Monthly Archives: August 2018
  1. Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Toaster ovens just may be the unsung hero of kitchen appliances. Toaster ovens are extremely versatile and simple enough for even the most novice chefs to make great tasting meals, snacks, and more. If you’re just using your toaster oven for bread and bagels, then you’re really missing out. Check out these unique toaster oven uses that can help you get more creative in the kitchen.

    1. Make dried fruits. 

    Turn your toaster oven into a food dehydrator. Simply slice up apples, pears, pineapples, or any of your favorite fruits, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Let them bake at 175 to 200 degrees for a few hours until they are completely dehydrated. You’ll have a sweet and healthy snack that costs less than buying dried fruit at the store.

    1. Roast meat.

    If you don’t have a lot of people to cook for, or it’s just too hot to turn on your oven, then look to your toaster oven. You can use it to roast turkey breast, Cornish game hens, pork loin, or your favorite cut of beef. It’s great for broiling fish as well.

    1. Toast subs.

    Whether you call them grinders, hoagies, or subs, the taste of these sandwiches skyrocket when they’re toasted. Make your sandwich as you usually would. Then, put it in the toaster oven until the bread starts to toast and the cheese melts. You’ll never want to eat a non-toasted sub again.

    1. Make pizza.

    Why order pizza when you can easily make it at home? Depending on the size of your toaster, you can bake up to a 12” pizza. Pick up pizza dough or a pre-made crust and layer on your sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings. Put it in a 400-degree toaster oven for 10 to 12 minutes and it’s done.

    1. Cook bacon.

    This is one of the best toaster oven uses because it means better-tasting bacon. Place the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, then slide it into a 375-degree toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Leave it in a bit longer if you like your bacon crispy.

    1. Roast nuts.

    Roasted nuts are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Toss pecans, almonds, pistachios, or your favorite nut with a small amount of oil and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season them however you like and slide them into a 300-degree toaster oven for 20 minutes. This works with sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well.

    1. Toast coconut.

    Many dessert recipes call for toasted coconut, and a toaster oven is one of the easiest ways to do it. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place it in your toaster oven at low heat until it’s golden brown.

    1. Make your own croutons.

    Don’t spend money on packaged croutons that may contain preservatives high amounts of sodium, especially when it’s so easy to make your own. Cut slices of bread into small cubes. Toss the bread cubes with olive oil and seasonings. Arrange the cubes of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast them on low heat until they’re crunchy.

    1. Create new crayons.

    This is one of those toaster uses that actually has nothing to do with food, but if you have children, they’ll love it. Gather up any old or broken crayons and remove the wrappers. Place the broken pieces into foil-lined muffin cups. Place the foil cups on a baking sheet, and slide it into your toaster oven until the crayons are melted. Take them out and let them cool and harden. Voila. Your kids have new multicolored crayons for their art projects.

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  2. Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    The average kitchen renovation can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how serious an overhaul it is. If your kitchen needs an upgrade, but you aren’t able or willing to plunk down a ton of money, then there are smart ways you can get more bang for less buck. At Reno’s Appliance we’re kitchen experts and we wanted to share these 9 budget renovation tips, to help you get your dream kitchen without having to deal with nightmare costs.

    1. Choose Appliances Before You Start

    One of the factors that typically sends a budget spiraling out of control is picking an appliance or other product during the renovation. If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with having to select an alternative item that is often pricier. To prevent this from happening to you, decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen, from big appliances such as a refrigerators and dishwashers to smaller items like kitchen faucets and cabinet hardware. Have everything purchased and on-site before the renovation begins.

    1. Embrace Bright White

    One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider just giving them a fresh coat of paint. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. Adding new hardware will really make them look brand new.

    1. Conceal Old Cabinets with Doors

    Are your cabinets too outdated to even be saved by paint? There’s still another option beside replacing them entirely. They may be spruced up with just some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet. Just get good measurements and find a style of door you like that will fit. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

    1. Light It Up

    Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where cooking takes place. Also, adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget renovation but will make a big impact.

    1. Don’t Play Around with Plumbing

    Thinking about moving your gas stove, dishwasher, or sink? Consider that each time you move any appliance that gas or water pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber who will charge a few thousand dollars per appliance. That will definitely torpedo your budget renovation.

    1. Rely on Remnant Stone

    You can get the expensive look of granite and solid-surface counters without breaking the bank by visiting granite supply yards and checking out their remnants. You may find some good deals on really nice stone, especially if you don’t have a large amount of counterspace.

    1. Be Sure You Use What You Paid For

    Up to 15% of the materials purchased for a kitchen renovation are wasted. Don’t let those end pieces and remnants get sent to the trash. Use leftover lumber from cabinets to create kitchen shelving. Granite pieces can easily become cutting boards. Leftover tile can be turned into stylish coasters. Get creative and make use of everything you can.

    1. Keep Floors Low

    There’s no reason to put down expensive flooring in the kitchen. If you have wood floors currently, you can simply refinish them. If you are replacing tile or vinyl floors, then consider less-expensive options like sealed cork, which will not only save you some money, but will perhaps save you some aches and pains as cork is softer that tile or wood and therefore easier on the back and feet.

    1. Ask About Any Deals

    Many retailers, such as Reno’s Appliance offer significant discounts on scratch and dent pieces, overstocked inventory, and display models. Be sure to ask your salesperson to see their discounted stock. It’s a great way to high-quality, name brand appliances while sticking to your budget renovation. If you prefer brand new appliances, you can still save hundreds or even thousands of dollars through rebate programs. Ask your salesperson which manufacturers are offering the best rebates.

    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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  3. Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Kids everywhere will soon be gearing up to get back to school. That not only means homework, tests, and field trips, but also sports, music lessons, and other extra-curricular activities that keep families going at full speed. Dinnertime becomes an especially important part of the day that lets families relax and reconnect. Try these 5 back to school recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare any night of the week.

    One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake
    Here’s a crowd-pleasing one-pot meal that the whole family will love.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
    • ½ cup mini pepperoni, divided
    • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 8 ounces rotini pasta
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to broil.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks.
    3. Drain excess fat and stir in ¼ cup pepperoni until heated through, about 1 minute.
    4. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil garlic powder, pasta and 2 cups of water and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 12 minutes until pasta is cooked through.
    6. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup pepperoni. Place into oven and cook until melted and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

    Oven Fried Chicken
    This tastes so delicious that no one will ever guess that the chicken is baked, not fried.

    Ingredients

    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 1½ cups Panko
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another large bowl, combine Panko, paprika, and vegetable oil.
    5. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in the flour, dip into the egg mixture, then dredge in the Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
    6. Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through.

    Asian Salmon in Foil
    This is the ideal back to school recipe because it’s easy, flavorful, and the use of foil makes clean-up so much easier.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup honey
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
    • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 pounds salmon

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
    4. Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
    5. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Open the packet and broil for 3 minutes, or until the top of the salmon is caramelized and slightly charred.

    Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
    These no-fuss quesadillas are an absolute must for those busy weeknights. It’s not only a great back to school recipe for dinner, but the leftovers are perfect for the next day’s lunch boxes as well.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon taco mix
    • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
    • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
    • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, pitted and sliced
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.
    4. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles. Set aside.
    5. Top tortilla with ground beef mixture, avocado and cheddar, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
    6. Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

    Korean Beef Bowl
    This simple, savory dish tastes just like Korean barbeque and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
    • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
    • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ginger.
    2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    3. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat.
    4. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
    5. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

    Ready to try these tasty back to school recipes? Then you’ll need to make sure that you have the right kitchen appliances. There’s still time to get over to Reno’s Appliance before summer ends so your kitchen is ready to feed your family throughout the school year.

    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.</p

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  4. Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    What is it about grilling over charcoal that makes food taste so good? Gas and electric grills are convenient and produce great results, but charcoal infuses food with that bold, smoky flavor that every grill chef wants to achieve. Charcoal grills do require some cleaning and maintenance, but it’s not difficult. Check out these charcoal grill cleaning tips that will help you keep your grill going strong all summer long.

    1. Clean the inside of the lid often.

    Many store-bought charcoal grills are lined with a porcelain enamel inside and out. Over time, grease and smoke collect on the inside of the lid. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, the enamel can start to chip off. Flaking enamel isn’t toxic, but it’s still not something you want to end up in your food. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent build up under the lid. After each grilling session, allow the grill to cool a bit. While the lid is still warm (but not too hot) use a clean cloth dipped in soapy water to wipe away the grease and gunk.

    1. Clean the cooking grate.

    Like with the lid, the best time to clean your cooking grate is when the grill is slightly warm. The warm temperatures make it easier to scrape away loose debris and will leave you with a surface that food is less likely to stick to.

    You can use a steel wool or a stainless steel bristled brush to clean the grate as your grill cools down after cooking. Or, you can clean the grate as the grill is warming up prior to your grilling session. If you’re cleaning the grill prior to cooking, then when you’re done scraping, be sure to spray the grate with cooking spray, brush it with a bit of oil, or rub it with a sliced raw onion for a more non-stick surface.

    1. Clean the bottom of your grill.

    Before you proceed with this grill cleaning tip, make sure your grill has been allowed to cool completely. Brush any ash and debris out of the bottom of the grill into a garbage bag. If there’s an ash catcher, empty that as well. Then, use a brush or putty knife to scrape away any built up gunk along the bottom. Once it’s completely clear of build-up, you can use a steel wool pad and mild soap and water to really get it clean and shiny.

    1. Clean the outside of the grill.

    As a final step, you can use soap and water to wipe down the entire outside of the grill as well. This can help keep your grill’s exterior looking shiny and new.

    1. Steam cleaners make cleaning a snap.

    Steam cleaners are great tools for removing grease and grime that comes from cooking. So, if you have a hand-held steam cleaner, then feel free to use it to clean your grill from top to bottom. If you don’t have one, but you do grill often, it might be a worthy investment.

    1. Get a grill cover.

    A high-quality grill cover is an absolute must to keep your grill in tip-top condition between grilling sessions and while in long-term storage. A grill cover will protect your grill from rain, wind, and falling debris; keep critters from setting up a nest, and prevent rust.

    With these easy grill cleaning tips, your grill will remain in good condition and provide you with years of enjoyment. Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories to help you maintain your grill. We also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills from top grill manufacturers.

    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. 5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    The classic kitchen set up organizes foot traffic in a triangular path that flows from the refrigerator to the sink to the stove in an attempt to make meal prep, cooking, and clean up as easy as possible. But what about your microwave? Where does this smaller, but essential kitchen appliance fit into your kitchen set up? As microwave experts, we wanted to share what we think are the 5 best microwave placement options.

    Below the counter.

    Don’t have much counter or upper cabinet space to spare? Consider replacing a lower drawer with a microwave cabinet. This cost-effective option leaves the counter clear to create an open and airy aesthetic, especially when paired with spacious upper shelving. Just be aware of placing the microwave too low, which can become a nuisance if you use the microwave a lot. If you have curious small children, you want to make sure that the microwave is out of reach.

    Integrated into cabinetry.

    Fitting your microwave into existing cabinetry is a fantastic option, which allows you to customize the height for the best reachability. Just make sure you install it close to a counter so you’re not stuck holding a hot plate with nowhere to quickly place it.

    Also, be aware that it can be a challenge to retro-fit a cabinet for a microwave, unless it just happens to be a suitable height and size already. You may need a customized cabinet, or you’ll have to work with the standard sizes your cabinet supplier offers.

    Over the range.

    If you have a small kitchen, then placing the microwave over the range is a great solution. Of course, that means you’ll have to give up the beauty and function of a range hood. However, there are microwave and fan combos that do double duty to help you make the most of limited space. You can also get a downdraft range, which eliminates the need for a range hood altogether.

    Just keep in mind that if the microwave is too high, reaching and seeing in will be difficult for some users. Also, you want your microwave and range finishes to match, so try to get each from the same manufacturer. But if you decide to go this route, installation is pretty straightforward and usually takes just a few hours.

    In the kitchen island.

    If you have a kitchen island, then it could be perfect for microwave placement. Placing the microwave in the island keeps it out of sight without completely covering it up. It also makes strategic use of the island, which can sometimes end up collecting all sorts of odds and ends.

    Installing your microwave in the island also means that you’re not giving up any valuable cabinet space. Just remember that if your island doesn’t have existing electrical lines running to it, then your kitchen’s wiring will need to be re-configured a bit by a licensed electrician, which will add to the cost of installation.

    Over the wall oven.

    If you have a wall oven, then the classic microwave placement is just above it. Installing your microwave oven in the wall means you’re not giving up any cabinet, island, or counter space. Plus, you’ll be able to install a slightly larger microwave because walls can bear more weight.

    Design wise, placing your microwave above your wall oven gives your entire kitchen a modern, integrated look. In fact, you can complete the “wall appliance trifecta” with a warming drawer below the oven for the ultimate in sleek sophistication. This approach may require a bit of customization and additional cost, but you may find the results to be worth it.

    When it comes to microwave placement, you have several options. If you still aren’t sure where you should place your microwave, then visit Reno’s Appliance. Our expert sales staff can help you make the best decision about your microwave placement.

    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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