Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 08, 2017 09:57:17
So the turkey roasted then cooled then roasted then cooled and I spent several sleepless nights wondering if I d poisoned my nearest and dearest with inadequately cooked poultry. I finally saved my dollars and bought a spanking new smoothtop electric range. It s amazingly easy to clean the electric elements do a great job on everything from high-temperature searing to low-temperature simmering and the oven is large enough to accommodate an entire holiday feast (and cook it at the right temperature!).
When deciding what to leave out on your counter and what not to leave out ask yourself this: how many times a week do I use it? For items that you use more than once a week go ahead and leave them out. I use my handheld vacuum on the daily and this one is so beautiful I almost want to hang it on the wall like it s a piece of art.
There are generally strong opinions when it comes to the choice of leaving out kitchen utensils or not. I tend to prefer to keep utensils in a drawer however for those with limited space (or those who like to keep their utensils handy) a good way of keeping things looking pulled together and sleek is to purchase uniform utensils that all have one style or color. This will go a long way in avoiding the"utensil mosh pit" that can result when you are leaving a bunch of mismatched pieces together on your countertop.
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.
Always read the fine print and forget about those super-hot commercial ranges — that s the advice of restaurant equipment suppliers for consumers who want to save money on pro chef-quality kitchen gear by ordering online. While purchasing true restaurant equipment at a discount price may sound like an easy choice you actually need to be more careful about what you buy.
Leave the chest units out of sight. Not that there s anything wrong with the reliable standby for freezing freshly caught fish the summer berry harvest or loads of casseroles for maternity leave. But chest freezers are just not attractive enough to look at in the kitchen so don t count on them as an integral part of your design.