Tuesday, July 17, 2018

4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Convection Oven

If you love to cook and want to improve the quality even more, a convection oven is your secret ingredient. Cooking and baking is a science and with this technology, you can get better quality in less time. Using convection ovens will make sure that you don't have any more burnt bread, dried out turkey,  or distasteful veggies.

Convection cooking uses fans and exhaust systems to move the air inside the oven, creating more consistency in your cooking. This is available with gas and electric ovens.

1. Saves Time- Convection cooking can save you up to 30% of cooking time! These ovens cook food more quickly than conventional ovens, which are also called radiant or thermal ovens. This is because a convection oven uses a fan and an exhaust system to move hot air around food. This actively transfers heat and causes food to cook more quickly than it would in a conventional oven. Just be sure to reduce the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure to peak at it because it will be done in less time.

2. Saves Energy- By requiring less time for your food to cook, it also allows you to save energy. When using convection ovens, you also use lower temperatures so your oven does not have to heat up as high, saving you money on your energy bill. Most convection ovens are Energy Star Rated because of how much energy is saved.

3. More Even Cooking- Regular ovens can have hot spots, depending on where the heating element is, but the fan in a convection oven will circulate the air to help even out the temperature variances. This allows the food to cook more consistent throughout.

4. Better Looks- This technology is better at browning the top of your food. In a conventional oven, the atmosphere in the oven is more humid as the moisture is trapped making it harder to get that pretty look on the exterior of your food. With convection ovens, there's more of a dry atmosphere. This allows the sugars to caramelize making the top layer perfectly golden brown. Don't worry, your interior of your meat and vegetables will still have that moisture inside.

If you are convinced that convection cooking is the way to go, that's great! Make sure that you get one that has the option to turn it off for better bread and cake baking. You do still want your bread to rise and not dry out your interior. I would do a little experimenting and see what works best for you, but having the option to not use the convection technology is good to have.
Don't be intimidated by convection cooking, embrace it and you will find your food tasting so much better. Stop by one of our locations to see what convection cooking really looks like.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Advantium Oven by GE Monogram

Celebrity Chef Mark Kalix is here today to show you the future of cooking with Advantium Ovens made by GE Monogram appliances.

This is a speed oven with 4 sources of heat to cook things quickly and accurately. It uses:

  • Standard Convection
  • Halogen Lamp
  • Ceramic Heat
  • Radiant Cooking Elements
There are already 175 + programmed recipes and cook times for different meats depending on the size and quantity that you have for perfect cooking times. The cooking technology allows you to cook food up to 8 times faster compared to a conventional oven. The halogen lamps are really nice in that they make sure the top of the food has that perfect brown crisp look and taste.  There is no preheating required for cooking with Advantium ovens and microwaves. With the rotation platform inside, it can even rotate your casserole dish inside for even levels of cooling with convection technology too.

Stop by one of our locations to check it out for yourself. You will be amazed at how fast you can cook a big turkey and more!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

What is a Downdraft Range?

Bob is here to share with you three options for your cooking ventilation in your home.

1.The most common way to vent the air is with an over-the-range microwave. This is the most common way to circulate the air.

2. Hoods made over the range or cooktop with no microwave. These are common for kitchens that are more custom, but are used for standard kitchens as well.

3. The third option, not a lot of people know about. Downdraft ventilation is located in the range in itself. It is located in the middle of the range and had filters and fans that move the gases and air underneath the unit. This is a great options for ranges and cooktops that are located in the island, where hoods might get in the way. 

A great example of this is the Kitchen Aid 30-Inch 4-Burner Dual Fuel Downdraft Slide-In Range (KSDG950ESS)

We hope that we gave you an inside look at the different types of ventilation systems out there. Now you can decide which one is best for your needs. Give one of our stores a call and our team can answer anymore questions that you may have.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Sick of struggling with your kids to make them eat their veggies? Try this amazing recipe out tonight and your family will suddenly list Brussels sprouts as one of their favorite foods!

  • 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chopped thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.
  2. Blanch brussels sprouts- bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add brussels sprouts and cook until bright green and very tender (about 10 minutes). Add brussels sprouts to ice bath to cool, drain.
  3. On a large baking sheet, toss blanched brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic and thyme. Using the end of a small glass or mason jar, press down on the brussels sprouts to smash them into a flat patty. Season each smashed brussels sprout with salt and pepper, then sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan on top.
  4. Bake until the bottoms of the sprouts are crispy and the cheese is melted and golden (about 20 minutes)
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Total Time: 45 mins. | Serves 6-8

Recipe originally appeared on Delish.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Induction vs. Radiant Cooktops

Electric smooth top ranges and cooktops have become the norm for electric powered cooking. The old school coil burners with grates and drip-pans are losing popularity due to reliability and convenience of cleaning.  Just like it sounds smooth top ranges and cooktops have a flat surface that is generally made out of glass and ceramic. The cooktop is one flat piece with the burners underneath and made visible by circles typically etched in the glass or ceramic. Now something to consider is whether you want induction or radiant heat. Here are some things to consider before venturing out to the stores.


An induction burner shouldn’t even be called a burner because it functions very differently from other electric burners. An induction cooktop on a range heats up the iron in the pot or pan directly using hundreds of magnets located under the glass. It makes your cookware the heat source. Using electromagnetic energy, the element never gets hot; it just causes your cookware to heat up while the surface of the smooth top stays cool to the touch except when the pan heats up the glass.

Induction ranges are the most energy efficient because it uses your pot or pan as the heating element to cook your food which also makes it easier to achieve your desired temperature much faster than other electric cooktops. Safety is also a nice feature with induction because once contact with the pan is broken, most will automatically power off. The glass will stay hot but not as long as a radiant cooktop.

One thing to think about is that induction can only use some types of cookware. It must have iron in the pan. Fortunately, most cookware is compatible with induction cooktops.


Radiant elements are a lot like old school coils burners, except that the coils are housed under the glass and ceramic surface making it much easier to clean. But because they are glass, they show dirt and smudges much more frequently requiring you to clean more often.

Since the radiant ranges and cooktops use hot glass to heat up your pan almost any kind of pan is okay to use. They are also typically less expensive.

One thing to consider is that the radiant heat units are cast iron pans are not recommended for glass tops.  They require much more attention like constant cleaning.

You can always check out the different option on our website, but it might be better to see them in person. Stop by one of our locations to see them for yourself to determine what is best for you and your home.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Simple Life Hacks to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution

New Year’s Day has come and gone- how’s your resolution going? Many of us bail on our New Year’s resolutions about two to four weeks into January, so don’t beat yourself up if you can count yourself among that group- you’re not alone!

However, it’s never too late to get your New Year’s resolution back on track and set your sights on achieving your goals for this year. Here are some handy tips for sticking to that resolution without any excuses!

Let’s Get Physical!

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to shed some unwanted pounds or begin a new exercise regimen. Despite our best efforts, it’s not always easy to stick to our diet or to get to the gym. Try the following simple solutions to keep your health and fitness goals in check:

  • Keep healthy snacks, such as pistachios, instant oatmeal and granola bars, in your drawer at the office. This will help you minimize cravings for sugary, fatty alternatives from the vending machine.
  • On days when you can’t make it to the gym, crank up a playlist of your favorite tunes and dance around your bedroom while you’re getting ready for work. Not only will short bursts of activity raise your heart rate and burn calories, but you can start the day feeling invigorated!
  • Trying to drink more water? Every time you get up from your desk to go to the restroom, bring your water bottle along for a refill. Associating an already-established routine with the need to drink more water will help you form a healthy habit.

Find Your Inner Bookworm

If you’re among the people who want to read more books this year, you may be finding yourself wondering how you’re going to fit reading into your already jam-packed schedule! Fortunately we know a few tricks for staying well-read even when you’re pressed for time:

  • Download an audiobook version of your selected book from Audible or a similar app- you’ll be able to listen on the go! Double Resolution Bonus: You can listen to your audiobook at the gym while you work to achieve your fitness goals!
  • Join a book club- having friends to talk about the book with will motivate you to read more than you may have on your own. Not only that, but there’s wine!
  • Start small. You may be ambitious enough to want to tackle all the classic novels ever written, but why not start with a quick, easy read? Trying to take on a monster of a book right out of the gates can be daunting, and cause you to give up on your resolution

Just Say “OM”

If your New Year’s resolution to find inner peace through yoga or meditation has already gone from “Namaste” to “Nah, I’ma stay in bed,” you may need to fine-tune your plan to better suit your needs. After all, not everyone finds relaxation easy, and you may need to try a different type of yoga or an alternate form of stress management to help you accomplish your goals. Try these ideas for quick de-stressing on the go:

  • Bring your yoga mat to work, and do a few poses throughout the day at times of high stress. (Note: this will work better for people who have offices with doors!)
  • Find a class that combines yoga or other relaxation techniques with something you enjoy. Plenty of yoga instructors offer offbeat classes that may appeal to your quirky nature: for example- goat yoga? Totally a thing!

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions requires discipline and dedication, but don’t let it get you down if your first attempt falls flat. Do your best to keep your resolutions this year and you may uncover a happier, healthier you!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How To Determine The Right Range Hood For Your Kitchen

Keep in mind range hoods are usually not required by most local building codes, however cooking without them can lead to smoke and smells left in your kitchen. Check with your local county for any codes that would be required before starting your kitchen remodel. Here are a couple of measurements and tips before you start your project.

To properly calculate the amount of CFM’s (cubic feet per minute) for your range hood you’ll need the following:
 Size of your range
Gas ranges you’ll need the total BTU’s (British thermal units)
Size of your kitchen (Width Length & Height)
 Length & angles of ductwork being used

Range Size Calculation:
A basic rule used to determine your range hood would be for the hood to move a minimum of 100 CFM for every 12” of range width.
·         Example a 30” range would be 2.5’ x 100 = 250 minimum CFM range hood

Gas Range BTU Calculation:
Gas ranges produce a lot more heat than electric ranges so gas ranges will require larger CFM requirements. You’ll need to combine each of the range burners to determine the total BTU’s for your range and divide the total by 100 to determine the correct CFM for your range.
·         Example of a 5 burner range (1 x 15,000, 2 x 10,000, 2 x 5,000 = total of 45,000 BTU’s)
·         45,000 ÷ 100 = 450 CFM for the range

Kitchen Size Calculation:
Your kitchen size should also be considered when calculating CFM to help maximizing the correct amount of air flow within your kitchen. Range hoods should be able to exchange the air a minimum of 15 times per hour or once every 4 minutes.
·         Example of a kitchen 16’ wide x 12’ length x 10’ high (16 x 12 x 10 = 1920)
·         1920 cubic foot room x 15 air exchange = 28,800 cubic feet to move per hour
·         28,800 ÷ 60 = 480 CFM for your kitchen
·         Or total cubic feet of 1920 ÷ once every 4 minutes = 480 CFM

Ductwork Calculation:
Every length, turn and cap in your ductwork adds resistance in air flow, there for these things must be noted to determine the correct amount of CFM required for your project.
When using an 8” round ductwork the following additions will be added.
·         Add 1 CFM per foot of pipe length used.
·         Add 25 CFM for every elbow being used.
·         Add 40 CFM for roof caps being used.
·         Example: 10 foot pipe length + 25 elbow + 40 roof cap = 75 CFM

The final calculation is to take the largest CFM rating plus the ductwork to determine the hood for your project.
Example of the above calculation:
Range size (250 CFM) Gas range (450 CFM) Kitchen size (480 CFM) and the added ductwork (75 CFM)
The following CFM would be required. Largest CFM was (480) plus ductwork (75) = total of 555 CFM as the minimum requirements for the project.

We hope that these measurements will help you figure out what you need. After reading this and you feel lost, please give us a call and we can help you with the specs and make sure that you are getting the right hood and appliances for your kitchen.