Posted: October 15, 2019|
Don’t Settle for a Sink Too Big for Your Counter
One of the more common problems homeowners have and may not even realize it, is that their kitchen sink is too big for their counter. Large kitchen sinks are nice, but if they’re too big, they eat up valuable counter space and can limit storage space in the cabinets underneath the sink. You don’t have to settle for a sink that’s too big for your kitchen counter. When you’re ready to replace your too-large sink, follow these steps to ensure that your new sink and countertop are a perfect fit.
Before You Measure
Before you pull out the measuring tape take note of these tips, which will help things go more smoothly.
- Empty out your kitchen sink base cabinets so you have a clear and clean area to work in.
- Remove any dishes from the sink and make sure the sink is clean and free of debris.
- Take all measurements twice to ensure accuracy and save you from headaches later on.
- Using a measuring tape, measure the length of your sink starting with the left-most edge of the sink and stretching the measuring tape across to the right edge. Write down that measurement.
- Then measure the sink width by placing your tape measure at the back edge of the sink (closest to the faucet) and stretching it across to the front edge. Write down the width.
- Lastly, measure how deep the basin is. To do this easily, place a straight ruler across the top of your sink. Then, measure the deepest part of your sink basin to the bottom edge of the ruler. Write down the depth.
- Place your tape measure along the bottom of the sink base cabinet and measure from the back of the cabinet to the front edge to get the depth. Write down that measurement. Note that most standard kitchen cabinets have a depth of 24 inches.
- Next, measure along the bottom of the cabinet from the left edge to the right edge to get the width.
- Subtract 4 inches from width and 1 inch from the depth. The resulting numbers will be the maximum size sink you should buy.
- Now, go back and look at the measurements from step 1. If those measurements are larger than the numbers you get after you subtract, then you definitely have a sink that’s too big for your counter.
- Before you do anything to remove the sink, be sure to shut off the water valves, disconnect the water lines, and take off the faucet. Then you can disconnect the drain attachments and remove the sink.
- Then, measure from side to side and then back to front, similarly to how you measured in step one. This is the total space available for your new sink.
Step 1: Measure the Sink
Step 2: Measure the Cabinet
Step 3: Measure the Counter Cutout with the Sink Removed
Whether you are completely redesigning your kitchen, or using the current space available, these measurements will be your guide for what size sink you can get and help ensure that you don’t get a sink that’s too big for your counter.
If you’re looking for a new kitchen sink, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry popular sinks from top-name brands including Franke and Rohl. In fact, you can get every appliance you need for your kitchen renovation from Reno’s. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, wall ovens, and more.
Posted: October 08, 2019
How to Tell If a Steam Washing Machine is Worth It for Your Home
Are you considering new laundry appliances? If so, one thing you’ll quickly realize is that your choice of washing machines goes way beyond top-loaders vs. front loaders. Steam washing machines, in particular, are getting a lot of attention lately. Is the hype surrounding these sleek machines just a lot of hot air? Or are steam washing machines worth it?
What are the Benefits of Steam Washing Machines?
Steam washing machines use a combination of water and steam in a variety of wash cycles. Basically, steam boosts the temperature inside the washer, which has all kinds of benefits for your wardrobe, such as:
- Stain elimination: The hotter temperatures inside steam washing machines cause clothing fibers to relax and release deep-down dirt and stains that might not come out in a standard washer. Detergent works better in the higher temperatures created by steam as well.
- Allergy alleviation: Common allergens that easily stick to clothing such as dust mites, pollen, molds, and pet dander are all obliterated by steam heat.
- Super sanitation: It takes temperatures of 171 degrees Fahrenheit to sanitize your clothes. Most washers don’t get hotter than 140 degrees, but steam heat is 212 degrees, so bacteria don’t stand a chance.
- Wrinkle reduction: Steam causes clothing fibers to relax more deeply, so there are no more wrinkles. You can say goodbye to ironing forever. Most people would argue that this one benefit alone makes steam washing machines worth it.
- Energy conservation: Steam washers require less water than traditional washing machines, which helps reduce your water bill. In addition, using fewer gallons of water means that less energy is required to heat the water – a win for the environment and your electric bill.
What are the Drawbacks of Steam Washing Machines?
With so many benefits to steam washing machines, you might think it’s a no brainer to run out and get one. However, one drawback is the price. Depending on the brand and the features you want, a steam washing machine could cost close to $1,200 or more. Compare that to a basic traditional washer that you can get for a few hundred dollars.
Are Steam Washing Machines Worth It?
At the end of the day, you should choose the washer that has the features that are right for you and your family, but also fits your budget. If you have pets, or someone in your family has allergies, then steam-sanitized clothes may be important to you. If your kids play team sports and you handle a lot of sweaty and grass-stained clothes, then the extra cleaning power of steam would probably be much appreciated in your household. On the other hand, if you’re satisfied with how clean your clothes get using a traditional washer, then it may not be worth the investment to get a steam washing machine.
Not sure if a steam washing machine is worth it? Stop by Reno’s Appliance and talk to a member of our friendly sales staff. They can show you our full line of washing machines, including steam washers, front-loaders, and top-loaders from world-class appliance manufacturers. We’re conveniently located in Paterson, New Jersey.
Fridge Ice Maker Hacks
Having a fridge ice maker is a wonderful convenience, but most people don’t realize that it should be cleaned from time to time. If your ice looks cloudy, smells off, tastes bad, or clumps up a lot, then it’s probably an indication that you need to clean the ice maker. Fortunately, cleaning your fridge ice maker is easy to do if you follow these simple steps.
- Start by cleaning out old or unwanted items from your refrigerator and freezer. Oftentimes, ice cubes will taste bad because they’ve picked up odors from old spills or spoiled food. Cleaning out and deodorizing your refrigerator will make sure that you eliminate the possibility of foul odors contaminating your ice.
- Before you start to clean the fridge ice maker, unplug your refrigerator. It’s the best way to ensure that your unit won’t make ice as you’re cleaning it. Your ice maker may also have an on/off switch or a lever that you can lift to turn it off.
- Remove the ice cube bin and dump out any ice into your kitchen sink. Or run the cubes through your garbage disposal (ice cubes are a great way to deodorize your garbage disposal by the way). When the bin is empty, use a clean sponge or cloth to wash it with warm, soapy water. You can also use a solution of 1 part water and 1 part distilled white vinegar. Use a toothbrush to get any hard-to-reach spots. Once you’ve completely washed and rinsed the bin, set it aside to air-dry completely before you put it back into the freezer.
- Next, pour ½ cup of bleach into a gallon of water. Dip a clean rag into the solution and wipe down all of the parts of the ice maker that are in the freezer. Dampen a rag in the mixture and wipe down the ice maker inside the freezer. Then, use a clean towel to dry the unit thoroughly.
- Check your fridge ice maker’s water filter. Many people don’t realize that their ice makers have a water filters, but they do. These filters should be changed every six months. Check your owner’s manual to find out where the filter is located and how to change it.
- Finally, place the clean and dry bin back into the freezer. Plug your refrigerator back in and let the fridge ice maker do its thing. Dump out the first 2 batches of ice, just to make sure any leftover contaminants or bad odors are completely eliminated.
Now that you know how easy it is to clean your fridge ice maker, you should repeat this process every few months, or whenever your ice tastes or smells less than perfect. If you think that your fridge ice maker is just way too funky for you to save, or worse yet, you don’t have a refrigerator with a built-in ice maker, then come to Reno’s Appliance.
Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators with built-in ice makers from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire. We also have a full line of stand-alone ice makers. Stop by our showroom today to see everything we have to offer.
Posted: September 30, 2019|
Looking to Recycle Your Fridge? We've Got You Covered
As of 2017, 22 states, including New Jersey, have banned refrigerators and other major appliances from landfills. This means, if you are looking to dispose of an old fridge, it must be recycled. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you the facts about the correct recycling practices and why they need to be done.
Why recycle your fridge?
Refrigerators contain refrigerants, oils, and other compounds that, by federal law, must be removed and recovered. Once those items are removed, the steel, other metals, and selected parts can be recycled. New Jersey's recycling program also captures the foam insulation inside the refrigerator doors, which can give off ozone-depleting gasses as it decomposes.
How can you recycle your fridge?
The good news is, there are several options for you to recycle your fridge:
- Contact the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP): This program offers an incentive to customers willing to give up their older, energy-wasting refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. NJCEP will arrange for pick-up of your old appliances and ensure that they are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. You can find out more about this appliance recycling program on the NJCEP website or by calling them directly at 866-655-6278.
- Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you're purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno's Appliance will deliver your new refrigerator and dispose of your old one in an environmentally responsible way, in accordance with state and federal regulations, at no extra charge. We also have a robust recycling program for the styrofoam that's used in the packaging of appliances.
- Purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator: Your old fridge will be automatically recycled when you buy an ENERGY STAR rated model from a retailer that partners with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. RAD partners ensure that old appliances are properly recycled and disposed of. Plus, by purchasing an ENERGY STAR appliance, you know you'll get high-quality performance while doing what's right for the planet.
- Donate your old unit: If you're getting rid of a functional product that is less than 5 years old, consider donating it. For example, Habitat for Humanity will often accept newer, working appliances.
- Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
- Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they'll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly.
The bottom line is that recycling your fridge is the right thing to do, and there are plenty of options that make it easy for you. If you are planning on getting rid of an old, inefficient fridge, then be sure you have a new one to replace it. Stop by Reno's showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators.
Posted: September 23, 2019|
All You Need to Know About Touch Control Cooktops
Touch control cooktops are all the rage these days. People everywhere are upgrading their older cooktops in favor of these more modern appliances, despite the fact that they are slightly more expensive than more conventional models with knob controls. Are touch control cooktops worth the hype and the additional investment? At Reno's Appliance, we are New Jersey's kitchen appliance experts and wanted to give you 6 reasons why we think touch control cooktops are worth the investment:
- Wide availability: Touch control cooktops are available in gas, electric, or induction models. You don't have to give up your preferred heat source for touch control convenience. Be sure to check out the showroom at Reno's Appliance for our large selection of cooktops.
- Precise temperature control: No more guesswork when trying to get the heat level just right. Touch control cooktops allow you to zero in on exact temperatures for better cooking results.
- Easier clean-up: With a touch control cooktop, you won’t have to worry about any gunk build-up behind the knobs, so that's one less thing to clean. And, without bulky knobs in the way, you can easily clean your cooktop surface. Just a simple spray of your favorite cleaner and a swipe of the sponge is enough to clean up most spills. Just be sure to wait until the surface has cooled down first
- Safety: Most touch control cooktops come with built-in safety features. For example, you can lock the temperature controls so you don't accidentally turn on the cooktop. This is an especially important feature if you have children in the house who are at an age where they love to explore and touch everything.
- Aesthetics: The knobs of traditional cooktops are typically located in the front of the unit, which means they usually extend a few inches past the cabinetry. Touch control cooktops, on the other hand, have no knobs, so they're more sleek and stylish than traditional models, and perfect for any modern kitchen.
- Added features: Of course, touch controls offer added features not available with knobs, such as pre-programmable stop times on each burner. Not only does this help save energy, but it also prevents overcooked meals. Some gas touch control cooktops also have technology that automatically re-ignites any burner that may unexpectedly go out.
Touch control cooktops may be a bit more expensive than traditional models, but we think that you definitely get what you pay for. If you're thinking about upgrading to a touch control cooktop, then come to Reno's Appliance. We have an extensive inventory of cooktops from some of the best brands, including Dacor, Wolf, Bosch, and more.
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, exhibiting exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection. We have every appliance you could possibly need.
Posted: September 16, 2019|
If Your Dishwasher Is Getting Moldy, Try These Tips
You might be surprised to learn that your dishwasheris a breeding ground for mold since it cleans itself every time you run it. But remember, your dishwasher provides 3 things mold loves—moisture, warmth, and old food. So, if your dishwasher is getting moldy, here are some tips to help get rid of it, preventing new mold from growing.
When your dishwasher starts getting moldy, there are a few ways to remove it:
- Bleach. The perfect mold killer, bleach also removes mildew stains and eliminates other bacteria that may be growing in your dishwasher. Dilute 1 cup of bleach in a gallon of water and use a stiff brush to scrub the inside of your dishwasher with the bleach solution. Use a toothbrush to get into small crevices and around door gaskets (mold also loves to grow on rubber). After you're done scrubbing, run the dishwasher on an empty cycle.
- Vinegar. The king of kitchen cleaning, vinegar kills a wide variety of mold and fungi. Fill a dishwasher-safe container with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Place the container uncovered on the top rack of your empty dishwasher and start a hot-wash cycle. The vinegar will work to remove grime and mold that may have accumulated around the dishwasher. Once the cycle ends, you may need to scrub away any stubborn bits of mold that may remain.
- Baking soda. After you do a major clean with either bleach or vinegar, you can finish the job and deodorize your dishwasher with baking soda. To do so, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. The next morning, run a short hot water cycle. Any remaining odors or mold will be eliminated.
Now that you've cleaned your appliance, you’re going to want to use these tips to keep your dishwasher from getting moldy again.
- Scrape your plates: Mold and mildew require nutrients to grow, and they find them in the food particles left behind in your dishwasher. The easiest way to prevent food from accumulating in your dishwasher is to scrape your plates and bowls into the garbage really well before placing them in the dishwasher. But, there's no need to pre-rinse.
- Clean the filter: Food particles also collect in the plastic filter at the bottom of most dishwashers. Removing the filter and cleaning it regularly prevents food buildup. Removal instructions vary depending on the machine, so check your owner’s manual. But generally, the filter is located in the bottom of the dishwasher and can be lifted out by hand.
- Clean door gaskets: Mold loves to grow under the door gaskets because that area never really gets washed or dried. Get in the habit of pulling back the gaskets and wiping them down about once a week.
- Reduce moisture: Mold only grows in moist environments. One of the best ways to reduce moisture in your dishwasher is to open the dishwasher door completely to let all of steam and water evaporate. This is also a better way to dry your dishes than using a dish towel.
- Use the sanitize cycle: Many of today's dishwashers have extra features, including a sanitize cycle. If you have a sanitize cycle on your machine, then use it at least twice a month.
If your dishwasher is getting moldy, then be sure to try the tips above. It’s not hard to clean and prevent mold. You just have to get in the habit of doing it. However, if this advice came too late to save your old moldy dishwasher, then it might be time for an upgrade. Stop by Reno's Appliance to check out our extensive inventory of dishwashers. We carry brands that are known for their dependability and durability, including Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.
Posted: September 09, 2019|
Tips for Making S'mores Inside
S'mores are a classic campfire summertime treat. Now that summer is coming to an end you might think that you'll have to wait until next year to enjoy all of that chocolatey, marshmallow goodness. But that's not true! You can easily make s'mores inside using your standard kitchen appliances. The good thing is, the recipe for s’mores never changes, but depending on which appliance you use, the cooking technique varies a bit. We break it all down below.
Making S'mores Inside Your Oven
Make a big batch of s'mores in the oven for a party or movie night.Ingredients
- 8 graham crackers broken in half
- 2 milk chocolate bars
- 8 marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lay half of the graham crackers on a cookie sheet.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on each graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake until the marshmallows are puffed and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores Inside Your Toaster Oven
If it's not worth turning on the big oven, toaster ovens are ideal for making a handful of s'mores.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 3 or 4 graham cracker halves on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on each graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Place the baking sheet in the toaster oven and bake for 3 minutes.
- Remove from the toaster oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores Inside Your Microwave
Microwaves are perfect for making just 1 or 2 s'mores for yourself or your kids.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Place half of a graham cracker on a microwave-safe plate.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on the graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Microwave the dish for 15 seconds.
- Remove the dish from the microwave and top with the other half of the graham cracker, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores on the Stovetop
This is as close as you’ll get to the s'mores you make around the campfire.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Place half of a graham cracker on a plate and top it with 2 sections of chocolate.
- Turn on your gas rangetop.
- Using a skewer, pick up a marshmallow and hold it over the flame.
- Let the marshmallow catch fire for a few seconds. Then, blow it out and turn off the flame. Be sure to use caution when making s'mores this way.
- Use the skewer to place the charred marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Cover the marshmallow with the other half of the graham cracker and press down while taking the skewer out. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Whether you want to make s'mores inside or you need appliances for any other reason, stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We offer the highest-quality kitchen appliances from the world's top brands.
Stay Neat With These Chest Freezer Organization Tips
Chest freezers are very popular because they can hold so much food in such a relatively small space. The trouble with chest freezers, however, is that they are just big open containers, so you have no choice but to pile things on top of each other. Sooner or later, you'll find yourself digging down into the abyss for your frozen items. It may be frustrating, not to mention expensive because you’ll wind up throwing away forgotten foods that are no longer safe to eat. If this sounds like a familiar scenario, try these 8 chest freezer organization tips.
- Start with a purge: Before you can embrace chest freezer organization, you'll need to go through what you have in there now. Take everything out, throw away what’s no longer good, and save what you can. If possible, place items in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator while you continue to organize your chest freezer.
- Use bags, bins, and tags: Pick up plastic bins and canvas bags at your local hardware store or dollar store. You can also use sturdy cardboard boxes. Use labels or tags to assign a food item to each container. For example, one container should just be for chicken, another for beef, another for frozen meals, another for fruits and vegetables, and so on. The bags and bins can be easily stacked, moved, and rearranged as needed. Most important of all, you'll find what you need quickly.
- Freeze items flat: This chest freezer organization tip will save you a ton of space, especially if you like to cook big batches of soups, stews, and sauces ahead of time. Instead of storing your meals in clunky storage containers, you can pour them into freezer bags, freeze them flat in your fridge's freezer, and then store them upright in the chest freezer for the long term. Just be sure to write what's in the bag along with the date you placed it in the freezer.
- Create an inventory: This just might be the most important chest freezer organization tip. When you know what's in your chest freezer, write it all down on a whiteboard or a chalkboard. As you pull things out, you can simply erase the item from the list. Add foods to the list when they go in, along with the date. It'll quickly become a habit.
- Label everything: We've talked about labeling, but it's worth repeating as a stand-alone chest freezer organization tip. Label and date everything that goes in there. You might think you'll remember what a certain item is, but in a few months, you won't be able to tell marinara from strawberry preserves, or chicken cutlets from pork chops.
- Follow the FIFO rule: FIFO means "first in, first out." This is standard inventory practice that simply means eat the older frozen stuff first. And if you've labeled and dated everything, then this should be a no-brainer.
- Keep it accessible: The tops of chest freezers are magnets for clutter, and we understand why. They are big, flat spaces that are seemingly begging for people to throw jackets, bookbags, papers, and other stuff on top. However, that clutter can be an impediment to you actually using what's in the freezer. Make a family rule: "Nothing goes on top of the freezer."
- Pack it for efficiency: A full chest freezer is an energy-efficient freezer. If you have any extra space after you’ve loaded it up, add some water bottles until it's full. This helps you save money on electricity costs and helps keep the freezer cold should the power go out.
Having a chest freezer full of food is a good feeling. But, a freezer full of food doesn't do you any good if it's so disorganized and you're too intimidated to use it. Use the chest freezer organization tips above to make the best use possible of your chest freezer.
Are you interested in getting a chest freezer for your home? Reno's Appliance carries top-of-the-line freezers from the best brands, including GE, Whirlpool, Avanti, and more. Stop by our showroom, conveniently located in Paterson, New Jersey to see for yourself!
Check Out These Microwave Cleaning Hacks for a Pristine Kitchen
Cleaning the microwave isn't something that anyone really enjoys doing. But it has to be done if you want to keep your microwave working properly and free of odors, bacteria, and stains. Fortunately, these six microwave cleaning hacks can help you get the job done more easily.
Before you do anything, unplug the appliance. Take a minute to inspect the cord for damage, which can be a potential fire hazard. If it's intact, then you're good to go.
A Paper Towel Tip
Take a handful of paper towels and wet them in the sink. Then, place the towels in your microwave and let it run on high for five minutes. This will create steam which will loosen up all the caked-on food and grime in your microwave. Once the paper towels cool down, you can use them to easily wipe the unit clean.
The Baking Soda Secret
To remove hardened, stuck-on food or stains from the floor or turntable of your microwave, make a paste using baking soda and water. Then, apply the paste to the area and let it sit. After about 10 minutes come back and easily wipe away the baking soda along with the gunk using a wet sponge or cloth.
A Lemony Stain Lifter
Lemons are fantastic natural cleaning agents. Cut a lemon in half, and place both halves cut-side down on a microwaveable plate. Add a tablespoon of water. Microwave for one to two minutes. You want the inside of the oven to be nice and steamy. The lemon juice is slightly acidic, so the lemony steam will break down stuck-on food particles and make them easy to wipe away with just a plain paper towel. As a bonus, your kitchen will have a fresh lemon scent wafting through it.
When it comes to natural cleaning, vinegar is a true powerhouse, so it's no surprise that vinegar is included in this list of microwave cleaning hacks. For basic cleaning, fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl halfway with water. Then, add one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and microwave it on high for five minutes. This process will steam up the walls of the microwave and loosen and debris, which you can wipe away.
If something more powerful is called for, you can start by wiping down the inside of the microwave with a solution of warm water and baking soda. Then, microwave the water and vinegar on high for five minutes. Keep the microwave door closed for at least 10 minutes after it stops running so all that steam can work its magic. Then, wipe away all the gunk with ease.
The Window Cleaner Solution
For this microwave cleaning hack, you won't need to run your microwave. In a bowl, mix two parts of window cleaner with one part water. Then, soak a sponge in the mixture and wipe down the interior of the microwave. For tougher stains, let the window solution sit on the area for 5 minutes before scrubbing. After it's all clean, wipe down the interior with fresh water to ensure that no window cleaner residue remains.
No matter which of these microwave cleaning hacks you use, be sure to wipe down the exterior of your microwave as well as a final touch. Then, plug the microwave back in, and it's ready to go. The more you use your microwave oven, the more often you'll need to clean it. But with these microwave cleaning hacks, you'll complete the chore more quickly and easily than you thought possible.
If your microwave oven is simply too old or dirty to use, then consider stopping by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ for an upgrade. We've got a wide-selection of microwaves from world-class manufacturers. You're sure to find the perfect appliance for your home.
Stay Cautious: Is Aluminum Foil Save in Ovens?
People use aluminum foil for many things, so it's hard to imagine what life would be like without this kitchen staple. Many of us use aluminum foil in our ovens as a convenient dish covering or to catch drips and spills. But it's important to stop and ask: Is aluminum foil safe in ovens? Here's a list of ways you can enjoy the convenience of aluminum foil in the safest way possible.
When Is Aluminum Foil Safe in Ovens?
Do use aluminum foil to:
- Line baking pans. This will help prevent food from sticking to your pans and make clean up a breeze. Just know that cookies will spread out a bit more and be a bit crispier on the bottom if baked on foil.
- Catch spills. If you want to use foil to catch spills, then don't line the entire bottom of the oven with foil, which can be dangerous. Rather, place a sheet of foil on the rack below the dish you're cooking. Only use as much foil as necessary and never cover an entire oven rack with aluminum foil.
- Protect poultry. Create a loose "tent" with the foil and cover your chicken or turkey for the first couple of hours. This will prevent the bird's skin from browning before the rest of the meat is cooked. Remove the foil in the 30 to 60 minutes before the bird is fully cooked to get that nice crispy skin.
- Store leftovers. When the food comes out of the oven and it's time to store leftovers, you may automatically reach for the plastic wrap, but aluminum foil is the better choice because when sealed tightly, it's impermeable to odors and moisture.
When Is it Not Safe to Use Aluminum Foil in Ovens?
You should never use aluminum foil to:
- Line the entire bottom of the oven. This will cause food to heat unevenly and, over time, foil can melt and permanently damage the oven bottom. You’re better off wiping up messes after each use, when the oven has cooled but before the spill has hardened.
- Cook in the microwave. Using aluminum foil in the microwave is a very real fire hazard. On top of that, the aluminum interferes with the cooking process, so your food won't cook evenly.
- Store highly acidic foods. Highly acidic dishes include anything made with tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar, or tart fruits (e.g., lemons, limes, grapefruit). After a few days, the acids in these foods erode the foil, which will end up in the food.
Additional Tips for Cooktops
Now that we've covered when aluminum foil is safe in ovens, here are a few quick tips for using aluminum foil on various cooktops.
- Electric coil cooktops: Do not use aluminum foil to line drip pans. Foil can trap heat or melt, resulting in damage to the appliance and even fire.
- Electric radiant cooktops: Do not use aluminum foil on or near a radiant cooktop burner. The heat from the burner will fuse the aluminum foil to the glass surface and be impossible to remove.
- Gas cooktops: Do not use aluminum foil on any part of your gas cooktop. Doing so may result in carbon monoxide poisoning, overheating of the cooktop surfaces, and even fire.
Reno's Appliance carries top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.