Monthly Archives: November 2018
  1. Keeping Your Outdoor Appliances Safe from the Elements

    Keeping Your Outdoor Appliances Safe from the Elements

    Outdoor Appliances Need Special Care as the Winter Weather Approaches

    An outdoor kitchen is a great feature to have at your house if you enjoy entertaining and spending time outdoors. You’ll get a lot of use out of it during spring, summer, and even into early fall. But as winter approaches, you’ll have to make sure that your outdoor appliances are properly protected from the elements. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re outdoor appliance experts and wanted to offer these 5 tips to ensure that your outdoor appliances survive winter and will be in good shape when the warm weather returns. 

    1. Make Plumbing a Priority
      When the temperature drops, any water remaining in your appliances’ water pipes can freeze, which can cause your pipes to burst. This can lead to flooding, huge plumbing bills, and put your outdoor kitchen out of commission for a while. Be sure to drain water from all faucets and supply lines before the weather gets too cold.

      To clear your pipes, first shut off all water supply lines leading to the kitchen from the indoor plumbing system. Once the water is shut off, turn on the faucets to let any remaining water drain out. Remember that water lines don’t only run to sinks, but to outdoor dishwashers, water filers, and ice makers as well. Finally, leave all faucets in the open position throughout the winter.
    2. De-Grease Your Grill
      If you’ve used your grill a lot during the summer, then there’s probably a lot of grease and grime built up. You should definitely clean your grill thoroughly before you shut it down for the winter. Also, be sure to turn off the gas line to the grill or remove the propane tank. The propane tank can be stored in your garage or a cool dry spot in your basement.

      Once the grill is clean, get a high-quality grill cover keep your grill in tip-top condition over the winter. Make sure to use one designed for your type of grill that will allow moisture to escape. Synthetic materials work best for withstanding weather and allowing moisture to move through.
    3. Get Your Refrigerator Ready
      To winterize your outdoor refrigerator, turn off the appliance and unplug it. Clean the inside thoroughly with soap and water. Remove the grill on the bottom of the unit and vacuum up any dirt and dust. Vacuum the refrigerator coils as well.

      You can protect the exterior by applying a coat of stainless steel finish. Avoid using a refrigerator cover because it can trap moisture inside the unit, which could lead to mold and mildew growth.
    4. Don’t Forget the Dishwasher
      To winterize your outdoor dishwasher, drain the water lines leading to it to keep the pipes from bursting. Then, apply a coat of stainless steel finish to protect the exterior. Again, covering the unit will only encourage mold and mildew growth so avoid using an appliance cover.
    5. Fix up Your Firepit
      If you have a firepit in your yard, then that will also need to be prepared for winter so it will function come spring. First, remove debris, ash, and wood that may have accumulated in the fire pit throughout the summer. If your fire runs on gas, then be sure to turn off the gas supply. Finally, cover the fire pit with a weather resistant cover to keep out snow, leaves, and animals.

    Whether you’re preparing for your first winter with outdoor appliances, or you’ve had outdoor appliances for years, these tips can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements. If you’re looking to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance to get everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining.

    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. Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

    Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

    Keep Your Kitchen Full this Year with These Thanksgiving Appetizers

    What’s the best part of the Thanksgiving meal? Some say it’s the turkey. Others will tell you it’s the sides. At Reno’s Appliance, we believe the appetizers are the stars of Thanksgiving. Having an array of appetizers ready when your guests walk in makes them feel welcome and gives them an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of tastes and textures before sitting down to the traditional dinner. Here are 5 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that’ll make this year’s celebration one to remember.

    Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tarts
    Simple and savory, these mini-tarts will definitely disappear before dinner is served.

    Ingredients

    • 1 refrigerated pie crust
    • 2 to 3 pounds of zucchini cut into ⅛-inch thick slices
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, room temperature
    • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Place pie crust on floured work surface. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 24 rounds and transfer them to a prepared sheet. Leave about ½ inch of space between them.
    3. Place sheet in freezer until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.
    4. Toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
    5. Place zucchini in another medium bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and thyme.
    6. Spread goat cheese generously over each frozen dough round. Fold 3 to 4 zucchini slices in half and place them in a concentric circle on top of 1 dough round, creating a flower-like pattern. Repeat with remaining zucchini and dough.
    7. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until crusts are light golden, about 20 minutes.
    8. Remove sheet from over and transfer tarts to platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam
    The bacon jam turns this classic fall vegetable into an appetizer that will surprise and delight your guests.

    Ingredients for the bacon jam

    • 1 pound thick-cut bacon cut into ¼ inch strips
    • 1 large onion finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (packed) dried apricots (4 ounces), roughly chopped
    • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
    • 3 sprigs rosemary
    • 1 sprig thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper

    Ingredients for the Brussels sprouts

    • 16 medium Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves smashed
    • 4 sprigs thyme
    • Kosher salt

    Directions for the bacon jam

    1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.
    2. Add onion and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook about 1 minute more.
    3. Add sugar, apricots, vinegar, and ¼ cup water and bring to a boil, while stirring. Add thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf and simmer until liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes.
    4. Remove herb sprigs and let bacon mixture cool. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to a chunky purée. Season with salt and pepper.

    Directions for the Brussels sprouts

    1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and prep a bowl of ice water.
    2. Add Brussels sprouts to boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and transfer to ice water to cool. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add Brussels sprouts, garlic, and thyme and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Discard garlic and thyme.
    4. Arrange Brussels sprouts cut-side up on a serving tray and top each one with a dollop of jam. Spear each Brussels sprout half with a toothpick and serve

    Spicy Vegetarian “Meatballs”
    This vegetarian take on meatballs combines white beans and mushrooms for a hearty and delicious appetizer.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
    • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
    • 4 ounces button mushrooms
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • ½ cup hot pepper sauce
    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ¼ cup buttermilk
    • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

    Directions

    1. Arrange a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 400°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
    2. Pulse garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.
    3. Add celery, beans, and mushrooms and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in egg, panko, and ¾ teaspoon of salt.
    4. Using your hands, roll tablespoonfuls of bean mixture into balls. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, packing them snuggly.
    5. Roast veggie balls, turning halfway through, until firm and cooked through, about 25 minutes.
    6. Meanwhile, cook butter, hot sauce, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir until smooth and set aside.
    7. Whisk sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, pepper, chives, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
    8. Transfer veggie balls to a large bowl. Toss with hot sauce mixture from step 6 and serve with blue cheese dip.

    Olive Oil Toasts with Greens, Pine Nuts, and Raisins
    These thin crisp toasts are the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to satisfy hungry guests while you put the finishing touches on your meal.

    Ingredients for the toast

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 baguette, cut into 24 slices ¼-inch thick
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    Ingredients for the topping

    • 1 bunch of chard washed, with stems removed
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
    • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
    • 3 tablespoons raisins (preferably golden), soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, drained and chopped

    Directions for the toast

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Brush 1 tablespoon oil evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange bread slices on top and brush them with remaining tablespoon oil and season with salt.
    3. Place baking sheet in oven and toast for 6 minutes. Then, rotate the pan front to back and toast 2 minutes more.
    4. Remove toasts from the baking sheet to a separate container and let cool to room temperature.

    Directions for the topping

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender and just slightly colored, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and red-pepper flakes and stir until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned, about 2 minutes.
    2. Add the chard leaves with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let them begin to wilt. Lightly toss and add salt and oil until chard is tender but not mushy, about 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Stir in the pine nuts and raisins and then spoon the mixture onto a cutting board to cool for a couple of minutes. Chop the chard, then scoop into a medium bowl and mix in the cheese and the remaining tablespoon of oil. Top toasts with chard mixture and serve warm or at room temperature.

    Prosciutto of Plenty
    Your guests will be thankful to you for serving these festive appetizers that are easy to make, but full of flavor.

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup of pine nuts
    • 24 thin slices of good-quality prosciutto
    • 1 small bunch arugula
    • ¼ pound gorgonzola
    • ¼ cup currants

    Directions

    1. Spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake in the over or toaster oven at 350°F until they turn golden brown, about 4 minutes.
    2. Transfer them to a small bowl and let them cool.
    3. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half, crosswise.
    4. Top each half-slice with a small piece of arugula, a dab of gorgonzola, a few pine nuts, and few currents. Then roll them into a cone shape and serve. They should resemble a cornucopia.

    These Thanksgiving appetizers are sure to get your holiday started right and leave guests satisfied. 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.

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  3. Dryer Tips: Get Rid of Static

    Dryer Tips: Get Rid of Static

    Get Rid of Static Once and For All with These Practices

    If clothes dryers are one of the great modern conveniences, then static cling is one of the great modern annoyances. There are plenty of products on the market such as dryer sheets or fabric softeners that will get rid of static, but many people are reluctant to use them because they coat clothes in chemicals and strong fragrances.

    If you want to eliminate static cling, but don’t want to use commercial products, then try these 9 clever tips to get rid of static once and for all.

    1. Hang Clothes to Dry
      You can eliminate static cling by skipping the dryer altogether and hanging your clothes up to dry either outside or inside on a drying rack. Either way, you’ll not only stop static, but you’ll reduce your energy bill and be doing something good for the health of the planet.
    2. Use Soap Nuts
      An environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic detergents, soap nuts are a berry shell that naturally contain soap. Using soap nuts in the wash is an excellent way to clean your clothes and thwart static cling—especially if you have sensitive skin.
    3. Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
      You can make your own static-eliminating dryer sheets using natural ingredients. All you need is white vinegar, essential oils of your choice, a spray bottle, and several strips of cotton cloth. Pour about a cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Then simply spray the cloth until damp, but not dripping. Then add the cloth to the dryer with your load of laundry.
    4. Add Baking Soda
      There are so many wonderful uses for baking soda around the home, and here’s one more. Add a ½ cup of baking soda, along with laundry detergent, during your next load of laundry. Baking soda is a natural fabric softener that gets rid of static while keeping whites white and colors bright.
    5. Reduce Drying Time
      Another common cause of static in the laundry is over-drying. When items are completely dry but continue to tumble in the dryer, static electricity in invited into the mix. Allow clothes to dry only until they’re not wet anymore and you’ll find much less static cling when you pull clothes out of the dryer. Plus less dryer time means you’re saving energy.
    6. Make Use of Metal
      When an article of clothing is already filled with static, you can discharge the static by running a metal hanger over the clothing. Metal conducts electricity and will help discharge the static. You can also attach a small metal safety pin to the hem of a pant leg or under a shirt cuff to stay static free throughout the day.
    7. Use Aluminum Foil
      This is a classic trick that really works. Simply tear off a sheet of aluminum foil, ball it up and toss it into the dryer with your clothes. Voila! No more static. You can even use the same foil ball for 2 or 3 loads.
    8. Dry Synthetic Fabrics Separately
      Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are one of the main culprits of static cling. When dried with other fabrics, these synthetic fabrics help “charge up” all your other clothing with static electricity. Pull synthetic fabrics out of the wash and hang them up to dry.
    9. Introduce Steam
      Since dry air is the main cause of static, you may want to invest in a dryer with a steam cycle. The steam cycle is intended to reduce wrinkles before you pull clothes out of the dryer, but have the added benefit of helping you get rid of static cling. If you’re interested in a steam-cycle dryer, then stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection.

    Static cling doesn’t have to be the scourge of laundry day. Try any of these simple tips to get rid of static in your laundry today.

    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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  4. Food Refrigeration: Keeping Leftovers Fresh After the Holiday

    Food Refrigeration: Keeping Leftovers Fresh After the Holiday

    Keep These Food Refrigeration Tips in Mind After That Big Meal

    Everyone loves a Thanksgiving meal, but some people love the leftovers even more. If you’re one of those who look forward to leftovers, then you should know that you’ll never get a chance to enjoy them if you don’t refrigerate them properly. Here are 6 food refrigeration tips to ensure your holiday leftovers remain tasty and safe to eat for as long as possible.

    1. Refrigerate food within two hours.
      Make sure you refrigerate all cooked food within 2 hours of it coming out of the oven or off of the stovetop. That includes time spent at the dinner table. Throw away anything that’s been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
    2. Check the temperature. 
      Not only should food be refrigerated quickly, but it also needs to be stored at the proper temperature to prevent bacterial growth. Perishable foods should be stored in a refrigerator set to 35° to 40° Fahrenheit. Anything over 40° is considered to be the “danger zone.” Cutting large pieces of food into smaller sizes, and packing leftovers in smaller containers, will help food get to the proper temperature more quickly. Wrap leftovers well.
    3. Wrapping matters.
      Make sure your leftovers are covered, wrapped in airtight packaging, or tightly sealed in storage containers. This protects food from bacteria, keeps food moist and flavorful, and prevents leftovers from picking up odors of other refrigerated foods.
    4. Label leftovers.
      Be sure you label the food containers with the date you put them in the refrigerator. That way, know how many more days it can stay safe and fresh to eat. Here’s how long you can expect some common Thanksgiving foods to last if refrigerated properly:

      • Turkey: up to 4 days
      • Gravy: up to 2 days (but it can be frozen for 2 to 3 months)
      • Cranberry sauce: two weeks
      • Mashed potatoes or yams: up to 4 days
      • Pumpkin pie: up to 4 days
      • Apple pie: up to 3 days
      • Stuffing: up to 4 days
      • Wine (opened bottles): up to 1 month in the refrigerator. Or, up to 1 year or longer in a wine fridge.
    5. Reheat properly.
      Of course, all of these refrigeration tips won’t really matter if you don’t reheat your leftovers properly. Be sure to cover leftovers when reheating them in your oven to help retain moisture and ensure that food will heat all the way through. If you’re reheating sauces, soups, or gravies, then do so in a saucepan on your stovetop and make sure you bring the liquids to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.

      Reheating leftovers in a microwave is very common, but you want to take special care to ensure food heats up evenly. Arrange your food in a microwave safe glass or ceramic dish, add a bit of water, and cover. The added water will create a bit of steam, which will help the food heat up more uniformly and kill off any bacteria.

      You may also want to consider installing a warming drawer before the holidays. A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don’t typically go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and most have humidity controls and timers so there’s no risk of food burning, drying out, getting soggy, or becoming overdone.

      Finally, remember that reheating is a once-and-done deal. Anything you don’t eat after you’ve reheated it should be thrown away and never put back into the refrigerator.
    6. Consider a New Refrigerator
      Our last food refrigeration tip is to consider purchasing a new refrigerator before the holidays, especially if your current fridge is a bit older. Today’s refrigerators are spacious, efficient, and have precise temperature controls. Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer.

    By following these simple food refrigeration tips, you can make sure that you have another chance to enjoy your favorite holiday foods. All of us at Reno’s Appliance wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

    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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  5. Cooking Into Shape: Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating

    Cooking Into Shape: Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating

    Healthy Eating Made Easy With These Kitchen Gadgets

    We all know that healthy eating should be priority. But with busy schedules, work, and family obligations, our healthy eating habits are often the first thing to go. Instead, we may opt for fast food or packaged foods filled with calories, sugar, and salt. The good news is that there are some cool kitchen gadgets on the market that are helping people prepare quick, healthy, and flavorful meals. Here are some of our favorites:

    1. Air fryer
      Want that deep fried flavor you love without all the fat? Then pick up an electric air fryer. Using a tablespoon or less of your favorite healthy oil, you can make homemade French fries, chicken fingers, and more.
    2. Spiral slicer
      This kitchen gadget makes spiral cuts, shoestrings, and “noodles” out of your favorite veggies. If you’ve been cutting back on carbs, you can try zucchini and carrot “pasta” spirals. Or, try so homemade curly sweet potato fries. There are numerous possibilities.
    3. Fresh herb keeper
      Nothing improves the taste of a meal like fresh herbs, but it’s hard to use them all up before they go bad. A fresh herb keeper stores the herbs in a container with a bit of water that the bottom. This enables the herbs to continue to draw in moisture and extend their shelf life for up to 2 weeks. As a bonus, you can use this kitchen gadget to keep asparagus and celery fresh as well.
    4. Rice cooker
      Rice cookers are the quintessential “set it and forget it” appliances. Just pour in the right amount of rice and water and less than an hour later it’s done. It’s often used for white rice, but it’s also great for cooking healthier rice varieties like brown rice and wild rice. You can even use it to cook other healthy grains like barley, quinoa, and oats.
    5. Vegetable steamer
      It’s not exactly a newsflash, but steamed foods are lower in calories and fat than their fried counterparts, making steamers a must-have for those looking embrace healthy eating. Get one and you can start steaming all kinds of veggies, plus fish, chicken, and tofu.
    6. Mason jars
      These once old-fashioned kitchen staples have made a comeback in recent years thanks to all the healthy meals they’ve inspired. Overnight oats, mason jar salads, and homemade herbal ice tea all require mason jars. It’s easy to get in on this good-for-you trend. Just pick up a pack of jars at your local hardware store.
    7. Coffee grinder
      A coffee grinder isn’t just for coffee beans. You can also use it to grind up flax seeds, which are nutritional powerhouses. Sprinkle ground-up flax on yogurt, oatmeal, and salads for a boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
    8. Salad spinner
      Are you sick of seeing a bowlful of soggy greens? Then definitely invest in a salad spinner. There’s no other kitchen gadget that dries washed leafy greens quite as quickly or efficiently. You’ll enjoy fresh, clean, refreshing salads quicker than you thought possible.
    9. Kale stripper
      Super-healthy kale may be all the rage, but having to deal with that tough stem makes it hardly worth the effort. For just a few bucks you can get yourself a kale stripper. It removes stems from greens such as kale (of course), but also collard greens, chard, and even herbs in seconds, so you’ll be adding leafy greens to soups, stews, and salads in no time.
    10. Slow cooker
      The slow cooker is a classic kitchen staple and can be an ally in your healthy eating plan. Fill it with lean protein, low-sodium broth, and your favorite herbs and vegetables in the morning, and you’ll have a healthy flavorful meal waiting for you when it’s time for dinner.

    Healthy eating may seem like a challenge, but these kitchen gadgets can certainly help make preparing healthy food easier. Pick up any of these tools and start creating healthy and delicious meals for your family today.

    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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