1. 6 Simple Steps to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

    6 Simple Steps to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

    Most people may not think about their refrigerator’s condenser coils too often—or even know what they are—but keeping them clean is an essential part of refrigerator maintenance.

    To understand why it’s so important to clean those coils, we’re going to first delve into a bit of grade-school science. We all know that when two things of different temperatures are near each other, the hotter surface cools and the colder surface warms. That principle (officially known as the second law of thermodynamics) is at play in your refrigerator. A pump pushes a gas refrigerant through the coils, where it cools down and becomes a liquid. The cool liquid then sucks all of the warm air out of the refrigerator and freezer.

    Over time, dust, dirt, and pet hair can easily collect on the coils. When the coils are dirty, they can’t efficiently release heat. That means your compressor must work harder and use more energy, which will shorten the lifespan of your refrigerator.

    Fortunately, you can help keep your refrigerator running efficiently by cleaning the coils a few times a year. Even more good news is that it’s not at all difficult. As appliance experts, we wanted to share 6 simple steps to clean your refrigerator’s coils:

    Step 1. Unplug your refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker that delivers power to the unit.

    Step 2. Remove the cover panel to reveal the coils. On most units, the coils are located below the unit behind a kick plate, or near the top of the unit behind a trim plate. Either one of these plates should simply lift off. On older units, the coils may already be exposed behind the refrigerator.

    Step 3. Use a long-handled refrigerator brush to dislodge any dust and debris around the coils. Be careful not to bend or damage the coils.

    Step 4. Use the narrow hose attachment on your vacuum to suck up all the dust. Move the hose along all surfaces as carefully as you can.

    Step 5. When you are finished vacuuming, use a damp cloth or rag to gently wipe any remaining dust from the coils.

    Step 6. Replace the cover panel by snapping it back into place. Then plug the unit back in or turn on the circuit breaker.

    Following these simple steps 3 or 4 times a year will definitely help you extend the lifespan of your refrigerator. If you find that it’s still not running great even after you’ve cleaned the coils and performed other maintenance, then it may be time for a new refrigerator.

    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. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators, which are becoming increasingly popular, even among casual wine drinkers. Find out why in this this recent blog post.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to any home. Much more than just a nice grill, outdoor kitchens can include several other appliances and amenities to make backyard cooking and entertaining during the warm-weather months a lot more convenient and fun. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is sure to add value to your home.

    Outdoor Appliances vs. Indoor Appliances

    There’s more to creating an outdoor kitchen than setting up standard indoor appliances in your backyard. You should buy appliances specifically designed for outdoor use. For example, your kitchen may include:

    • A grill: Every outdoor kitchen should start with a stainless steel grill. Charcoal and gas grills should only be used outdoors and away from your home’s windows where smoke, fumes, and carbon monoxide can dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere.
    • A refrigerator: Outdoor refrigerators are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during those hot, humid summer days. In addition, they have waterproof electronics and a rust-resistant exterior to provide safe, durable operation in wet conditions.
    • A dishwasher: Outdoor dishwashers can be extremely convenient. If you install a dishwasher as part of your outdoor kitchen, it must be specifically designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions. A stainless steel interior and exterior and weatherproof electronics are a necessity.
    • A beer dispenser: While maybe not a “must have” outdoor beer dispensers are a great convenience for large gatherings. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

    Preparing Your Appliances for Winter

    Just because you’ve purchased appliances that are designed for outdoor use doesn’t mean they’re impervious to weather—especially during winter months. It’s important that you take steps to winterize your outdoor appliances so they’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around.

    Here are 4 tips to help you keep your outdoor appliances safe from the elements this winter:

    1. Clean your grill thoroughly after using it for the last time of the season. Disconnect the propane tank if there is one and store it in a cool place in your garage or basement. Use a high-quality grill cover to protect the grill from snow and ice and make sure it’s well attached so it won’t blow away in strong winds.

    2. To winterize the outdoor refrigerator, turn off the appliance and unplug it. Clean the inside thoroughly with soap and water. Protect the exterior by applying a coat of stainless steel finish. Avoid using an outside refrigerator cover because they tend to trap moisture inside the refrigerator, which could lead to mold and mildew growth.

    3. To winterize the outdoor dishwasher, drain the water lines leading to it. This will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Then, apply a coat of stainless steel finish to protect the exterior. Again, no cover is needed.

    4. The beer dispenser is portable so there’s no need to winterize it. Just clean it according to the manufacturers’ instructions and store inside your home or garage.

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

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 6 Steps to a Sparkling Oven After the Holiday Season

    6 Steps to a Sparkling Oven After the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is finally over. It’s time to take down the lights, remove the tree, pack away the decorations and… clean the oven? Cleaning the oven is probably not the first chore you think about after the holidays, but it’s the ideal time to do it. After all, your oven has likely been working overtime these past few weeks as you cooked up all of your holiday favorites, from savory stuffing to sweet potato pie. There’s bound to be some spills, stains, or splatters that need to be cleaned up.

    But before you reach for oven cleaner, spray cleaners, or even soap and water, we want you to know that there’s a more effective and safer way for you to clean your oven. It involves two simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry right now: vinegar and baking soda. When it comes to destroying grease and gunk, nothing beats this dynamic duo.  

    Follow these simple steps and you’ll see your oven go from grimy to gleaming, guaranteed.

    Step 1: Gather the following materials:

    • 1 cup of water
    • A clean spray bottle
    • A small bowl
    • A cloth rag
    • A box of baking soda
    • A bottle of distilled white vinegar

    Step 2: Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. Alternatively, you may be able to place them in the dishwasher, but check with your oven’s owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to ensure the racks are dishwasher safe.

    Step 3: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl. You want to create a thick, spreadable paste. Once the mixture is at a good consistency, then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven, including the oven window. As you spread it, you’ll notice that the baking soda will turn brown. Let the baking soda sit overnight, or at least 12 hours.

    Step 4: The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag.

    Step 5: Pour vinegar into the spray bottle. Spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue. Then, wipe everything down with a clean, wet rag.

    Step 6: Replace the racks and set the oven temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes to allow for drying.

    The post-holiday season is the perfect time to clean your oven. It’s also a good idea to follow the steps above every couple of months, or anytime you notice grime building up in your oven.

    If you’ve decided that you need a new oven to take on the next year’s holiday cooking, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands known for reliability and durability like Amana, GE Appliances, and Frigidaire. You can even choose a self-cleaning model to make your life a bit easier. We also carry a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges.

    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. 5 Ways to Know if Your Appliances Are Under Warranty

    5 Ways to Know if Your Appliances Are Under Warranty

    No matter what brand your appliances are or how well you care for them, they may malfunction at some point. If you have an appliance that needs repair, be sure to check if it’s still under warranty. You may be able to have it repaired or replaced at no cost.

    Not sure if your appliance is still under warranty? Here are 5 ways to help you figure it out:

    1. Consider Standard Warranty Periods: If your appliance breaks down within 30 days of purchase, it’s definitely still under warranty. In fact, the store you bought it from will likely replace it at no charge. Beyond 30 days, most manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase, so if anything happens within 12 months, you’re still covered.
    2. Save Owner’s Manuals and Receipts: What happens if your appliance breaks after the 12-month warranty period? Are you on the hook for the costs of repair? Not necessarily. Check the owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer offers a longer warranty. Check your receipt from the purchase as well. It’s possible that you purchased an extended warranty, but just don’t remember.
    3. Go Online: If you can’t locate the owner’s manual or receipt, check the manufacturer’s website to verify the length of the limited warranty.
    4. Contact the Retailer: Call the retailer to find out if your appliance is still under warranty. In fact, some retailers, like Reno’s Appliance, encourage their customers to call them first if they are having an issue with any appliance they purchased. Reno’s Appliance stands behind everything they sell and have a dedicated customer service department. If they can take care of the issue themselves, they will. Otherwise, they can contact the manufacturer on your behalf or tell you exactly who to call to get your appliance up and running as quickly as possible.
    5. Consult Your Credit Card Company: Did you purchase your appliance with a credit card? Many credit card companies offer free extended warranty coverage up to 1 year past the manufacturer’s warranty period. Contact your credit card company to find out if you have this protection.

    If your appliance breaks down, be sure to check out the status of its warranty before you do anything else. Trying to repair the appliance yourself will cancel the warranty. So, even if you can fix it yourself, future issues won’t be covered. Being aware of warranty dates on all of your appliances before there’s an issue can save a lot of headaches and confusion down the line.

    If you plan on making any major appliance purchases soon, then definitely consider getting an extended warranty as well. All major appliances sold at Reno’s Appliance come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labor, and you can extend that warranty up to 5 years. Plus, you can get an additional 5-year warranty on all major components of your appliance. That’s 10-years of protection!

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  5. 7 Tips to Prevent Dishwasher Disasters This Holiday Season

    7 Tips to Prevent Dishwasher Disasters This Holiday Season

    Your dishwasher may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the holiday season, but consider where you’d be without it. Whether you’re hosting casual pre-holiday gatherings, cooking large family feasts, or baking countless cookies, you’ll have plenty of dirty dishes to contend with—which means your dishwasher will be working double time.

    The last thing you want is to have your dishwasher conk out in the middle of all the merriment. Here are 7 tips to help you make sure your dishwasher runs smoothly throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.

    1. Determine Detergent Needs: Be sure to choose the right detergent for your machine. Consult your owner’s manual to find out if gels, powders, or tablets are recommended. If you have a high-efficiency washer, then make sure you’re using a high-efficiency detergent. Also, use the exact amount of detergent listed in the owner’s manual or on the detergent packaging. Despite what many people think, adding extra detergent doesn’t get dishes any cleaner. In fact, it may leave a soapy residue.
    2. Avoid Overfilling: It’s tempting to fill the dishwasher as much as possible, especially if you’re trying to reduce the overall number of loads you’re doing. But filling the dishwasher too much can prevent dishes from getting clean, and you’ll wind up having to wash them again. It’s better to give each dish the space it needs.
    3. But Don’t Underfill Either: While a partially filled dishwasher may seem like a better idea than an overloaded one, it’s a waste of resources and puts wear and tear on your dishwasher. Partially full loads also increase the risk of dishes breaking as they can bang into each other. It’s best to wash smaller loads by hand or wait to wash your dishes until you have a full load.
    4. Scrape the Scraps: Today’s dishwashers are amazing at removing food residue so there’s no need to prewash, but even the most advanced dishwasher can develop trouble when too much food is left on dishes. While we may not need to prewash our dishes, scraping large food scraps off the plate is a necessity.
    5. Notice What’s Not Dishwasher Safe: As much as we may want to throw everything into the dishwasher, not everything is dishwasher safe. Wooden cutting boards will split and crack when exposed to high temperatures and water. Delicate glassware can break in a dishwasher. Some metals like cast-iron and copper require special hands-only handling and can become damaged in the dishwasher.
    6. Respect the Racks: It does matter where dishes are placed in the dishwasher. There are a lot of items that are dishwasher-safe only when placed on the top rack. To get thoroughly clean, many other dishes need to be on the bottom rack. Put glasses, bowls, cups, and oversized serving utensils on the top. Plates, pots, pans, and utensils should be on the bottom.
    7. Don’t Stop the Sprayer: Know how the sprayer in your dishwasher works. For best results, you want the water from the sprayer to be able to reach every dish in every corner of the dishwasher. Sometimes a large pan or bowl can block the sprayer. Make sure there’s nothing in the way of the water or else you may wind up with less than clean dishware.

    These 7 tips will help you get the most out of your dishwasher, but if you aren’t sure if your machine is ready to handle the holidays, then head over to Reno’s Appliances in Paterson, NJ. From now until December 31, 2017 you can get a free GE Café™ Series dishwasher valued up to $1000 when you purchase three or more eligible GE Café™ Series appliances. Learn more about this offer.

    While there, you can also view their extensive inventory of world-class brands of dishwasher that are known for dependability and durability like FrigidaireBoschWhirlpool, 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.

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  6. Need Last-Minute Holiday Gifts? Reno’s to the Rescue!

    Need Last-Minute Holiday Gifts? Reno’s to the Rescue!

    We all know that the holidays are quickly approaching. If you have a few more gifts to buy and a few less shopping days than you thought, there’s no need to panic. Come to Reno’s Appliance to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping. We’ve got plenty of great gift ideas. In fact, here are three items that are perfect for that special someone on your list.

    For The Coffee Lover

    Do you know someone who’s a real coffee connoisseur? Is your sister an espresso enthusiast? Or maybe your brother’s a real bean buff? If so, then they will surely appreciate this Wolf coffee system. Much more than a mere coffee maker, the Wolf coffee system delivers outstanding coffee, cup after cup.

    Any coffee drinker will love the built-in whole bean reservoir. They just fill it with their favorite roast, and at the press of a button the beans are ground fresh, and coffee is brewed in minutes. Of course pre-ground coffee can be scooped in as well.

    The owner of this fabulous machine can pre-program their exact preferences including the strength of the coffee, the type of grind, and the size of the coffee. They’ll get their perfect cup every time. With the Wolf coffee system, all the popular coffee drinks—espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato—are available anytime. Plus, it makes great hot chocolate, chai lattes, and other hot drinks.

    The Wolf coffee system is easy to use, clean, and install. It’s guaranteed to add some joy to anyone’s holiday.

    For the Entertainer

    Who do you know that’s having the holiday party this year? Who’s hosting the big Superbowl bash? Who has backyard barbecues every weekend? If you keep thinking of the same person, then they’ll love this Danby freestanding kegerator.

    A keg cooler is the ideal appliance for anyone who loves entertaining friends and family. This solid unit by Danby is designed to easily hold kegs up to 60 liters. It includes a CO2 tank and all the necessary hardware to keep beer chilled to perfection and flowing freely.

    This model has a smudge-proof, stainless steel exterior, so it looks great anywhere—in the backyard, the man cave, or living room. Plus it’s built tough, with a durable, scratch-resistant top and an automatic defrosting system. The best part is, it’s all backed by a 12-month warranty on parts and labor. With a Danby freestanding kegerator providing the refreshment, the party just won’t stop.

    For Just about Anyone

    The Avanti portable induction cooktop is lightweight, efficient, and easy to clean. Most important, it’s safer than gas or electric cookware because it cooks with induction technology. Place a pan that contains iron on the cooking surface, and the pan, not the cooking surface, heats up and cooks the food. Once the pan is removed, the cooktop is instantly cool to the touch.

    The Avanti portable induction cooktop is a great gift for practically anyone. Campers and college students will love it because it gives them a safe, portable option for cooking food. It’s also great for anyone who can’t stand to turn on the oven during those hot summer months.

    Reno’s to The Rescue

    There’s still time to get your holiday shopping done. So, check your list twice, then head over to Reno’s Appliance to get something nice.

    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. 6 Reasons Why You’ll Win with a Wine Fridge

    6 Reasons Why You’ll Win with a Wine Fridge

    Even if you consider yourself to be just a casual wine drinker, you likely have a few bottles of vino stored around your house. Maybe you’ve got an uncorked bottle or two in the refrigerator and a few bottles in your cupboard or liquor cabinet. With the holidays approaching, you’ll probably even receive a few more bottles of wine as gifts. It may be time for you to start thinking about a wine fridge.

    Do I Really Need a Wine Fridge?

    Wine fridges aren’t just for connoisseurs. These days, more and more people consider the wine fridge to be another kitchen appliance they can’t do without. In fact, here are 6 great reasons you should get a wine fridge.

    1. Constant Temperature and Humidity Control: Wines are sensitive to temperature and humidity. A cabinet is too warm and too dry for proper wine st­orage and regular refrigerators are not the ideal spot for long-term storage. By storing your wine in a wine fridge, you know that you are keeping it at a correct and constant humidity level and temperature (50% to 70% humidity and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit).
    2. Extended Shelf Life: Open bottles of wine can last for a year or longer if stored in a wine fridge, whereas open bottles can last for only a month in your regular refrigerator and even less time without any refrigeration.
    3. Protection: Bottles of wine are stored securely, yet gently in a wine fridge. The racks cradle the bottles to prevent cracks, spills, and any other damage. You’re not only protecting against potential messes, but you’re also protecting your investment, especially if you enjoy more expensive bottles of wine.
    4. Organization: With a wine fridge, you have one central location that you know is just for your wine. Organize your collection by vintage, color, region, or in any way that makes sense to you.
    5. Horizontal storage: Wine fridges store wine bottles horizontally, which keeps the cork from drying out. A dried out cork will let small amounts of air into the bottle, which will damage the wine.
    6. Optimal Taste: At the end of the day, you want your wine to taste good. A wine fridge stores your wine in the ideal setting, so that you can be sure you can always enjoy consistent, flavorful wine.

    What should I consider when purchasing a wine fridge?

    A quick Internet search of the term “wine fridge” will reveal hundreds of options. To find what type of wine fridge is best for you, consider these 5 factors:

    1. Available Space: Start with the obvious. How much space do you have in your kitchen for a wine fridge? Some models can be very small, with a 12-bottle capacity, larger ones can hold several dozen bottles, while still others can hold well over 100 bottles. Some are stand-alone units, while others can be built into existing cabinetry.
    2. Size of Your Collection: Don’t just consider the number of bottles you own, but look forward. Do you plan on growing your collection? How big of an inventory do you anticipate having on hand?
    3. Temperature options: Some wine fridges come equipped with two separate temperature zones for more precise control. Is that a feature you’d like or do you think it’s not necessary?
    4. Hardware: Some fridges have fancy wooden racks, while others boast stainless steel racks. There’s no difference in performance, so it’s really just personal preference.
    5. Price: Like any other purchase, a lot depends on your budget. Wine fridges can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. If you’re interested in becoming a true collector, then you may want to make a larger investment. If you’re just looking for good wine storage for a dozen bottles or less, then there’s no need to break the bank.

    Reno’s Appliance has a variety of wine refrigerators and wine storage options from the best brands including Sub-Zero, Summit, Whirlpool, Marvel, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  8. 4 Delicious Meals for Large Hoilday Gatherings

    4 Delicious Meals for Large Hoilday Gatherings

    Are you hosting a large crowd for dinner during the holiday season? If so, we’ve got 4 recipes that are perfect for this festive time of year. They’re delicious, plentiful, and are sure to make your guests feel special.

    Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Sauce

    A simple, mouthwatering recipe for roast tenderloin, paired with a savory sauce.


    • 2 center-cut pieces of beef tenderloin (approximately 1 pound each)
    • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil for coating roasts, plus 3 tablespoons for sauce
    • Steak seasoning
    • 5 whole roasted red peppers, coarsely chopped, well drained and pat dry
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • Handful flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 cup of pitted Kalamata olives
    • 2 teaspoons of salt
    • 2 teaspoons of pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. While the oven is heating, coat the meat with olive oil and steak seasoning.
    3. Place the meat in a roasting pan and transfer it to the oven.
    4. Roast the meat for 10 minutes at 500 degrees, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes more.
    5. Remove meat from the oven and let it rest 10 minutes before serving.
    6. While the meat rests, place roasted peppers in a food processor and add garlic, parsley, olives, salt, and pepper. Turn the processor on and gradually pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
    7. Thinly slice the meat and serve with sauce.

    Chicken Marsala

    Here’s the ultimate recipe for this classic Italian dish.


    • 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
    • 2 cups of all-purpose flour, for dredging
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 ounces of prosciutto, thinly sliced
    • 8 ounces of crimini or porcini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
    • 1/2 cup of sweet Marsala wine
    • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup of chopped flat-leaf parsley


    • Put the chicken breasts side by side on a cutting board and lay a piece of plastic wrap over them. Pound with a flat meat mallet, until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
    • Pour some flour into a shallow dish and add a fair amount of salt and pepper. Mix with a fork to distribute evenly.
    • Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large skillet. When the oil is nice and hot, dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.
    • Place the cutlets into the pan and fry for 5 minutes on each side until golden. When done, remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside on a plate.
    • When you’re done cooking the chicken, reduce the heat to medium and add the prosciutto to the drippings in the pan, and sauté for 1 minute.
    • Add the mushrooms and sauté until they are nicely browned and their moisture has evaporated.
    • Pour the Marsala in the pan, then add the chicken stock. Let it all simmer for a minute to reduce the sauce slightly.
    • Stir in the butter and return the chicken to the pan. Simmer gently for 1 minute to heat the chicken through.
    • Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

    Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder with Asparagus

    A great recipe for beginner chefs. The rich, natural flavor of the pork pairs well with the asparagus.


    • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons of chopped garlic
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pork shoulder, approximately 4 pounds
    • 1 pound of fresh asparagus, with bottom ends trimmed.


    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    3. Using a pastry brush, spread the mixture all over the pork shoulder.
    4. Place the meat into a roasting pan and then into the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees. Continue to cook for about 4 hours or until the internal temperature of the shoulder is 185 degrees.
    5. Remove the pork from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.
    6. While the pork is resting, spread the asparagus on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil.
    7. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    8. Place into a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until the asparagus is fork tender.
    9. Slice the pork and serve with asparagus.

    Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

    This salmon is really awesome. The pomegranate molasses combines with the salted brown sugar crust for a wonderful teriyaki-like flavor.


    • 4 boneless salmon fillets, skin on
    • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch or potato starch
    • Black pepper
    • Nonstick cooking oil spray
    • 1/4 cup of pomegranate molasses (see recipe below)
    • Fresh pomegranate seeds and mint for garnish

    Directions for salmon

    1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Farenheit.
    2. Rinse the fish fillets in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, salt, and corn or potato starch.
    4. Rub the flesh side of the fillets evenly with the brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle the fillets lightly with black pepper.
    5. Spray a nonstick skillet generously with cooking oil and heat on medium high until very hot. Place the fillets skin side up, flesh side down into the skillet and allow them to sear for 1 to 2 minutes, until a dark crust forms.
    6. When a dark crust has formed, use a pair of tongs to gently turn the salmon and let the skin side sear for another minute.
    7. Transfer the fillets onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush each fillet with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate molasses.
    8. Place the fillets into the preheated oven and let them cook for about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature of each fillet reaches at least 125 degrees.
    9. Serve fillets fresh from the oven garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.

    Ingredients for pomegranate molasses

    • 4 cups pure 100% pomegranate juice (bottled or fresh)
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Directions for pomegranate molasses

    1. Pour pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice into a small saucepan.
    2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sauce begins to simmer lightly. Allow the liquid to simmer very lightly for 60 to 80 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The liquid is ready when it has a light syrupy consistency and coats the back of a spoon.
    3. Remove from heat. The syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.
    4. After the syrup cools completely, you can store it in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

    Now that you have the recipes, you need the perfect kitchen appliances to create your holiday meals. 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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  9. The Cooktop Debate Heats Up: Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction

    The Cooktop Debate Heats Up: Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction

    When it comes to ranges and cooktops, Americans have always had two choices: gas or electric. Induction cooktops, which have been popular in Europe for years, are now gaining a foothold in America and have become an attractive third option.

    Each type of cooktop has pros and cons you should consider before making a purchase, so let’s break down the different options.

    Gas Cooktops

    Gas cooktops are a no-nonsense and very popular cooking solution. Their biggest advantage is 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. Of course, there is a downside to a typical gas control knob: it’s hard to get the same temperature every time you use it.

    Another advantage is that you can put any type of pot or pan on a gas burner—including cast iron, copper, and stainless steel. You can find gas cooktops at several different price points, but maintenance costs are low. However, 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.  

    Electric Cooktops

    Electric cooktops are the least expensive option, which is probably their biggest advantage. 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 a gas cooktop, so precise results can be hard to achieve.

    Electric stoves that have coiled heating elements can be maintained inexpensively and the ceramic coils can be easily replaced if they get damaged. Ceramic radiant electric cooktops are a bit pricier to repair, but are very easy to clean since you’re just wiping down one flat surface.

    Induction Cooktops

    Induction cooktops are one of the most popular kitchen appliance trends of the past few years. Induction cooktops use electromagnetism to cook your food, which sounds complex, but it’s actually simple, super-efficient, and safe.

    Below each cooking zone in an induction cooktop is a coil of metal. When the power is turned on, a current flows through the coil and produces an invisible magnetic field. If there is no pan on the cooking zone, no heat is produced, so it’s cool to the touch.

    Once a pan that contains iron (cast iron, black metal, or stainless steel with a magnetic grade base) is placed on the cooking zone, the magnetic field induces electrical currents inside the pan, so the pan itself gets hot and acts as its own heating element. In comparison, gas and electric cooktops are heated indirectly, using either a gas flame or electric coil to pass heat to the pan.

    Induction cooktops can achieve very high temperatures and reach the lowest temperatures of the three types of stoves. As mentioned, with induction cooktops you don’t get heat anywhere except where your cookware sits. This means that if you happen to have an overflow, food cannot become baked on. In fact, most models don’t need a specialist cleaner. You can simply wipe them down with a damp cloth or use the same spray as you do everywhere else in your kitchen.

    The main downside to induction cooktops is cost. They are the most expensive of the three options. Also, you need to have pots and pans that contain iron for an induction cooktop to work. So be sure to include the price of a new set of cookware in your budget.

    The Bottom Line

    There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to the kind of cooktop or range you choose. Gas cooktops probably fit most people’s needs. However, if you’re a serious chef with a big budget then induction is probably the way to go. But if you just need an inexpensive stove to boil water and fry an egg, then electric will be fine.

    Here at Reno’s Appliance, we offer a large inventory of cooktops and ranges from top brands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.

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  10. Warm Up to the Idea of a Warming Drawer

    Warm Up to the Idea of a Warming Drawer

    Let’s say that you are in the middle of remodeling your kitchen. You’ve picked out all new appliances including a refrigerator, range, dishwasher, kitchen sink, and faucet. But have you considered installing a warming drawer as well? You might be wondering what a warming drawer is or if it’s really necessary. The team at Reno’s Appliance wants to tell you about this hot new trend in kitchen design and why it’s worth considering.

    What is a 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. 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.  

    Warming drawers range from 24 to 30 inches wide, and are about as deep as a large kitchen drawer. This is typically enough space to hold several dinner plates of food, a couple of pies, a large pizza, a few holiday side dishes, or loaves of fresh bread.

    Warming drawers are typically installed with an accompanying wall oven, but they can also be installed on their own. Warming drawers are usually stainless steel, but can also blend seamlessly into your existing kitchen cabinetry, so you don’t have to worry a clunky appliance stealing space from your kitchen. Plus, most models hide the control panel behind the front cover, so you won’t even know it’s there until you’re ready to use it.

    Why Do I Need a Warming Drawer?

    If you and your family have an on-the-go lifestyle, it may be difficult to find a time when you can have a sit-down meal together. Fortunately, the warming drawer makes it possible for families to have fresh meals despite their busy schedules. All you have to do is place the plate into the drawer and you’ll have a hot, tasty dish in no time.

    Warming drawers are also great for just heating up empty cups and dishes on cold days. That way, your freshly prepared food and hot beverages stay warm as you enjoy your meal.

    There are even uses for warming drawers beyond the kitchen. Install one in your master suite or bathroom and have a warm towel waiting every time you step out of the shower. It doesn’t get more luxurious that that.

    Isn’t My Toaster Oven and Microwave Enough?

    Chances are you’re asking yourself, “Why buy a warming drawer when I have a toaster oven or microwave?” These are convenient appliances for sure, but there are some notable disadvantages. Microwaved food tastes, well, microwaved and always has hot and cold spots. Plus, the microwave can significantly reduce the nutrient content of your food. Toaster ovens heat food more evenly than microwaves, but they are small appliances—not ideal for large family gatherings or multiple plates.

    A warming drawer may not be the first appliance you think of when it’s time to remodel your kitchen. But once you have one installed, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one. Reno’s Appliance has top-of-the line warming drawers to fulfill all of your 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. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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