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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Jenn-Air Connected Appliances

Jenn-Air® has been a true leader in using technology in their appliances, particularly in cooking  Alexa voice assistant. Here’s how it works:

products. A few years ago they launched a revolutionary oven with a 7″ touch full color screen that serves as a culinary center automatically cooking food to the user’s desired doneness. They’ve continued as an early adopter in “smart” appliances with connected wall ovens, that can be operated with apps for iPhones and Androids, and are tied in with Nest home controls. Now, they can be connected to Amazon’s

Simple voice commands have been created for everything from preheating and setting timers to changing temperatures and cooking modes. For example, while hands are busy prepping and mixing ingredients, preheating the oven to a desired temperature can be initiated simply by saying “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to preheat the oven to 400 degrees.”

Owners of Jenn-Air® Connected Wall Ovens can now use their voices, along with the brand’s existing IOS and Android wall oven apps, to control many essential functions of this luxury, high tech appliance. The new voice command feature, enabled by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, is easily activated using the brand’s free wall oven “Skill,” one of thousands available at the Alexa Skills Store.

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.

Great Lamb Recipe

Jenn-Air Oven Microwave Combo

I ran across this terrific recipe online. The author was kind enough to let me reproduce it here. Even though Easter has passed, it’s still a great time for spring lamb. Also, this recipe shows how versatile the Jenn-Air oven really is. Of course, I’m biased. I had this same Jenn-Air oven in my last home. I loved it, and in full disclosure I previously worked for Jenn-Air. Here is the article/recipe in its entirety:


Easter is the first great culinary weekend of the year. And it brings up that basic question: ham or lamb. This year it was lamb and it will be lamb next year, too. And, during the rest of the year, when we want a spectacular feast, lamb will be on our list. The lamb spent five hours in our Jenn-Air® Microwave/Wall Oven with V2™ Vertical Dual-Fan Convection System. This oven has all the space needed to hold a leg of lamb, in this case a very big 12-pound leg of lamb. With the space and circulation of the Jenn-Air® dual-fan convection system, our roast achieved a perfectly uniform heat treatment. After five hours, the meat was done, no pink, but still moist. That strong, consistent, uniform heat is the secret to success of this recipe.

The recipe is titled Five Hour Lamb with Potato Gratin. Usually, “gratin” denotes adding cream and cheese to produce some rich, succulent potato extravaganza. Not here. No dairy at all. Just the lamb. Those potato slices in the bottom picture become candy in the top in the top picture. The juices and fat from the lamb drip down into the potatoes, first cooking them to tenderness, then beginning to actually crisp and caramelize them.

The lamb is wonderful, flavored with a coating of anchovies, garlic and mint sauce. But the potatoes? Oh, you have never in your life experienced potatoes like these. But you can. You need a grand oven with perfect heat. And you might want a bottle of wine as you watch the transformation. The aromas begin by Hour 3. You’ll have two hours to develop patience. I suggest a bold red.

This recipe comes from the new book Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients by John Waite, the winner in 2012 of The Great British Baking Show. He’s a young chef and writer of exceptional talent. This recipe, his take on Greek ideas, is certainly a perfect plate and an elegant one as well.

The marinade here has proportions for a 4 ½ pound leg of lamb. Ours was 12 pounds, so we scaled the marinade proportionately. Feel free to dabble with proportions and taste test before using. The recipe comes Great Britain so it refers to mint sauce. We used mint jelly which is much easier to find here in the United States. Or, you can Google and find and make your own mint sauce if you are obsessive about authenticity. That’s a fine obsession to have.

The leftovers are wonderful. If there are any.


Five-Hour Lamb with Potato Grain

Yield: serves 6-8, assuming 4-5 pound leg of lamb

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ ounces jarred anchovies in olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon mint sauce
  • 4 ½ pound leg of lamb
  • 6 medium russet or Yukon gold potatoes
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Coarse black pepperPreparation:

For the marinade, blitz the anchovies and the oil they came in, with the peeled garlic cloves and the mint sauce to a smooth paste in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you could make the paste using a sharp knife and bold ambition. Stir in 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

With a sharp knife, stab the lamb leg repeatedly all over— you need as many deep cuts as possible, without completely massacring the meat. Spread the paste over the entire surface of the meat, working it well into the cuts. Refrigerate for an hour, or until required.

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove the lamb from the fridge 1 hour before it goes into the oven, to bring it up to room temperature.

Slice the unpeeled potatoes as finely as possible—I use a mandoline—and arrange them in layers in a deep-sided roasting dish, seasoning with a very small pinch of salt and pepper every couple of layers. Place the lamb on top of the potato slices. Cover with a couple of sheets of foil, ensuring you seal it extremely well. Roast for 4!4 hours.

Remove the dish from the oven, and increase the heat to 425°F. Remove the foil, and baste the lamb with some of the juices from the roasting dish. Put everything back into the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove the lamb from the oven, transfer it to a plate, cover it with foil and leave to rest. Return the potatoes to the oven for a final 25 to 30 minutes, until slightly crispy around the edges.

Source: Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients by John Whaite [Kyle, 2017]

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.”