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Posted: January 28, 2020|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
Keep These Gadgets in Mind When Planning Your Dream Kitchen Renovation
Is 2020 the year you get your dream kitchen? If you’re ready for a kitchen upgrade this year, then you’re probably thinking about the larger appliances you’ll need like a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and a range. Of course, they are an absolute necessity. But what about the small gadgets and appliances?
Whether you are passionate about cooking or you’re an occasional sandwich maker, having the right tools and gadgets makes time spent in the kitchen more fun. Make sure you keep these eight must-have gadgets in mind when planning your kitchen renovation.
Crepes can be tricky to make in a regular pan. You want your crepes to be light and crisp, but still sturdy enough to hold together the filling. Get perfect crepes every time by adding a crepe maker to your kitchen. Just pour your batter onto the non-stick surface, and the timer will let you know when your crepe is done. As a bonus, your crepe maker can also be used to whip up tortillas, pancakes, and omelets effortlessly. It’s easy to clean too. It’s hard to come up with a reason why you shouldn’t have a crepe maker in your dream kitchen.
Automatic Pot Stirrer
Who has time to stand over a stove and continuously stir a dish? Not many of us. Let an automatic pot stirrer handle the chore for you. This gadget sits securely in virtually any sized pot and gently stirs your recipe. It has a timer and variable speed settings, so you truly can set it and forget it. And since you’ll no longer be tethered to the stove, you can turn your attention to slicing vegetables, prepping something for the oven, or simply relaxing for a bit.
If you’re as passionate about how your food looks as you are about how it tastes, then a cheese curler is a must-have gadget for your dream kitchen. This tool scrapes off very thin layers of cheese off of a block of parmesan, Romano, or other hard cheese to create that professional-looking cheese curl you see as a garnish to dishes in upscale restaurants. Or elevate the pre-dinner cheese and crackers with fancy cheese curls instead of the typical slices of cheddar. You can even use this gadget to curl chocolate! Sprinkle chocolate curls over ice cream, cheesecake, or other desserts to add a bit of finesse.
If you’re a baker, pay attention to this suggestion. Whisking up a delicious batter is fun, but no one has come up with an excellent way to clean the wish when you’re done... until now. Get a whisk wiper and watch it wipe all of the gunk off of your whisk in one satisfying motion. It’s not dishwasher safe, but it rinses easily under running water.
What’s a dream kitchen without a faster and easier way to eat pasta? Pick up a snap-on strainer for no-fuss, mess-free pasta draining. The strainer snaps onto the side of any pot. You just need to tilt the pot into the sink and the let the water drain while the strainer safely catches the pasta. No more losing pasta down the drain or having to worry about scalding hot water splashing back on you. You can file this gadget under “why didn’t they think of this sooner?”
Vegan Frozen Dessert Maker
Make a dream dessert in your dream kitchen. These vegan dessert machines are all the rage these days because they create such delicious and healthy desserts without a lot of work. They turn over-ripe bananas, berries, mangoes, and other fruits into frozen treats without adding sugar, fat, or dairy. It’s simple to use and easy to clean. Plus, it’s a great way to get your kids (and yourself) to eat more fruit.
Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher
Is drinking more water on your list of New Year’s resolutions? With a Fruit Infusion Flavor Pitcher, you can easily enjoy more flavorful water. This BPA-free acrylic pitcher has a removable hollow rod that you can stuff with your favorite fruits such as lemons, oranges, cucumbers, raspberries, and strawberries. The fruit flavors seep into the water while filtering out seeds, pulp, and leaves. All you get is flavorful and healthy refreshment.
Fresh Herb Keeper
Nothing improves the taste of a meal like fresh herbs, but it’s hard to use them all up before they go bad. A fresh herb keeper stores the herbs in a container with a bit of water that the bottom. This enables the herbs to continue to draw in moisture and extend their shelf life for up to 2 weeks. As a bonus, you can use this kitchen gadget to keep asparagus and celery fresh as well.
Make Your Dream Kitchen Come True
Let 2020 be the year that your dream kitchen becomes a reality. Start by visiting Reno’s Appliance. We’ve got every appliance you could need and the friendliest and most knowledgeable salespeople in the business. Stop by today and see for yourself why Reno’s Appliance is a trusted name in New Jersey.
Posted: January 21, 2020|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
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.