Kitchen Appliances
  1. Must Have Items in Every Entertainment Kitchen

    Must Have Items in Every Entertainment Kitchen

    Entertainment Kitchens are the New Wave. Make Sure Yours Stacks Up.

    If you love to host parties and get-togethers, then an entertainment kitchen a must have. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re kitchen experts and we recommend these 7 items that can turn any basic kitchen into the life of the party:

    1. Kitchen Island
      The kitchen island is the number one necessity if you want a great entertainment kitchen. Kitchen islands are functional as well as beautiful. The extra counter space is the perfect place for a spread of appetizers and creates a natural place for people to gather and have conversations. With most islands, you can customize the drawers and cabinets underneath, so it works well for your everyday life as well as entertaining. And, you can customize the countertop to match existing kitchen décor.
    2. Roomy Refrigerator
      An up-to-date, roomy refrigerator should be part of every entertainment kitchen. The right refrigerator will give you enough space to store appetizers and finger foods. For a more refined look, opt for a built-in refrigerator with custom cabinetry. This can help transform the room into a cozy place to chat and relax instead of feeling like a room specifically used for food preparation.
    3. Wine Fridge
      What’s a party without wine? Wine fridges are becoming more popular, even among casual wine drinkers. Regular refrigerators are too cold for proper storage and cabinets are too warm. A wine fridge, on the other hand, will keep your vino stored at the perfect temperature and humidity setting, which extends its shelf life and keeps it flavorful. It’s also great for chilling beer, sodas, and cocktail mixers.
    4. Double Oven
      Do you love having dinner parties, but hate figuring out how to cook everything so it’s done about the same time? A double oven allows you to time your meals perfectly without stressing over different baking times and temperature.
    5. Warming Drawer
      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. It’s perfect for keeping appetizers warm and fresh until guests arrive. 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.  
    6. Lighting
      Lighting can make or break any room in the house, and if the kitchen is going to be your entertainment hub, you should make sure your lighting is well-suited for hosting parties. Avoid harsh fluorescent lighting and opt for softer lighting hanging from the ceiling. Adding lighting under cabinets is also a great way to show off customized cabinetry and natural stone countertops and adds a softer glow to the room.
    7. Built-In Coffee Maker
      Perfect for hosting brunches, a built-in coffee maker is an essential item in your entertainment kitchen. Installed in or under cabinets to free up counter space, these sophisticated machines enable you to program your guests’ exact coffee preferences, so they get perfectly brewed espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and more.

    Having an entertainment kitchen isn’t out-of-reach. Start creating your entertainment kitchen today with any of the items on this list.

    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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  2. Inside BBQ: Grilling Tips for the Winter Months

    Inside BBQ: Grilling Tips for the Winter Months

    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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

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  3. How an Under Counter Fridge Could Upgrade Your Kitchen

    How an Under Counter Fridge Could Upgrade Your Kitchen

    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?

    1. A streamlined look: An under counter fridge won’t extend past the counter, so your entire kitchen will look cleaner and more streamlined.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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  4. Garbage Disposal Not Working? Common Mistakes You May be Making

    Garbage Disposal Not Working? Common Mistakes You May be Making

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The Lazy Cook: The New Trend in Smart Ovens

    The Lazy Cook: The New Trend in Smart Ovens

    It seems like there’s a “smart” version of almost everything these days. Smart cars, smart watches, smart phones, smart televisions, and the list goes on. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re appliance experts and we’re excited to tell you about the latest trend in kitchen appliance technology—smart ovens. Smart ovens can be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology and controlled remotely with an app on a smart phone or tablet.

    Why Are Smart Ovens a Smart Idea?

    Smart ovens open up a world of convenience and ease for cooks and busy families everywhere. With a smart oven you can:

    • Turn the oven on and off, start preheating, and adjust the temperature from anywhere using the smartphone app.
    • Enjoy expanded temperature settings including bake, broil, warm, convection bake, roast, and proof to help yeast-based baked goods rise before baking.
    • Cook food more quickly and precisely thanks to advanced cooking technology like convection and infrared heating elements that replace or enhance traditional heating components.
    • Cook different foods at different temperatures at the same time—many smart oven range models offer two separate oven spaces.
    • Connect to any number of recipe apps and have the oven automatically preheat itself to the correct temperature, cook food for the proper amount of time, and then turn itself off—all based on the recipe instructions.
    • Receive alerts when oven is properly preheated, when timer has ended, if you’ve left the house with the oven still on, or if there is a problem with the appliance.
    • Take advantage of faster and more powerful self-cleaning cycles that help you cook more and clean less.
    • Save energy and reduce energy bills thanks to smart ovens’ efficient designs that cook food faster using less energy.
    • Integrate your oven with other smart home appliances like a smart dishwasher, smart microwave, or smart refrigerator, so you can control every appliance in your kitchen from the palm of your hand.
    • Get automatic software upgrades for your oven as soon as they’re available, ensuring that you’ll always have access to the latest features and benefits. No additional purchases necessary.

    Plus, They’re Smart Enough to Listen

    Perhaps the coolest feature of certain smart ovens is that they will listen to your voice commands. For example, Jenn-Air has partnered with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, enabling you to control your oven with your speach. Simple voice commands have been created for everything from preheating and setting timers to changing temperatures and cooking modes. For example, you can say:

    “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to …

    • preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
    • reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees”
    • set the oven timer for 20 minutes."
    • preheat the oven for a 12-pound turkey."

    And the more you talk, the more it understands your personal speech patterns and regional accent. There’s no reason to “talk like a robot” or yell. Simply talk and it responds.

    If you’re ready to smarten up your kitchen and simplify your life, come to Reno’s Appliance, where you’ll find a wide selection of smart ovens, including the:

    While you’re visiting Reno’s, you can ask our team about our entire inventory of smart kitchen appliances including refrigerators, and dishwashers.

    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. Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them an essential life skill, spend quality time with them, pass on family recipes, and get them curious about trying new foods. However, the kitchen has many potential hazards that little ones should be aware of. At Reno’s Appliance, we are kitchen experts and have compiled this list of 8 tips that you can use to teach kitchen safety for kids.

    Always Ask an Adult
    This may seem obvious, but as your kids get more comfortable and independent in the kitchen, they may forget to ask permission before they start to cook. Or, excited little chefs may want to surprise the family with a homemade treat. Remind kids that an adult has to be present with them in the kitchen at all times.

    Wash Your Hands
    Every parent probably already tells their child to wash their hands about 20 times a day. However, it’s especially important that kids understand that germs on their hands can be transferred to food when cooking. Always have them wash well before meal prep starts.

    Use a Potholder
    Kids may not realize how hot a dish may be when it is first pulled out of the oven. Help prevent burns by making sure they know how to properly use a potholder.

    Roll Up Your Sleeves
    Kids should literally roll up their sleeves before they begin work. Long hair should be tied back as well. This will help keep sleeves and hair strands from getting snagged on something, dipping into food, or worse yet, catching fire.

    Be Safe with Knives
    Knowing about the dangers of knives is a major part of kitchen safety for kids. Make sure that your children know to only pick up knives by their handles and to never point them at anyone. Kids should only use knives when they have been given permission to do so. Give younger kids plastic knives to work with so they can learn proper cutting techniques before moving on to kitchen knives.

    Ask Before You Lick
    Who doesn’t love to lick icing or cake batter off the spoon? However, make sure your kids know that they have to ask before they can lick. Otherwise, they might consume raw ingredients that can make them sick.

    Practice Stove Safety
    Proper kitchen safety for kids wouldn’t be complete without addressing the dangers associated with stoves. Remind kids to keep potholders, paper towels, dish towels and other flammable materials away from cook tops. Demonstrate how to position pots so the handles are facing in. Finally, teach kids that baking soda or flour should be used to douse the flames of a stove top fire – never water.

    Clean Up is Essential
    Cooking in the kitchen is always tons of fun. But cleaning? Not so much. However, proper clean up is an essential part of kitchen safety for kids. Kids should make sure the oven and burners are completely turned off. All food should be properly stored and refrigerated. All spills should be cleaned up. Finally, any surfaces or utensils that handled raw meat or eggs should be properly sanitized.

    Teaching kitchen safety for kids early on will help instill good kitchen habits that will stay with them into adulthood.

    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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