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Posted: February 04, 2020
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Posted: January 28, 2020|
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|
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.