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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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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

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…

2015 Year in Review

Happy New YearIt’s been yet another exciting year at Aggressive and much like the rest of the world we are recapping some of the best parts. January 2015 was the official start of our weekly blog and with it each week we brought you up to speed on new appliances, recipes, helpful tips, stories, and showroom happenings. Here are some our favorite highlights from 2015.

The introduction of the snazzy Viking Induction cooktop

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GE Monogram’s French door single walloven

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Our Kill Deer family that grew by three

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The celebration of our 35th Anniversary with locally sourced goodies every day that week

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FOUR new kitchen renovations to our showroom displays with Miele, Viking, Subzero-Wolf, and Gaggenau product lines

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VikingKitchenSubzero-WolfKitchenSubzero-WolfKitchen2GaggenauKitchenAnd of course we had a variety of events…

Our Second Annual Couples Cook-offs brought to us by Edible Orlando and Orlando Date Night Guide

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Our FIT Event with the Magic Team, Second Harvest and Disney

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Many delicious meals were prepared and enjoyed in our kitchens by our own employees and guest chefs.

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We know all about “new” at Aggressive because there’s always something “new” going on. 2016 appears to be unchanging in that there’s more change on the horizon of this new year.

So 2016…..BRING IT!!!