemons do well for a week on countertops but should then be stored in the crisper drawer of a refrigerator to keep fresh.

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For foods that do need to be refrigerated, pay attention to where you place them in a refrigerator.  The door shelves are the warmest part of the refrigerator, so the items that are most sensitive to temperature and temperature fluctuations should not be stored on the door. Eggs and milk are best stored deep in the refrigerator, even if your refrigerator has gallon door shelves. This helps maintain a consistent, cold temp that both of those items need to maintain their freshness.  Your produce bins are designed to maintain the best temperature and humidity for produce, so use them for that.  If you are not sure where your food will last longest, check your owner’s manual.

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If there is still any mystery as to wear to store your foods in your refrigerator, refer to your owner’s manual. If your owner’s manual was stolen by the same people that broke in and got your DVD remote, give us a call. We will help if we can. And if not…there’s always Google.

*This blog mostly written by Doug White and then mangled by Chrissy Varela