1. Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them an essential life skill, spend quality time with them, pass on family recipes, and get them curious about trying new foods. However, the kitchen has many potential hazards that little ones should be aware of. At Reno’s Appliance, we are kitchen experts and have compiled this list of 8 tips that you can use to teach kitchen safety for kids.

    Always Ask an Adult
    This may seem obvious, but as your kids get more comfortable and independent in the kitchen, they may forget to ask permission before they start to cook. Or, excited little chefs may want to surprise the family with a homemade treat. Remind kids that an adult has to be present with them in the kitchen at all times.

    Wash Your Hands
    Every parent probably already tells their child to wash their hands about 20 times a day. However, it’s especially important that kids understand that germs on their hands can be transferred to food when cooking. Always have them wash well before meal prep starts.

    Use a Potholder
    Kids may not realize how hot a dish may be when it is first pulled out of the oven. Help prevent burns by making sure they know how to properly use a potholder.

    Roll Up Your Sleeves
    Kids should literally roll up their sleeves before they begin work. Long hair should be tied back as well. This will help keep sleeves and hair strands from getting snagged on something, dipping into food, or worse yet, catching fire.

    Be Safe with Knives
    Knowing about the dangers of knives is a major part of kitchen safety for kids. Make sure that your children know to only pick up knives by their handles and to never point them at anyone. Kids should only use knives when they have been given permission to do so. Give younger kids plastic knives to work with so they can learn proper cutting techniques before moving on to kitchen knives.

    Ask Before You Lick
    Who doesn’t love to lick icing or cake batter off the spoon? However, make sure your kids know that they have to ask before they can lick. Otherwise, they might consume raw ingredients that can make them sick.

    Practice Stove Safety
    Proper kitchen safety for kids wouldn’t be complete without addressing the dangers associated with stoves. Remind kids to keep potholders, paper towels, dish towels and other flammable materials away from cook tops. Demonstrate how to position pots so the handles are facing in. Finally, teach kids that baking soda or flour should be used to douse the flames of a stove top fire – never water.

    Clean Up is Essential
    Cooking in the kitchen is always tons of fun. But cleaning? Not so much. However, proper clean up is an essential part of kitchen safety for kids. Kids should make sure the oven and burners are completely turned off. All food should be properly stored and refrigerated. All spills should be cleaned up. Finally, any surfaces or utensils that handled raw meat or eggs should be properly sanitized.

    Teaching kitchen safety for kids early on will help instill good kitchen habits that will stay with them into adulthood.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  2. How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel kitchen appliances are durable, attractive, and never go out of style, which is why they are so incredibly popular. Although stainless steel appliances have a reputation for being scratch-resistant, that doesn’t mean scratches will never appear. As sturdy as it is, stainless steel can acquire unsightly scratches over time.

    Fortunately, it is possible to successfully remove scratches from stainless steel and get your appliances looking like new. Follow the steps below to get scratch-free surfaces.

    For Light Scratches

    1. Before you begin to actually tend to the scratch, clean the appliance, or at least clean the area around the damage. There are a few different ways to clean stainless steel, but one of the easiest and most effective methods is to first spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off with a microfiber cloth. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain to reveal a nice shine.
    2. Now that you have a clean working surface, you can use a powdered scratch removal compound to address the scratch. Add a few drops of water to the compound to create a paste that’s roughly the consistency of toothpaste. You can also choose to skip this step if you purchase a pre-mixed compound.
    3. Apply a small amount of the scratch remover compound to a microfiber cloth and then very gently rub it back and forth over the scratch, working in the direction of the grain. It’s essential to rub only in the direction of the grain. If you rub against the grain, you may cause further damage.
    4. Continue to apply compound as in step 3 until the scratch is gone.
    5. Once you are satisfied with the results, gently wipe the surface with a fresh, barely damp microfiber cloth to remove any compound residue. Dry with a separate, clean microfiber cloth.

    For Deeper Scratches

    For larger imperfections that do not respond to the method above, use a stainless steel scratch removal kit, which contains a polishing compound and a set of abrasive pads, and follow these steps:

    1. Starting with the appropriate grit pad recommended in the instructions, rub the scratch with the grain in one direction only. Rubbing back and forth could cause unattractive circular marks. Use light, but firm pressure, being careful not to rub too hard.
    2. Move to a smoother grit pad, and continue the buffing process, adding water, or any compounds included in the kit, as called for in the instructions.
    3. Wipe the surface down with a microfiber cloth to finish the process, buffing the steel to a clean shine.

    The steps above are a good guideline, but manufacturers’ instructions may vary. When in doubt, refer to the instructions included with the scratch removal kit.

    Keeping Stainless Steel Scratch Free

    Once you’ve removed the scratches from your stainless steel appliances, follow these tips to prevent more scratches from forming.

    1. Always wipe your appliances with the grain, never against the grain. Even if you’re just wiping it down with a damp towel, always go with the grain for best results.
    2. Never use steel wool or abrasive pads for regular cleaning and maintenance. Always use a soft microfiber cloth.
    3. Protect your stainless steel sink with a rubber dish mat when washing heavy pots by hand. Just be sure to remove the mat when finished so that water won’t remain trapped underneath.
    4. Avoid using magnets directly on stainless steel refrigerators, which can cause tiny scratches over time.
    5. Be mindful of where you use knives in the kitchen. Don’t cut directly on a stainless steel countertop or too close to stainless steel appliances.
    6. Never rest any pot, glass, or utensil directly on top of a stainless steel appliance.

    If you’ve got scratches in your stainless steel appliances, then don’t think all hope is lost. With the steps above, you can restore the beauty of each appliance in your kitchen. But if you think it’s time for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need in an array of attractive finishes, including stainless steel. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  3. Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    If you’re interested in buying a new kitchen range, then you’re probably thinking about the pros and cons of gas vs. electric ranges. Both types of ranges have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what your needs and preferences are. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts and can help you sort out the gas vs. electric debate so you can choose the right appliance for your home.

    Pros of Gas Stoves

    The biggest advantage of a gas range is the control you have when cooking. When it comes to the cooktop, you get instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. The flames produced by a natural gas stove spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan, cooking food more evenly and quickly.

    A gas oven heats up and cools down faster than an electric oven. Warming begins as soon as you turn on the gas. Equally, cooking will stop just as soon as the gas is turned off. As a result, far less energy is consumed with a gas vs. electric stove.

    Gas stoves also have a longer life span than electric ovens. Once you buy a gas oven, you’ve definitely made a long-term, if not a lifetime, investment.

    Cons of Gas Stoves

    The most immediate drawback to a gas stove is the purchase price. Gas stoves do come in a range of prices, but are typically more expensive than electric stoves. On top of that, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs. But these are one-time expenditures and maintenance costs are low once everything is set up.

    Pros of Electric Stoves

    Electric stoves are fairly easy to operate, and less expensive to purchase, which makes them good choices for people who don’t spend as much time in the kitchen. Also, there’s no need for a gas line in your kitchen, so that cost is completely eliminated.

    Most electric stoves sold today have a sleek, glass cooktop instead of those coiled cooking elements you may associate with electric stoves. These cooktops not only look great, but they are easy to clean. There’s no need to remove a burner ring to wipe up a hardened spill. If you do have a stove with a coiled heating element, then they can be easily replaced if they get damaged.

    Cons of Electric Stoves

    Although less expensive to purchase than gas stoves, electric stoves use more energy, which means higher energy bills. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than with a gas stove. Precise results can be hard to achieve.

    If you live in an area that has frequent power outages, then your stove will be inoperable during those times. Even some backup generators aren’t enough to power electric stoves.

    The Bottom Line

    So what’s the answer in the gas vs. electric debate? Honestly, there’s no absolute right or wrong answer. Gas stoves probably fit most people’s lives if they cook the majority of meals at home with their family. But if you don’t do much cooking and just need something inexpensive to boil water for tea, fry an egg, or bake potatoes, then an electric stove might be the better option.

    If you’re ready to buy a new range, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.

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  4. Fabric Wash Guide: How to Care for Your Clothes

    Fabric Wash Guide: How to Care for Your Clothes

    Nothing lasts forever, but most things can last longer if you take care of them. Clothes are no exception. Washing your clothes correctly will increase their lifespan and save you a ton of money when compared to buying new ones. In fact, washing fabrics incorrectly is one of the biggest laundry mistakes people make. At Reno’s Appliance, we are laundry appliance experts and wanted to give you a fabric wash guide for these seven popular fabrics.

    Acetate is man-made and is often found blended with other fibers to create beautiful, easy-to-drape clothing. However, acetate is also a weak fiber and can be easily damaged by twisting, wringing, or heat. Hand wash garments containing acetate fibers in cold water or use the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Allow acetate items to air dry and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.

    A natural fiber, cotton is prone to shrinking, so wash cotton garments in cold water unless the item has been pre-shrunk. Cotton items that are pre-shrunk may be washed in hot, warm, or cold water, depending the care label recommendations. Cold-water washing will protect the deep color of cotton jeans and preserve brightly colored garments. Dry cotton garments on low heat and remove while still slightly damp to avoid shrinkage.

    Linen is a natural fiber, made from the flax plant. Check the care label on your linen garments to determine whether it must be dry-cleaned. If machine-washable, wash according to label instructions. Know that linen absorbs more water during washing than other fibers, so be sure not to put too many linen garments in the wash at one time. Dry linen items on a cool setting and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.

    Polyester fibers create colorful, durable, easy-care garments. Most polyester fabrics may be machine-washed using warm water. Tumble dry polyester garments on low heat. Remove them from the dryer while they're still slightly damp to prevent wrinkles and avoid a static buildup. If ironing is required, use a low-heat setting. Polyester is a synthetic fabric and will melt beneath a hot iron.

    While silk fiber itself is washable, many weave patterns used for silk fabric will tighten or pucker if washed, and colors may fade. Read the label instructions carefully. Some silk garments are dry clean only. For those that can be washed, your best bet is to hand wash using warm water and a detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Mild baby shampoo is also an effective, but gentle silk cleanser. Never put silk garments in the dryer. Instead, roll the item in a towel to press out moisture, and then hang to dry. Press silk garments with a warm iron.

    While spandex is hand- or machine-washable, avoid hot water and chlorine bleach. Both will damage the spandex fibers. The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex blends to pucker or bubble. Hang spandex garments to dry, and avoid machine drying. If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a warm iron.

    Sheep give us wool, a soft and warm fiber that’s naturally insulating, easy to dye, and extremely versatile. Wool fibers are machine washable, but many wool garments can’t be washed due to the ways they are constructed. Dry-clean wool clothing if instructed on the label. If not dry-clean only, use a gentle detergent and wash by hand or use the gentle-cycle on your machine. Lukewarm water is best as cold water causes wool to shrink.

    These fabric wash tips will help make sure your clothes look great and last as long as possible. Another way to make your clothes last longer is to upgrade your washing machine. Come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like Electrolux, Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, and many others. Reno’s also carries a full line of parts and accessories to keep your appliance running right.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances

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  5. Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Your dishwasher is a wonderful appliance. It gets your plates, utensils, and mugs squeaky clean while saving you a ton of time. But as great as dishwashers are, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Whether it's due to the size of the item or the materials it’s made of, it's better to wash certain things you use in the kitchen by hand rather than risk ruining your dishwasher or your kitchenware.

    Here’s a list of 11 things that are not dishwasher safe:

    Cast-Iron Skillets
    Cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you use them, which consists of coating the cooking surface with cooking oil and then placing the skillet in a 350-degree oven for 60 minutes. If you were to put your skillet in the dishwasher, then you’re washing all of the oil away and you’ll need to season it all over again. Instead, rinse it by hand with warm water (but no detergent) or scrub the cooking surface with salt to remove stuck-on food and debris.

    Wooden Utensils
    The hot water and the heated dry cycle create harsh conditions for your mixing spoons, spatulas, or any other tool with wood on it. Over time, these wooden utensils will warp and split, which means you’ll be buying new ones. You’re better off washing these by hand.

    Wooden Cutting Boards
    Much like with wooden utensils, hot dishwasher water will ruin your wooden cutting board. However, you want to be sure that you give your cutting board a deep clean, especially if you use it as a surface for raw meat. Use a mixture of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water to scrub it clean by hand.

    Vintage  Plates
    If you have any antique china or heirlooms, then they are definitely not dishwasher safe. Exposure to hot water, detergents, and even slight vibrations can cause these delicate treasures to chip. In addition, any gold trim or hand-painted details may flake off.

    Garlic Presses
    Garlic presses may help speed up meal prep, but you’ll need to slow down and wash them by hand. The dishwasher won’t damage the press, but it also won’t get it completely clean because the crushed garlic sticks to the gadget’s tiny crevices. You’ll have to wash it by hand to ensure it’s totally spotless.

    Cheese Graters
    Just like the garlic press, dishwashers won’t hurt the cheese grater, but little bits of cheese might still be stuck in the holes even after a cycle in dishwasher. Instead, use soap and a sponge to wash it by hand.

    Travel Mugs
    Your favorite insulated travel mug is not dishwasher safe. Dishwashers destroy the mug’s insulation leaving you with cold coffee or tea. Definitely not cool.

    Jars with Labels Still on Them
    Glass jam or pasta sauce jars are dishwasher safe. Just make sure you remove the paper label and any adhesive remnants before running it through the dishwasher. Bits of paper can get stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, which can lead to a larger dishwasher disaster and costly repairs.

    Copper Pots and Pans
    Half of the appeal of copper cookware is the color. But the copper surfaces will dull if washed in the dishwasher. Hand wash your copper mugs, pots, and pans instead.

    Cookware with Burnt-On Stains
    So you let the potatoes sit in the oven for a little too long and now you have dark, stubborn crust on your glass baking dish. As much as we would love the dishwasher to take care of it, tough, baked on gunk can never get completely eradicated by the dishwasher. It’ll take some detergent, a sponge, and elbow grease to tackle that mess.

    Keep your crystal punch bowl and glasses far, far away from the dishwasher. The high water temperature may leave your crystal chipped, cracked, or dull.

    If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.

    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 will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  6. Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Toaster ovens just may be the unsung hero of kitchen appliances. Toaster ovens are extremely versatile and simple enough for even the most novice chefs to make great tasting meals, snacks, and more. If you’re just using your toaster oven for bread and bagels, then you’re really missing out. Check out these unique toaster oven uses that can help you get more creative in the kitchen.

    1. Make dried fruits. 

    Turn your toaster oven into a food dehydrator. Simply slice up apples, pears, pineapples, or any of your favorite fruits, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Let them bake at 175 to 200 degrees for a few hours until they are completely dehydrated. You’ll have a sweet and healthy snack that costs less than buying dried fruit at the store.

    1. Roast meat.

    If you don’t have a lot of people to cook for, or it’s just too hot to turn on your oven, then look to your toaster oven. You can use it to roast turkey breast, Cornish game hens, pork loin, or your favorite cut of beef. It’s great for broiling fish as well.

    1. Toast subs.

    Whether you call them grinders, hoagies, or subs, the taste of these sandwiches skyrocket when they’re toasted. Make your sandwich as you usually would. Then, put it in the toaster oven until the bread starts to toast and the cheese melts. You’ll never want to eat a non-toasted sub again.

    1. Make pizza.

    Why order pizza when you can easily make it at home? Depending on the size of your toaster, you can bake up to a 12” pizza. Pick up pizza dough or a pre-made crust and layer on your sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings. Put it in a 400-degree toaster oven for 10 to 12 minutes and it’s done.

    1. Cook bacon.

    This is one of the best toaster oven uses because it means better-tasting bacon. Place the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, then slide it into a 375-degree toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Leave it in a bit longer if you like your bacon crispy.

    1. Roast nuts.

    Roasted nuts are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Toss pecans, almonds, pistachios, or your favorite nut with a small amount of oil and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season them however you like and slide them into a 300-degree toaster oven for 20 minutes. This works with sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well.

    1. Toast coconut.

    Many dessert recipes call for toasted coconut, and a toaster oven is one of the easiest ways to do it. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place it in your toaster oven at low heat until it’s golden brown.

    1. Make your own croutons.

    Don’t spend money on packaged croutons that may contain preservatives high amounts of sodium, especially when it’s so easy to make your own. Cut slices of bread into small cubes. Toss the bread cubes with olive oil and seasonings. Arrange the cubes of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast them on low heat until they’re crunchy.

    1. Create new crayons.

    This is one of those toaster uses that actually has nothing to do with food, but if you have children, they’ll love it. Gather up any old or broken crayons and remove the wrappers. Place the broken pieces into foil-lined muffin cups. Place the foil cups on a baking sheet, and slide it into your toaster oven until the crayons are melted. Take them out and let them cool and harden. Voila. Your kids have new multicolored crayons for their art projects.

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  7. Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    The average kitchen renovation can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how serious an overhaul it is. If your kitchen needs an upgrade, but you aren’t able or willing to plunk down a ton of money, then there are smart ways you can get more bang for less buck. At Reno’s Appliance we’re kitchen experts and we wanted to share these 9 budget renovation tips, to help you get your dream kitchen without having to deal with nightmare costs.

    1. Choose Appliances Before You Start

    One of the factors that typically sends a budget spiraling out of control is picking an appliance or other product during the renovation. If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with having to select an alternative item that is often pricier. To prevent this from happening to you, decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen, from big appliances such as a refrigerators and dishwashers to smaller items like kitchen faucets and cabinet hardware. Have everything purchased and on-site before the renovation begins.

    1. Embrace Bright White

    One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider just giving them a fresh coat of paint. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. Adding new hardware will really make them look brand new.

    1. Conceal Old Cabinets with Doors

    Are your cabinets too outdated to even be saved by paint? There’s still another option beside replacing them entirely. They may be spruced up with just some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet. Just get good measurements and find a style of door you like that will fit. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

    1. Light It Up

    Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where cooking takes place. Also, adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget renovation but will make a big impact.

    1. Don’t Play Around with Plumbing

    Thinking about moving your gas stove, dishwasher, or sink? Consider that each time you move any appliance that gas or water pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber who will charge a few thousand dollars per appliance. That will definitely torpedo your budget renovation.

    1. Rely on Remnant Stone

    You can get the expensive look of granite and solid-surface counters without breaking the bank by visiting granite supply yards and checking out their remnants. You may find some good deals on really nice stone, especially if you don’t have a large amount of counterspace.

    1. Be Sure You Use What You Paid For

    Up to 15% of the materials purchased for a kitchen renovation are wasted. Don’t let those end pieces and remnants get sent to the trash. Use leftover lumber from cabinets to create kitchen shelving. Granite pieces can easily become cutting boards. Leftover tile can be turned into stylish coasters. Get creative and make use of everything you can.

    1. Keep Floors Low

    There’s no reason to put down expensive flooring in the kitchen. If you have wood floors currently, you can simply refinish them. If you are replacing tile or vinyl floors, then consider less-expensive options like sealed cork, which will not only save you some money, but will perhaps save you some aches and pains as cork is softer that tile or wood and therefore easier on the back and feet.

    1. Ask About Any Deals

    Many retailers, such as Reno’s Appliance offer significant discounts on scratch and dent pieces, overstocked inventory, and display models. Be sure to ask your salesperson to see their discounted stock. It’s a great way to high-quality, name brand appliances while sticking to your budget renovation. If you prefer brand new appliances, you can still save hundreds or even thousands of dollars through rebate programs. Ask your salesperson which manufacturers are offering the best rebates.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  8. Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Kids everywhere will soon be gearing up to get back to school. That not only means homework, tests, and field trips, but also sports, music lessons, and other extra-curricular activities that keep families going at full speed. Dinnertime becomes an especially important part of the day that lets families relax and reconnect. Try these 5 back to school recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare any night of the week.

    One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake
    Here’s a crowd-pleasing one-pot meal that the whole family will love.


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
    • ½ cup mini pepperoni, divided
    • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 8 ounces rotini pasta
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


    1. Preheat oven to broil.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks.
    3. Drain excess fat and stir in ¼ cup pepperoni until heated through, about 1 minute.
    4. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil garlic powder, pasta and 2 cups of water and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 12 minutes until pasta is cooked through.
    6. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup pepperoni. Place into oven and cook until melted and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

    Oven Fried Chicken
    This tastes so delicious that no one will ever guess that the chicken is baked, not fried.


    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 1½ cups Panko
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another large bowl, combine Panko, paprika, and vegetable oil.
    5. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in the flour, dip into the egg mixture, then dredge in the Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
    6. Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through.

    Asian Salmon in Foil
    This is the ideal back to school recipe because it’s easy, flavorful, and the use of foil makes clean-up so much easier.


    • ¼ cup honey
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
    • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 pounds salmon


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
    4. Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
    5. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Open the packet and broil for 3 minutes, or until the top of the salmon is caramelized and slightly charred.

    Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
    These no-fuss quesadillas are an absolute must for those busy weeknights. It’s not only a great back to school recipe for dinner, but the leftovers are perfect for the next day’s lunch boxes as well.


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon taco mix
    • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
    • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
    • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, pitted and sliced
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.
    4. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles. Set aside.
    5. Top tortilla with ground beef mixture, avocado and cheddar, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
    6. Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

    Korean Beef Bowl
    This simple, savory dish tastes just like Korean barbeque and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.


    • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
    • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
    • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds


    1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ginger.
    2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    3. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat.
    4. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
    5. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

    Ready to try these tasty back to school recipes? Then you’ll need to make sure that you have the right kitchen appliances. There’s still time to get over to Reno’s Appliance before summer ends so your kitchen is ready to feed your family throughout the school year.

    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 will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.</p

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  9. Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    What is it about grilling over charcoal that makes food taste so good? Gas and electric grills are convenient and produce great results, but charcoal infuses food with that bold, smoky flavor that every grill chef wants to achieve. Charcoal grills do require some cleaning and maintenance, but it’s not difficult. Check out these charcoal grill cleaning tips that will help you keep your grill going strong all summer long.

    1. Clean the inside of the lid often.

    Many store-bought charcoal grills are lined with a porcelain enamel inside and out. Over time, grease and smoke collect on the inside of the lid. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, the enamel can start to chip off. Flaking enamel isn’t toxic, but it’s still not something you want to end up in your food. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent build up under the lid. After each grilling session, allow the grill to cool a bit. While the lid is still warm (but not too hot) use a clean cloth dipped in soapy water to wipe away the grease and gunk.

    1. Clean the cooking grate.

    Like with the lid, the best time to clean your cooking grate is when the grill is slightly warm. The warm temperatures make it easier to scrape away loose debris and will leave you with a surface that food is less likely to stick to.

    You can use a steel wool or a stainless steel bristled brush to clean the grate as your grill cools down after cooking. Or, you can clean the grate as the grill is warming up prior to your grilling session. If you’re cleaning the grill prior to cooking, then when you’re done scraping, be sure to spray the grate with cooking spray, brush it with a bit of oil, or rub it with a sliced raw onion for a more non-stick surface.

    1. Clean the bottom of your grill.

    Before you proceed with this grill cleaning tip, make sure your grill has been allowed to cool completely. Brush any ash and debris out of the bottom of the grill into a garbage bag. If there’s an ash catcher, empty that as well. Then, use a brush or putty knife to scrape away any built up gunk along the bottom. Once it’s completely clear of build-up, you can use a steel wool pad and mild soap and water to really get it clean and shiny.

    1. Clean the outside of the grill.

    As a final step, you can use soap and water to wipe down the entire outside of the grill as well. This can help keep your grill’s exterior looking shiny and new.

    1. Steam cleaners make cleaning a snap.

    Steam cleaners are great tools for removing grease and grime that comes from cooking. So, if you have a hand-held steam cleaner, then feel free to use it to clean your grill from top to bottom. If you don’t have one, but you do grill often, it might be a worthy investment.

    1. Get a grill cover.

    A high-quality grill cover is an absolute must to keep your grill in tip-top condition between grilling sessions and while in long-term storage. A grill cover will protect your grill from rain, wind, and falling debris; keep critters from setting up a nest, and prevent rust.

    With these easy grill cleaning tips, your grill will remain in good condition and provide you with years of enjoyment. Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories to help you maintain your grill. We also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills from top grill manufacturers.

    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 will possibly need.

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  10. 5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    The classic kitchen set up organizes foot traffic in a triangular path that flows from the refrigerator to the sink to the stove in an attempt to make meal prep, cooking, and clean up as easy as possible. But what about your microwave? Where does this smaller, but essential kitchen appliance fit into your kitchen set up? As microwave experts, we wanted to share what we think are the 5 best microwave placement options.

    Below the counter.

    Don’t have much counter or upper cabinet space to spare? Consider replacing a lower drawer with a microwave cabinet. This cost-effective option leaves the counter clear to create an open and airy aesthetic, especially when paired with spacious upper shelving. Just be aware of placing the microwave too low, which can become a nuisance if you use the microwave a lot. If you have curious small children, you want to make sure that the microwave is out of reach.

    Integrated into cabinetry.

    Fitting your microwave into existing cabinetry is a fantastic option, which allows you to customize the height for the best reachability. Just make sure you install it close to a counter so you’re not stuck holding a hot plate with nowhere to quickly place it.

    Also, be aware that it can be a challenge to retro-fit a cabinet for a microwave, unless it just happens to be a suitable height and size already. You may need a customized cabinet, or you’ll have to work with the standard sizes your cabinet supplier offers.

    Over the range.

    If you have a small kitchen, then placing the microwave over the range is a great solution. Of course, that means you’ll have to give up the beauty and function of a range hood. However, there are microwave and fan combos that do double duty to help you make the most of limited space. You can also get a downdraft range, which eliminates the need for a range hood altogether.

    Just keep in mind that if the microwave is too high, reaching and seeing in will be difficult for some users. Also, you want your microwave and range finishes to match, so try to get each from the same manufacturer. But if you decide to go this route, installation is pretty straightforward and usually takes just a few hours.

    In the kitchen island.

    If you have a kitchen island, then it could be perfect for microwave placement. Placing the microwave in the island keeps it out of sight without completely covering it up. It also makes strategic use of the island, which can sometimes end up collecting all sorts of odds and ends.

    Installing your microwave in the island also means that you’re not giving up any valuable cabinet space. Just remember that if your island doesn’t have existing electrical lines running to it, then your kitchen’s wiring will need to be re-configured a bit by a licensed electrician, which will add to the cost of installation.

    Over the wall oven.

    If you have a wall oven, then the classic microwave placement is just above it. Installing your microwave oven in the wall means you’re not giving up any cabinet, island, or counter space. Plus, you’ll be able to install a slightly larger microwave because walls can bear more weight.

    Design wise, placing your microwave above your wall oven gives your entire kitchen a modern, integrated look. In fact, you can complete the “wall appliance trifecta” with a warming drawer below the oven for the ultimate in sleek sophistication. This approach may require a bit of customization and additional cost, but you may find the results to be worth it.

    When it comes to microwave placement, you have several options. If you still aren’t sure where you should place your microwave, then visit Reno’s Appliance. Our expert sales staff can help you make the best decision about your microwave placement.

    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 will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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