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  1. Tired of Your Kitchen? Try These Easy Kitchen Updates

    Tired of Your Kitchen? Try These Easy Kitchen Updates

    Easy Kitchen Updates to Freshen Up Your Home

    Is your kitchen feeling a little blah, but you don’t have the time, budget, or desire for a complete kitchen overhaul? We've got you covered with these 10 easy kitchen updates. Most can be done inside of a weekend afternoon and they won't break the bank.

    Clear clutter.

    Sometimes all it takes to feel like you're in a brand new kitchen is clearing away the clutter. Take stock of what's in your kitchen and toss outdated or unwanted food, donate utensils and appliances you no longer use, and remove items that don't belong in the kitchen. You won't spend a dime to create a tidy kitchen that's also more functional and spacious. If you're really feeling ambitious, you can organize your refrigerator next.

    Paint, paint, paint.

    There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint on the walls to give any room in the house a clean, new look. But even if painting the walls seems like too much of a project, then you can still embrace the power of paint. Take a paintbrush to your kitchen seating or the cabinets to bring in some bold colors.

    Make a (back) splash!

    If your backsplash is just boring drywall, then you can make your kitchen infinitely more interesting with adhesive tile panels. You just peel and stick them to the wall, no grout needed. Once complete, your colorful or textured backsplash will add visual appeal above your sink or behind your stove.

    Upgrade cabinet hardware.

    This easy kitchen update probably gives you the most bang for your buck. Even if you do nothing else, swapping out your old or outdated cabinet hardware for something more colorful, whimsical, or decorative will basically transform your kitchen. Give it a try and see for yourself.

    Add under-cabinet lighting.

    There's just something about under-cabinet lighting that's so appealing. It gives you much welcome extra light when you’re preparing meals or the kids are doing homework. At night, under-cabinet lighting creates a warm, cozy feeling in the kitchen when you don't want too much brightness. You'll need an electrician for this one, but it's still a quick and relatively easy kitchen upgrade.

    Find a new faucet.

    Simply installing a new kitchen faucet could give your kitchen the beauty boost it needs. Today's faucet options include high-end chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Modern faucets also have some cool new features like laminar flow, advanced filtration, and hands-free activation.

    Place shelving between cabinets.

    Installing a few well-placed shelves is an easy kitchen update that can open up a world of possibilities in your kitchen. They'll allow you to display decorative plates, artwork, flowers, and photographs. Make the shelves fashionable and functional by using them to hold mason jars filled with foods that look as good as they taste, like tri-colored pasta, loose herbal tea, dried fruits, grains, dried beans, and nuts.

    Add molding to cabinets.

    Sleek, featureless cabinet fronts are not everyone's preference. To give your plain cabinet doors some character, attach some molding to the front. Opt for simple wood stripes if you like or consider more decorative pre-cut panels that you can find at the local hardware store.

    Fix up your flooring.

    Installing a new kitchen floor can make a dramatic difference in your kitchen. To keep the project easy and affordable, opt for modern floating vinyl sheets that don’t need to be adhered to the sub-floor. These newer vinyl sheets are much thicker and more durable than standard vinyl, resulting in a floor that not only lasts longer, but also provides a soft, cushiony walking surface.

    Consider a new appliance.

    Look around your kitchen. Is your refrigerator frightening? Is your oven looking awful these days? You may be holding back on purchasing something new because you think you'll have to replace all appliances at the same time. But sometimes, getting a single new appliance is all it takes to give your kitchen a facelift. And as far as easy kitchen updates go, all you have to do is pick out your appliance and let the pros install it and take away the old one.

    Stop by Reno's Appliance and talk to a member of our friendly sales staff today. They will make sure that you find the perfect appliance for your home. Since 1951, we are proud to be a local, family-owned business with better service, better selection, and better prices than our big box competitors.

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  2. The Best Way to Reheat Pizza

    The Best Way to Reheat Pizza

    What's the Best Way to Reheat Pizza: Oven, Microwave, Toaster Oven, or Stovetop?

    Have you ever found yourself at home feeling hungry but not in the mood to cook? But then, all of a sudden you remember—you have leftover pizza in the refrigerator! Now you just need to determine the best way to reheat your savory slice. Here's the secret: the best way to reheat pizza doesn’t necessarily depend on the appliance, but how you use the appliance. Check out these reheating tips and you’ll be enjoying a leftover slice that tastes like it was just delivered.

    The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in an Oven

    If you're not pressed for time and really want a crispy crust, then the oven may be your best option. Here’s how to reheat pizza in the oven in four easy steps:

    1. Place a baking pan in the oven and preheat it to 450 degrees. A high oven temperature is essential for a crispy crust.
    2. After the oven has reached 450 degrees use an oven mitt to remove the pan and place your slices directly on the hot pan.
    3. Return the pan to the oven and let the pizza bake for 10 minutes.
    4. After 10 minutes, take your slices from the oven and let them rest on the hot pan for 5 minutes before eating.

    Following the above steps should result in a crispy slice with melty cheese that tastes almost as good as the day it was delivered.

    The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in a Microwave

    The microwave is the go-to pizza-reheating appliance for many pizza lovers because it’s so quick. Microwaves certainly get pizza hot quickly, but often leaves you with a soggy slice and tasteless toppings.

    However, if you follow these steps, then you can reheat pizza in the microwave and get fantastic results:

    1. Place a sheet of parchment paper on the plate, then place your pizza on top of that. The parchment will absorb extra moisture and help ensure that your pizza is nice and crispy.
    2. Fill a ceramic mug with water (about two-thirds full).
    3. Place the mug in the microwave and then place the plate on top of the mug.
    4. Microwave the pizza on 50% power in 1-minute intervals until it reaches the desired temperature.

    The microwave-mug technique may sound strange, but it helps keeps the crust crispy. Here's why. Having a cup of water in the microwave with your pizza reduces the amount of energy the pizza absorbs. It will take longer for your pizza to heat up, but the crust will be nice and crunchy, and the toppings will be tasty.

    The Best Way to Reheat Pizza on a Stovetop

    Reheating pizza on a stovetop is best option if you want the flavor of oven-heated pizza, but don't have the time to spare. Opinions are divided on whether it's better to use a cast iron skillet or a nonstick skillet, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand and follow these steps:

    1. Warm up the pan over medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
    2. Place the pizza in the pan and cook for 2½ minutes.
    3. Once the bottom crust seems crispy, turn the heat to low and add 2 drops of water to the side of the pan away from the pizza.
    4. Cover the pan with a lid for 60 seconds so that the cheese melts evenly. Once the cheese is melted, remove the slice from the pan.

    Some renowned pizza chefs insist that the stovetop method is hands-down the best way to reheat pizza, so it may be worth a try.

    The Best Way to Reheat Pizza in a Toaster Oven

    Sometimes the last thing you want to do is waste energy heating a big appliance like an oven just for one slice of pizza. Here’s where your versatile toaster oven comes to the rescue. You can get oven-baked flavor without heating up the entire kitchen, which is especially helpful in the summer. Here's how:

    1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place your slice directly on the wire rack and heat it for 3 to 5 minutes.
    3. Watch it carefully. As soon as the cheese starts to melt, then you know it’s done. If it’s left in there for too long, it may start to burn.
    4. Your slice will be very hot, so use a spatula or tongs to remove it from the toaster oven. Let it cool for a few minutes before eating.

    The toaster oven is a great option when you have little time to spare as it's the fastest way to reheat pizza.

    Opening your refrigerator and discovering there's leftover pizza—especially when you're hungry—is one of the best feelings ever. But there's no reason it can't taste as good as the day it was delivered. Try the tips above and discover the best way to reheat pizza for yourself!

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

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  3. Quality Kitchen Ventilation Without Sacrificing Style

    Quality Kitchen Ventilation Without Sacrificing Style

    Our Best-Looking Kitchen Ventilation Options

    When considering the many appliances you have in your home, a range hood is one of the most important. With just the flick of a switch it removes heat, smoke, and odors from your home while you’re cooking. However, a range hood is often the focal point of your kitchen so how it looks is just as important as how it functions. We wanted to share some of the best-looking kitchen ventilation options made by world-class manufacturers that are available at Reno's Appliance.

    Get Back to Basics

    If you're looking for a kitchen ventilation solution that's functional and stylish, yet not too flashy, then be sure to check out the under cabinet hoods from Broan, North America's largest producer of residential ventilation products. They've got several attractive options to choose from.

    Interested in a range hood in a stainless steel finish? Then consider the Glacier model. The clean, contemporary shape of Glacier complements any kitchen design. Brilliant halogen lighting and superior smoke and odor removal are just the beginning of its high-quality features. Of course, there are similar models in white, black, and even black stainless steel, including this new Antero model, so you're sure to find a range hood that matches your kitchen's décor.

    Be Unique and Ultra-modern

    Electrolux prides itself on style and innovation in everything they do, and kitchen ventilation is no exception. If your kitchen needs a range hood that makes a sleek statement, then check out the Glass and Stainless Steel Canopy model from Electrolux. The glass canopy design with stainless steel accents will add a touch of sophisticated style to your kitchen, while eliminating even the strongest odors with ease.

    Choose Creative Colors

    There's nothing that says you can't have some fun with color in your kitchen. Many designers are encouraging clients to use a neutral color palette on the walls and floors of their kitchens, and saving bold color statements for the appliances. That's easy to do with this cherry red range hood from Aga. It's high-powered, sleek, and makes a bold statement, especially if you pair it with a matching stove and refrigerator. If the Aga isn't quite your style, you can still choose color while keeping the styling a bit more conventional with this model from Viking. As a third option, you can mix colors and ultra-modern with this Horizon range hood from Zephyr.

    Keep a Low Profile

    One of the most recent trends in kitchen ventilation is the narrow, low-profile hood. These hoods look like thin strips of metal that are mounted above the stove. This is the ideal option if you want to maintain an open and airy feeling in your kitchen, or you want your backsplash to be the focal point of the kitchen. This low-profile canopy wall hood from Jenn-Air is the perfect example. This model from Frigidaire is ideal is you truly want to go for the "barely there" look.

    At Reno's Appliance, we're big fans of kitchen ventilation and believe that every kitchen should have a range hood. The models described above are just a sample of what we have to offer. If you're thinking about getting a new range hood, check out our showroom in Paterson, NJ. We carry an extensive inventory of range hoods from major manufacturers and have all the range hood accessories you may need.

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  4. How to Clean Stainless Steel Quickly and Easily

    How to Clean Stainless Steel Quickly and Easily

    How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Hassle-Free

    Stainless steel continues to be the most popular finish for kitchen appliances and it’s easy to understand why. Stainless steel appliances add a sleek, modern edge to your kitchen design that will never go out of style. It also resists rust and corrosion. The only downside is that stainless steel appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and ovens tend to attract fingerprints, water stains, smudges, and streaks. Fortunately, those stains are easy to eliminate with these tips on how to clean stainless steel.

    Best Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel

    • For general surface cleaning: Wipe your stainless steel appliances in the direction of the grain with a cloth soaked in warm water. Towel-dry immediately to prevent spots which may be caused by minerals in the water. If dirt remains, add a mild dish detergent to the damp cloth and wipe down the surface again. Rinse thoroughly before toweling dry.
    • For stubborn stains or fingerprints: Fingerprints can be easily removed with any common glass cleaner, vinegar, or even club soda. Simply spray any one of the three directly onto the appliance and wait 30 to 60 seconds. Then, wipe clean in the direction of the grain with a soft microfiber cloth. This will remove the fingerprints and leave behind a nice shine in one step.
    • For scratches: The best way to remove scratches is to use a store-bought scratch remover and follow the instructions on the bottle. Always test commercial products in an inconspicuous spot before applying them to the damaged areas.
    • For cooked-on foods and grease: Use a nonabrasive cleaning powder or a paste made of baking soda and water. Rub gently using a sponge or nonabrasive pad. Rinse and towel dry.
    • For stainless steel sinks: First, make sure your sink is clean from any surface dirt and food particles. Then, coat the sink in plain white flour. Finally, use a soft cloth to buff the sink in a circular motion. It will start to shine like new almost immediately. For additional shine, rinse well and polish the sink with a cloth dipped in white vinegar.
    • For restoring shine: After your stainless steel appliance is clean, you can bring it back to its original shine quite easily. Simply dab a few tiny drops of baby oil, mineral oil, or olive oil onto a clean, dry cloth. Rub along the grain in both directions, and you’ll see a nice shine start to emerge.

    Stainless Steel Do's and Don'ts

    Now that you know how to clean stainless steel, it’s important to know these additional do's and don'ts to make sure you get the best results possible.

    • Do check your owner's manual or manufacturer’s websites for tips on how to care for and clean your appliance.
    • Don’t use harsh abrasives, scouring powders, steel wool, bleach, or ammonia on stainless steel appliances.
    • Do test any cleaning method in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it will work well before applying it to your entire appliance.
    • Don't use grout cleaner that contains muriatic acid on the tile floor in your kitchen because the fumes can damage stainless steel.
    • Do wipe stainless steel appliances in the direction of the grain.

    If you have stainless steel appliances that aren't looking their best, then use these tips on how to clean stainless steel. They'll look as good as new in no time.

    The next time you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen, there's no reason not to choose stainless steel appliances. Whether you want a single stainless steel appliance, or you want to create a completely stainless steel kitchen, come to Reno's Appliance. We carry an extensive inventory of stainless steel dishwashers, refrigerators, ranges, and range hoods.

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  5. Homemade Kitchen Cleaner: Baking Soda is the Household Savior You Need

    Homemade Kitchen Cleaner: Baking Soda is the Household Savior You Need

    How to Use Baking Soda as a Homemade Kitchen Cleaner

    If you're looking for a powerful, eco-friendly, and inexpensive cleaning agent, then look no further than baking soda. Whether it's used on its own or as the main ingredient in a homemade kitchen cleaner, it destroys dirt and grime almost everywhere in your kitchen.

    Why Does Baking Soda Clean So Well?

    Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent because it's mildly alkaline and can dissolve dirt and grease when mixed with a bit of water. In addition, baking soda is a gentle abrasive, so you can sprinkle it directly on a sponge and scrub away stubborn stains or stuck on grime. Baking soda is so gentle it can be safely used on glass, chrome, stainless steel, enamel, and plastic.

    In addition to cleaning kitchen surfaces, baking soda can eliminate bad smells by bringing acidic odor molecules (such as spoiled milk) or basic odors (such as fish) into a neutral, odor-free state. While commercial cleaners cover up bad smells with strong perfumes, baking soda literally destroys the odors as you clean. Best of all, baking soda maintains its deodorizing properties even when dissolved in water.

    How Can Baking Soda be Used to Make a Homemade Kitchen Cleaner?

    Making a homemade kitchen cleaner is simple and you probably have most of the ingredients needed already in your home.

    Here's what you'll need:

    • A funnel
    • A clean, empty spray bottle
    • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon of dish soap
    • 4 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
    • Your favorite essential oil (optional)

    Once you've gathered your ingredients, place the funnel in the opening of the spray bottle. Pour the baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar into the bottle. Remove the funnel and screw the top on the spray bottle and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds, then let it sit for a minute. Next, remove the top from the spray bottle and fill it with about 2 to 3 cups of warm tap water. Screw the top back on the spray bottle and give it another shake. Once the cleaning solution is settled down, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if desired.

    Your homemade kitchen cleaner is ready to go. Use it on countertops, appliances, tables, chairs, backsplashes, windows, and anywhere else you like.

    What Are Some Other Uses of Baking Soda?

    Creating a safe, non-toxic household cleaner is just one way to use baking soda. Here are a few other ways to put this magic ingredient to good use in your home.

    1. Keep flowers fresh: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a vase of water to extend the lifespan of fresh flowers. As bonus, the baking soda will prevent the water from developing a bad odor.
    2. Make pots and pans sparkle: Fill your sink with hot water and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda plus a squirt of dish detergent to the water. Then, let the pans soak. After 20 minutes wash them as you normally would. If you're trying to clean the inside of a pot, then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and some water to the pot and let it simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
    3. Remove strong odors from hands: After working with ingredients such as garlic or onions, scrub your hands with a little bit of baking soda to neutralize the odors.
    4. Deodorize the refrigerator: Make a paste using water and baking soda. Then, empty the refrigerator and use a washcloth or clean rag to apply the paste to the walls and shelves of the unit. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Bad refrigerator odors will be banished.
    5. Wash produce: Fill a bowl or basin with water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda, then wash your fruits and veggies in the solution to remove dirt and residue.
    6. Deodorize your dishwasher: Sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. The next morning, add a cup of vinegar and run a short hot water cycle. Any odors will be eliminated.
    7. Extinguish fires: Pour baking soda directly on top of fires to extinguish them. This is especially important in the case of electrical fires, where water will only make things worse.

    One you see how easy and effective it is to make a homemade kitchen cleaner with baking soda, you'll never go back to the store-bought stuff again.

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

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