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You’re Fired!!!

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Over fired! Fired up! About to be burned, broiled, caramelized, seared, and melted? You’re hot!! So hot!!! *Poof* You’re a Salamander!!!

So for a few months now we’ve had a pretty impressive, counter-top, professional grade broiler on our floor that has our clients asking “What is that thing?” “What do you do with it?” My friends, it’s a BlueStar Salamander and if you are ALL in with your kitchen equipment, this is the piece you’re missing (or maybe not because you already have one?).

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Why would you want this broiler? Well, for one it offers super fast results if you want to sear a restaurant-quality steak. If you are looking to finish off your French onion soups or delicately caramelize your crème brulee, toast some amazing garlic bread, or crisp anything for that matter, you can do so in minutes. I’m thinking heating up a slice of leftover pizza might even be fun and crispy in seconds which is how fast you want it out of the refrigerator. It frees up your oven so you don’t have to switch to a broil mid-prep.

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Ovens provide “under” fire, while this broiler provides “over” fire, concentrating the heat from above using ceramic infrared heat. With 11,000 BTUs of power, 215 square inches of cooking space, and a max broil temp of 1850 degrees, you can get serious about finishing off meals or making them right in the broiler. It offers three levels so you can use the lowest broil setting positioned furthest from the top to broil delicate things like fish, quickly. I’m just loving the idea of crisping everything. Fast. Super FAST.

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You know I love colors….you can coordinate the knobs to your BlueStar Range knobs!!! There are over 190 color knob choices and 10 metal trim finishes available. What a gem of a company. And it’s all stainless steel construction made in Reading, PA. Truly American made.

It can go on your counter-top or above a range with their mounting shelf. We show it here wall mounted under a BlueStar range but in person it’s a stunning and powerful kitchen look. Stop in and see for yourself!

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Cater to Me

MikeCaterMike, one of our sales team members, had a call come in from a client the other day who also happens to be a chef. As he was accustomed to using full sheet catering pans in his restaurant, he was interested in a range that would accept full sheet pans to accommodate his creations at home. Wanting to confirm which models would work, we started going from product to product putting each to the test. We carry all of the leading brands and display them on our floor. That made it very easy to find out.

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So what did we find out?

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We found that DCS, Dacor, Thermador Pro Grand, MONOGRAM, and BlueStar in 36″ and 48″ ranges are all able to accommodate a full sheet catering pan.

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It should be noted that not all clients need that feature in their range. I know personally I have gone my whole life and have not needed to use a full sheet catering pan. I’ve even been known to cook up a storm in a 20″ range that I dubbed my “Easy Bake Oven”. However, if you do have the need, it is great to know there are plenty of fantastic options (that we carry and you can test) right here to choose from in our showroom without having to own or visit a restaurant with a commercial range! See you soon!

 

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

 

Identity Crisis?

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What is stainless steel? When it comes to appliances stainless steel is considered a color. It really is a finish, a very popular finish, but not everyone loves stainless steel. Avoiding stainless steel for new appliances isn’t always black and white.  There are shades of grey and red and blue and green and…..

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With stainless, more and more we get the fingerprint complaint. Yes, stainless does show finger prints more readily than painted finishes. If you have been licking your fingers after scraping the cake batter bowl you will most likely be leaving a sticky mess on any finish, no matter what color.  Not everyone has the dexterity to touch only the handle so when visiting our customers we do often see fingerprints at kid heights or even nose prints at Labrador retriever height.

 Tuscany

For years, Viking Range Corp has offered special order finishes in several colors.  BlueStar is famous for their ranges but now has a great line-up of cooktops, ovens and hoods as well. The BlueStar name came into being when Prizer Painting (yes, a paint company) purchased the residential division of restaurant range manufacturer.  So it’s no surprise that a special order of a new BlueStar can arrive in nearly any color as well as a variety of metal finishes. We mentioned KitchenAid’s new Black Steel a few weeks ago (Link to KitchenAid’s “Black Steel My Heart” Blog); many of our customers think it looks awesome. Blue Star Color WheelIf color alone won’t meet your design requirements, check out the classic designs of AGA’s CookerLa Cornue’s French design, and Viking’s Tuscany SeriesVent-A-Hood goes a step further and doesn’t just offer traditional, classic and modern hoods in stainless steel and painted finishes, but allows special orders on their hoods in brass or copper with custom applied metallic trims.  Go crazy with it! In keeping with our tradition of being the best appliance dealer in Central Florida, Aggressive Appliances has all of these products on display with the exception of Viking Tuscany due in soon.  Don’t pass up the chance to see the Duck Egg Blue Aga, three different La Cornue ranges, and two custom Vent-a-Hoods.

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** A Special Birthday shout out to Aggressive Customer, Mr. Russell Bizette. Happy Birthday!!! **