Posted: November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives family and friends a chance to spend time together, enjoy a meal, and relax. But if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, you know that the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic. Whether you’re feeding four or forty, last-minute preparations can be overwhelming and interfere with your enjoyment of the holiday.
At Reno’s Appliance, we want you to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests. So we’re sharing our 12 favorite tips that can help you stay organized in the final days before the guests arrive.
Three Days Before
- Shop for your fresh ingredients like vegetables and fruit and store them properly so you know they’ll stay fresh.
- Take out any serving platters, silverware, and plates that you’ll be using out of storage and make sure they are clean. Keep them in a place that will be easily accessible on the day.
- Wash and iron your table linens. If you plan on using a formal dining table that won’t be needed beforehand, then lay the linens on the table. Better yet, set the entire table.
- Make a run to the liquor store to make sure your bar is well stocked and the wine is properly stored.
Two Days Before
- Start preparing your side dishes, which can be refrigerated and then easily transferred to your oven on Thanksgiving Day.
- Blanch any vegetables you’ll be serving by bringing them to a boil and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then refrigerate the vegetables in a tightly lidded container. This method will help reduce the time it takes to cook the vegetables on Thanksgiving Day. This method works particularly well with asparagus, string beans, and brussel sprouts.
- Prep your gravy ahead of time and freeze it. About an hour before dinner will be served, just place it in a pan over a low flame and bring to a slow boil.
One Day Before
- You’ll probably be taking lots of pictures, so make sure your phone, tablet, digital camera, digital recorder, or any other picture-taking device is fully charged and has plenty of storage space.
- Finish any meal preparation you may have left. Even doing simple tasks like cutting herbs, seasoning food, and slicing cheese will save time.
- Come up with a game plan for the actual cooking of the entire meal. Start with the time you want to eat and work backwards, knowing that it’s the turkey that will take the most time.
- Use a warming drawer to keep side dishes warm while the turkey finishes, so everything is served at the perfect temperature.
- Make sure your dishwasher is empty before the meal starts. That way, you can load it up as people finish their meal.
Here’s one extra tip: Consider upgrading your kitchen appliances. You know that your range, refrigerator, and dishwasher will be working overtime on Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season. Visit Reno’s Appliance to see their large selection of kitchen appliances to including:
- Bottom-freezer, top-freezer, side-by-side, and French door refrigerators from trusted brands like Sub-Zero, GE, and Whirlpool.
- Built-in dishwashers from brands known for dependability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.
- Electric and gas ranges as well as dual fuel models from industry-leading brands, including Jenn-Air and GE. Many models include double ovens, a fifth burner, and warming drawers for reduced cooking time and added convenience.
Be sure to get to Reno’s Appliance before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But if you can’t get those new appliances for Thanksgiving, then you can always put them on your holiday gift wish list.
All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
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 selection.
Posted: November 07, 2017|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
The holidays are approaching and that means friends, family, and of course, plenty of food. If you’re hosting the crowd for a large feast, preparing your famous pies, or cranking out dozens of holiday cookies, then you’re going to need a range that’s built to handle whatever you can throw at it (or in it).
Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry the Wolf 48” dual fuel range. Let’s look at why this is the ideal appliance for all of your cooking and baking needs this holiday season.
Here’s what you’ll find on the top part of this outstanding range.
The gas cooktop features six dual-stacked burners, which means each burner is really two in one. The upper-tier burner produces up to 20,000 BTUs of power for quick boils and perfectly seared steaks. The lower-tier allows you to dial back all of that power to just a hint of a flame—perfect for simmering sauces or keeping gravy warm while the turkey finishes roasting.
Plus, the cooktop features a built-in, 15,000 BTU infrared griddle, which can definitely handle your big holiday morning breakfasts, complete with pancakes, hash browns, bacon, and eggs.
Spark Re-Ignition System
And here’s an additional great feature—the spark re-ignition system. Have you ever thought your dish was almost finished cooking, only to find that flame had gone out who knows how long ago? Each burner on the Wolf Range has a sensor that automatically re-ignites any lost flame for improved temperature control and added safety.
This is all just on the top of the range, so now let’s look at what the actual oven can do.
The oven includes professional-grade features to give you perfect results every time, including:
A Dual Convection Oven
Two fans work together to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven. This eliminates cold spots and produces more consistent results, even when using multiple racks at once.
A Second Convection Oven
This smaller oven provides consistent heating, and is especially useful for cooking of holiday side dishes at one temperature, while the turkey is roasting away in the big oven at a different temperature.
10 Cooking Modes
There are ten cooking modes to choose from that provide the ideal cooking environment for everything that will be on your holiday table from turkey and ham, to yams and corn, to cookies, cakes, and pies. Simply select the cooking mode with an intuitive touchscreen and relax.
Never undercook or overcook again. The temperature probe signals you when your dish has reached the desired temperature, taking the guess work out of preparing delicious roasts.
All Wolf products are built with superior-quality materials and heavy-gauge stainless steel, with a classic brushed finish that matches other Sub-Zero and Wolf products, allowing for seamless integration into your kitchen design.
To ensure reliability, each major component of the range is first subjected to extreme stresses far beyond what the average household would ever subject it to. Furthermore, every function of every product is thoroughly tested before shipping.
Simply put, you won’t find a better-constructed, more reliable range at this price point.
Visit Reno’s Appliance Today
There’s still plenty of time to get the Wolf 48” dual fuel range set up in your kitchen in time for the holidays. Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to view this outstanding kitchen appliance and other range options.
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.
Posted: November 02, 2017
We wash our clothes not only to clean them, but to make them smell nice and fresh as well. But sometimes, we pull our clothes out of the dryer and they smell less than fabulous. It’s pretty frustrating. We invest so much time washing our clothes. Why are they stinky?
There are some simple mistakes that you could be making (unknowingly) that contribute to the funky smelling laundry, however, these mistakes are easily fixed. Check out these six mistakes that may be making your clothes malodorous, along with some simple fixes.
- The Mistake—Not washing the washing machine: It may seem a little counterintuitive to have to clean something that has soap and water swirling around inside it on a regular basis. But, your washer holds moisture, which can lead to mildew growth and musty-smelling clothes.
The Fix—Clean your washer: You should clean your washer periodically to prevent mildew growth. About once a month, wipe down the drum with a household cleaner, then add two or three tablespoons of baking soda to the drum and run an empty hot wash cycle to help kill any lingering bacteria and mildew spores.
- The Mistake—Overloading the washer: It’s tempting to stuff your washer to save time. It’s quicker to do one huge load, than two smaller loads, right? Unfortunately, your time-saving trick may actually be preventing your clothes from getting clean. Part of what helps clothes get clean is their ability to move around freely and generate friction with each other.
The Fix—Lighten your load: The fix here is pretty simple. Start washing smaller loads. Laundry day may be a little longer, but your clothes will smell, and actually be, cleaner.
- The Mistake—Adding too much detergent: More detergent doesn't necessarily mean a better clean. In fact, too much detergent can cause your clothes to hold onto dirt and bacteria.
The Fix—Read the label: If you want your clothes to be truly clean, don’t assume “a capful” of detergent is perfect for every load. Read the label and pour in the recommended amount of detergent. Use the markers in the cap to measure more precisely. Or, switch to pre-measured packets or pods for convenience.
- The Mistake—Choosing chilly temperatures: You may wash everything in cold water to reduce energy use (which is admirable) and hot water bills (which is smart). Of course, cold water isn’t always the best choice for getting clothes truly clean.
The Fix—Put your clothes in hot water: For the fabrics that can handle it, washing clothes in the highest water temperature possible can kill odor-causing bacteria and result in a better clean. But always read clothing labels to ensure fabrics are hot-water safe.
- The Mistake—Not using a deodorizer: You might be thinking, “I use a fabric softener, so this doesn’t apply to me.” Fabric softeners are great at adding scents to clothing, which masks odors, but doesn’t neutralize them.
The Fix—Add a little acid: The slightly acidic nature of vinegar acts as a great deodorizer. Add one or two tablespoons to each load to truly remove odors. As a bonus, it will prevent colors from fading.
- The Mistake—Letting your clothes get lonely: It’s so easy to forget a load of wet laundry in the washing machine. But this isn't the best thing for your clothes. While your clothes are sitting in a dark and damp environment, bacteria and mold are setting up shop.
The Fix—Set an alarm: Use the timer on your smartphone, oven, or microwave to remind yourself to move your clothes into the dryer as soon as the wash is done. If you happen to forget anyway and they’ve been sitting more than two hours, run the clothes through a hot rinse cycle, then immediately dry them.
Try these tips to keep your clothes smelling clean. But if your clothes are still smelly, then consider a new washer and dryer. Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.