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  1. The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

    The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

    Drying your dishes might not seem like a huge chore, but it can be. You’ve probably heard this debate as well: Some people swear that air drying is the best way to dry freshly washed dishes. You simply place the wet dishes on a drying rack and let nature take its course. Other people prefer to towel dry after they’re done washing dishes because it allows them to get dishes back into the cabinets more quickly.

    So is there really a right way to dry dishes? Turns out there is. And has nothing to do with convenience or speed. The most important thing you should be considering when drying your dishes is your family’s health. If dried improperly or incompletely, recently washed dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils become a breeding ground for bacteria. You or a family member could become seriously ill if you eat from a contaminated surface.

    So which method is best? Let’s look at towel drying and air drying in more detail.

    Towel Drying

    There are a lot of positives to towel drying. You won’t have a dish-drying rack taking up a lot of space next to your sink, and if you have a partner to handle the drying while you wash, then the sink-to-cabinet process is quick. Unfortunately, using the towel dry method after washing dishes doesn’t completely eradicate moisture. Putting your still wet dishes away in a dark cabinet is the quickest way to encourage the growth of bacteria.

    Aside from your washed dishes, damp dish towels are also the perfect home for bacteria. Plus, they get used for a whole bunch of cleaning tasks, from wiping down counters to mopping up spills, and if more than one person in the family is cleaning in the kitchen, then you truly have no idea where the towel has been. The last thing you want to do is rub that grime and bacteria all over your dishes.

    Air Drying
    Air drying is the best way to dry your dishes without encouraging the growth of bacteria. This is usually done using a sink-side drying rack. Some people don’t like these racks because they take up valuable counter space and they may have too many dishes to fit on a single rack. But here’s a simple air-drying hack: Open your dishwasher door when the wash cycle ends. There will be enough air circulation for your dishes to dry completely in about an hour. Then, you can put them away feeling confident that no germs are making a new home. There’s also the bonus of eliminating the energy-wasting “heated dry” cycle you find on many dishwashers. If you don’t have a dishwasher, then a drying rack may be necessary. But it’s worth it to give up some counter space for a healthier home.

    The Winner

    The clear winner in this debate is air drying. It’s healthier and ultimately requires less work.

    Now, if the debate is between washing dishes by hand or using a dishwasher, then the dishwasher wins, no question. If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like FrigidaireBoschWhirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

    Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

    The dog days of summer are officially here, and temperatures are rising. We understand that the last thing anyone feels like doing in the summer is cooking. But just because the heat is on outside, doesn’t mean that cooking should be off. We’ve got a few tips to help keep you cool for the summer while you’re cooking. 

    1. Don’t Turn on the Oven.

    We hate to state the obvious, but if it’s hot, then don’t use the one major appliance designed to generate heat. Instead, you can embrace no-cook meals by preparing salads with summer’s fresh produce. Add various beans, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and cheeses for virtually heat-free sources of protein, and you’ve got a full meal.

    If heat is absolutely required for your menu, then turn to your toaster oven. This handy appliance does more than toast bread. Use it to broil fish and chicken, roast vegetables, and even bake desserts without having to heat up the entire kitchen.

    1. If the Oven is a Must, Use it Wisely.

    Sometimes, even summer cooking requires an oven. After all, it can’t be salads and chilled soups for dinner every night. And you definitely need an oven for those iconic summer desserts like blueberry pie and peach cobbler. Limit oven use early morning or late evening when temperatures are slightly cooler. And be precise with your preheating. You don’t want the oven to be on for a minute longer than it absolutely needs to be.

    1. Invest in a New Range Hood (or Clean Your Old One).

    Range hoods are very effective when it comes to removing grease, smoke, odors, and excess heat from your kitchen, especially when you’re frying or sautéing. Consider if it’s time for a new one. Or, clean your existing range hood to ensure it’s working as well as it should.

    1. Get a Fan.

    Placing a simple box fan in the kitchen window is an inexpensive option that can help keep you cool for the summer. You can set it to bring fresh air in, or use the exhaust setting to pull hot air out.

    1. Embrace the Shade.

    Light equals heat, so you want to keep as much light as possible out of your kitchen. Install sun blocking blinds or curtains and keep them drawn. Also, turn off or dim the kitchen lights. This will go a long way in keeping your kitchen at least a few degrees cooler.

    1. Have a Drink.

    If you’re handling the summer cooking, then you might as well enjoy a nice cold drink while you’re doing it. Whether you prefer cool cucumber water, some sweet lemonade, or an icy cold beer, it helps to sip something cold while you’re cooking in the heat.

    1. Cook Outside (of Course).

    The best way to beat kitchen heat is to avoid the kitchen altogether. Remember, summer cooking is all about grilling. Whether you’ve got a standard grill, a pro grill, or a full outdoor kitchen, you can grill up delicious meals without increasing the temperature in your house.

    Some might say if you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen, but with these tips, you can do all of your summer cooking while keeping cool.

    Be sure to stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ for all of your summer cooking needs. Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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  3. Prevent Dryer Fires: Never Put These Items in a Tumble Dryer

    Prevent Dryer Fires: Never Put These Items in a Tumble Dryer

    The U.S. Fire Administration reports that close to 3,000 dryer fires are reported every year, resulting in hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths. Furthermore, these fires cause an estimated $35 million in property damage. These fires are often caused by homeowners simply putting items in the tumble dryer that do not belong there. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re dryer experts and wanted to offer this list of items that should never be put in your dryer.

    1. Rubber backed rugs: Sure, these rugs that keep you from slipping and sliding in your bathroom are small enough to fit inside your tumble dryer, but the rubber on the back won’t stand up to the intense heat and could cause a dryer fire.
    2. Fabric stained with flammable liquid: If you’ve spilled oil, gasoline, alcohol, or anything else flammable on your clothes, then be sure to never place them in your tumble dryer. The intense heat can ignite these volatile liquids even after a washing. Better to let these clothes air dry.
    3. Any item labeled “dry away from heat”: If a piece of clothing should be kept away from a dryer, then it will be printed right on the label. Sometimes, those instructions are to help extend the life of a delicate garment. But often, the label is there because the item in question may increase the risk of a dryer fire.
    4. Super large loads: It’s tempting to want to load up your dryer thinking it will save time. But super large loads that contain even the most benign fabrics can cause excess heat to build up, and in turn, cause a fire.

    In addition to keeping those items out of your tumble dryer, you can take these other steps to prevent dryer fires:

    1. Clean the lint trap: One of the biggest dryer mistakes you can make is to never clean the lint trap. Lint is highly flammable, so make sure you clean the lint trap after every load. In addition, every few weeks you should remove the trap and use a nylon brush to dig deep and pull out any lint that the trap may have missed.
    2. Clean the ducts: At least once a year, make sure you clean the duct that vents to the outside. Hire a professional if it makes things easier for you. Also, make sure the vent opening on the side of your home is free from debris.
    3. Use a professional for installation. Anytime you get a new dryer, make sure it’s installed by a professional—especially if it’s a gas dryer. A professional can ensure everything is properly connected and there are no gas leaks.
    4. Use metal dryer ducts: Metal dryer ducts are less prone to sagging and lint build up than foil or plastic ducts. Metal is also better at containing any fires that may start.
    5. Clean up: It’s not just what goes in your dryer that may catch fire, but what’s around your dryer as well. Make sure you periodically sweep up any lint and debris that’s accumulated around dryer. And be sure to store all flammable liquids far away from the dryer.
    6. If you’re out, turn it off: Never run the dryer while you’re out of the house. If a fire starts while you’re gone, then you won’t be able to stop it early. In addition, if you’re asleep, it may be too late before you realize that your house has caught fire. For you own safety, use the dryer only when you’re home and awake. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your laundry room in case of emergency.
    7. Upgrade as needed: The older your dryer is, the more likely it is something can go wrong. If you think it’s time for a new unit, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. We’re proud to carry dryers from top manufacturers, including Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more.

    We all love the convenience of having a high-quality tumble dryer. Following the few simple tips above will help ensure you never have to experience a dryer fire.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  4. Get Rid of That Garbage Disposal Odor Today

    Get Rid of That Garbage Disposal Odor Today

    Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is a fantastic convenience. It will pulverize food waste as you’re cleaning dishes and help keep your kitchen pipes from getting clogged. Unfortunately, over time, food particles may become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the disposal. Old food in dark, wet environments provides the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Eventually your garbage disposal will start to emit some very unpleasant odors. There’s no need to panic if things start to stink though. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re experts in garbage disposals and wanted to offer you six tips to help you destroy garbage disposal odor:

    1. Lemons

    Take a few lemons, cut them into small sections and then toss them down the disposal while it’s grinding. The citrus scent gets rid of most strong stenches. This is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to neutralize garbage disposal odor. Lime and orange peels work too!

    2. Ice Cubes

    Ice cubes can also be used to remove any strong odors that are coming from the garbage disposal. Simply run the disposal and drop a few ice cubes down the drain. It’s a surprisingly effective way to neutralize odors. As an added bonus, ice will sharpen the grinding blades.

    3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

    This classic cleaning combo comes to the rescue again. Pour one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Then, carefully pour one cup of white vinegar on top of the baking soda, and place the stopper in the drain to close it off. Expect the mixture to fizz and make a bit of noise. While the baking soda and vinegar is doing its thing, bring a pot of water to boil. Once the water has reached a steady boil, carefully pour it down the drain. This method will not only destroy garbage disposal odors, but it will also help dislodge any trapped food particles.

    4. Bleach and Water

    Using a clean bucket, mix a gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Carefully and slowly, pour the solution down the drain and allow it to sit for several minutes. The bleach will kill odor-causing germs, mold, and bacteria. However, the bleach will also harden any grease in your drains. So be sure to flush your drain thoroughly with hot water from the kitchen faucet for several minutes afterward. This will help loosen and dislodge any grease.

    5. Store Bought Products

    There are many commercial garbage disposal cleaners on the market. You can probably find a few options in your local hardware store. These can be effective, but be sure to check your owner’s manual before using any commercial product to be sure it’s compatible.

    6. Elbow Grease

    All of these previous methods involve a minimal amount of effort, but sometimes you may need to get in there with a wire brush and really scrub with bleach or baking soda and vinegar to get rid of food particles and stubborn garbage disposal odors. Be sure to clean the top of the garbage disposal lid with soap and water as well.

    WARNING: You must be sure to unplug and disconnect the unit before attempting to put your hand or a tool down the garbage disposal. You may even want to take the extra precaution of shutting off power to your kitchen for a few minutes while you scrub.

    Bonus Tip! Know What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

    Sometimes the best way to stop garbage disposal odor is to prevent it from even starting—and that means knowing what not to put down your disposal. Never throw cooked rice or potato peels down the drain. They can form a glue-like substance that can clog your pipes over time and encourage bad odors. Keep celery and asparagus away from the disposal as well. The stringy fibers of these vegetables can get wrapped around the blades and prevent them from working properly.

    Garbage disposal units make great kitchen tools. They fit neatly in the sink and offer the perfect method for disposing of food waste quickly and cleanly. Use the tips above and you’ll be able to prevent garbage disposal odor and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.

    Reno’s Appliance has a full line of garbage disposals from top brands like GE, Insinkerator, and Waste King. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, New Jersey to find the perfect garbage disposal unit for your home.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  5. The Appliance Expert's Advice on Cleaning Stainless Steel

    The Appliance Expert's Advice on Cleaning Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is perhaps best known for its ability to resist rust and corrosion, making it a popular choice in kitchens. However, if you own stainless steel appliances, then you probably know that they are hardly ever free of stains. The surfaces of dishwashers, refrigerators, and ovens tend to attract fingerprints and water stains. This can be frustrating, but the good news is that cleaning stainless steel appliances is easy.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to share nine simple ways you can clean your stainless steel appliances for a flawless finish.

    1. Dish Soap and Baby Oil

    Put about ½ teaspoon of dish soap on a rag and moisten it with a modest amount of water (just enough to dampen). Then, wipe along the grain of your appliance. For extra stubborn stains, you might have to go over the area a few times. When you finish cleaning, be sure to dry the appliance with a clean towel.

    To polish the appliance, dab a few tiny drops of baby oil onto a clean, dry rag. Again, rub along the grain of your steel, in both directions, and you’ll see a nice shine emerge.

    2. White Vinegar and Olive Oil

    Pour a bottle of distilled white vinegar into a clean spray bottle. Spray the surface you want to clean and let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Then, wipe away the vinegar in the direction of the grain with a microfiber cloth. Repeat as necessary. When the appliance is completely clean, apply a few drops of olive oil to a clean, dry cloth and polish in the direction of the grain.  

    3. Club Soda

    Pour a bottle of club soda into a clean spray bottle. Spray the club soda directly onto your appliances. Wipe clean in the direction of the grain with a soft, microfiber cloth. This will clean the fingerprints, stains, and leave behind a nice shine in one step.

    4. WD-40

    This is an odd, but super simple method for cleaning stainless steel. Get a bottle of WD-40 and spray a light coat directly onto your appliance, then wipe away for instant clean and shine. As a bonus, WD-40 also provides a layer of protection to help prevent pesky fingerprints from appearing later on.

    5. Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

    This is another simple, but effective way to clean stainless steel. Unlike other methods described, first pour or spray the polish directly onto a clean cloth, and then rub it into the appliance in the direction of the grain. Then, wipe clean with a different microfiber towel.

    6. Glass Cleaner

    Fingerprints can be easily removed with any common glass cleaner, such as Windex. Spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth and apply evenly in a circular motion to remove the fingerprints. This won’t bring out a shine, but it’s a good way to keep stainless steel clean between polishings.

    7. Flour

    This method is ideal for stainless steel sinks. First, make sure your sink is clean from any surface dirt and food particles. Then, coat the sink in plain white flour. Finally, use a soft cloth to buff the sink in a circular motion. It will start to shine like new almost immediately.

    8. Commercial Stainless Steel Cleaners

    If your appliance has extensive stains, scratches, scratching, or needs a thorough polishing, then you may want to consider a commercial stainless steel cleaner. This is the most expensive option, but these products are effective at producing dramatic and long-lasting results. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any commercial product.

    9. Water and a Cloth

    You’d be surprised how much routine cleaning you can accomplish with just warm water and a lint-free cloth. By following the direction of the grain, the majority of the smudges will vanish without the need for special supplies or chemicals. Just be sure to dry the appliance with a towel or cloth to prevent water stains.

    What’s the Best Method for Cleaning Stainless Steel?

    Stainless steel appliances are durable and attractive, but they do require regular cleaning. The best method for cleaning stainless steel is the one that works best for you. Choose one of the techniques above and with a little bit of elbow grease your stainless steel appliances will look fantastic again.

    But if you think it’s time for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need in an array of attractive finishes, including stainless steel. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  6. Did You Know Outdoor Kitchens Can Increase Your Home's Value?

    Did You Know Outdoor Kitchens Can Increase Your Home's Value?

    Summer is the time for grilling and enjoying meals outside. Today, many families are taking al fresco dining a step further by installing outdoor kitchens on their property. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and outdoor seating, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in gourmet appliances such as pro grills, warming drawers, outdoor ovens, refrigerators, and cocktail stations. You can even have a contractor install plumbing and electrical lines to allow for conveniences such as sinks, lighting, and ceiling fans.

    Whether you’re interested in a basic outdoor kitchen or something more elaborate, here are five reasons why creating a place to cook outdoors is a worthwhile investment.

    1. Increased Home Value

    Outdoor kitchens are considered a luxury feature, which can make your home more marketable if you decide to sell it. When compared to other outdoor projects, such as building an addition on your garage, installing a fence, or putting in a pool, outdoor kitchens have the highest rate of return on your investment. Experts agree that you can get at least a 100% return on your investment in an outdoor kitchen and in many cases, up to 200%.

    However, be sure that your outdoor kitchen is proportional to the size of your yard. Many prospective home buyers will love having an outdoor kitchen, but not if it takes up most of the property. Make sure there’s enough open space in the yard as well.

    2. Expanded Entertainment Space

    It seems like we are always trying to make more room for gathering with friends and family. Bringing the party outdoors in warm weather is the most logical way to host large groups. People have more room to spread out, and the backyard instantly provides a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, with an outdoor kitchen and nearby comfortable seating, there’s no separation between hosts and guests. Everyone can gather around the grill and socialize as dinner is being prepared. Nobody is stuck indoors cooking while everyone else is enjoying the party.

    3. Lower Energy Bills

    When you bake, fry, roast, and broil foods indoors, the temperature in your house elevates several degrees, which kicks the air conditioning into overdrive. When you cook outdoors, you keep all of that heat out of your house, which means less AC use and lower energy bills.

    4. Easy and Adventurous Cooking

    Stepping outside to cook encourages more fun and experimental cooking. Inside you’re limited to the usual appliances. But with an outdoor kitchen, you may have access to a grill, a smoker, an outdoor oven, and a whole range of appliances that help make more adventurous cooking simple. Try pizza on the grill, smoking some sausages, or baking or grilling fruits outdoors for dessert. There are endless possibilities. Plus, if you make a mistake (they happen) and something burns, then the house won’t be filled with smoke and lingering bad odors.

    5.  Almost Year-Round Enjoyment

    For some reason we think of our grills as usable from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Then, they’re put away for the season. An outdoor kitchen is so practical and easy to use, that you’ll want to cook outside as much as you can. That means you’ll be cooking outside during mild spring evenings and crisp fall nights. You may close up your outdoor kitchen for winter, but we’re sure you’ll be waiting for the first signs of spring to fire it up again.

    Create an Outdoor Kitchen Today

    Incorporating interior kitchen ideas to your outdoor setting is a great way to add versatility, value, and fun to your home. If you’re ready to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  7. Tips for Dad: 8 Grilling Ideas You Never Considered

    Tips for Dad: 8 Grilling Ideas You Never Considered

    Father’s Day and backyard barbecues go hand in hand. Whether you’re a dad who loves to man the grill, or you’ll be handling the grill while dad chills in the hammock, we’ve got some great grilling ideas for you. So, forget the burgers and hot dogs. This year, elevate your grilling game with eight of the best grill recipes we bet you’ve never tried.

    1. Grilled Clams with Paprika Butter

    When you toss hot clams right off the grill with some flavored butter, it's an irresistible combination.

    Ingredients

    • 4 pounds grilled clams
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1¼ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • Salt and pepper

    Directions

    1. Set grill to medium-high heat and place clams directly on grill grate. Let them sit undisturbed until they pop open, then transfer to a bowl.
    2. Mix butter, paprika, celery seeds, and cayenne in a small bowl until well combined; season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    3. Add butter to bowl with grilled clams and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

    2. Grilled Lamb Meatballs Kebobs

    These lamb meatballs may look fancy, but they only take 6 to 8 minutes to cook on the grill!

    Ingredients

    • 3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into large pieces
    • ¼ cup whole milk
    • 1 small onion, quartered
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 large egg white
    • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pound ground lamb
    • ½ pound ground pork

    Directions

    1. Working in batches, pulse bread into coarse crumbs in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with milk, and let stand 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, puree onion and garlic in processor until smooth. Add egg white, salt, and pepper; pulse to combine.
    3. Stir onion mixture into breadcrumbs. Add lamb and pork and gently mix until just combined.
    4. With dampened hands, form mixture into 1-inch-diameter balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day.
    5. Set grill to medium-high heat and thread meatballs onto kebob skewers (about 2 or 3 meatballs per skewer).
    6. Grill meatballs, turning a few times, until just cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    3. Grilled Bacon

    Combine dad's 2 favorite things-grilling and bacon-for pure dad-food perfection.

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound thick cut bacon (Hint: get it from your local butcher)
    • 1 cup chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • Sherry vinegar (optional)
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions

    1. Whisk together all ingredients, except bacon and vinegar, and set aside.
    2. Grill all bacon together on medium heat. Grill each side for 5 to 7 minutes until desired crispness.
    3. Transfer bacon to a plate and drizzle dressing over it.
    4. Finish with a drizzle of sherry vinegar, if desired.

    4. Grilled Cesar Salad

    Take this basic salad to the next level.

    Ingredients

    • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, root end removed
    • Olive oil, as needed
    • Kosher salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 anchovy fillets
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Grated Parmesan cheese

     

    Directions

    1. Rinse romaine and let dry. Cut into thick chunks; then toss the lettuce pieces in olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste.
    2. Brush a grill pan with additional olive oil and heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
    3. Grill romaine pieces on the grill pan until char marks start to form and the lettuce begins to soften, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes.
    4. To make the dressing, whisk egg yolk, mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon together in a mixing bowl. Slowly stream in oil while whisking continuously, until dressing comes together.
    5. Place the grilled greens on a plate, drizzle with dressing, and top with Parmesan cheese.

    5. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

    This dish looks really fancy, but it's easy to make.

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
    • 4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded for even thickness
    • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped basil
    • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
    • Grated Parmesan cheese

     

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, combine oil, half the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine. Pour mixture into a large re-sealable bag with the chicken, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    2. Transfer chicken to a preheated grill and discard excess marinade. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through. About 5 to 7 minutes per side.
    3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, garlic, chopped basil, and remaining lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. While chicken is still on grill, top each breast with 1 slice mozzarella and cover grill until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Top chicken with tomato mixture.
    5. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and serve.

    6. Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets

    These quick and easy foil packets take their inspiration from the beloved shrimp boil.

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds large shrimp
    • 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 ears corn, each cut into 4 pieces
    • 1 pound of red bliss potatoes chopped into 1" pieces
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parley, chopped

    Directions

    1. Preheat grill over high heat.
    2. Cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long. Divide shrimp, garlic, sausage, corn, and potatoes evenly over the foil sheets. Drizzle with olive oil.
    3. Add the Old Bay seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
    4. Top each mixture with parsley, lemon and a tablespoon of butter each.
    5. Fold the foil packets crosswise over the shrimp boil mixture to completely cover the food. Roll the top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
    6. Place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately.

    7. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter

    This recipe just takes a few minutes to make and tastes awesome with a big scoop of ice cream on the side.

    Ingredients

    • 2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Olive oil or canola oil

    Directions

    1. Slice peaches in half lengthwise and remove pits; set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, mix butter, cinnamon, and sugar until well combined.
    3. Heat your grill to medium-high.
    4. Brush peaches with oil and grill cut-side-down until slightly softened and charred, a little over 1 minute. Flip to rounded side and grill an additional minute.
    5. Serve grilled peaches on individual plates. Top each with cinnamon-sugar butter, fresh basil or mint, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

    8. Grilled Vanilla French Toast

    Want to really surprise dad this year? Make him breakfast on the grill with this easy recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 6 eggs
    • ¼ sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • Vegetable oil
    • 12 slices of white sandwich bread, or challah, lightly toasted
    • Butter, jam, and maple syrup for serving

    Directions

    1. In a shallow baking dish, whisk the eggs with the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk in the milk.
    2. Working in batches, add the slices of bread to the egg mixture and turn to coat; let stand until well soaked, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    3. Lightly oil the grill grates, then grill the soaked bread over moderately high heat until dark brown grill marks form on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and grill for about 2 minutes longer, until the French toast is cooked through.
    4. Transfer to plates and serve with butter and maple syrup or jam.

    Have these grilling ideas inspired you to fire up the grill for Father's Day? We think you'll agree that these are some of the best grill recipes you've ever tried. If you're in need of a new grill, then head over to Reno's Appliance to see our entire selection of grills, professional-grade grills, and grill accessories.

    Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  8. The Ultimate Graduation Party Planning with Reno's

    The Ultimate Graduation Party Planning with Reno's

    It’s June and countless students across the country are graduating from high school, college, and post-graduate schools. If you’re the proud parent, grandparent, or spouse of a graduate then you’re probably thinking about hosting a graduation party to celebrate their achievement. Graduation party planning can seem like an overwhelming task, but we wanted to offer a few tips to help make your party planning a bit easier.

    Have a House Party

    The first thing you should check off your graduation party planning list is where to have the party. Most people opt to have their graduation parties in their own backyards—and for good reason. It’s cost-effective, casual, and June weather is ideal for outside events. Also, a high school graduate who will be going away to college may appreciate having a party in the comfort of their own home before heading off to their dorm.

    If you have your heart set on an at-home party in the backyard, then you’ll definitely need to make sure you have all of the right outdoor appliances to accommodate your guests.

    For example, it may be time to upgrade to a pro grill that has a larger capacity and all kinds of features that help you perfect your grilling game. Or, you can add to your existing set up with accessories like a grill cart or a smoker.

    An outdoor refrigerator is another item you might want to consider. These units are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during warmer days. Plus, you won’t find yourself making trips back and forth to the kitchen refrigerator all day.

    Outdoor beer dispensers are also a great convenience for large outdoor parties. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

    The best part is, not only will you get great use out of these items for the graduation party, but you’ll have them for backyard barbecues all summer long.

    Think Up a Theme

    One of the more exciting aspects of graduation party planning is choosing a theme. You can choose a theme based around your graduate’s career goals, college major, school, or sport they’ll be playing in college. There are all kinds of fun possibilities. But don’t stress about a theme if you can’t think of one or the graduate doesn’t want one. Parties with friends, music, and food are still fun even without a theme.

    Use Invitation Etiquette

    Here are some quick tips for graduation invites:

    • Use paper invites sent through the mail.
    • Send invites at least six weeks prior to the event.
    • Request RSVPs at least two weeks prior to the event.
    • Make sure you pick out thank you cards when picking out invites so your graduate has them ready to go shortly after the party.

    Make the Food Fun

    Serve delicious food that’s easy for folks to eat as they mingle. Here’s a list of classic crowd pleasers:

    • Bruschetta on grill toasted bread
    • Flatbread pizza
    • Pigs in a blanket
    • Mini smoked sausages
    • Beef sliders
    • Grilled veggie kabobs
    • Grilled chicken or shrimp skewers
    • Crab cakes
    • Mini sandwiches
    • Chicken wings
    • Cheese quesadillas
    • Mini egg rolls

    Be sure to provide plenty of water, soda, and juice. If you like, you can serve beer and wine for the adults. And of course, no party is complete without dessert. Get your graduates’ favorite cake, cupcakes, cookies, or ice cream and you’ll be all set.  

    Party Perfection Is Possible

    Graduation party planning requires some thought and creativity, but remember, above all else they should be fun affairs that match your graduate’s personality. Use the ideas above and throw a party that’s sure to be a good time.

     

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ for all of your appliance needs this graduation season!

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  9. The Importance of a Good Outdoor Grill Cover

    The Importance of a Good Outdoor Grill Cover

    There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue. Whether you’re feeding family, friends, or most of the neighborhood, cooking is just more fun when you’re outside. As grill experts, we find that most people don’t need to be convinced about the their many benefits. But, we wanted to tell you about one important accessory many people overlook—an outdoor grill cover.

    Why should you get a grill cover?

    There are several reasons you should invest in a high-quality grill cover:

    1. Protection from the elements: A grill cover helps protect your grill from any type of weather that Mother Nature can throw at it, be it rain, snow, sleet, hail, or wind. It will also protect your grill from dirt and falling twigs.
    2. Critter control: Grill covers are also essential for keeping pests out. Unprotected grills are prone to attract raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and other furry friends looking to lick up any leftover grease or drippings. In addition, bees, wasps, spiders, and other bugs think grills are the perfect spot to build a nest because there’s ample shade.
    3. Rust prevention: Constant exposure to wind and water will cause your grill to rust very quickly. Rust is notoriously hard to clean, leads to a poor working surface, and turns your beautiful grill into an eyesore.
    4. No “Ash Paste”: Ash paste forms when rainwater mixes with the charcoal ash at the bottom of your grill. When that paste hardens, it will turn into a cement-like substance that is near impossible to remove and reduces the efficiency of your grill.
    5. Long- and short-term storage: A high-quality grill cover will protect your grill between uses during grilling season and will be sturdy enough to protect your grill throughout the harsh winter months.
    6. Fuel fortress: If you store charcoal, wood, or other types of fuel under your grill, then an outdoor grill cover will also protect them from being exposed to moisture and becoming useless. If your grill uses a propane tank, then your grill cover will offer ample protection for that as well.

    What materials are grill covers made from?

    Outdoor grill covers are typically made from one of the following materials:

    • Polyester: Probably the most common grill cover you will come across is a polyester grill cover. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and will stand up to almost all weather conditions. However, it’s not the most durable material, so you may need to replace it every couple of years.
    • Vinyl: Vinyl grill covers are highly waterproof, so they offer great protection from rain and snow. The downside is that they may not be as durable as other types of covers. So be sure are purchasing a thick, sturdy vinyl cover.
    • Canvas: Canvas grill covers are typically your cheapest option, and also the most durable material.

    What features should be considered when purchasing a grill cover?

    When you’re shopping for a grill cover, be sure to pay close attention to these features:

    • Size: You want your grill cover to be the right size for your grill. If it’s too small, it won’t provide ample protection. If it’s too big, then there might be enough room for animals to sneak in.
    • Straps: A grill cover with straps will help keep the cover in place even in windy conditions. Straps are also helpful in keeping unwanted pests out of your grill.
    • Air vents: Grill covers with air vents will prevent moisture and condensation from building up, which can lead to rust.
    • Pockets: Pockets can be especially useful when you put the cover on overnight and you want to keep your utensils close at hand and ready to use for the next grilling session.

     

    If you’re making an investment in a grill, then getting a grill cover is a no brainer. They’re inexpensive, effective, and will help make sure you continue to enjoy your grill for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories for your backyard cooking and entertaining needs. And of course, we also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  10. The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    If you’ve been dishwasher shopping recently, then you may have been asked if you were interested in an American or European-style dishwasher. Maybe that question caused some confusion. After all, aren’t all dishwashers pretty much the same? The short answer is no. As appliance experts, we wanted to make you aware of the significant differences between American vs. European dishwashers, so you can choose the best option for your home.

    Price

    European-built dishwashers are often more expensive than their American counterparts. The reason has to do with Europe’s environmental standards, which requires that European dishwashers use less water and energy than American machines. Therefore, the dishwasher itself needs to pick up the slack. European manufacturers use sturdy, hard-working, and often pricier parts and components to match the level of clean you’d get with a standard American model. However, use of high-quality parts also means your European machine will last longer than an American machine.

    Efficiency

    If you’re looking at American vs. European dishwashers in terms of energy efficiency, then European models win. On average, a European dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water per cycle. A standard American model will use 6 gallons of water per cycle (although some Energy-Star rated models use about 4 gallons).

    American dishwashers also have a heated dry cycle. During heated dry, a coil at the bottom of the dishwasher heats up the air inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes. European dishwashers don’t have that option as it’s considered an unnecessary use of electricity. Because European models are so energy-efficient, they’ll help you save on utility bills. If you get a standard American dishwasher, then you can expect higher water and electricity bills.

    Noise Level

    In Europe, homes tend to be smaller, so loud dishwashers are very intrusive. That’s why European dishwashers are built to be very quiet. The main way that European manufacturers reduce noise levels is by using filters at the bottom of machines to catch food particles, instead of noisy food disposers found at the bottom of American models. However, many of the higher-end American models like KitchenAid are adding the filter system to compete with the quiet ratings of the European models.

    Size

    The size of American vs. European dishwashers is also quite different. Like most things American, the dishwashers are larger than their European counterparts. European machines are built for Europe’s smaller homes. They are known for their sleek, minimal appearance, which will sit flush in a standard 24” cabinet to for a seamless look. American models were built to have a larger capacity and will protrude about three inches out from a 24” deep cabinet.

    Features

    Generally speaking, European dishwashers have different types of features than the average American product. For instance, many European machines include a water softener filter, which is useful because hard water, present in many European countries, hinders the effectiveness of soap. Another feature found in European models is what is called “sensor technology,” designed to regulate the cycles of a washer and ensure that all resources are being used efficiently.

    Most American models don’t have those specific features, but will have a variety of wash cycles, a heated drying option, and water temperature controls, which are lacking in European models.

    Brands

    American dishwasher brands include the names you’re probably most familiar with, such as Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, and Maytag. European Brands include Asko, Bosch, and Avanti.

    So when it comes to American vs. European dishwashers, there are a lot of differences to consider. However, keep in mind that American manufacturers have been adopting some of the best features of European machines, like quieter, more efficient operation. Meanwhile, European-style machines have gotten better at deep cleaning.

     

    If you’re interested in a new dishwasher, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have an extensive inventory high-quality American and European dishwashers. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will help you find the perfect machine for your home.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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