Induction Cooktops

Three Criteria for a New Induction Cooktop

Price, Power, and Features

You're already convinced that you want a new induction cooktop, and why not? Instant on and off, super safe, amazing cleanup, and more. It's time to make the move! But which model should I choose? What size should I buy? How much should I pay? What bells and whistles are really worth having? Read on.

Power

One of the reasons for buying an induction cooktop is the amazing speed that you get with induction cooktops. By all means, your new cooktop should have a power burner which will bring water to a boil as fast as lightning. Seriously, ask your sales associate what the wattage is on the largest induction element. It's not a perfect measure, but is a good indication of what kind of speed you'll have. But let's face it, ALL of these cooktops are going to beat any conventional cooktop on time to boil. Jenn-Air touts a “fastest to boil” feature on their power element.

Features

Thermador-Freedom

Thermador

There are a host of feature differences on different induction brands and models. For example, you might prefer a bridge element: two elements connect to offer the option of cooking with an oblong pan. Various convection tops have large power elements. Thermador has a unique Freedom cooktop that enables pots and pans to be placed anywhere on the cooking surface.

Price

Whirlpool-Induction

Whirlpool

Now that induction cooktops have been around for some time, prices have moderated some, but they're still not inexpensive. On the other hand, it's hard to find a user that doesn't love cooking with induction. You don't want to pay more than is necessary, but you also don't want to go so low that you're disappointed in the outcome. GE, Frigidaire, and Whirlpool are popular priced brands that each offer induction cooktops. Consult with your builder or designer, and make sure you visit with the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Cleaning Freestanding Clear Ice Machines

Clear Ice Machines

Tips and Advice for Taking Care of Your Ice Machine

Part 3

 

Ice machine

Freestanding Ice Machines that produce clear ice will require regular cleaning and maintenance. The basics are the same for most brands with the exception that some ice machines have automatic cleaning and will require less maintenance. Here are some considerations:

  1. Water filters. While using filtered water is not always necessary, it's a good idea. Some ice machines come equipped with their own filters that must be replaced regularly. If not, you can always install a standard inline water filter on the incoming water line. Replace the inline filter at least every 6 months.

  2. Cleaning the icemaker should be done every 3-6 months depending on usage and manufacturer recommendations. If the ice cube harvest drops or the ice cubes are cloudy, it's a good sign that your ice machine needs cleaning. Typically, ice machines with built-in cleaning cycles require less frequent cleaning. Here are the steps to follow when *cleaning ice machine:

a). Turn off and unplug the ice machine. Turn off the incoming water supply.

b). Remove all the ice from the ice compartment and wipe out the interior.

c). Remove all the ice machines parts that come into contact with water. Clean all the parts with nickel-free ice machine cleaner. Rinse off and let the parts fully dry.

d). Re-install all the parts and making sure that the ice machine is completely dry.

e). Turn on water, plug-in ice machine and turn on. Discard the first batch or two of ice.

*These are general instructions. By all means follow the directions that come with your specific ice machine. Take good care of your ice machine and you'll enjoy a regular supply of crystal clear ice for years to come.

Here are links to our two previous blogs about clear ice machines:

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Part 2: Clear Ice Machines


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How clear ice machines work

Clear Ice Machines from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Part 2

Ice Cubes

Manually, ice is made by filling ice trays with water and placing them in the freezer compartment. With automatic refrigerator ice makers, we automate the process used to make ice manually. Instead of filling trays, water is piped into a tray in the freezer and the zero degree temperature freezes the water. The cubes are then dumped into an ice bucket.

However, with clear ice machines the ice making process* is substantially different. Water is sprayed onto a cold plate that is kept at 32 degrees Farenheit. Since water freezes at 32 degrees, the water freezes against the cold plate while chemicals and other contaminants fall off, leaving nothing but the clear cubes which are then dropped into the ice bin. The machine continues making ice until the bin is full.

The clear cubes consisting of healthy, pure water are always ready for use, and they never stick together or require breaking apart. That's because the ice bin is not a freezer compartment. The ice cubes are continuously melting and being replaced with new ice cubes. The resulting water is continuously sent out the drain. Depending on the brand and feature set that you select, some ice machines will also produce crushed ice, ice that is chewable, and even colored ice.

Crushed-Ice

Just as your refrigerator ice maker, clear ice machines have filters that regularly need replacing. In addition, they need to be cleaned every 6 months (varies with make and model).

This is Part 2 of our blog series on clear ice machines. Click below for Part 1.

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Next blog: Cleaning and maintaining your ice machine.

*There are variations on this, but the end result is the same – the water is frozen in a clear condition without contaminants or air to make it cloudy.


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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Part of Your Cooking Routine

Grandma’s age old remedy for seemingly everything still works wonders in your busy kitchen. Store a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen and use it for tricks such as these while you’re in chef mode!

Clean a cookie sheet with no elbow grease

Cookie sheets are hard to part with if you’re a woman who cooks with soul. So many treats baked over the years for special occasions and family time – it’s as if it holds memories. However, it is one tough cookie when it comes to cleaning! This trick will save you considerable effort. First, sprinkle baking soda over entire sheet. Then, spray or sprinkle hydrogen peroxide over baking soda. Next, sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda. Let sit for at least two hours – time is the substitute for vigorous scrubbing. When you resume your work the majority of the residue and stains will now rinse of easily quite easily! A little bit of wiping and rinsing will finish the job with ease.

Sanitize food prep and storage surfaces

Use H2O2 to kill bacteria on cutting boards and refrigerator/freezer shelves. It will sanitize them so they are germ free. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic so it’s a great natural alternative to store-bought cleaners that are full of strong chemicals. Spray H2O2 on the surface and let it sit a couple of minutes. Then, wipe and rinse clean. If there’s gunk or food remnants, scrub first with a brush or clean rag. Bonus use: try it on your lunch bags and containers. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using this on appliances!

Preserve a salad

Yes, it is actually possible to delay wilting and preserve the freshness of a salad for a little longer than you’d expect. Mix ½ cup water with 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and spray evenly over salad. (This is for fresh salad that hasn’t yet been tossed in dressing or oil.) After spraying thoroughly, rinse with a light touch so you don’t bruise the food, cover it, and keep it in the refrigerator. Waste not, want not!

Clean fruits and vegetables before consuming

H2O2 is a natural way to remove dirt, germs and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Just add ¼ cup to a sink full of water. Gently rub foods clean and rinse thoroughly. Interesting trivia:  Did you know that fruits and vegetables actually produce H2O2 and this is part of the reason why they are so good for you? Yep, they do!

New Options to Get Ovens Clean

Trends in Oven Cleaning

The Old Way

Years ago, all ranges and wall-ovens had to be cleaned by hand, which meant lots of tedious scrubbing. Over time, three oven cleaning systems evolved:

  1. Commercial oven cleaners.
  2. Continuous cleaning ovens.
  3. Self-cleaning ovens.

Commercial oven cleaners which can still be found on your ovens shelves are highly caustic – get out the rubber gloves, and produce toxic fumes. If you have a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven, the manufacturer's operating instructions will provide a strong warning against using commercial oven cleaners.

Continuous clean ovens are ovens have a rough, porous, ceramic coating that will, over time, absorb and spread minor spills so that they are less noticeable. They work continuously (hence the name), and do not require any work from the homeowner. Any attempt to clean this surface with chemicals and/or abraisive pads or cloth, may cause the coating to peel away.

Self-clean ovens have a CLEAN selection on the oven controls. This requires locking the oven with a latch on the oven door, and putting the oven into the self-clean mode for several hours while the oven becomes super heated up to 900 or more degrees, thus burning off any stains or debris in the oven cavity. Of course, everything (*including the racks) must be removed from the oven before cleaning.

New Oven Cleaning Trends

Whirlpool-Oven

Whirlpool Steam Clean Oven

Now, there are some new cleaning methods that have been developed recently, and are gradually being rolled out by appliance manufacturers as new range and oven products are being introduced. Whirlpool has developed a cleaning system for ovens called Aqualift®. The oven bottom has a special porous coating that with a cup of water and a low heat setting will loosen soils on the oven floor so that they may be wiped off. Other cleaning systems becoming available are steam cleaning methods which rely on the power of heat and steam to remove baked on food from all oven surfaces.

We've written about oven cleaning before, but we'll be updating some of the newer oven cleaning methods in some upcoming blogs so check back often.

For help in selecting a new range or oven from AWS, be sure to contact your contractor or design consultant, and then make an appointment with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Condenser Coils

Cleaning condenser coils on your refrigerator

Refrigerator

Do the refrigerator coils need cleaning

Most of the time, on recent models, you’re not going to need to worry about cleaning refrigerator condenser coils. Here’s what the use and care booklet from my KitchenAid® refrigerator has to say about cleaning the coils.

“There is no need for routine condenser cleaning in normal home operating environments. If the environment is particularly greasy or dusty, or there is significant pet traffic in the home, the condenser should be cleaned every 2 to 3 months to ensure maximum efficiency.”

Instructions to clean the refrigerator condenser coils

First, turn off or unplug the refrigerator. Most often, you’ll find the condenser coils at the bottom of the base grill underneath the refrigerator. Remove the grill and use your narrow vacuum cleaner attachment vacuum underneath your refrigerator and coils as well as you can. You can purchase a special brush to reach the hard to get places (see photo below) from an appliance parts company or directly from one of the manufacturers, GE, Whirlpool, etc.

Coil Cleaning Brush

Coil Cleaning Brush

Below is the link to a Whirlpool video on cleaning refrigerator condenser coils:Next, move the refrigerator out of the way, and clean behind it. Then remove the back cover to the machine compartment to access the machine compartment. Clean any dust in this compartment and the condenser fan blades. Re-attach the cover, plug the refrigerator in and move it back into place.

 

Whirlpool Corp. Refrigerator Condenser Cleaning

For more advice on refrigerator use and care download the free tip sheet from Arizona Wholesale Supply and follow this blog for additional advice on appliance care.

Refrigerator Tip Sheet


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Spring Cleaning Ideas – How To Get Rid Of Stuff Part 5

Part 5 – How to organize and get rid of your kid’s books and magazines 


We hope you’re enjoying this series about how to get rid of your kid’s stuff! We are almost done. Toys are now under control, and the clothes are back in sane formation. Let’s move on to books and magazines. These sure stack up fast and kids’ aren’t particularly inclined to get rid of them. Here’s how to go about it.

 First, toss anything that’s no longer age appropriate. If your child is eight years old and still has books from when he was four, then it’s time to give them away. They may be cute but they aren’t really serving a purpose. Unless they are collectable or keepsakes, in which case you can keep them.

Next, sort more thoroughly through the books you’re considering keeping and let your kiddo help you decide which ones to keep. Yes, let them decide! Even if you love a particular book, don’t be afraid to let it go if you can’t convince your child to enjoy it. They will be much more likely to return to their bookshelf consistently if they know it only holds books they like and are thus easy to find.

To clean up any stacks of magazines, simply limit the number of issues per subscription that they’re allowed to keep. Let them pick their top 5 favorite issues and toss the rest. With the exception of periodicals that make reference to important historical events. They will likely enjoy these when they are adults. To ensure your child actually gets around to enjoying the magazines make them easily accessible on an open shelf.  Stacked in a drawer won’t do much. You can also place them next to the desk to teach the idea of reference material, or next to the bed encourage nightly reading.

Next read Part 6 – How to organize and get rid of your kids artwork

Spring Cleaning Your Dishwasher

4 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining your Dishwasher

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Some dishwashers have built-in food disposers, i.e. choppers (above) while others have filters that collect larger food particles. Periodically, the filters need to be removed and cleaned. Read the operating instructions of your dishwasher to determine how often your dishwasher filter needs cleaning. We clean ours about once a month.

2. Check for water leaks and bad seals.

It’s a good idea to examine and clean the gasket that seals the dishwasher door with the liner. Eventually, this seal could develop tears, gaps, or cracks. Replace when necessary (service call). Also, take a look at the water inlet connection and hose, as well as the drain hose. If your house is older, the water inlet valve might show some corrosion. Be aware, that this could become a problem, so keep an eye on it. When you eventually replace the dishwasher, replace the connecting hoses as well as the valve. In the meantime, any hoses that show signs of kinks, splits or leaks should be replaced.

3. Inspect the dishwasher interior.

Do the dishwasher racks roll in and out smoothly? You might be able to tighten or replace a faulty wheel. Also, if any of the coating on the racks has worn off, the racks could begin to rust. Take a good look at the dishwasher tank itself, and satisfy yourself that it is also in good condition.

4. Test the controls and give the dishwasher front a good once over.

As long as you’re doing periodic maintenance, test the dishwasher controls. You never know when you might want to use the quick wash, the china cycle, the sani-cyle, etc. Finally, run your hand along the door edges, examine the latch and hinges: lubricate if needed.

Depending on the dishwasher, an average life expectancy could be 10-12 years. Premium dishwashers might easily last for up to 15 years. And at least one of the very high end luxury (expensive) dishwashers is promoted as being built to last 20 years. Take good care of your dishwasher and it will take good care of you.

When it’s time to replace, have your contractor or remodeler contact Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with a new dishwasher that meets your needs and your budget. Arizona Wholesale Supply carries all the major brands as well as a wide variety of specialty brands, and has been Arizona’s leading distributor since 1944. Family Owned and Operated.

Dishwasher Brands available at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Asko, Bosch, Dacor, Fisher&Paykel Frigidaire, GE, Gaggenau, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Viking, Whirlpool


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Spring-Cleaning Inspiration

Spring is here and with it comes spring-cleaning. We all dread it but it can be so cleansing to purge all of the things that you no longer need, sanitize and clean your house from top to bottom, and air your house out to create an environment of order and purity. Still, spring-cleaning can seem daunting. Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest part of the process.

 

Despair not. There are ways to organize the way that you tackle your spring-cleaning which make the task much more manageable. It starts with creating a plan of action. Having a plan is the key to success. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish. Once you have the list, prioritize tasks thinking top down.

 

First you will want to remove clutter and unwanted items. Ask yourself how much you would like to remove. Depending on the size of your task you may find that you need to get a dumpster. Or you may find if your clutter is minimal and that a few large trash bags will work. Don’t forget to think about things like old purses, clothes and shoes. Everyone’s spring-cleaning will be a little bit different.

 

Next you will want to thoroughly clean all surfaces. First, we recommend opening some windows to let your house air out with that fresh spring air while you work. Then you will want to make sure you dust, mop and vacuum, making sure that by the time you are done, every single surface in your home has been cleaned and shined.

 

Finally comes organizing what is left over. At this point you can go through everything you have left in your home and organize. Start small with a task such as your silverware drawer before moving to larger areas like kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Even your dresser drawers might need a little organization.

 

Now that your home is completely cleaned and fresh you can sit back and enjoy the splendor of your hard work. Your home is now completely ready for the year ahead! Thankfully, spring-cleaning only comes once a year, but once you have finished it is a great feeling to know that your house is organized and clean and ready for anything.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Part 2

Dealing with Hard to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Last month we posted a video on doing the light cleaning of stainless steel appliances. This was a tutorial on using household cleaner to keep your appliances shiny.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Part 1

Now, we want to give you some ideas on how to clean really dirty stainless steel appliances. For this test, we chose our own outdoor grill. This stainless barbecue grill is thirteen years old, has sat out on a covered patio in Arizona for the entire time, exposed to weather, wind, dirt, dust storms, and infrequent rain. It gets used at least once or twice a week throughout most of the year, and frankly it's been a couple of years since it got a really good cleaning.

One of the great attributes of stainless steel is that it is extraordinary durable. Watch the video below and you'll see a really nasty looking grill transformed.

 

Coming soon will be a video on removing scratches from stainless steel. You won't want to miss it.

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