Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 07, 2017 10:13:56
My new stove changed my life and I m not kidding. After a decade of constant struggle with an ancient Amana range (just like the ones Monty Hall used to give away in the 1970s on"Let s Make a Deal!") the final blow came on Thanksgiving. I put the lovingly stuffed 20-lb. turkey in the oven and set it at 325 degrees only to find after hours of basting and checking meat thermometers and fiddling with the dial that for some inexplicable reason the oven wouldn t work at any temperature lower than 350 degrees.
If you want to add color and pattern to your kitchen this toaster is a great choice. It can only handle two slices of toast at once however so this is a better option for a single person or couple. For those of you who cook a lot a beautiful set of salt and pepper cellars would look lovely sitting out on your countertop. You could even add a glass olive oil cruet to the mix which would look great and be super handy as you re whipping up delicious meals.
You can get more options than you ve ever imagined in a new range from a stove that actually keeps food cold then turns itself on and cooks it to one that includes a microwave drawer as well as an oven. Features that used to be considered premium are now standard on many ranges including smoothtops sealed burners on gas cooktops and self-cleaning ovens. Even stainless-steel finishes which continue to be in high demand have dropped in price according to Consumersearch.com a website that evaluates product reviews from a wide variety of sources.
Another beautiful somewhat universal choice for a sleek kitchen counter setup is a great knife block. Sharp knives are a chef s most important tool (from what I hear!) so a chic block is a necessity if you want to add some glam to your countertop.
Don t try to work a giant unit into an old kitchen design."There s just not a place for it" Justin says."It s much more likely you could incorporate an undercounter or drawer unit into an existing design."
What s your cooking style? If you do lots of stir-frying or heat large quantities of food you ll want at least one high-heat element or burner as mentioned above. Many ranges include a wok ring which sits on top of the burner grate to hold a wok. If you simmer lots of sauces you ll want a"simmer burner which cooks at a low temp. Check with the manufacturer on these;"a simmer technically is 190 degrees Franke says and some low-heat burners are really warming burners because they maintain a 150-degree temperature which is fine for keeping a dinner warm but not for simmering your gravy.