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You’re So Fresh!!!

 CherylPear

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.

SubzeroRefrigerator

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.

Onion

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.

Lemons

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.

Milk

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

Keeping it Clean

For over 20 years (despite my desire for “Avocado Green” and “Harvest Gold” to make a comeback) stainless steel dominates appliances. While other colors are peeking onto the appliance scene, stainless is still the go-to choice. It is sleek, neutral, and complements a variety of designs and interiors. And while fingerprints continue to strategically decorate the steel surfaces in our homes, try stealing these tips for your stainless and your sanity.

After reviewing use and care manuals on stainless refrigerators for a few major manufacturers it seems the following cleaning tips ring true for just about every brand.

On all stainless steel handles and exterior:

Use soap and water (wow! what a concept!)

Use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner

Clean and wipe the stainless steel in the direction of the grain

Use a soft, lint free cloth

SS-1

For removing rust, tarnish, or small blemishes:

Use cleaners with Oxalic acid

Things all manufacturers stress:

Do not use an abrasive cleaner

Do not use any cleaner that has chloride or bleach

Do not use appliance wax

SS-2Manufacturers did vary in their cleaning advice. Read the use & care manual for your appliance. I know, I know, who has time? Make time! They are online on manufacturers’ websites. If you need help finding elusive model numbers and/or want an email with a PDF attachment of the use & care manual…call us. With the kids getting back to school it will be great to display their true artwork or achievements, not their handprints, nor yours, nor Aunt Edna’s…