Helaine Mallory Kitchen Appliances November 26, 2017 16:09:57
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.
Counter space is truly precious in a tiny kitchen. This means that a compact cube microwave is a perfect choice when you don t have a lot of room. If you don t have any space on your counter consider putting your microwave on top of your fridge or even on a separate cart in your kitchen.
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.
How meticulous are you about wiping up after spills? Electric smoothtop ranges need to be cleaned carefully after every use or you can get a residue buildup on top Franke says. Smoothtops also require a special cleaner. If you re not the constantly cleaning type you may want to consider electric coils which are inexpensive and easy to replace or a gas cooktop with sealed burners so spills can t leak down underneath.
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.
While I don t cook very often one of my favorite items to leave out on my counter is a beautiful teak cutting board. In fact when I need a cutting board for dinner prep I tend to grab a not-as-pretty but easy-to-clean board and keep the teak board out mostly for decoration.