Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 06, 2017 12:26:00
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!).
Another overlooked fact: consider your home s resale value. If you re going to the expense of including high-end grills surfaces and appliances outside don t neglect complementary features such as sinks or dishwashers task lighting (if only for safety) and dimmers ceiling fans and awnings to keep the sun and heat at bay. And don t forget to include comfortable seating.
If you re just putting up with stainless steel when you d prefer a pro-grade stove with some color consider Lacanche s double-oven commercial stoves."They have excellent features you wouldn t find in the typical American oven like dual fuel and a warming oven for people who really want to cook says Linda Applewhite an interior designer in Sausalito Calif."Here on the West Coast we re seeing a trend towards French stoves and one of the reasons is that they re professional-looking and also come in all these great enamel colors."
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.
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 cooktops provide a number of benefits Fisher Knott notes. Foremost is safety especially in homes with children since there is no heat on the cooking surface only in the pan. Energy consumption can be cut by 10 percent to 20 percent by using an induction cooktop rather than a more conventional type of stove again since only the pan is heated according to a study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.