Posted: January 21, 2020|
Find the Best Type of Refrigerator to Meet Your Needs
These days, refrigerators are available in a wide range of styles. For example, there are French door, side-by-side, top mount, and bottom mount refrigerators. Each style of refrigerator has unique features, levels of convenience, and capacities. Check out our guide below to learn about the different types of refrigerators and how you can choose the best type of refrigerator for your kitchen.
Top Mount Refrigerator
When you think of a traditional refrigerator, there’s a good chance you’re picturing a top mount refrigerator. These units feature a large fresh food compartment below a smaller freezer compartment. The interior refrigerated part is larger than many other refrigerator models, although the freezer size can be small, which may be frustrating if you rely on keeping foods frozen. These fridges are typically the most inexpensive option and come in an impressive range of sizes, styles, colors, and designs, so they’ll match any type of décor.
Bottom Mount Refrigerator
Thanks to an abundance of space and easy-to-access design, bottom mount refrigerators are the best type of refrigerator for many kitchens. Although more expensive than a top mount fridge, bottom mount fridges place fresh vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy products, and beverages at eye level, which are the items people tend to use most often. The freezers on bottom mount units are larger than their top-mounted counterparts, so this is a good option if you’re someone who prefers to freeze meats, soups, and stews. However, accessing the freezer will require some bending, so it may not be ideal for older folks or those with back or knee problems.
Side by Side Refrigerator
Side by side refrigerators feature two compartments, a refrigerated section on the right and freezer section on the left. Side by sides typically include less refrigerated capacity but more freezer capacity than a top mount. The freezer is easy to access for some and can be organized more efficiently. These models tend to be more costly than top or bottom mount fridges, but they can be a beneficial choice for small kitchens because they have a shorter door swing. You can also choose to have ice and water dispensers built into the door.
French Door Refrigerator
Built with two side by side doors on top, and a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom, the stylish French door refrigerator has become one of the most popular refrigerator designs of today. They are the most expensive of all of the refrigerator models, but they are extremely energy efficient and designed for convenience. With the refrigerated section on top and adjustable shelving, you have plenty of room to store a variety of foods. Even large party platters and sheet cakes can fit without a problem. The freezer is deep, with multiple levels and sliding drawers or baskets for easy organization. You can also choose to have ice and water dispensers built into the door with this model as well. Its narrow door swing won’t take up space in the kitchen, but French door fridges don’t come in any sizes of less than 20 cubic feet, so this isn’t the best type of refrigerator or small kitchens.
Tips for Making a Refrigerator Style Decision
Now that you know what styles of refrigerators are available, you can follow these tips to decide on the best type of refrigerator for your home:
- Start by taking measurements of the space where you want to place your refrigerator. The amount of space you have will be a massive factor in what type of fridge you purchase, so don’t go shopping until you know the measurements. Also, be sure to measure any doorways or hallways that the refrigerator will need to go through on the delivery day.
- Decide on where you would like your freezer to be on the unit. That will narrow down your choices.
- Think about if you want a stand-alone unit or one that’s integrated into your cabinetry for a seamless look.
- Determine which features are “must-haves.” All refrigerators will have crisper drawers, humidity controls, and shelving at a minimum. Any extras will add to the cost of your fridge, so get only features that are important to you.
- Know your budget and stick to it. Having a dollar limit in mind when shopping will help you avoid overspending.
Choose the Refrigerator That's Right for You
Ultimately, the best type of refrigerator for your kitchen is the one that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a new fridge, then come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. We have a vast selection of refrigerators in a range of popular styles from top-of-the-line brands, including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ, to see our entire inventory!
Posted: January 14, 2020
Find Appliance Rebates with NJ Clean Energy
It's the start of a brand-new year! If saving money and energy are on your list of New Year's resolutions, then the NJ Clean Energy Program is here to help. NJ Clean Energy is a statewide program that allows New Jersey residents to save energy, money, and the environment by offering rebates on the purchase of new, more energy-efficient appliances. Here's a list of eligible appliances and tips on how you can take advantage of these money-saving incentives.
Did you know that more than 60 million refrigerators in the United States are over ten years old, costing consumers $4.4 billion a year in energy costs?
Make sure you're not part of that statistic. New Jersey residents can receive a rebate of up to $75 when purchasing an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator. In addition, you can receive an additional $50 when you recycle your old, working unit. That's up to $125 in rebates from the NJ Clean Energy Program. On top of that, you can expect to save up to $60 per year on your energy bills with a more efficient refrigerator installed. Use the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator to find out exactly how much money you'll save by replacing your existing refrigerator.
Clothes Dryers Cash Back
ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers use 20% less energy than conventional models without sacrificing features or performance. Even more enticing, many ENERGY STAR dryers include convenient features, such as steam cycles that can help prevent wrinkles and reduce the need for ironing.
The NJ Clean Energy Program offers a $100 or $300 rebate on the purchase of select energy-efficient clothes dryers. The larger rebate is reserved for the purchase of ENERGY STAR rated models.
Washing Machine Money
The average American family washes almost 300 loads of laundry each year. Families can reduce their energy and water costs by purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified washing machine.
The NJ Clean Energy Program offers a $50 or $75 rebate depending on the type of washer you purchase. On top of the rebate, you'll enjoy savings on your energy and water bills, as these washers use an average of 25% less energy and 40% less water than conventional models and only cost about $60 a year to run.
Small Appliance Savings
From July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, the NJ Clean Energy Program has additional rebates for the purchase of ENERGY STAR rated smaller appliances, including air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and room air conditioners. You can receive a rebate of $50 for air purifiers, $25 for dehumidifiers, and $15 for A/Cs by filling out the online application.
Energy-efficient air purifiers can save you $30 a year in energy costs, and ENERGY STAR A/C units cost less than $75 a year to run.
Save Money with NJ Clean Energy
With these rebates in place, there's never been a better time for New Jersey residents to purchase energy-efficient appliances. If you want to take advantage of these rebates, then come to Reno's Appliance in Paterson, New Jersey. We'll show you all of our energy-efficient appliances and help make sure you get all of the rebates you deserve. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Posted: January 07, 2020
Simplify Your Chores with These Laundry Hacks
Doing laundry is nobody's favorite chore. If you're among the many that need a little help finding the motivation to do laundry, then try these laundry hacks. They'll help you maximize the space in your laundry room and make it easier to get this chore done quickly so you can move onto more exciting things.
Consider Corner Shelving
Unused corners in your laundry room are a great spot to consider adding some shelving. There are so many corner shelf options these days, so you can almost always find something to fit perfectly in your own space. They're a great spot to keep detergent, fabric softener, and other items that you need within reach.
Raise Your Washer and Dryer
If you've got high ceilings, then place your washer and dryer on a pedestal to make it easier to transfer clothes into and out of the machines. Most pedestals double as pull-out drawers for additional space. Alternatively, you can place your units on a loft-like platform, which will create valuable space underneath. Use that open space for baskets to hold dirty clothes, laundry supplies, or whatever else you need to tackle this chore.
Choose Different Doors
If you don't have much space in your laundry room, then it's probably not ideal for you to have traditional doors. Consider using accordion doors, sliding doors, bifold doors, or even curtains to help you save space whenever every square foot count!
Install a Simple Shelf
There's nothing like a long, sturdy all-purpose shelf to make everything a bit easier in the laundry room. If your washer and dryer are side by side, then make use of the space right above the pair by installing a shelf. This gives you a convenient workspace where you can immediately fold laundry and pre-treat stains. If there's no room for a shelf, then consider placing a wood plank across the top of the appliances (assuming they're both front loaders) to act as a working station. Remember: laundry hacks don't need to be complicated; they just need to work!
Hooks are the ultimate laundry hack. Install as many sturdy hooks as you want. Two large u-shaped hooks side by side are perfect for holding an ironing board when not in use. Other hooks can be used to hold brooms, lint rollers, mops, buckets, and more.
Hang a ladder horizontally from the ceiling of your laundry room, and you'll instantly have plenty of space to hang clothes that need to air dry. Air drying clothes is a great way to eliminate static cling and reduce your energy bill.
Get a New Washer and Dryer
Sometimes, the best laundry hack is buying a new washer and dryer—especially if the appliances you have now are old. Newer machines are energy-efficient and come with all kinds of cool features that make doing laundry easier, such as steam cycles to reduce wrinkling and eliminate the need to iron. Or, get an all-in-one unit that will wash your clothes and then immediately dry them, so you make fewer trips to the laundry room. Some models are even Wi-Fi enabled so that you can control them with an app on your phone
Doing laundry may never be the most fun activity in the world, but it'll always have to get done. Use any of the laundry hacks above to help simplify laundry day. If you're interested in purchasing a new washer and dryer, then stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of washers and dryers. Any member of our friendly sales staff can help you find the appliances that are best for you and your family.
Posted: January 02, 2020
One-Pot Meals to Make on Your Stovetop
Who doesn't love a one-pot meal? They're fast, flavorful, and clean-up is a breeze. Here are some innovative one-pot meal ideas that are sure to spice up your weeknight dinner routine.
Swedish Meatballs and Noodles
Make Monday night meatball night with this one-pot take on a classic dish.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup plain Panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup chopped yellow onion
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ cup milk
- 4 cups chicken broth
- ¾ cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs butter
- 4 cups medium egg noodles
- In a large bowl, mix beef, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, 1 tsp of salt, the pepper, and allspice until well combined. Then, add the milk, Worcestershire sauce, and the egg. Shape mixture into 12 (2-inch) meatballs.
- In a 5-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 8 to 11 minutes, gently turning occasionally, just until browned on all sides.
- Add broth, whipping cream, and 1 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil, stir in the noodles, then return to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 16 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the pasta is cooked, the sauce has thickened, and the meatballs are thoroughly cooked through to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Serve immediately with sprinkled parsley on top (optional).
Chicken Enchilada Skillet
Take a break from taco Tuesday, but keep the menu Mexican with this one-pot meal.
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 1 medium bell pepper diced
- 1 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-size pieces
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup white rice uncooked
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 can diced tomatoes, un-drained (14.5 ounces)
- 1 can chiles, un-drained (4 ounces)
- 1 can enchilada sauce (10 ounces)
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed (15 ounces)
- 1 cup Mexican blend cheese shredded
- Add the oil to a large 5-quart skillet or pot and preheat over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, chicken, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion softens, and chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
- Add the rice to the pot and stir. Cook for 3 minutes to toast the rice, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, green chilis, enchilada sauce, frozen corn, chili powder, and cumin. Stir, and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cover the skillet. Cook covered, stirring occasionally. Let it cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid (about 20 minutes).
- Remove from the heat. Add the black beans and stir to combine. Top with cheese. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime (optional).
One-Pot Lemon Shrimp Pasta
This simple shrimp dish tastes like it took hours, but just a few minutes and a few ingredients are what make this one-pot meal a winner.
- 1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp
- 12 ounces linguine
- 5 cups of water
- 1 bunch of kale, roughly chopped, stems removed
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1Tbs Kosher salt
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Combine linguine, water, kale, beans, lemon zest, oil, salt, pepper in a large, straight-sided skillet.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- As the mixture is boiling, turn pasta frequently with tongs for 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp and cook until pasta is al dente and the liquid has nearly evaporated, about another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Halve the lemon and squeeze in the juice.
- Serve immediately and top with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
Beans and Greens Stew
No one will miss the meat in this flavorful and hearty stew that uses half mashed and half whole means to create a wonderfully chunky texture.
- 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sage
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 4 cups assorted baby greens such as kale, spinach, and chard
- Salt and red pepper flakes, to taste
- Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add oil, sliced garlic, carrots, and chopped sage—season with salt and pepper flakes.
- Cook, stirring, until garlic is golden.
- Add wine and cook until evaporated, 2 minutes. Stir in beans and broth.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until carrots are tender and liquid has reduced slightly, about 25 minutes.
- Transfer 1 cup beans to a bowl; mash and return to pot. Stir in greens just until wilted; season with salt.
- Serve with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of oil.
One-Pot Sausage and Veggies
This one-pot meal is healthy, inexpensive, and delicious. Perfect for busy weeknights when you just don’t feel like cooking!
- 2 cups baby potatoes, rinsed and quartered
- ½ red bell pepper, sliced
- ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
- ½ green bell pepper, sliced
- zucchini, halved and sliced
- ½ onion, sliced
- 9 ounces smoked sausage, sliced (not ground sausage)
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the baby potatoes to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, around 8-10 minutes, stirring a few times.
- In the same pot, add the sliced sausage and cook for 8 minutes in over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned.
- Then, add the onion, garlic, peppers, and zucchini to the same pot and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened.
- Add chicken broth and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Remove from heat, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.
Posted: December 30, 2019|
Tips for the Easiest Way to Clean an Oven
Cleaning the oven is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But if you ignore this essential chore then your oven can start to look like a crime scene with all kinds of spills, stains, or splatters that need to be cleaned. To help turn what feels like a big job into more of a minor task, here are some tips on the easiest way to clean an oven.
Use the Self-Clean Setting, ReallyMost modern ovens have a self-cleaning feature, and while it may sound too good to be true, they do work quite well. During the self-cleaning cycle, the temperature inside your oven will reach close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature incinerates any bits of old food and stuck-on residue and turns it into a small pile of ash that can be wiped out with a damp cloth or paper towel. Just be sure to remove the oven racks before you use the self-cleaning setting. They aren’t designed to withstand such intense heat.
This is by far, the easiest way to clean an oven’s interior. Some people are wary of using their self-cleaning setting because of some common myths and misconceptions, so let’s dispel those right now.
- Myth #1: Commercial oven cleaners work better. Not true. If fact, commercial oven cleaners will damage the enamel coating of a self-cleaning oven.
- Myth #2: Self-cleaning ovens waste energy. The truth is, a self-cleaning cycle doesn’t use that much energy. Certainly not enough where you’ll see an impact on your energy bill. In fact, they are usually more insulated than conventional ovens, so they use less energy during normal operation.
- Myth #3: Self-cleaning ovens are health hazards. Again, not true. The fumes that come from self-cleaning ovens are not harmful to adults, children, or pets—except for tropical birds. Tropical birds will need to be removed from the home while the self-cleaning oven is on. While other pets and members of the household can remain indoors, it’s best to stay out of the kitchen and open a few windows if possible due to the excessive heat given off by the oven.
Try a Simple DIY Solution
If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, or maybe it’s just too hot out to run a self-clean cycle, then try these steps for the easiest way to clean an oven.
- First, create a spreadable paste using baking soda and water.
- Once the mixture is at a good consistency, spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven, including the oven window. Let the mixture sit for 20 to 45 minutes.
- Wipe out as much of the mixture as you can with a damp cloth or sponge.
- Once you’ve got most of it out, spray the interior of the oven with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for another 15 minutes. This will cause any baking soda residue to foam up and loosen up any particularly stubborn crud.
- Wipe the oven out again with a clean cloth.
- Close the oven door and set the oven to 200 degrees for 20 minutes to help dry it out.
Take Care of the Oven Racks
Don’t forget to clean the oven racks! Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water and 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 owner’s manual first to ensure the racks are dishwasher safe.
How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?
Once you’ve cleaned your oven, plan on giving it a thorough cleaning every three to six months depending on how often you use it and how messy it gets. But now that you know the easiest way to clean an oven, it won’t be a chore you dread, but just a task to cross off your to-do list.
If you’ve decided that you need a new self-cleaning oven to make your life a bit easier, 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. We also carry a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges.
Posted: December 23, 2019|
Find the Best Kitchen Ice Machine for Your Kitchen
If you love to host parties and get-togethers, then an entertainment kitchen is a must have. And no entertainment kitchen is complete without a kitchen ice machine. Even if you have a refrigerator with a built-in ice maker, having a separate ice machine for entertaining has several advantages. Here are five reasons why a kitchen ice machine might be just what you need to upgrade your next event.
While you may want to set up your ice maker in the kitchen, it will work anywhere there is an outlet to plug it into. Set it up next to your drink station in the dining room, living room, or anywhere it will be easiest for guests to access. This has the added benefit of keeping people from wandering into the kitchen if you don’t want them to.
The average kitchen ice maker produces ice in as little as ten minutes. This means no more filling up all the ice cube trays that you have the night before a party. Also, no need to run out to the store and buy several bags of ice. You can simply turn on the ice maker and let it get to work to have a steady supply of ice whenever you need it.
They’re Simple to Use
Kitchen ice makers are self-contained, stand-alone units that are very easy to install and operate. That means you won’t have to hire a plumber or go through any of the typical hassles of appliance installation. You simply plug it in, pour water into the tank, and it’s ready to go. Best of all, if you forget to empty the ice storage container, you don’t have to worry because the machine will reuse the water from melted ice to make more ice.
Even though they are relatively small, kitchen ice machines produce a surprisingly large amount of ice each day. The typical ice maker can produce between 26 and 35 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period. Obviously, they can’t store all of this ice at one time, but you can bag up the ice and store it in your freezer if needed. Otherwise, most units can hold up to three pounds of ice at one time.
They Provide Variety
Many people think that you have to sacrifice ice-cube variety when you have a kitchen ice maker, but this simply isn’t the case. Some units produce bullet shaped ice cubes, while others produce clear, restaurant-quality ice cubes. There are also ice makers that allow you to choose from a variety of cube shapes and styles, and even offer crushed ice, which is a fantastic option.
Consider a Kitchen Ice Machine
Whether you are looking for a quick way to make ice for casual get-togethers, larger parties, or for personal use, a kitchen ice maker may be the answer you’re looking for.
Reno’s Appliance offers a variety of high-quality ice makers. We carry the best brands including Electrolux, Whirlpool, Scotsman, and Summit. We also have an extensive collection of refrigerators that come with built-in ice makers. Stop by our showroom in northern New Jersey to select an ice maker and see our full line of home appliances.
Posted: December 16, 2019|
Make the Most of Your Beverage Center Storage Beyond a Wine Fridge
Have you ever considered a beverage center for your home? More versatile than wine fridges, a beverage center holds a variety of drinks for easy entertaining and everyday convenience. Not sure what a beverage center is or why you would get one? Then this blog is for you!
What is a Beverage Center?
A beverage center is an appliance that looks something like a mini-fridge, but is designed with one purpose in mind: storing drinks and keeping them cool. The internal space of a beverage center is ideal for beer, soda, wine, sparkling water, and even juice boxes for the kids.
What are the Benefits of a Beverage Center?
There are a variety of benefits that make owning a beverage center an attractive option:
- Entertain with ease: If you are having a party, then you are likely stocking up on food and beverages. A common problem is that all of those extra cans and bottles eat up valuable refrigerator space. With a beverage center, your drinks are stored at the perfect temperature while giving you more room in the main fridge for food.
- Experience at-home convenience: Beverage centers can be placed anywhere you think it would be most convenient. That may be the kitchen, a den, a basement, a "man-cave" or even a home office. It's up to you to decide.
- Save energy: Beverage centers are specifically designed for the smart flow of cold air, making them energy efficient. In addition, many beverage centers include glass doors that put the contents on full display. This allows you to make your selection, and quickly open the door to retrieve it. Compare that to you and family members having to open the door of your kitchen refrigerator to see what’s inside and make a choice. And let’s face it. We’re all guilty of standing there for a few minutes and letting cold air out while we make up our minds.
- Increase security: Many beverage centers come with locks. It’s an ideal way to keep beer, wine, and other adult beverage chilled, but also out of the hands of any curious children in the house.
- Enhance style: Just from a purely aesthetic perspective, beverage centers look cool. They blend in to almost any décor and can also be a nice finishing touch for an outdoor kitchen, an entertainment kitchen, or a home gym.
Should I get a Freestanding or a Built-in Model?
There are two different kinds of beverage centers available:
- Freestanding units stand alone and can be placed almost anywhere in your home. Keep in mind that you need to allow for at least 2 inches of free space on the top and sides of the unit and 3 inches on the back for proper ventilation.
- Built-in units fit directly into a kitchen cabinet space. There’s a vent on the front to release hot air so you don’t need the space around the unit as you do with a freestanding appliance. Built-ins tend to cost a bit more, but the investment may be worth it if you really want a seamless look in your kitchen.
Why Choose a Beverage Center over a Wine Fridge?
Make no mistake, we love all of the advantages of wine fridges. But you can't beat the versatility of a beverage center. Many models have a specific section for wine bottles, but they can also hold water, soda, beer, etc. If you are serious wine enthusiast with a growing collection, then a wine fridge may be the better option. For the average homeowner, however, a beverage center is the smarter investment.
If you’re interested in getting a beverage center for your home, then come to Reno’s Appliance today. Whether you want something fancy, functional, or somewhere in between, we’ve got what you need.
Posted: December 09, 2019
A Hot Chocolate Recipe for Every Mood
There's nothing quite like a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter's night to make everything feel a bit cozier. Whether you're looking for a classic hot chocolate recipe, or you're in the mood for something a little more daring, we've got you covered. Check out these seven hot chocolate recipes that are guaranteed to warm up your winter.
Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe
Hands down, this is the best version of the classic hot chocolate recipe. You’ll never go back to powdered cocoa mix again.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Marshmallows (optional)
- Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place it on your stove-top over medium heat.
- While the milk is heating, place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Take the chocolate out and stir it.
- Return the bowl to the microwave and heat it for another for another 30 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate at 30 second intervals until it’s just melted.
- When the milk reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine.
- Add a splash of vanilla extract.
- Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows, and serve.
Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe
It’s just two ingredients and one of them is Nutella. You can’t go wrong.
- 4 tbsp Nutella
- 2 cups whole milk
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally.
- Add in the Nutella and whisk until dissolved.
- Serve immediately.
Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate Recipe
Dare to experiment with white chocolate and unexpected flavors for a unique treat.
- 12 ounces whole milk
- 1 small stalk lemongrass, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried lavender
- 1/2 tsp lime zest
- 3 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- Heat milk, lemongrass, lavender, and zest in a small saucepan until bubbles form around the edges.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let steep 15 minutes.
- Strain milk, then return it to empty saucepan.
- Add chocolate and gently heat everything over medium heat, stirring, until chocolate is thoroughly melted and the mixture is hot.
- Serve immediately.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe
Rich chocolate with cool peppermint. It’s a classic and delicious combination.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 generous cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract
- Whipped cream
- Crushed candy canes
- Pour chocolate chips into a large, heat-safe bowl.
- Heat milk and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Stir occasionally while heating.
- Once hot, pour the mixture over the chocolate chips.
- Next, add vanilla and peppermint extract and whisk everything until the chocolate chips are completely melted.
- Serve in mugs with whipped cream and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top as a garnish.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe
Pair this with gingerbread cookies for a seasonal snack.
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Whipped cream for topping
- Heat milk over low heat in a saucepan.
- While the milk warms, combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
- Once the milk is steaming, pour it into the bowl with the sugar and spice and whisk it until everything is thoroughly mixed.
- Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate Recipe
Add coconut to rich hot chocolate to bring a touch of tropical flavor to your winter treat.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 14 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
- 6 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk, whisking well to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once simmering, whisk in the cocoa powder until thoroughly mixed.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Serve immediately with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe
Combine the best of autumn and winter flavors in this outstanding recipe.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- Whipped cream
- Pour white chocolate chips into a large, heat-safe bowl.
- Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until steaming.
- Pour the heated mixture over the white chocolate chips. Stir until the chips are melted.
- Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice and mix for another 30 seconds.
- Serve immediately with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice on top.
Posted: December 02, 2019|
Holiday Baking Tips for Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake
It's the season for holiday cookies! Many home bakers turn their kitchens into cookie factories this time of year, churning out dozens of batches of gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and other holiday favorites. If you're a baker, then you may have wondered if a convection oven would be a better option for baking your holiday cookies. Let's look at the differences between convection bake vs. regular bake ovens to determine which is better.
Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens
A conventional oven uses radiant heat to bake your cookies. The heat emanates from the top and/or bottom surfaces, which usually results in an oven with hot and cold spots. That's why you'll typically have to turn your trays of cookies around halfway through, to help ensure even baking.
A convection oven on the other hand, has an internal fan that circulates hot air, and helps maintain a consistently heated environment. There are no hot or cold spots. The most obvious advantage to having a steady supply of heat surrounding your cookies is that they will cook faster and brown more evenly. In addition, your cookies will release steam from the butter almost immediately in a convection oven, which will result in lighter and flakier cookies.
5 Tips When Using Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens
If you decide to switch from a conventional oven to a convection oven to handle your holiday cookies this year, then keep these tips in mind to ensure the best results possible.
- Lower the temperature by 25 degrees. Convection ovens are more efficient than conventional ovens, so you can lower the temperature and get the same results. Set the oven to about 25 degrees below the temperature stated on the recipe.
- Check cookies frequently. Your cookies will bake more quickly in a convection oven. Check your cookies about halfway through the cooking time. Then, keep checking every few minutes. Cookies will generally be done baking 6 to 8 minutes faster than the time stated on the recipe. Go by how your cookies look and smell to determine if they are done. As you get more experienced with convection baking, you'll be better able to predict the perfect length of time your cookies will need.
- Don't crowd the oven. Convection ovens rely on air being able to circulate, so don’t crowd the oven with too many trays at once. If the air is blocked, the food will still cook, but it will be less efficient. Feel free to use the top and bottom racks at the same time. But again, make sure not to overload them.
- Use low-sided baking sheets. This tip is probably a no-brainer because most of us usually use low-sided baking sheets for holiday cookies regardless of whether or not we're using convection bake vs. regular bake ovens. But especially with convection ovens, low-sided or rimless sheets allow for better air circulation and crispier cookies. In fact, you should use low-sided baking sheets with most convention oven cooking, including roasting vegetables and meats.
- Know when not to use a convection oven.While convection ovens are ideal for holiday cookies, you don't want use this type of oven to bake cakes, custards, soufflés, or quick breads. The movement of the air from the convection fan can cause uneven baking and reduced rising. In addition, custards can dry out from the air movement and form an unpleasant crust on top.
What's the Bottom Line on Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens?
When it comes to holiday cookies, convection ovens do have a slight edge over conventional ovens, especially if you have a lot of baking to do. However, you can’t go wrong with a solid conventional oven, if that's your true preference.
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Posted: November 25, 2019|
The Warming Tray Under the Oven is the Hidden Gem of the Kitchen
Do you know if there's a warming tray under your oven? You may have one and not even know it! Most people use the tray under their ovens to store pots and pans, which is fine, but they're missing out. Those in the know consider it to be the hidden gem of the kitchen. Here are the 6 best ways you can make use of the warming tray under your oven.
Think about breakfast foods that you cook in batches like pancakes, French toast, sausages, and hash browns. You'll want to keep the batches you've cooked first warm as you continue to cook more food. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees and transfer your finished batches to an oven-safe dish or tray. Then slide it into the warming tray under the oven. When you're ready to sit down to eat, everything will be nice and warm.
The warming tray under your oven will be your best friend if you're hosting for the holidays. After any side dishes have finished cooking, place them in the warming tray while your roast, ham, or turkey continues to cook in the main part of the oven. This is perfect for mashed potatoes, vegetables, and stuffing. If you are going to have any of these side dishes in the warming tray for more than 20 minutes, make sure that the temperature is at least 140 degrees. If it's not, bump up the temperature of the main oven.
If you're having a dinner party, you can use the warming tray to keep desserts at the perfect temperature while you're enjoying the main course. Just slide the desserts in the warming tray and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Pies, brownies, even simple chocolate chip cookies will all taste a bit more decadent when served warm.
To keep foods warm while serving, consider using the warming tray for your plates. Ceramic plates, in particular, retain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in the warming tray under the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Remove the plates after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at how consistently warm your food is throughout the meal. Even if you don't want to do this every day, it's a nice touch around the holidays or when you have guests over.
Some, but not all, warming trays under ovens have the capability to broil foods. This is ideal for roasting vegetables and can do a nice job with steaks and some fish as well. Obviously, you'll need to check with your owner's manual to see if your warming tray doubles as a broiler.
It's not the ideal use for your warming tray, but there's nothing wrong with storing muffin tins, baking trays, pots, and pans in the warming tray while the oven is not in use. Just be sure to remove the items before you turn on the oven and never store anything flammable inside.
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