Which Type Of Refrigerator Is Right For Your Home?

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Which Type Of Refrigerator Is Right For Your Home?

Today’s refrigerators are more than just food storage units. Thanks to a wide range of technological capabilities and design innovations, the contemporary refrigerator offers exceptional amenities and organizational possibilities that help your kitchen operate at peak efficiency. There are many great refrigeration units available, but finding the right fit for your home can be a challenge.

Refrigerators come in all sorts of sizes, styles, and designs, each with their own advantages. To help you determine which style is right for your home, we’ve compiled a primer on some of the most common types of refrigerators available today.

Freestanding Or Built-In Refrigerator?

Before researching different refrigerator styles, you should first decide whether or not you want to invest in a freestanding refrigerator or a built-in refrigerator.

Built-in refrigerators are installed flush to your kitchen cabinetry, providing a more uniform and integrated feel within your kitchen. Built-in units come in a variety of specific styles, and typically feature more elegant and luxurious designs than freestanding counterparts.

Freestanding refrigerators can be installed anywhere a power source is available, offering a versatile design that fits a wide range of kitchens. This design is the standard when it comes to traditional refrigerators, and like their built-in counterparts, you’ll be able to find freestanding units in a wide range of styles.

Whether you choose to invest in a freestanding or built-in refrigerator, you’ll still be able to find a wealth of innovative and advanced units for your home. One you’ve made the decision between built-in and freestanding, it’s time to determine what type of refrigerator best meets your needs.

Top Mount Refrigerators

Top mount refrigerators, also known as top freezer refrigerators, are perhaps the most traditional type of refrigerator available. These units feature a freezer compartment on the top with a larger fresh food storage compartment on the bottom. This design offers less freezer storage than other designs, though thanks to ample fresh food storage these units are great for many homes. For a traditional design with great storage space for the standard home, consider one of these units.

Interested in one of these units? Begin your search with this collection of top mount refrigerators.

Bottom Mount Refrigerators

Bottom mount refrigerators, also known as bottom freezer refrigerators, feature a spacious fresh food compartment on top of a freezer compartment. These units provide easy access to fresh foods and drinks, and typically boast more freezer space than top mount units. If you want to maximize your home’s freezer storage without investing in a standalone freezer unit, choosing a bottom mount refrigerator is a fine choice.

Learn more about these units thanks to this wide selection of bottom mount refrigerators.

Side-By-Side Refrigerators

If style is one of your primary concerns, you should definitely consider a side-by-side refrigerator. These units are divided vertically down the middle, with one side housing the refrigerator while the other side features the freezer. This design offers ample fresh food and freezer space, and often provides more space than traditional top and bottom mount refrigerators. Side-by-side refrigerators also come in a wide range of both built-in and freestanding designs, and feature everything from stainless steel finishes to wood paneling.

For more on these units, visit this selection of side-by-side refrigerators.

French Door Refrigerators

For exceptional style that promotes optimal organization, you may want to consider a French door refrigerator. These designs feature a two-door design for their upper fresh food compartment with a bottom freezer, combining elements of side-by-side refrigerators and bottom mount refrigerators for an impressive design.

The side-by-side top allows you to organize and store food, drinks, and other fresh items with ease, and typically offers more fresh item storage than other designs. Meanwhile, the spacious bottom freezer will allow you to store plenty of frozen desserts, meals, or other ingredients for later use. French door refrigerators come in a variety of elegant and luxurious designs, and are a great addition to any contemporary cooking space.

You can browse a host of great choices thanks to this collection of French door refrigerators.

All-Refrigerators

Most refrigerators also incorporate a freezer into their designs, but if you already own a standalone freezer you likely don’t need the extra freezer space. If you want to maximize refrigerator space, then consider investing in an all-refrigerator unit.

These units do not include freezers, and take advantage of the extra space by incorporating additional fresh food storage. All-refrigerator units are ideal for homes that already have a freezer, or for homeowners that want additional fresh food storage to a spacious kitchen.

For a host of great all-refrigerator units, click here.

Superior Refrigerators For The Contemporary Kitchen

Which Type Of Refrigerator Is Right For Your Home?

Every kitchen requires an exceptional refrigerator, and thanks to the sheer number of designs and styles available, you’re bound to find a great unit that simultaneously meets your food storage needs and aesthetic preferences. The wide range of choices makes finding the ideal refrigerator a daunting task, but with some careful consideration and research, you’re bound to find a great unit for your home.

You can begin your search for the perfect refrigerator with this collection of premium refrigerators.

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Three tips for cleaner dishes

1. Don’t pre-clean your dishes.

Some people want to give their dishwasher a little help by pre-washing their dishes. While you certainly don’t want to put your leftover for baked on food in your dishwasher, it is not a good idea to rinse off your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents contain chemicals that keep food particles removed from the dishes in suspension so that they don’t get redeposited on your dishes. If you put only clean dishes in the dishwasher, the detergent will find no dirt particles and wind up as a film on your already clean dishes.

2. Hot water gets dishes clean.

Typically, dishwashers will heat incoming water to 150 degrees or more depending on the cycle selected. However, the incoming water needs to be 120 degrees for this to happen. Even if your water heater provides water at 120 degrees, if your dishwasher is located too far from the water heater, the hot water may not be hot enough by the time it gets to the dishwasher. My water heater is at one corner of my house, and my dishwasher is clear over at the other corner, as far as it can be from the water heater. We need to run the hot water at the sink near the dishwasher for a few minutes before we start our dishwasher.

3. Dishwasher detergents, rinse aids, and more.

Most popular detergents will do a decent job of cleaning dishes. Some folks use the pods and others use powder. It’s a very good idea if you use a rinse agent also. It will really help in the rinse cycle. Finally, if you have really hard water, you may need to use a conditioner. We use and recommend a product called LemiShine. LemiShine is great to use by itself as a dishwasher cleaner to remove hard water buildup. But, we have really hard water and use it regularly as a detergent additive in order to remove spots and films from our dishes and glassware.

Of course, sometimes you just need a new dishwasher. If you have really hard water, you might consider a dishwasher which has a built-in water softener. Miele is famous for having dishwashers with a water softener, but KitchenAidBosch, and Maytag also have some dishwashers with a built-in water softener. You should call or visit the professionals today at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for the best prices and availability of dishwashers and other major appliances or decorative plumbing fixtures.

Refrigerators with Cameras and See Through Doors

One of the most recent trends in refrigerators is adding cameras inside to let you know what is inside your refrigerator. Some manufacturers also have the low-tech solution of having a window on the door. We’ll take a look (joke intended) below. The low tech window solution means that you have to be standing in front of your fridge to see what is inside, while the camera solution lets you check the refrigerator contents while you’re in the grocery store or elsewhere:

Window in the door refrigerators

Sub Zero

Sub Zero Grand Pro

Sub Zero has at least two versions of full-sized refrigerators with windows in the door which offer a view of what is inside. The Grand Pro 48 Refrigerator and the 36″ Single Door Refrigerator with window. Both refrigerators are leaders in their class.

The Grand Pro is a unique refrigerator which has the appearance of a refrigerator that you might find in the back of a restaurant. As you can see, it’s a large 48″ wide refrigerator, and one of the upper doors has a see through window so you can view what’s inside. The 36″ built-in glass door all refrigerator, BI-36RG has a full length window giving you view of the entire contents.

Neither of these refrigerators have built-in cameras, but you can look at the contents to your heart’s content as long as you are standing in the kitchen.

Frigidaire

The new Frigidaire Professional refrigerator with a glass door is opaque, until you stand in front of it. Motion detectors magically sense your presence and activate the interior lights that let you see the refrigerators contents. Again, no cameras, so you’ll need to take our own photos with your own camera if you want to archive the fridge’s contents.

LG

LG has a smart refrigerator sporting some of the high-tech features you’ll find on the Samsung below. My research did not reveal that this product has internal cameras that let you check the contents remotely. What it does have is an opaque front that turns into a see through window when you knock twice on the door.

Cameras Inside Refrigerators

The following refrigerators have cameras inside so that you can see what is inside by using a compatible smart phone.

Samsung 

This high-tech beauty has multiple cameras that can be accessed by your smartphone when you go shopping. There’s even a feature that lets you mark your products expiration dates for retrieval so you can check experation dates while at the grocery store. Clever.

Dacor

Recently purchased by Samsung, is it any wonder that Dacor’s new column refrigerators also have cameras built-in?

Dacor Column Refrigerators

All of the above products are available at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center. Call UAKC today for the best prices and availabiltiy on major appliances and decorative plumbing fixtures.

Terrific Commander’s Palace Souffle’ Recipe from Jenn-Air

Commander’s Palace in New Orleans opened in 1880. It soon became a New Orleans institution and then an American one.

In almost a century and a half, the generations of staff at Commander’s have developed, honed, and perfected many recipes. Want the best Bloody Mary in America? Go to Commander’s where you can enjoy that beverage in their gracious restaurant setting.

 

Bread Pudding Dessert

After your meal, surely you must sample the best of their desserts, this magnificent bread pudding. Actually, you don’t have to go to New Orleans. You can make this opulent treat right at home.

The preparation requires a double-dip in your oven: first baking a bread pudding, then combining it with meringue for a second quick but definitive round of heat.

But what kind of heat? The perfect meringues you see were baked in our Jenn-Air® Steam and Convection Oven. For this dessert, you don’t want the steam feature for the meringue, but you do want that convection heat, driven by a powerful fan system, generating a grand meringue finale. A Parisian pastry chef could do no better. The combination of this recipe and the Jenn-Air® oven, with its powerful flow of uniform heat, is deliciously formidable.

Grand Meringue

The recipe title and the recipe shown below mention a whiskey sauce. This dessert is rich enough that you can skip the sauce which is quite whiskey intense. A trait of New Orleans, I suppose. You can reduce the amount of whiskey called for in the recipe or substitute, say, a crème anglaise.

You will never think of bread pudding as “merely” bread pudding again.

Maintain Your Refrigerator in the Summer

The kids are home from school. It’s hot outside, and they’re in and out of the refrigerator all day long. Why? The refrigerator has the same contents now that it did fifteen minutes ago. Then they keep the door open while they stare inside. What are they doing – taking inventory? When they finally close the door, teenagers seem to think they need to be especially forceful in slamming appliance doors shut.

What does this mean for your refrigerator?

  • Every time your refrigerator door is opened cold air goes out, and the interior temperature of the refrigerator goes up.
  • Your refrigerator must run longer to reach and maintain the proper temperature.
  • Repeated opening and closing of refrigerator doors, causes wear on the hinges and of course, the latch itself.

It all adds up to more energy usage, more wear and tear, and shorter refrigerator life.

What can you do?

  • Set a good example yourself.
  • Make rules. Set times that the kids aren’t allowed in the kitchen, or at least not allowed in the fridge.
  • Set out some fruit and snacks so they don’t need to open the refrigerator.

Here are some tips to maintaining your refrigerator in the summer:

  1. If your refrigerator has coils that need cleaning, be sure to keep them clean by brushing the dust off the coils. You may need a special brush to reach the coils. If so, visit your local appliance parts company, or order online from the refrigerator manufacturer.

  2. Many refrigerators have a vacation mode. Engage the vacation mode before your leave on vacation. Don’t forget to go back to normal operation when you return.

  3. If you are going on a long vacation, consider saving up empty gallon or half gallon containers. Fill them with water and put them in the refrigerator before leaving. When the containers get cool they’ll help keep the refrigerator cool and it will not need to work as hard.

  4. Turn off your ice maker while you are on vacation.

Remember, when it’s time to replace your refrigerator call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.

Today’s Favorite Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This garlicky, lemony shrimp dish is a classic best served with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the sauce. The cooking process moves as quickly as a stir-fry, so you’ll want to have all your ingredients prepared in advance and ready to go.

Preparation Method

Heat the oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat until it shimmers, 1Photo-20170518105155286 to 2 minutes, then add the shrimp. Cook, stirring often, until the shrimp start to curl and turn pink, 1 to ½ minutes.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds more. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and vermouth. Add the butter, stirring it into the sauce until it melts. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley over the top and serve.

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound (21 to 25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons vermouth or dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Can a splash of color brighten up your kitchen?

Can a splash of color brighten up your kitchen?

Selective Use of Appliance Colors

Brighten Your Home with Colorful Appliances

We’ve written often about appliance colors and finish. Trends such as stainless steel appliances, and now black stainless steel appliances are regular topics throughout the industry. Most of what we see is buyers considering matching kitchen suites, e.g. range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and vent hood.

However, there are some bold and daring ideas out there about using a colorful appliance to brighten a kitchen. Here’s an example from Bertazzoni, an up and coming appliance brand from Italy:

Can you picture having a bright spot like this in your kitchen? Is it too daring? Certainly, bright colors are not new when it comes to kitchen appliances. Here’s a retro appliance package below in a newly remodeled kitchen.

I do remember when appliance colors found their way to the laundry room. Colorful, big, front-load washing machines helped make front-loaders popular. Buyers got so caught up in their bright red washing machine, they didn’t seem to care about the brand or the features. “What the heck? All washers are going to get my clothes clean. THIS ONE IS RED.”