Posted: December 11, 2018|
Grilling Tips to Help That BBQ Cooking Last Through the Winter
Grill enthusiasts might feel a bit down during the winter months. The grill is in storage and the chance to enjoy the succulent flavor of barbecued meat is months away. Or is it? You don’t have to wait for a warm sunny day to give you the green light to grill. Here are a few grilling tips to help you make delicious grilled dishes right in your own kitchen all winter long.
- Pick Out a Grill Pan
The most important indoor grilling tip is to choose a high-quality cast-iron grill pan. Cast iron holds heat extremely well and the ridges give your food great-looking grill marks. Just make sure you pre-season your grill pan before use. To do so, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, rub some canola or vegetable oil in the pan using a clean cloth or paper towel. Place the oiled pan in the oven for 30 minutes. Then, turn off the oven and let the pan sit in the oven until it’s completely cool.
- Get the Essential Utensils
You really only need a few items to grill well: Tongs to flip steaks, chicken, shellfish, and vegetables. A heavy-duty spatula to flip burgers and delicate fish fillets. Pastry brushes to brush oil, glazes, and barbecue sauces. A grill brush to keep your grill clean.
- Raise Your Grill
Mark Game Those cool, restaurant-style crosshatches on grilled meats and veggies are easy to pull off: Place food on the grill pan at a 45-degree angle to the ridges for about 2 to 3 minutes, then pick rotate the food 90 degree, and place the same side down on the grill pan so the ridges now run at a 45-degree angle in the opposite direction. Continue grilling for another 2 to 3 minutes. When it’s time, simply flip it over—there's no need to create the marks on the other side since it will be face down on the plate.
- Control the Smoke
It’s much easier for smoke from a grill to dissipate when you’re outside. Inside, you have to make sure you keep smoke levels down. Whenever you use your indoor grill, only use oil on your food, not the pan itself. Using too much oil will create smoke, so be judicious in how much you use. Also, if you have a range hood, make sure it’s turned on and it’s been properly cleaned for best performance.
- Fake It ‘til You Make It
It can be hard to get that sought-after woodsy, smoky flavor from an indoor grill pan. But you can buy or make barbeque sauces, glazes, and spice rubs that come close. Keep trying until you find one you like.
- Monitor Your Marinades
Marinating meats is a great way to add flavor to your indoor barbecue. But remember that most marinades have an acidic element like lemon juice or vinegar. These acids can toughen meat if left on too long. Marinate fish for no more than 20 minutes. Chicken and beef shouldn’t be marinated for more than 2 hours.
- Choose the Right Foods
The best foods to barbecue indoors are burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken breasts, steaks, fish fillets, and shrimp. Avoid larger cuts of meats that would need to be covered, like pork shoulders, prime ribs, or whole chicken. Also, avoid very fatty meats such as duck breast that can splatter and cause extra smoke.
- Track the Temperature
This grilling tip is for food safety as well as best flavor. The best way to tell when meat is done is to use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. The USDA recommends you cook meats until the internal temperature reaches 150 to 170 degrees depending on how well-done you like your meats.
- Give It a Rest
One of the best, but not so well-known grilling tips is to remove meat from the grill pan when it is about 5 degrees below the desired internal temperature, then let it rest under loosely tented foil for 10 to 15 minutes. The temperature of the meat will rise about 5 degrees while it rests, and the juices will redistribute to give you a moist and flavorful piece of meat or fish.
It may be cold outside, but with these grilling tips it’ll feel like summer in your kitchen. Cook up an indoor barbecue and then invite friends and family over for a bug-free, sweat-free barbeque.
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
- Pick Out a Grill Pan
Posted: December 06, 2018|
Seamlessly Integrate an Under Counter Fridge into Your Space
One of the latest trends in kitchen design is the under counter fridge. These fridges are shorter than full-size refrigerators, but they function in the same way. In fact, smaller refrigerators have been used by Europeans for many years because of space constraints and stricter energy-efficiency standards that are enforced throughout the continent. Now, the technology has advanced to make under counter fridges an appealing option for everyone.
What are the Benefits of an Under Counter Fridge?
- A streamlined look: An under counter fridge won’t extend past the counter, so your entire kitchen will look cleaner and more streamlined.
- Increased space: Moving the fridge into a lower cabinet frees up precious kitchen space that can be converted into more counter space, which is usually the most precious asset. Plus, without a traditional refrigerator taking up space, you’ll have improved traffic flow in the kitchen, which can help make day-to-day living as well as kitchen entertaining much easier.
- Stylish designs: Most under counter fridges are specially designed to complement modern appliances. You can choose from a wide range of colors, materials, and designs so you’ll be sure to find something to match your kitchen’s décor.
- Durability: These modern refrigerators are made of durable materials like aluminum or stainless steel. They’ll stand up to heavy use and offer outstanding performance for years.
- Energy efficiency: Most under counter fridges were manufactured after 2002, which means they are all Energy Star certified. Energy Star appliances are the most energy efficient models on the market—that translates into a cleaner environment and lower energy bills.
- Easy access: Retrieving items from an under counter fridge is easy. Just reach in and take what you need without stretching or standing on tip-toes. You can even reach foods and beverages while sitting on a chair, like at a bar counter. Plus, these types of fridges are much more accessible for both kids and those who use wheelchairs or mobility aids because they aren’t as cumbersome to open and close and they don’t require an extended reach for items located on the top shelf.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Under Counter Fridges?
Of course, as with any appliance, there are drawbacks that you should be aware of. For example, under counter fridges usually have shorter crispers. This can cause some frustration when it comes to storing long vegetables, such as celery or carrots. You should also be aware that freezer compartments in most under counter fridges are smaller when compared to those of traditional refrigerators. If you depend heavily on your freezer, then you may need to go with a full-size fridge or buy a separate freezer.
Finally, although they are smaller, under counter fridges can be expensive. Basic models will cost you a few hundred bucks, but fancier models can go for $2,000 or more. Plus, there’s the added cost of any carpentry work that you may be needed to ensure the fridge fits the space you want it to.
What’s the Bottom Line?
Under counter fridges have several awesome benefits that can help make life easier for you and your family. But should you get one? If your priorities are to save space and energy, then an under counter fridge is a good investment. If you’ve got a large family or you depend heavily on the large amount of space that traditional fridges offer, then an under counter model is probably not right for you.
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.
Posted: December 03, 2018|
What to Do When Your Garbage Disposal Is Not Working
Garbage disposal not working? You might think it’s time to replace the unit, but oftentimes it takes just a simple repair that you can handle yourself. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re garbage disposal experts and we wanted to offer these troubleshooting and repair tips to help you get your disposal up and running again.
You Turn on the Disposal and Nothing Happens
Start with a power check. Whenever your garbage disposal isn’t working, the first thing to do is to check is whether it’s still plugged in. While this step might sound overly simplistic, think about the under-sink area in your home. If you store cleaners or a wastebasket under your sink, the garbage disposal plug can easily get knocked loose or pushed out of the outlet. Plug it back in and the problem is solved.
If the power cord is securely plugged in, check if the reset button has tripped. When the unit is working too hard and it starts to overheat, the reset button will “pop out” and disable the disposal. You can typically find the reset button on the side or the bottom of the garbage disposal. When you find it, press it firmly and release. Your garbage disposal should be working again. If your garbage disposal is still not working after pressing the reset button, then check your home’s main electrical panel to see if a circuit breaker tripped.
You Hear a Humming Noise
If you hear a hum coming from the disposal after you switch it on, something could be jamming the blades. Turn the power switch off and unplug the garbage disposal from the outlet. Once you are certain there is no power getting to the unit, you can reach into the garbage disposal and feel around for a small object that could be jamming the plates—forks, spoons, rings, and other small non-food items are the most common culprits.
Most blockages can be removed by hand, but if not, there’s another solution. On the bottom of the garbage disposal, in the very center, is a small depression that receives a ¼-inch hex-head wrench. Fit the wrench in the depression and twist it back and forth firmly to rotate the blades and dislodge the stuck item.
Your Garbage Disposal is Leaking
Garbage disposal leaks occur most often in one of three places:
- At the sink flange: The sink flange is where the disposal connects to the bottom of the sink. To fix this type of leak, unplug the unit and twist the disposal to the left (counter-clockwise from bottom). This will loosen and remove the unit from its mounting flange. Check the three mounting bolts that are holding the flange to the sink. If they are loose, then tighten them. If the bolts are already tight, the leak may be caused by failed plumber’s putty. Loosen the bolts and push the sink flange slightly above the surface of the sink. Force a bead of new plumbers putty between the sink flange and the sink, going completely around the flange. Retighten the bolts, wipe away any excess putty, and reinstall the unit.
- At the dishwasher connection: The rubber hose that funnels waste water from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal is also a place where leads frequently occur. To fix this type of leak, tighten the hose clamp on the dishwasher hose connected to the dishwasher inlet on the disposer. If that doesn’t fix the leak, then you’ll need to replace the hose.
- At the discharge drainpipe: A plastic pipe carries waste water from the disposal to the sink drain trap, and this fitting can leak when the gasket gets old. To fix this type of leak, check the bolts holding the discharge pipe to the disposal, making sure they are tight. If you tighten the bolts and the leak still occurs, remove the bolts and the pipe and replace the gasket seal between the pipe and the disposal.
Slow Draining Garbage Disposal
Sometimes, your garbage disposal is not working properly because it’s slow to drain. The simple fix is to disassemble the drain trap and discharge pipe and remove any food waste that may be clogging the pipes. If no clogs are found, then the blockage may be further down the pipe. You can try snaking the drain, or calling a plumber.
Warning: Never use chemical drain cleaners with a garbage disposal. These chemicals often damage the garbage disposal and void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Once the drain is clear, here are some tips to keep it from clogging again:
- Don’t grind up potato peels. Peelings form a starchy paste similar to mashed potatoes when ground up.
- Don’t grind asparagus or celery. These stringy vegetables can wrap around the blades.
- Don’t put coffee grounds or egg shells in the disposal. They create very tiny bits of granular waste that will quickly create a clog.
- Do periodically grind up ice cubes to keep blades sharp.
- Do stop garbage disposal odors by grinding lemon peels periodically or pouring a ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar down the drain each month.
- Do run the disposal with cold water only.
If your garbage disposal isn’t working, then take comfort in knowing that there’s probably a simple solution. However if your garbage disposal still won’t work after exhausting all your options, it might be time to consider a new garbage disposal. 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.