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If you're like most folks, your kitchen is first and foremost about cooking. Hi, I'm Lacey Howard, and the most popular range is still the tried and true one with four burners on top and an oven below, but there are so many choices, so let me show you what to consider when you're shopping for the range to suit your kitchen needs. Gas burners give you greater control and gas is an economical heat source. Electric burners are less responsive but they're easier to clean. Many bakers prefer the even heat of an electric oven. Torn between the two? Choose a dual fuel range. This range combines a gas cooktop with an electric oven. Whatever your heat source, the key to a responsive cook top is BTUs or British Thermal Units. Your cooktop should include a range of burners with different BTUs. For example, 1000 to 10,000 BTUs is ideal for general cooking. More than 10,000 BTUs is great for boiling, sauteing, and searing meat, and less than 1000 BTUs is appropriate for simmering or slow heating sauces. To determine the size of your range, be honest with yourself. Assess your cooking style and needs on a daily basis as well as for holidays and parties. Ranges are typically 30 inches wide, but there are options as slim as 24 inches and as wide as 60 inches. Always carefully measure the available space in your kitchen, width, depth, and countertop height. Look for a rangetop that includes everything you'll need. Four-burner cooktops are the most common options. Five and six-burner cooktops are available for busy home chefs. Smooth top ranges are sleek looking and very easy to clean. On many cooktops, you can change out some of the burners for grills, griddles, or other accessories. Consider how easy they are to clean and change. Ovens cook food in two main ways. Thermal is the conventional cooking method for both gas and electric ovens. One heating element is on the top for broiling, another is below for roasting and baking. In a convection oven, a fan circulates heated air, cutting cooking times up to 25%. Don't forget to consider the configuration of your range when you're shopping. A slide-in or a drop-in range has no back or side panels and its insulation is visible. Consequently, it must be placed between two cabinets. A freestanding range features finished side panels and so can stand alone or within cabinetry. Be sure to also assess your range's ventilation needs. Some ranges come with downdraft vents while others require you to purchase and install an overhead ventilation unit. If you're passionate about cooking, you can have a field day outfitting your range with all sorts of special features. Self-cleaning ovens have textured walls to absorb and burn away spatters. Digital displays allow you to set precise temperatures and exact cooking times. Downdraft vents pull steam and smoke down into the range and push it out through an exhaust duct. The look of a professional range like one you might see in a restaurant kitchen has become very popular. If this is the look you want, be sure you choose a range that's approved for residential applications. Professional ranges usually exceed code requirements in both wiring and weight. You want to choose a professional look or a professional grade range for your home kitchen. A pro-look range is wrapped in stainless steel and boasts restaurant-style knobs and grills. The unit's power, however, is similar to a standard gas or electric range. A pro-grade range is a high performance appliance designed for home use. It features more BTUs, heavier grates, and a higher level of control. Remember, if you choose a professional grade range, you must provide stronger ventilation. In addition to a great range, a warming drawer may make your culinary life easier especially if you enjoy cooking large meals or have to juggle multiple dinner schedules.wiring and weight. You want to choose a professional look or a professional grade range for your home kitchen. A pro-look range is wrapped in stainless steel and boasts restaurant-style knobs and grills. The unit's power, however, is similar to a standard gas or electric range. A pro-grade range is a high performance appliance designed for home use. It features more BTUs, heavier grates, and a higher level of control. Remember, if you choose a professional grade range, you must provide stronger ventilation. In addition to a great range, a warming drawer may make your culinary life easier especially
Wall Ovens Guide
Are you a serious cook? Passionate about baking? Do you enjoy entertaining large gatherings of family and friends? If so, you may want to consider the versatility of a wall oven. I'm Lacey Howard. There are lots of great reasons to include a wall oven in your kitchen. If you have a cooktop rather than a range, you'll need a wall oven for baking and roasting. If you want flexibility in appliance placement, if you prefer an integrated built-in look. Let's check out your options, like every other cooking appliance in a kitchen, your first choice is between gas and electric. Passionate bakers often prefer the more precise temperature control of an electric oven. But for versatility dual heat wall ovens are available. Or you could build in two, one gas and one electric. There is certainly more than one way to cook a chicken nowadays. Thermal ovens are the most conventional method. One heating element on the top of the oven is for broiling, one below is for roasting and baking. In a conviction oven, a fan circulates heated air cutting cooking times up to 25%. Steam cooking minimizes the need for fats and oils and produces incredibly moist meats. For high-speed cooking choose wall ovens that combine traditional heat with microwave or infrared technology. These babies cut cooking time in half or even more. One wall oven may be sufficient but if you want to use different heat sources or cook at different temperatures plan to include two. A pair of wall ovens can stack one on top of the other. Or they can be placed side by side. Always measure your available space carefully, including width, height and depth. Wall ovens don't have side panels so they should be surrounded by cabinets and walls. And just because it's called a wall oven, it doesn't mean it has to go into a wall. You can include a wall oven in a work island or a peninsula. Get more from your wall oven with special features. Self cleaning ovens have textured walls to absorb and burn away spatter. Temperature probes check the internal temperature of a roast or large bird and shut off the heat when it reaches the desired temperature. Digital displays allow you to set precise temperatures and exact cook times. Whatever wall oven you choose make sure it has a large, clear window and a strong interior light. That way you can check on a cake or a roast without opening the oven door.work island or a peninsula. Get more from your wall oven with special features . Self cleaning ovens have textured walls to absorb and burn away spatter. Temperature probes check the internal temperature of a roast or
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Learn about gas and electric cooktops and their unique features before you buy.a cutout on your countertop as does pop-up ventilation. So plan what storage unit works underneath and around it. Measure and plan carefully, and remember to include adequate ventilation and insulation. -Whether you choose a cooktop
You want more from your dishwasher than just cleaning plates. I'm Lacey Howard. Today's dishwashers are neither seen nor heard. Let me show you what to look for when you're shopping for this vital appliance. Your first decision is the type of dishwasher. You have three basic choices. Undercounter dishwashers are the most popular and most common. Most are 24 inches wide but compact models can be as slim as 18 inches. Drawer dishwashers are available in single and double units. You can incorporate these appliances just like a deep cabinet drawer anywhere in your kitchen providing you have the plumbing available. After you know the type of dishwasher you want, focus on the tub which is the container inside the dishwasher. Tubs can hold up to 16 plate settings. You'll pay more for a tub with more capacity. Choose your tub size based on your family's current and future needs. Pay attention to the material the tub is made of. Stainless steel is durable, stain resistant and relatively quiet. It's also the most expensive option. High-temperature plastic is most affordable and readily available. However, it can discolor over time. The insulation that surrounds the tub directly affects the noise level. Ask your contractor to add extra insulation during installation. Look for decibel ratings on every model. The lower the number, the quieter the dishwasher and the more you'll spend. A tub typically has 2 racks. A dish rack on bottom and a glass rack on top. But the number and types of racks vary greatly by brand. Racks are usually heavy-duty wire covered in durable, water-resistant material that holds your dishes in place safely. The top sometimes typically wear out first. Check that these are well coated or even padded. You'll find racks with many options. Some of the most used include silverware baskets, fold down sections for versatility, special sections for delicate stemware, built-in clips for lightweight items. Even basic dishwashers have several cycle options. Some of the most popular and useful cycles include pots and pans for extra scrubbing, china crystal for a gentler wash. Fast wash for a shorter wash and rinse. Sanitizing which takes the water to a temperature that kills most germs. Air dry which takes longer but saves energy. And auto-wash which sets the appropriate wash time and temperature. When shopping pay attention to the spray arms. They direct water and help get dishes clean. Basic models have one arm, more expensive ones feature 2 to 4. More arms mean more thorough cleaning. Like all appliances, the dishwasher affects your utility bill. In fact the dishwasher heats and uses 4 to 7 gallons of water per cycle. If you choose a dishwasher that uses less water you'll save money. Dishwashers with the energy star seal are at least 41% more energy efficient than minimum federal standards for energy and water efficiency. Also a dishwasher with a food waste disposer is more energy efficient. The disposer breaks up and filters food which keeps the wash water cleaner longer. Sensor devices evaluate the size and condition of each load and determine the optimal wash time and temperature, usually saving you money. Many dishwashers come with slide out front panels so you can change the look of your dishwasher to blend with your kitchen. Dishwashers with stainless steel fronts are popular. Or you can also work with a carpenter to add a front panel that matches your cabinetry. And here's one more thing to think about, if you have a large family or like to entertain you may like to have two dishwashers instead of just one.future needs. Pay attention to the material the tub is made of. Stainless steel is durable, stain resistant and relatively quiet. It's also the most expensive option. High-temperature plastic is most affordable and readily available. However,the look of your dishwasher to blend with your kitchen. Dishwashers with stainless steel fronts are popular. Or you can also work with a carpenter to add a front panel that matches your cabinetry. And here's