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Category Archives: Refrigeration

I think I want my Freezer to be a Fridge today

Have you ever needed a little extra Fridge space, do you wish you could find a Refrigerator was available at a lower price point and could suffice as your main Fridge, or be an awesome ” extra unit ?

 Samsung has a Top Freezer Refrigerator with some cool features that
are more than worth highlighting.

Some fun facts about this unit :
– can function as an 18 or 21 cu ft refrigerator
– top freezer can function as freezer or refrigerator
– top and bottom run independent of each other
– is a double evaporator unit / no odor transfer / no humidity

Dual cooling prevents spoiling and freezer burn for fresher,
better-tasting food.

– top and bottom can be turned off to use only one area
– door is reversible
– slide and reach pantry drawer

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– adjustable shelves go from standard to slide-in or flip-up to store
bottles and other tall items
– advantage of saving electricity by running only one area when needed

 

Check out the Spec Sheet for all the pertinent details, and come by the Showroom to see all our refrigerators up close and personal.

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.

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

 

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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Subzero Food Preservation

What is the big deal with Sub Zero and their two compressors? Why does it matter?

In two words, food preservation. While other manufacturers have now moved to dual refrigeration, Sub Zero was the pioneer and continues to be at the forefront of innovation in this realm. Ever notice how your milk always freezes on the top shelf or how the lettuce always freezes in the produce drawer?

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Appliance Boy will explain why.

img_2353      Before I launch into the mechanics behind why this happens I want to take a quick side step and explain the “Codfish Ice Cream Photo”. This is another great reason to keep the refrigeration systems in your freezer and fresh food (refrigerator) compartment separated. As the air in some refrigeration systems is transferred from one compartment to the other it takes odors and inevitably other particles with it, thus the fish in your refrigerator can contaminate the ice cream in your freezer. Of course, my vegetarian wife doesn’t want chicken pot pie flavored lettuce. That sounds like a dream to me, but I digress.

      Most refrigerators only make cold air in the freezer compartment and then transfer it to the refrigerator compartment via a damper. The dry frozen air from the freezer doesn’t need to be in contact with your fresh lettuce, apples, or your milk; they need moist, chilled air. It harms them and causes them to go bad faster. As we move towards healthier lives and more conscious eating we are all finding that this healthy eating can be costly (to our wallets not our bodies). Fresh fruits and veggies are expensive and having to replace them every couple days can get pricey.

Everyone is familiar with the expression “one bad apple ruins the entire bunch”. Well it is actually true. When fruits and vegetables decay they release ethylene gas. As this gas is released from the decaying vegetables, it comes into contact with other produce and it actually accelerates the decaying process of those items. Some manufacturers (namely Sub Zero) have addressed this with an internal air filter which reduces the ethylene in the compartment.

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In a quite unscientific test that we conducted several years ago we placed several types of produce in various Built-In Refrigerators in our showroom. We then compared the levels of decay and edibility (is that even a word?!?!) over the course of several weeks. The units with dual refrigeration systems and an internal air filter actually kept the food preserved for more than 25% longer.

Another major factor in food preservation is where you store certain foods inside your refrigerator. Did you realize your refrigerator is set up to have different temperature zones? That is another topic entirely however and we will save that for another week.

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Always Be True To You

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TrueVintage1It occurred to me on my latest appliance adventure to Missouri that garages have made a major impact on American history. From music, to computers, to appliances…..they have been an integral part in making magic happen in many industries. After hearing that Bob Trulaske, his father, and his brother went to work on the first roll-top-soda-pop-storing refrigerator in a garage, it made me giggle a little because well….another American garage invention success story.TrueVintage2

So who was Bob Trulaske? He is the founder of True Manufacturing, the world’s leading commercial refrigeration supplier. Founded and made in St. Louis, Missouri, 75% of the raw materials used are sourced from the USA. It’s not a shock that Bob also served in the military and was a World War II Veteran.

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While sitting in their local pop shop, Bob and his brother came up with the idea for a refrigerator that wouldn’t need an expensive block of ice. They promised the owner that when they made their first refrigerator it would be his. So in their garage they built the first commercial soda refrigerator. This roll-top caught the attention of 7-Up and Coca-Cola. These companies wanted these refrigerators and True was more than happy to oblige!

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Later in the 70s they took a shot at more than just beverage coolers and ventured into the food service industry. People thought they were nuts. What did they know about the food service industry? Considering that the company is in the majority of today’s restaurants, we can see that naysayer hadn’t a clue as to the true capability of True‘s ability to figure it out AND be the best.

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Fast forward to 2008 when True decided to take another chance in yet another division they knew nothing about…..the residential market. Again, they were told they were nuts. What did they know about the residential market? Yup. Imagine that? With that in mind I could picture them laughing as they brought to market an uncomparable product line chock full of pieces like a 42″ and 48″ built-in refrigerator with true commercial qualities, under-counter refrigeration, wine preservation, beer dispenser, and an ice machine.

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True offers decades of commercial quality brought to market in their residential line. Features such as stainless interior, serious compressed insulation, a 3 year warranty, and all under-counter products being indoor AND outdoor rated, are just some of the perks to their residential line. It can’t all be commercial though….so they add wonderful features such as colorful, choice lighting and stainless steel buttons, backed by hundreds of thousands square footage of manufacturing capabilities.

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We have these exceptional pieces on display. Stop in so I can infuse you with the same excitement I experienced walking the historical factory that has had a huge, true impact on appliances throughout the world. Truly TrueTrue to and for You.

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Something to Talk About

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FOOD_CROISSANT_COFFEE_TRG_72815Pull up a chair and grab a fresh baked croissant with your coffee. The time has come again to seriously consider a Subzero-Wolf-Asko package. As of July 1st through March 31, 2017, they are running a promotion that can include $1000 back and/or Wolf Gourmet product options.

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Many consumers wonder if the cost of a premium appliance package is worth it. They also wonder if they can afford such luxuries. I’m here to tell you it’s possible and worth it. Investing extra money now will give you a fabulous chef’s kitchen that will last you for many years.

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Refrigeration that lasts, cooking products that stand up to the toughest and gentlest recipes, cleaning products that take on anything you can whip up on their fine products, this is what you can have with a Subzero-Wolf-Asko kitchen. But they don’t stop there….how about a coffee system and microwave options (built-in, drop down doors, micro-drawers). Under-counter refrigeration and freezers offer you drawer options or door options. Wine storage in beautiful columns, or placed under your counter. Ice machines and outdoor products, the list goes on and on. You like modern and sleek? Professional and robust? Hidden behind decadent cabinetry? If you can dream it, the Subzero-Wolf-Asko line can bring it to life. This is a manufacturer that doesn’t quit and neither do their products.

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One of their best kept secrets is how they treat their customers. You are premium. You are cared for. Their customer service is top notch and, to us, one of the best in the industry. They invest in you as you have invested in their products.

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This is not a product line can be summed up in a small blog. A tour through our expanded Living Kitchen and details in person about their promotion are very much worth a trip to our showroom. Finish your coffee and croissant, and stop in. It’s time to wake up and realize this kitchen dream is within reach. We will show you how…

Fight Like a Viking

11873 1000_VIKING_PRAs a dealer we are invited to learn and cook on many manufacturer products. This week in my appliance adventures I flew into Georgia with healthy skepticism of the Viking product line.  Because I’m such an appliance geek, what I learned surprised and excited me. Viking keeps fighting…

Since being purchased in 2013 by Middleby Corporation, a leader in commercial kitchen technology, Viking has reinvented and revitalized their brand. Let me take you on a mini tour of how they’ve done that.

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Infrared broil technology in their electric ovens, and a carpet of broiling fire in their gas ovens, was really something to watch and use. The power of their induction elements and knob-controlled cooktops open up the market for those wanting more speed and/or have difficulty using electronic touch controls.

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Learning the various ways to use a warming drawer for slow cooking recipes will make this a must have piece in any kitchen. They also offer the only combi-steam-bake-convection microwave on the market. But by far the most impressive of their commercial technology is due out on the market this year with the introduction of the Turbochef oven to the residential market.

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Turbochef uses radiant heat, microwaves, and convection in a way that will take our fast pace cooking to a whole new level. It’s used daily in well known companies commercially to speed up cooking, crisping, and baking to minutes instead of hours. Baked potatoes, French fries, breads, meats, desserts, you name it…done in minutes. Imagine a whole meal cooked for a large crowd in 20 minutes. This is the future and the future is knocking hard and fast on our kitchen doors. Wait for it….

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Refrigeration in Viking has major changes (thankfully). The free-standing, counter-depth piece pictured above is the only piece made by another company….but since it was filled with Coke products….it deserved a picture here. Their built-in products have better hinges and the addition of their Ion Purification System called the “Plasmacluster System”. This type of purification is used in the medical field and the military to clean bacteria from the air and aid (in this situation) in food preservation. It doesn’t use a replacement filter because it’s not a filter. Their compressor design does not require cleaning because of the way it’s designed. They use metal shelving on the doors and tempered shelves on the interior. They offer a max cool in the freezer and refrigeration sections to bring quick cool to just packed refrigerators. The crisper drawers control and introduce humidity where it’s needed most. It’s worth checking out.VikingRef

They have taken the Blomberg dishwasher as their own and with it have combined some of the best features found in many leading dishwashers on the market today. They offer two dishwashers, one with a third rack. Their third rack machine doesn’t cover the entire top of the dishwasher. This helps to accommodate large stemware on the second shelf. All models offer a third wash arm in the top of the stainless steel tub. While not the quietest at 48 dBa, it does offer a final rinse cycle at 167 degrees and their longest cycle is about 2 hours. That high temp final rinse, along with the fan assist, will aid in condensation drying which has become an industry standard.VikingDishwasher

Viking has the ingenuity of design engineers from 67 commercial divisions of Middleby working to bring commercial cooking to a residential environment. Viking Pro offers 2 year warranty.

There is so much I can’t fit into this blog, but come in and let me tell you the story of any piece in their line. Viking is definitely a company worth watching closely to see what new ways our lives will change in the kitchen in months and years to come.

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Commercial Cooking and Cooling – Sort of

TrueA few of our brands got their start building products that were not intended for home use.  Products designed for restaurants and grocery stores tend to be larger, louder and less efficient, but more reliable than residential appliances.  While no one recommends commercial equipment for your house, we are able to recommend some commercial brands. 

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A large number of coolers and refrigerators in grocery and convenience stores carry the True logo.  True got their start in the 40’s building drink coolers.  Their first big contract was with 7-Up, building reach-in coolers for soda bottles.  They’ve grown to become the biggest supplier in the world for display coolers and restaurant refrigeration.  True Residential builds a complete line of under-counter refrigerators, wine coolers, freezers and ice machines for the home.  They have just added a 42” and 48” built-in side by side refrigerator that would look as much at home in a premium restaurant as it will in your kitchen.  These products have the super high quality components of commercial equipment, while meeting the stringent energy standards of the residential market. 

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The world’s largest restaurant company, Darden Restaurants, happens to be a local, Orlando based company.  Darden owns Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze and several other restaurant brands.  They demand equipment that will not let them down.  Behind any Darden bar you will see Perlick refrigerators chilling their beer and wine.  You can have that same commercial quality with a sleeker look right in your own home with their residential under-counter refrigerators that come in widths from 15” to 48″.  Perlick is also an industry leader in stadium, arena, and bar beer systems.  Keeping your beer cold, whether it comes in cans, bottles or kegs, is no struggle for Perlick.

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Many people assume that Viking’s restaurant style ranges originated in restaurant kitchens, however, that would be untrue.  Viking was designed to look like it came from a commercial kitchen, but have the features and safety of a home range.  Over three years ago Fred Carl, who founded Viking, sold the company to Middleby Corp.  VikingCktp3

Middleby, a restaurant and commercial equipment manufacturer, has brought features directly from their restaurant division to their Viking residential appliances.  Their French door wall oven uses the same hinge used on a Blodgett commercial oven.  Their 23,000 btu 7 Series range burners are based on the Southbend restaurant range. The CookTek inductors in Viking’s new induction cooktop will outcook any other appliance in our store. Their speed oven, Turbo Chef, will begin shipping in a few weeks. 

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There is no reason you can not cook and cool like the chefs in your favorite premium restaurant.  Well, not having the skills of your favorite chef might be a valid reason for not cooking like them, but at least you can have comparable equipment to practice on!

Refrigerators? Surprise!!!

SubzeroVintageDesign and style have always played a major part in kitchen décor and are just as important as function and quality to many kitchen dreamers. With current kitchen design featuring concealed appliances in cabinetry, it is no shock that the majority of our refrigeration and freezer sales are for built-in products. SubzeroDrawers

With built-ins you could lose a lot of functional cubic capacity depending on the width and number of columns you choose. There are great solutions for this in the form of under-counter refrigeration and here are a few reasons why you might want to consider these options.TrueBevCnter

If you open your refrigerator now….what do you see? You will most likely find what most people find, a lot of prime space being used by beverages! If you were to take those beverages and move them to an under-counter refrigerator you free up valuable real estate in the main “food” refrigerator. You will also reduce the amount of times you open your main refrigerator door, reducing energy consumption because the unit doesn’t have to work to get back up to a cold temp. PerlickDrawersIf you entertain a lot, consider a model that will bring drinks to a crisp cold within a half hour. There are models out there and we have them. If you have children, even better. You can put snacks and drinks at an easy to reach height so they can help themselves! There are door and drawer models to really open up creativity. How about a produce drawer right by the sink?TrueDrawersSo when you are thinking about renovating your kitchen or building a new house and working on the layout, stop in and talk to us about your options for refrigeration. While under-counter refrigeration may sometimes be a last thought, we can show you why you may want to make it one of your first.

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