Kitchen Appliances
  1. How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel kitchen appliances are durable, attractive, and never go out of style, which is why they are so incredibly popular. Although stainless steel appliances have a reputation for being scratch-resistant, that doesn’t mean scratches will never appear. As sturdy as it is, stainless steel can acquire unsightly scratches over time.

    Fortunately, it is possible to successfully remove scratches from stainless steel and get your appliances looking like new. Follow the steps below to get scratch-free surfaces.

    For Light Scratches

    1. Before you begin to actually tend to the scratch, clean the appliance, or at least clean the area around the damage. There are a few different ways to clean stainless steel, but one of the easiest and most effective methods is to first spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off with a microfiber cloth. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain to reveal a nice shine.
    2. Now that you have a clean working surface, you can use a powdered scratch removal compound to address the scratch. Add a few drops of water to the compound to create a paste that’s roughly the consistency of toothpaste. You can also choose to skip this step if you purchase a pre-mixed compound.
    3. Apply a small amount of the scratch remover compound to a microfiber cloth and then very gently rub it back and forth over the scratch, working in the direction of the grain. It’s essential to rub only in the direction of the grain. If you rub against the grain, you may cause further damage.
    4. Continue to apply compound as in step 3 until the scratch is gone.
    5. Once you are satisfied with the results, gently wipe the surface with a fresh, barely damp microfiber cloth to remove any compound residue. Dry with a separate, clean microfiber cloth.

    For Deeper Scratches

    For larger imperfections that do not respond to the method above, use a stainless steel scratch removal kit, which contains a polishing compound and a set of abrasive pads, and follow these steps:

    1. Starting with the appropriate grit pad recommended in the instructions, rub the scratch with the grain in one direction only. Rubbing back and forth could cause unattractive circular marks. Use light, but firm pressure, being careful not to rub too hard.
    2. Move to a smoother grit pad, and continue the buffing process, adding water, or any compounds included in the kit, as called for in the instructions.
    3. Wipe the surface down with a microfiber cloth to finish the process, buffing the steel to a clean shine.

    The steps above are a good guideline, but manufacturers’ instructions may vary. When in doubt, refer to the instructions included with the scratch removal kit.

    Keeping Stainless Steel Scratch Free

    Once you’ve removed the scratches from your stainless steel appliances, follow these tips to prevent more scratches from forming.

    1. Always wipe your appliances with the grain, never against the grain. Even if you’re just wiping it down with a damp towel, always go with the grain for best results.
    2. Never use steel wool or abrasive pads for regular cleaning and maintenance. Always use a soft microfiber cloth.
    3. Protect your stainless steel sink with a rubber dish mat when washing heavy pots by hand. Just be sure to remove the mat when finished so that water won’t remain trapped underneath.
    4. Avoid using magnets directly on stainless steel refrigerators, which can cause tiny scratches over time.
    5. Be mindful of where you use knives in the kitchen. Don’t cut directly on a stainless steel countertop or too close to stainless steel appliances.
    6. Never rest any pot, glass, or utensil directly on top of a stainless steel appliance.

    If you’ve got scratches in your stainless steel appliances, then don’t think all hope is lost. With the steps above, you can restore the beauty of each appliance in your kitchen. 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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  2. Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    If you’re interested in buying a new kitchen range, then you’re probably thinking about the pros and cons of gas vs. electric ranges. Both types of ranges have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what your needs and preferences are. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts and can help you sort out the gas vs. electric debate so you can choose the right appliance for your home.

    Pros of Gas Stoves

    The biggest advantage of a gas range is the control you have when cooking. When it comes to the cooktop, you get instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. The flames produced by a natural gas stove spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan, cooking food more evenly and quickly.

    A gas oven heats up and cools down faster than an electric oven. Warming begins as soon as you turn on the gas. Equally, cooking will stop just as soon as the gas is turned off. As a result, far less energy is consumed with a gas vs. electric stove.

    Gas stoves also have a longer life span than electric ovens. Once you buy a gas oven, you’ve definitely made a long-term, if not a lifetime, investment.

    Cons of Gas Stoves

    The most immediate drawback to a gas stove is the purchase price. Gas stoves do come in a range of prices, but are typically more expensive than electric stoves. On top of that, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs. But these are one-time expenditures and maintenance costs are low once everything is set up.

    Pros of Electric Stoves

    Electric stoves are fairly easy to operate, and less expensive to purchase, which makes them good choices for people who don’t spend as much time in the kitchen. Also, there’s no need for a gas line in your kitchen, so that cost is completely eliminated.

    Most electric stoves sold today have a sleek, glass cooktop instead of those coiled cooking elements you may associate with electric stoves. These cooktops not only look great, but they are easy to clean. There’s no need to remove a burner ring to wipe up a hardened spill. If you do have a stove with a coiled heating element, then they can be easily replaced if they get damaged.

    Cons of Electric Stoves

    Although less expensive to purchase than gas stoves, electric stoves use more energy, which means higher energy bills. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than with a gas stove. Precise results can be hard to achieve.

    If you live in an area that has frequent power outages, then your stove will be inoperable during those times. Even some backup generators aren’t enough to power electric stoves.

    The Bottom Line

    So what’s the answer in the gas vs. electric debate? Honestly, there’s no absolute right or wrong answer. Gas stoves probably fit most people’s lives if they cook the majority of meals at home with their family. But if you don’t do much cooking and just need something inexpensive to boil water for tea, fry an egg, or bake potatoes, then an electric stove might be the better option.

    If you’re ready to buy a new range, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.

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  3. Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Your dishwasher is a wonderful appliance. It gets your plates, utensils, and mugs squeaky clean while saving you a ton of time. But as great as dishwashers are, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Whether it's due to the size of the item or the materials it’s made of, it's better to wash certain things you use in the kitchen by hand rather than risk ruining your dishwasher or your kitchenware.

    Here’s a list of 11 things that are not dishwasher safe:

    Cast-Iron Skillets
    Cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you use them, which consists of coating the cooking surface with cooking oil and then placing the skillet in a 350-degree oven for 60 minutes. If you were to put your skillet in the dishwasher, then you’re washing all of the oil away and you’ll need to season it all over again. Instead, rinse it by hand with warm water (but no detergent) or scrub the cooking surface with salt to remove stuck-on food and debris.

    Wooden Utensils
    The hot water and the heated dry cycle create harsh conditions for your mixing spoons, spatulas, or any other tool with wood on it. Over time, these wooden utensils will warp and split, which means you’ll be buying new ones. You’re better off washing these by hand.

    Wooden Cutting Boards
    Much like with wooden utensils, hot dishwasher water will ruin your wooden cutting board. However, you want to be sure that you give your cutting board a deep clean, especially if you use it as a surface for raw meat. Use a mixture of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water to scrub it clean by hand.

    Vintage  Plates
    If you have any antique china or heirlooms, then they are definitely not dishwasher safe. Exposure to hot water, detergents, and even slight vibrations can cause these delicate treasures to chip. In addition, any gold trim or hand-painted details may flake off.

    Garlic Presses
    Garlic presses may help speed up meal prep, but you’ll need to slow down and wash them by hand. The dishwasher won’t damage the press, but it also won’t get it completely clean because the crushed garlic sticks to the gadget’s tiny crevices. You’ll have to wash it by hand to ensure it’s totally spotless.

    Cheese Graters
    Just like the garlic press, dishwashers won’t hurt the cheese grater, but little bits of cheese might still be stuck in the holes even after a cycle in dishwasher. Instead, use soap and a sponge to wash it by hand.

    Travel Mugs
    Your favorite insulated travel mug is not dishwasher safe. Dishwashers destroy the mug’s insulation leaving you with cold coffee or tea. Definitely not cool.

    Jars with Labels Still on Them
    Glass jam or pasta sauce jars are dishwasher safe. Just make sure you remove the paper label and any adhesive remnants before running it through the dishwasher. Bits of paper can get stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, which can lead to a larger dishwasher disaster and costly repairs.

    Copper Pots and Pans
    Half of the appeal of copper cookware is the color. But the copper surfaces will dull if washed in the dishwasher. Hand wash your copper mugs, pots, and pans instead.

    Cookware with Burnt-On Stains
    So you let the potatoes sit in the oven for a little too long and now you have dark, stubborn crust on your glass baking dish. As much as we would love the dishwasher to take care of it, tough, baked on gunk can never get completely eradicated by the dishwasher. It’ll take some detergent, a sponge, and elbow grease to tackle that mess.

    Crystal
    Keep your crystal punch bowl and glasses far, far away from the dishwasher. The high water temperature may leave your crystal chipped, cracked, or dull.

    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 Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Wall Ovens vs. Stand-Alone Ovens: What's Best for Your Home Design?

    Wall Ovens vs. Stand-Alone Ovens: What's Best for Your Home Design?

    When it comes to ovens, you have two basic choices: wall ovens and stand-alone ovens. It seems like it should be a simple choice, but it can be challenging. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re oven experts and we recommend asking yourself three basic questions that can help you decide on the right oven for your home design.

    1. What’s the size of my kitchen?

    The first thing to consider when deciding between a wall oven or a stand-alone range, is the size of your kitchen. A range is typically 30-inches wide, 36-inches high, and 25-inches deep. You should carefully measure to make sure you have space in your kitchen that can comfortably fit a range with those dimensions.

    A single wall oven averages around 30-inches wide, 30-inches high, and 24-inches deep. It’s true that a wall oven can be a space saver, because it’s built right into the wall. But consider that with a wall oven, you’re giving up about 5 or 6 feet of cabinet space and you’ll also need a stand-alone cooktop, which will eat into your counter space.

    Finally, your measurements should take into account landing zones, which is just a fancy way of saying “a place to put hot pans.” For example, you don’t want to pull a turkey out of the oven and have to walk across the kitchen before you can put it down. It’s more safe and convenient to have a landing zone nearby. The standard recommendation is that you have 12-inches of landing space on one side of the stove, and another 15-inches on the other side. 

    Bottom line, if space isn’t an issue, then a wall oven/cooktop combo can a great addition to your home design. Plus, a wall oven/ cooktop combo offers a lot more flexibility when it comes to design options for a kitchen remodel. If your space is lacking, however, a stand-alone range is the better option.

    1. What’s my budget?

    A stand-alone range is the typically the less expensive choice because you’ll only need to buy one appliance, and they start at about $300. Of course, there are pro ranges and more high-tech models that have price tags that can go well into the thousands of dollars.

    If you choose s a wall oven/cooktop combo, then you’ll need to consider that you’re buying two appliances that will start at a combined minimum of about $1300. That cost can easily rise as you add bells and whistles.

    The cost of installation should also be factored in. An electric range typically needs a 240V line installed, which may require an electrician. A gas range will need the expertise of a plumber, especially if a gas line isn’t already in place. All in all, if it's a new install, there is little difference between a gas or electric range in terms of cost. You’ll also likely be working with a contractor, which is an added cost you should take into account.

    1. What’s my lifestyle?

    Do you entertain often? How many times per week do you cook? Do you prepare big holidays meals in your home? If you prefer to dine out or you just don’t cook for large gatherings often, then a stand-alone range may be a better choice for you. It’ll be there for times you need it, but you’ll be keeping a lot more counter and cabinet space.

    If you do a lot of cooking and entertaining, then a wall oven/cooktop combo is the great option because of their large capacity. Also, a spouse or partner can be at the cooktop while you’re tending to the oven or vice versa.  

    Also, be sure to take into account any health concerns like back pain, arthritis, or joint pain you or a partner may have. It may be inconvenient to have to bend down to remove heavy pans from the oven of a stand-alone range. A wall oven may make things easier for you.

    Once you have determined your space, budget, and lifestyle, you can rest assured that you have all of the information you need to decide which type of oven is right for your home design.

    If you’re in need of a new oven, but still aren’t sure which type is right for you, then head over to Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges and a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the right cooking appliance for your home.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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