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Is it too good to be true? The copycat effect is here in the form of free dishwashers and other great appliances. For years, Thermador has been promoting a free dishwasher with the purchase of other select Thermador appliances. Why?

Brands are often famous for a single product category. Thermador, is famous for its cooking products. Now a part of BSH, one of Thermador’s sister companies is Bosch, a brand that is known for its dishwashers. So, it only makes sense that Thermador dishwashers are manufactured by Bosch. Yet Thermador customers would consistently purchase a Thermador oven, and a Thermador cooktop, and then choose a different brand dishwasher, perhaps a Miele, an Asko, or yes even a dishwasher from their sister company, Bosch. But Thermador wants their customers to buy a kitchen full of Thermador appliances. Voilà, give customers a free dishwasher when they buy other Thermador appliances, too. This package might include not just cooking products, but also Thermador refrigerators, vent hoods, etc.

Well, it turned out to be such a good idea that other brands now offer free dishwashers or other appliances, when you select their brands. Right now, if you make a qualifying purchase at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, you can get a free dishwasher or more from the following brands:

GE Free Dishwasher Rebate

Purchase 3 or more qualifying GE Cafe Appliances and recieve a GE Cafe dishwasher valued up to $1000

Thermador 1-2-FREE Promotion

Ignite your imagination. Personalize your dream kitchen and save up to $8,346.

Purchase Sub Zero or Wolf

Earn $1,000 Towards A Wolf Range Or Oven/Cooktop Combo

Earn $1,000 VISA cash card OR 3 points towards Wolf Gourmet for qualifying package (Full Size Sub-Zero plus Wolf Range or Oven/Cooktop) Earn up to six (6) additional points towards Wolf Gourmet for each add-on item.

Bertazzoni Free Ventilation Promotion

Receive FREE Ventilation or 50% off select upgrades with purchase of Cooking!

Monogram $3,798 IN FREE APPLIANCES

Get your choice of two free Monogram appliances with your qualifying purchase.*

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.

Maintaining Your Major Appliances

Here are some tips to maintaining, cleaning, and inspecting your washing machine and clothes dryer. You can save time and money by following this advice, and avoid breakdowns, or hazardous situations.

Washing Machine

Washer Hoses

It’s a good idea to periodically check and replace the fill hoses on your washing machine. If you have rubber hoses, you should consider replacing them with braided stainless steel hoses. It is recommended that you replace your washer hoses every 3-5 years. While you are back there, take a look at the electrical connection. The plug needs to be firmly in place, the cord connection to the washer should have a restraint, and should not evidence any corrosion or burn marks. Also, you should periodically clean the inside of your outer washer tub. Whirlpool makes a cleaner called Affresh for this purpose. There are also a variety of home remedies including using combinations of bleach, vinegar, and/or baking soda. You can discover these cleaning remedies online, or just look on the aisles of your grocery store for washer cleaning products.

Front Load Gasket

If you have a front loading washer, pay special attention to cleaning the front gasket, especially at the bottom where it’s possible for moisture to settle and mold to grow.

Automatic Dryer

Dryer lint filter

Make a habit of cleaning the lint filter in your dryer once a week. It’s also very important to regularly clean the dryer vent. If you’re lucky you’ll have a short direct vent pipe to the outside that you can clean with a vacuum cleaner or even a spiral brush. In extreme cases of long vents with bends or turns, it may be necessary to have the dryer vent cleaned professionally. A clogged dryer vent can cause a fire, so this is definitely important. It’s also a good idea to periodically remove the front panel and vacuum the dryer cavity. As with all your appliances, take a look at the electrical and gas connections, and deal with any corrosion or frayed wires. If there is any evidence of a problem such as a short circuit, bad gas connection, etc. call a plumber or electrician and don’t use the appliance until the problem is fixed.

Of course, if your washer or dryer needs replacing you should call or visit the professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for the best selection and lowest prices on major appliances and decorative plumbing fixtures.

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.

Features:

  • 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.

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.