Cooking Modules

Benefits of Cooking Modules

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Jenn-Air, Wolf, and Gaggenau

Cooking modules are individual drop-in countertop units that may be installed and used as single purpose units, or combined with other modules to provide a more complete meal preparation solution. The big advantage is that modules can be installed anywhere that gas or electric service can be provided, and the mix and match approach gives homeowners the option of having their own custom configuration. For example, a power gas module with wok ring could be installed adjacent to an oversized chrome-infused electric griddle, which might be next to a two burner gas module. Here's an example from Jenn-Air below:

If you want to add indoor grilling, the configuration below from Wolf offers a wok module, next to a grill module, next to a 4 burner Wolf gas cooktop.

Finally, luxury European brand Gaggenau offers an in-counter steamer as part its collection of modular cooking elements.

Vario in-counter steamer 400 series
VK 414

Both Jenn-Air and Gaggenau also have flush downdraft vent options to remove steam and smoke at the source. Wolf has a retractable rear downdraft vent which may work depending on the width of your modules. Of course, overhead venting may be used with all brands. Visit our Houzz page by clicking on the link below for photos of various modular cooktop configurations.

 

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For more information on the all new Jenn-Air line of cooking modules click below to visit our blog on these new products.

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New Jenn-Air Appliances coming to Arizona Wholesale

Jenn-Air Introduces New Cooking Modules

New Jenn-Air Product Category Soon at Arizona Wholesale

Jenn-Air-Modules

At the recent AD (Architectural Digest) show in New York City, Jenn-Air introduced a new line of 15″ wide modular cooking products including:

Induction module

Induction-Module

Induction Module

By converting the cookware into the heat source, induction technology offers fast, efficient and highly responsive cooking power. The Jenn-AirTM induction module features a flexible element to accommodate various sized cookware and glass touch electronic controls.

Induction Wok module

This unique modular induction wok features a concave design to cradle a round-bottom wok. With an element that delivers up to 3,600 watts and the high efficiency of induction technology, it provides powerful and effective wok cooking. Additional features include pan detection and glass touch controls.

Both the cooktop and wok modules feature pan detection, which detects cookware before enabling an element, and automatically turns off the element 30 seconds after cookware is removed. Both a Jenn-Air round-bottom and flat bottom wok will be offered as accessories for the induction modules.

Chrome Infused Griddle module

Chrome-Infused-Griddle

Chrome Infused Griddle

Originally available on its Pro-StyleⓇ​ soon be available as a 15” module. Its chrome infused surface combined with 1,800 watts allows for faster cooking while radiating less heat in the kitchen. In addition to its durability, the chrome surface is easy to clean and maintains its sleek, shiny appearance. A white LED backlit knob indicates when the griddle is on.

Gas single module

Featuring the most powerful BTU output offered by Jenn-Air, the 20,000 BTU commercial-style, dualring burner on this module can sear, create a rapid boil or achieve high heat for wok cooking while also achieving an ultra-low 700 BTUs, gentle enough to melt chocolate or butter without scorching.

Gas double module

This 2-burner modular gas cooktop features two elegant, brass 15,000 BTU burners including a dual-stacked PowerBurner that provides two levels of flame to handle a range of cooking methods, from high-powered searing and boiling to gentle simmering. An included wok ring fits securely on top of the grates to accommodate a wok.

Gas-double-module

Gas Double Module

4″ Downdraft strip

Featuring a sleek 4” width design, a 350 CFM blower capacity and tap-touch backlit controls, this downdraft vent works with any cooktop module to keep the air clear without interrupting kitchen sight lines. For those in spaces that preclude access to exterior venting, the vent is convertible to duct-free ventilation that uses a filter to efficiently capture smoke, grease and moisture.

For more photos of the new Jenn-Air modules click our Houzz link below and view the “Coming Soon” photos in Projects:

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Cooking with Gas: Sealed Burners vs Open Burners

Pros and Cons of Sealed vs Open Gas Burners

Burner Types

There are two styles of surface burners for gas ranges: open burners and sealed burners. Imagine a range top as a single piece of metal with holes punched in it just large enough to accommodate a gas line for each of the burners. This cooking surface would have sealed burners. Any spills or debris would contained on the top.

Some cooking surfaces have large openings for each burner so that the entire burner sits in the center of the hole with open space around and below the burner itself. This is an open burner configuration.

There are advantages and disadvantages with each system. Industry veterans often have strong viewpoints prefering one or another. If you are confronted with this decision, here are some criteria to help you choose.

Cleanability

There's no doubt that sealed burners are easier to clean than open burners. Spills are captured on the cooking surface where they can be wiped up, and the burners themselves can also be cleaned with ease. On the other hand, when spills occur with open burners the spill will fall into the hole surrounding the burner. Fortunately, there is a metal sheet below to catch any spills. Cleaning the burner itself can be time consuming and depending on use may be required often.

Appearance

Open burners expose the underneath of the top, and are generally going to have more of an industrial, restaurant-look. Sealed burners will not show anything below the top, and be less obtrusive than the bulky open burners.

Cooking Results

There's lots of debate here. Chefs will brag about the air surrounding the open burners creating more heat, greater flexibility, and better overall control. Tests confirm some advantage here, but as they say, “your results may vary”. Sealed burners are by far the most popular, and few users complain about the lack of air circulation affecting cooking results.

Conclusions

If you do a lot of cooking and are used to using the open burners of commercial-type ranges or rangetops, you're probably going to want to stay with open burners. It's worth noting that open burners can be synonymous with professional or commercial-style appliances that are likely to have a steep price premium.

For convenience and low maintenance, sealed-burners are the obvious choice. Over the years, there have been some advances in both sealed and open burner technology. For example, Viking has recently launched a new sealed burner that is claimed to have a commercial heritage.

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Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

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If you are remodeling or building new, one of the kitchen choices you may have is separate cooktop and oven configurations vs. a freestanding or slide-in range which combines the cooking surface and oven into a single appliance. If you choose a cooktop and oven layout, you'll have myriad cooktop options in size, fuel type, brands and venting.

Sizes

In general cooktops are made in 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ width usually designed to fit in a 24″ deep base cabinet or island. A 24″ wide cooktop is compact; something you might expect to find in a studio apartment for example. A 30″ 4 element/burner cooktop is a common cooktop size for most starter homes. It gives the homeowner the same size cooking surface, typically 4 gas burners or electric elements, that they'll find on standard size ranges.

Gas Cooktop

30 Gas Cooktop

For additional burners or a griddle, you're probably going to want at least a 36″ cooktop. Make sure to let your designer know early in the process in order to accommodate the larger cooktop width.

For heavy duty cooking, or special needs such as deep fryers or grills, you may elect for even a larger cooktop 42″, 48″, or even 60″. Of course, modular units can be assembled in a variety of widths.

Fuel Types

Gas burners or electric elements represent the vast majority of all cooktops. Gas will be natural gas or in some cases, propane. Standard electric elements are coil, though they are increasingly becoming rare, or glass smooth top where the element is underneath the glass. Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and are becoming very popular.

Induction cooktops use a magnetic force to create heat. They generate heat very quickly, and much like gas, induction reaches full power and turns off quickly. Of course, induction has the advantage of no flame.

  1. Gas
  2. Electric Coil
  3. Electric radiant
  4. Induction
  5. Hybrid

Flexibility – Modular and Downdraft

 
Wolf-Modules

Separate Wolf Modules

Customers may also want some flexibility in a cooktop surface. For this, they may choose individual specialized cooktops, or cooktop bases with optional modules. For example, with Wolf cooktops you may wish to purchase an array of different individual cooktops an place them side-by-side.

Jenn-Air-Downdraft

Jenn-Air 3 Cartridge Downdraft

Jenn-Air offers downdraft cooktops in a modular configuration so that you can quickly replace modules depending on your cooking needs.

Though we've covered a lot of options here, there's more, much more that you might wish to know about cooktops. Consult your designer or builder to get their advice, and of course the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are here to answer your questions any time.

Check back to this blogsite often for upcoming blogs on advantages and disadvantages of different cooktop fuel types.


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Buying Appliances to Save Energy

Making Sense out of Energy Savings Appliances

Question. Can I justify buying new appliances based on energy savings alone?

Answer. Maybe. If your current appliances are old energy hogs, you may be able to justify replacement for energy savings alone because the savings will pay for the replacement. This applies more to washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators than it does to ranges, ovens, cooktops, and dryers.

Here are three specific recommendations:

  1. Topload agitator-type washing machines are real culprits. In general, the older they are the more water they use, and the more water they use, the higher the energy costs, because of the cost to heat the water.

  2. Here's a quick way to find out if your dishwasher is an energy hog. If you have a porcelain tub dishwasher which has no filterbasket, it's very likely a big energy user. Energy saving dishwashers are likely to have stainless or polystyrene tubs and often use a wash system with a filter basket vs. a built-in food chopper.

  3. Does your refrigerator make a loud clunking sound when the compressor turns on? That's a good clue that this has a traditional compressor that runs a long time at high speed to provide cooling and then shuts down for a long period. Most refrigerators today have smaller more efficient compressors that do not cycle on and off but slow down and speed up based on cooling demand.

Another test you might use is age. If an appliance is over 15 years old, consider it suspect. If the appliance is working well, not service prone, and you just love it, then keep it. But, when you have the next service call on old Bessie, it's time to say goodby. The combined cost of repair and potential energy savings of a new appliance make a compelling case for replacement.

GE Monitor Top Refrigerator

GE Monitor Top

There are other reasons to replace appliances such as a kitchen remodel or a move into a new house, but use the above recommendations to think through your appliance replacement needs. Of course, consult your builder or designer, and count on the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for all your appliance needs and more.

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2016 Kitchen and Bath + Builder Show Jan 19-21

New Products Coming Soon to Builder Show and KBIS 2016

The combined IBS/KBIS (International Builder Show/Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) dubbed DCW (Design & Construction Week) enters its 3rd year in 2016 in Las Vegas from January 19th through January 21st. Joining the 2016 DCW event in Las Vegas are the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and the International Surface Event (TISE). It's a HUGE show!

When it comes to appliances, we can expect to see a continued focus on smart appliances, more import cooking brands (think Italy), and some added appliance finishes and colors.

Smart Appliances

We've been given just a few hints that more manufacturers will expand the use of technology to connect appliances to smartphones, home networks, and etc. The big question is convincing consumers to spend more for new features that they may still view as gimmicky.

New Brands

Unlike the U.S. appliance industry which is dominated by a few big brands, Europe has a wealth of brand names. In particular, there appears to be a host of Italian factories making cooking products that have been around for decades, now seeking to export their products to the U.S.

New Colors and Finishes

There has been a renaissance of pastel colors in appliances from the 50's and 60's. Buyers are showing an increased willingness to add these striking, colorful appliances in retro designs to their kitchens. Expect to see bold colors in more brands, and a continued interest in “old style” appliances. In addition, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the new black stainless steel. Photos don't really help. It's stainless steel with the stainless grain or “brush”, and it's black not shiny silver.

If you're not attending DCW this year, the event is moving to Orlando for 2017 and 2018 and returning to Las Vegas in 2019.


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KitchenAid’s New Look

Coming Soon – New KitchenAid Appliances

KitchenAid-Kitchen

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The new KitchenAid major appliance line has been previewed to much acclaim and should be rolling out very soon. The last major update to KitchenAid styling was the Architect Series introduced a decade ago. It was a huge undertaking. KitchenAid elected to introduce the entire Architect II line of products simultaneously, rather than one category at a time. With multiple factories involved, having a common launch time for cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, etc. introduced dozens of timing hurdles to overcome. Nevertheless, the launch was well-planned and went remarkably smooth. We’re expecting the same outcome from KitchenAid with today’s new line.

KitchenAid-Handle

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The new 2015 Kitchenaid was first previewed at the EuroCucina Show in Milan last spring, so it’s been a work in progress for some time. Elegant and stylish, the new line is forward-looking, but at the same time it still harkens back to KitchenAid’s roots. In fact, the iconic roundels capping the handles are tooled with words “KitchenAid 1919“, the year that KitchenAid was founded. Shown here in the iconic KitchenAid red, the end caps will also be available in other colors. The handles themselves are re-designed with a tubular style and an etched grip, both a non-slip convenience, and a classic professional look.

KitchenAid-Kitchen

Credit: KitchenAid

At the same time that KitchenAid is launching their new look, they’re adding a new finish – Black Stainless Steel. While this is something you’re going to want to see for yourself, it’s subtle and stunning at the same time. It’s Stainless Steel no doubt, yet assuredly Black as well. Of course, KitchenAid will also offer the line in standard Stainless Steel, Black, and White.

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Review of K+BB Criteria for Choosing a Cooktop

Kitchen and Bath Business Drops the Ball

Advice for choosing a cooktop according to the “experts”.

I regularly read the articles in Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) for the latest news in appliances. It’s generally quite informative. Sometimes articles appear to be written by folks who are writers, but not necessarily SMEs (Subject Matter Experts). While there is nothing wrong with this, when they don’t conduct thorough research and fact-check their information, the advice they give can be misleading. Consider the recent article:

Bertazzoni-Cooktop

Five Criteria to choosing the right cooktop

Here are my comments on the above article’s content.

1. Size considerations.

The author proclaims that if you need extra counter space, you should consider an electric smoothtop or induction top because you can use it as counter-space. Think about this. Your cooktop is a big investment. It’s obviously heat resistant and durable, but it is not a cutting board, nor is it a work surface. Yes, you might put down a bag of groceries on it now and then (carefully), but really it’s not a food prep station or general use countertop. If you drop something on it, your cooktop can break, costing you hundreds of dollars.

2. Cooking habits.

Again, the author’s advice is generally OK, but could be more useful – until she trips up with this doozy.

“..please note, though, that induction cooktops only work with cast iron, enamel cast iron or stainless steel cookware.”

Just about everyone in the industry knows that there are many stainless steel pots and pans that will not work on induction cooktops. The test is to place a magnet on the bottom of the pan. If the magnet sticks you’re OK, if not, the cookware is not usable on induction.

3. Energy usage.

It’s a big mistake to make energy usage a deciding factor in purchasing a cooktop, but the KB+B author jumps right in with her recommendations. Though I’m a big fan of saving energy, it’s unwise to decide among a gas vs. electric vs. induction cooktop based on energy usage. The total difference in energy cost among the various cooktops will not amount to much at all. Worry instead about the energy usage of an air conditioner or water heater – even washer, dryer, and refrigerator. The difference in energy costs on cooktop types is just not significant.

4. Safety considerations.

Here the author begins by stating that if safety is your concern then you should only choose electric or induction. WOW! Millions of us cook with gas. Are we disregarding the safety and well-being of our families? Seriously?

5. Maintenance and Care.

There’s an opportunity here for lots of good advice on cooktop maintenance and care, but alas the author just can’t seem to provide informed content even here.

Here’s my advice to K+BB: You have a stable full of great designers who write articles for you, and there are also many specialists available to you who are expert on appliances, cabinets, countertops, and other topics. There’s nothing wrong with using a writer (in this case a PR person) to produce your content, but at least have a subject matter expert review his or her content before publishing.


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Naan Pizza!

Everybody loves pizza for dinner but after a while it can feel like the same old thing. Luckily there are different ways to try something new instead of this long loved dinner classic. When you are feeling like you don’t think you could eat one more pizza but your family is begging for it this recipe is sure to please everyone.

 

Enter naan pizzas—take a package of naan bread and build on top of it with your favorite ingredients to make a whole new texture for your crust. You can make it crunchy by browning the naan with something like a panini maker or frying pan. Or if you would like a softer consistency you can preheat your oven to whatever specifications are given on the naan packaging and let it warm the ingredients and bread to your preference. 

 

Next come your ingredients. You can spice it up and put balsamic, goat cheese, arugula and sliced pair on top with a honey drizzle. Or you could go more traditional and spread marinara sauce with mozzarella and parmesan on top with some fresh basil.  A favorite recipe is listed below but feel free to play with ingredients you think your family might enjoy! Whatever ingredients you choose to use, this pizza is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

Ingredients:

Balsamic vinegar

   Naan (one naan per person or one naan for two children)

   Olive oil

   2 cups cherry/grape/heirloom tomatoes

   Fresh mozzarella ball slices

   Shaved parmesan

   Fresh basil

   Salt

 

Directions:

Heat balsamic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat and simmer until syrupy. 

Use your panini maker to heat the naan over medium heat with olive oil pressing down with a spatula or something similar until the naan is browned. You can simply shut your panini maker if it has a two-sided griddle. (Alternatively you can use your oven to bake the naan after you’ve put your toppings on.)

Top each naan with ingredients. Try chopping the fresh basil and layering this on the very bottom. Next sprinkle parmesan cheese and then top with fresh mozzarella balls. Finally, spread the tomatoes evenly over the naan. Once all ingredients have been placed drizzle with the balsamic reduction and let your family enjoy your fresh take on pizza!

Pig and Pancake Day

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day for your nutritionally but it is also usually everyone’s favorite meal for coming together and enjoying each other’s company while chowing down on eggs, bacon and a big old stack of pancakes.

 

Lucky for you March has two very important but little known holidays that you can celebrate—March 1st is National Pig Day and March 4th is International Pancake Day. So why not combine these two wonderful odes to everyone’s favorite breakfast foods and get the family together Sunday, March 1st to celebrate these holidays over a good old fashioned breakfast.

 

But first, a little history lesson. National Pig Day was founded by a couple of sisters by the names of Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. They believed that pigs were not appreciated like they should be as “man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” And thus National Pig Day was born and everyone has a day they can celebrate all that pigs have to offer.

 

International Pancake Day, on the other hand, derives from a medieval Europe tradition where some believed that that change of seasons was the struggle between the spirits of darkness and cold and those of light and growth and life. By eating pancakes they were swallowing the sun and therefore able to ingest their warmth and light. The modern day version is quite a bit different but no less delicious and satisfying.

There never needs to be a reason to bring your family together on a Sunday morning for a hearty and laughter-filled breakfast but these two holidays certainly give any family a good one. Scrambled eggs with cheese and chopped vegetables, a nice stack of cooked-to-perfection bacon and the largest stack of pancakes you can manage that are dripping with butter and drizzled with maple syrup complimented by a steaming cup of coffee. Is there any better way to spend your Sunday morning with your family?

 

Sound off below—how do you like your bacon? How do you prepare your pancakes? And how will you and your family be spending National Pig Day and International Pancake Day? We hope that however you spend it you and your family enjoy yourselves!