Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 02, 2017 08:12:00
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.
Consider what kind of ice would be nice. When one of the main attractions of a separate freezer is more abundant ice you need to do your homework says Justin."Some units have crushed or filtered water ice some do not. Whether that should influence your purchase just depends on how picky you are about your ice." If on further examination you discover that the increased ice is the primary reason you re buying an all freezer it might be lots easier just to fit an undercounter ice maker into your remodel. Sub-Zero makes one model and lesser known companies such as Avanti and Hoshizaki make others.
There are only two drawbacks to consider. The first is pricing which tends to run approximately 20 percent higher than more conventional stoves she estimates. But she has found that for most clients especially in the mid- to upper-end kitchens that incremental addition isn t a deal-breaker."Most clients are looking to upgrade their kitchens when they remodel and they are looking for better performance rather than the cheapest price. I ve never found induction cooktops to be a hard sell when they see what they provide."
The other drawback is that only magnetic (i.e. steel) cookware can be used. The steel content of the cookware can be tested by taking a small magnet to the store. But Fisher Knott says clients don t bat an eye at this limitation either."Today cooking has become an important part of the social activities of the home and good cookware is part of that. Often buying new cookware is part of the kitchen remodel anyway. We explain that the cooktop and cookware are part of a complete cooking system so they plan on that."
Living with a super tiny kitchen? (Me too.) You re probably always making tough decisions based on what you can and can t do in your space. And sometimes it probably feels like a big puzzle. Living with a tiny kitchen often means that you can t even fit standard-sized appliances in your cook space. But the good news is there are lots of options out there for more compact appliances designed especially for people like us.
"The induction cooktop while not yet a part of most households is becoming increasingly accepted as a useful energy-efficient method of preparing food according to a fact sheet produced by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. The cooktops contain coils made of a magnetic material. When current passes through the coil it produces a magnetic field that transfers to the pan above it. The pan and its contents heat up but neither the cooktop nor the air above it becomes hot. When the pan is removed the energy transfer stops.