Wall Oven Fit System Revolutionizes Re-Installations into Existing Cabinets

Whirlpool Appliances, makers of the Maytag, Kitchen Aid, and Whirlpool brands of home and kitchen appliances, has introduced a new system that is included with all their new wall ovens and microwave combination ovens dubbed the “Fit System.” The video simply explains how this system works – using four adjustable legs and two trim options the ovens may be used in multiple cutout sizes which Whirlpool dubs small, medium, or large. Watch the video to learn more and call or visit one of Karl’s appliance stores to see these ovens in person.

Induction Cooktop Stovetop and Range FAQ

Cooking with Magnetic Induction Cooking Surfaces – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As one of New Jersey’s largest retailers of large appliances, Karl’s not only exposes customers to new technology in home appliances but also receives many specific questions. This is the culmination of years of accumulating the most frequently asked questions regarding induction cookers. Also, we have included a short video of a product expert covering KitchenAid induction cooktops that we feel is helpful. After reading this FAQ and watching the educational video you will be an induction expert!

What is or how does induction cooking work?

Induction cooktops use a high frequency induction coil below a smoothtop cooking surface that creates a magnetic field. The magnetic field only heats the metal or iron surface that it is touching, in this case the cookware, by exciting the molecules in the pan to create heat.

How does induction cooking differ from traditional gas or electric cook surfaces?

With induction, there is no exposed flame or heated surface. If an element is turned on and there is no cookware present the element will not create heat. Heat is only created when a cookware 5″ or greater in diameter is placed on the element. When cookware is removed the induction coil is de-energized and will automatically shut off.

How fast can induction cooking surfaces boil water?

Induction cooktops can boil water faster than traditional gas or electric cooktops. Times to boil 1 quart of water can be is little as 90 seconds. In fact, induction cooktops are generally the fastest cooking appliances available.

How will delicate foods, like chocolate, perform on induction cooking appliances?

Magnetic induction elements offer precision control of heat from extreme high to extreme lows. The low heat setting is ideal for melting chocolate or preparing delicate sauces and dips.

Is induction cooking efficient?

Yes, induction deliveries a higher percentage of energy to the food being cooked than any other cooking method.

Installation FAQ

Can induction cooktops or ranges replace existing appliances?

Yes, if you are replacing electric appliances induction is generally an easy re-installation. Depending on the brand you are replacing, the new unit may fit right into the existing cut-out or space if you are replacing a stove or range. If replacing gas cooking appliances, additional electric connections may need to be installed.

Is an induction cooktop easy to clean?

Yes. Induction offers the precision heat control of gas cooking and the easy clean up of smoothtop electric cooking. In addition, clean up is even easier than traditional radiant electric cooktops. Since the unused portion of the surface does not get hot, most spills will not cook into the surface. Also, most induction cooktops have glass touch controls so there are no raised knobs.

What do you clean an induction cook top with?

Most spills will easily wash off with a damp cloth or sponge.

Do I need to use specific pots and pans with induction cooking appliances?

Yes and no. In order for the induction coil to create the required magnetic field there must by some iron content in the bottom of the cookware. The best way to determine if you existing cookware will function if you buy induction cooktops is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom they will work.

Using Steam in Appliances – Part 2: Steam Dryers

You may be asking yourself isn’t steam just water that is heated up? How is this going to help dry my clothes? Steam in clothes dryers is not necessarily designed to actually dry your clothes but it does have its advantages.

Even though steam is a natural byproduct of applying heat to wet clothes, dryers that add steam during the right part of a cycle can give you a number of benefits. Steam penetrates the fabrics of your clothing deeply to soften the fabric and reduce wrinkling. Steam can also sanitize clothing, eliminating allergens and bad smells.

Steam dryers can also offer you benefits for clothes that are already dry. If you have a shirt that is wrinkled or has an odor, some dryers offer a Steam Refresh cycle that can eliminate the wrinkles or odor without any water or detergent. The steam can also be useful if you are not around to take your clothes out of the dryer right away. If the clothing cools it can tend to harden and wrinkle. If you run a quick steam cycle, the clothing will soften back up and be wrinkle free.

Maytag Bravos Steam Dryer

One thing to consider when purchasing a steam dryer is how the dryer applies the steam. Some models have a true steam generator that pumps pure steam into the dryer while other models release a mist of water that heats up and turns to steam. While both methods are effective, a steam generator will do a better job. Another thing to consider is whether the water for the steam comes from a reservoir that you have to fill up or if the dryer has a direct water connection like a washer would. While both ways are effective, a direct connection saves you the hassle of constantly having to fill the water reservoir.

Steam dryers are a new convenience that is becoming more popular every day. They operate on the same principles people have been using forever such as hanging a wrinkled shirt in the bathroom while you take a steamy shower to eliminate wrinkles. With the prices and availability becoming better everyday, the steam dryer is becoming a realistic luxury for many households. For information on the complete line of steam appliances please visit Karl’s Appliance

Why Buy Franke KSD Sinks Part 2 – Fireclay Sinks

Franke Fireclay sinks are all crafted by hand, and many are crafted by world famous ceramic firm Villeroy and Boch who have been making fine ceramic for over 260 years. These sinks are both beautiful and functional and make a welcome addition to any kitchen.

Franke Double Bowl Fireclay Farmhouse sink

Fireclay Sinks are made by injecting liquid ceramic into porous plaster molds at high pressure. When not quite dry, the fragile pieces are smoothed with coarse and smooth sponges to create an even surface. The drain and sink holes are then punched out according to the individual design of the sink. The sink is then dried at room temperature for several days before a final drying in the dryer reaches a maximum temperature of 160 degrees for 40 hours.

After the sink is dry, it is fired in a kiln at 2,200 degrees for 20 hours before the craftsman makes the final inspections. The sink is tested to stringent guidelines using calibrated testing equipment. The sink is then carefully packed to prevent damage during transport.

As you can see, a lot goes into making one finely crafted Franke KSD fireclay sink. Other benfits fireclay sinks offer you are extremely hard, scratch resistant hygienic surface, durability, resistance to staining, less cleaning time, and insensitivity to acids and alkalis. For all your Franke KSD needs on the web please visit Karl’s Appliance

Cooking Appliance Care: Tips For Cleaning Your Oven/Range/Stove/Cooktop

If you’re like many of our customers, you probably have some questions about the best way to clean your new (or not-so-new) cooking appliance.

Every appliance is different, but here are some general tips for keeping your oven, range, stove or cooktop looking its best.

General Cooking Appliance Cleaning Tips:
• Always wait until the appliance has cooled before cleaning. Aside from the obvious danger of getting burned, many cleaners will create an unpleasant odor when used on hot surfaces.
• Avoid abrasive cleaners, as they may permanently scratch stainless steel surfaces.
• Clean up spills immediately. Some cooking liquids and salt may “pit” or stain cooking surfaces.
• Remove grease and fingerprints using a spray degreaser. To avoid streaking, spray the cleaner onto a cloth first and then immediately wipe clean.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances:
• Clean stainless steel surfaces using a nonabrasive stainless steel cleaner applied with a soft, lint-free cloth. Follow by lightly wiping the surface with dampened microfiber cloth. Next, polish with a dry chamois.
• For best results, always wipe stainless steel surfaces with the direction of the grain and keep the cloth in continuous contact with the surface.

Still have questions on caring for your new cooking appliance? Visit us online at http://www.karlsappliance.com.