Ovens that Cook Fast

There has been a lot of development in ovens that cook quickly. Thanks to convection cooking, there’s no more waiting all day for the turkey to cook. With microwave ovens many foods can be reheated in just a couple of minutes. With the advanced technology included in GE’s Advantium and Viking’s TurboChef, the disadvantages of traditional microwave cooking go away, but the food is still cooking at a lightning fast speed. Steam cooking has begun to make a big mark in speed cooking not just because of its speed, but because it preserves foods nutrients, flavor, and color.

Let’s review a few of the ovens that will cook your food faster.

Thermador Steam Oven

Thermador Steam OVen

Thermador Steam Oven

Thermador is a pioneer in this category, while many others have joined in with a variety of steam options. Thermador remains a standout. Here’s a quick look at the Thermador steam/convection oven.


  • 1.4 Cu Ft Steam/Convection Oven
  • 40 Easy Cook Programs
  • Steam Clean Function
  • Blue Graphic Display
  • Cook Control Temperature Probe

GE Advantium

GE’s Advantium system combines convection heat, microwave, and halogen heat for blazing quick cooking.

GE Advantium

GE Advantium

Advantium Cooking Modes

  • Broil
  • Convection
  • Microwave
  • Proof
  • Speedcook
  • Warm

Click below for quick video demo:

Viking TurboChef

Viking has taken some proven commercial speed cooking technology (air impingement) and created this combo oven, with separate conventional oven and speed cook turbo oven.

Viking TurboChef

Viking TurboChef

Patented Airspeed Technology™

Top oven cooks food 15 times faster than conventional cooking methods, retaining moisture and locking in flavor for superior quality. Proven technology in over 130,000 commercial kitchens worldwide.

7 High-Performance Speed Cook Modes – Top Oven

Bake, Roast, Broil, Air-Crisp, Toast, Dehydrate, and Favorites functions deliver fast a versatile performance

30” Jenn-Air Single Wall Oven

V2™ Vertical Dual-Fan Convection System

Jenn-Air Convection Oven

Jenn-Air Convection Oven

This new Jenn-Air® single wall oven offers:

5.0 cubic feet of oven capacity and advanced cooking capabilities with the next-generation Wi-Fi Connected Jenn-Air® Culinary Center and 7-inch touch-anywhere digital display. Using two vertically-stacked convection fans, the V2™ vertical dual-fan convection system distributes 6,800 watts of convection cooking power to achieve exceptional results.

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.



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

Why Buy Appliances on Memorial Day

Best Overall Memorial Deals at UAKC

I’ve been around the appliance industry for nearly 40 years. During that time I’ve had a variety of jobs in sales and marketing with distributors and manufacturers. Along the way, I’ve taught marketing classes to both undergraduate and MBA students.

One area that marketers study is consumer demand. We know, for example, that each year there is a finite number of appliances sold. Annual appliance sales are determined by factors such as new home sales, household creations, appliance replacement cycles (lifespans), new appliance innovations eg. microwave ovens, and household incomes.

However, holiday appliance sales, do not fit this rational model. Buying an appliance because you have a 3 day weekend is not rational. Or so, I thought. Study after study, shows that appliance sales dramatically spike during holidays. In fact, one of the biggest appliance sales weekends of the year is coming up. Memorial Day.

It’s not because people get married, have kids, or get raises on holiday weekends that appliance sales spike. It’s certainly not because appliances tend to break down on holidays. It’s because manufacturers and big retailers promote heavily with big discounts centered around holidays. Consumers like to save money. Voilà! Lot’s of appliances get sold during the Memorial Day holiday period.

Here are examples of two great deals available at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center during the 2017 Memorial Day Sale. click on photos below for details

GE Sale Rebate
Whirlpool Rebate

You may have heard the story of the youngster who asked the old fisherman why he chose to fish at a particular spot. The old man simply replied, “Because that’s where the fish are.” Well, the reason you should think about buying new appliances during the Memorial Day period is because that’s when the Sale is. Don’t miss out! Call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.

Buying Appliance Packages

Save with a One Brand Package

UAKC is the Best Choice for Appliance Solutions

Here’s an idea for saving money on your next appliance purchase. When you’re purchasing more than two appliances at once, you should seriously consider the package savings that you can now get from several of the top brands.

Let’s use Thermador for an example. For several years Thermador has been offering a 1-2-Free appliance promotion. For example, buy a qualifying Thermador cooktop and oven and get a dishwasher FREE, or buy a qualifying Thermador range and get a dishwasher free, but you get the idea. It’s not tricky either. Not like those promotions that are designed to hook you, so there’s no way to really get the free product. There are numerous variations available.

Thermador is not the only brand that offers this type of deal. Fisher and Paykel as well as their sister company DCS have similar offers with a double drawer dishwasher as the free appliance. GE’s offer is buy 3 qualifying appliances and get a free dishwasher valued up to $1000. Buy qualifying products from Jenn-Air and you can earn over $3,000 in credits to complete your kitchen purchase, plus up to $1000 towards your appliance package installation.

Well, there is one tiny, tiny catch to all these FREE appliances, credits, and installation appliances. They only work when you buy a single brand of appliances. So, if for example, you want a Sub Zero refrigerator, a Viking Range, and a Miele dishwasher, you may just find yourself out of luck when it comes to getting anything free.

But don’t despair, there are some workarounds if you want to get creative. For example, I have a friend who was very happy to purchase a complete Thermador kitchen…why not, they’re great appliances…but she had wanted a Miele dishwasher for many years, and felt that this kitchen remodel was her only chance to get the dishwasher of her dreams. So, she bought the the Thermador package, and a Miele dishwasher. She took the free Thermador dishwasher and sold it, still in the box, for a decent price.

Whatever you have in mind, when it comes to saving money on appliances, you need to talk to the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center. They’ll help you figure out how to get the appliances of your dream at the best price possible.

Trends in Dishwashers

Is it time for a new dishwasher?

Houzz has published its 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey. For homeowners planning kitchen renovations, dishwashers are the most likely to be first on the list for replacement. It really isn’t a big surprise considering all the changes in dishwashers over the years. Here are the top trends in dishwashers in our view.


Homeowners are increasingly concerned with sanitation, particularly in the kitchen. Some new dishwashers have sani-cycles that are certified by the NSF which requires that the water is heated to 155 degrees fahrenheit and kept there for a certain amount of time. This feature can be particularly important when someone in the home is sick, or if there is a baby to care for.

Energy and Water Savings

While dishwasher manufacturers are all keen on having the EnergyStar label, some dishwashers are more energy efficient than others. They work with smaller highly efficient motors that run quieter (and longer) to get dishes clean while running at whisper quiet sound levels.

In addition, though dishwashers may have long run times, they actually use far less water. That’s one reason why they are more energy efficient because a big part of a dishwashers energy usage is the cost of heating the water.


Today’s open kitchens make it critical that dishwashers run quietly, and appliance manufacturers tout their “whisper-quiet” dishwashers. In my opinion, to be considered quiet, a dishwasher would have to operate at a decibel rating in the 40’s. The really quiet dishwashers are often in the low 40’s with a few even with a super low 37-39db rating.

Flush, Sleek Look

With the trend toward the sleek, flush European look, today’s dishwashers sometimes have no visible control panel (controls are on top of the dishwasher door). Flush or near flush dishwashers are easier to keep clean, and ones with recessed handles can help avoid issues in corner installations with adjacent drawer handles, etc.

European dishwashers are likely to be super quiet, save water, and energy-saving. They include brands such as Bosch, Asko, and Miele. American brands such as KitchenAid also are known for super quiet models. Of course, over the last few years competition has meant that U.S. dishwasher manufacturers have adopted the same type of wash systems as European dishwashers and they’ve all been producing quieter, more energy efficient models.

At the entry level prices, you’ll still find some “old style” dishwashers, and as you might expect the super quiet, super efficient dishwashers are going to have a bigger price tag. But for the best deal, you’d best contact Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.