Karl’s Appliance Unveils August 2011 Cooking Demonstration Schedule

NJ Cooking Demos

Karl’s Appliance has unveiled the cooking demo schedule for August 2011. The demonstrations all take place in our Fairfield, NJ appliance store
located at 65 Passaic Ave. Fairfield, NJ 07004.

Appliance Demonstration

Come see what a kitchen appliance can do BEFORE you buy! The manufacturer provides the chef so you know you are watching a true expert! Watch as the chef creates and prepares fabulous food right in front of you on the cooking appliances being demonstrated. You will have the opportunity to sample all of the delicious food prepared. During the demonstration the chef will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the product or the recipe.

Bertazzoni Free Hood Promotion Ending Soon!

Bertazzoni Range

The best range value in America just got better now for only a few more days. Now through 6/30 when you purchase any Bertazzoni gas range you get your choice of any Bertazzoni ventilation hood for free. This program gives you a great opportunity to save over $1000 while building a stylish pro kitchen in the process. Bertazonni makes a stylish professional range that is affordable and good looking. Be sure to take advantage of this promotion while it lasts.

Cleaning Ceramic Glass Electric Ranges and Cooktops

Jenn Air Electric Cooktop

Smooth-top or glass ceramic cooking surfaces have become the standard for electric ranges and cooktops due to their clean, contemporary look and ease of cleaning. These surfaces can be commonly found on electric cooking appliances including cooktops, stoves, ranges, ovens, as well as certain gas-on-glass gas ranges and cooktops. This article will cover a few simple procedures to follow to keep your kitchen appliance looking its best. Note that these tips come directly from a number of large appliance manufacturers.

General Guidelines

To avoid damaging the ceramic glass, do not use abrasive cleaners or steel wool. Items on this list include abrasive powder cleaners, chlorine bleach, rust remover, or ammonia.

For everyday cleaning, use a clean, wet sponge or cloth and dry thoroughly to avoid streaking. Regular and periodic use of cooktop cleaner is recommended not only to remove stains and polish but also because these cleaners provide a protective coating that helps to prevent scratching, pitting, and abrasions.

A cooktop scraper is a tool specifically designed for scraping stubborn soils off the ceramic surface without damaging the surface. These tools can be picked up at any home improvement store, ordered online, or even at many grocery stores. This is a must have for owners of ceramic cooking surfaces.

With glass-ceramic materials, different soil levers require specific cleaning measures. Here is a guide to follow:

For light to medium soil simply use a damp sponge or cloth or even a wet paper towel. After wiping clean, dry thoroughly with a dry cloth or towel to avoid streaking.

For sugary spills like syrup, jellies, and candy, use a cooktop scraper while the surface is still warm. Use of oven mitts to prevent burning may be appropriate. As soon as the cooktop has cooled down, use cooktop polishing cream and a clean damp cloth or paper towel. Rub cleaner into ceramic glass surface and continue rubbing until white film disappears.

For heavier staining such as discoloration, specks, dark streaks, and heavy soil use cooktop polishing cream or a non-abrasive cleaner. Rub agent into soil with a soft damp cloth or sponge. Work into stain and continue rubbing until white film disappears.

For burned on stains use a cooktop scraper, holding as flat as possible, and scrap off as much of the stain as possible. Follow with cooktop polishing cream, work into stain, and continue to rub until white film disappears. If necessary, repeat this procedure until staining is completely removed.

For stains from metals, including aluminum and copper, wait to the cooktop has cooled. Use cooktop polishing cream following the procedure already described in this article. Metal stains may not completely disappear but over time will fade and become less noticeable.

For tiny abrasions and scrapes, use cooktop cleaner directions previously described. Like metal staining, abrasions and scraping may not disappear completely but and will become less noticeable over time. Note that scrapes and abrasions will not affect cooking performance in any way.

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.

Jenn Air Wall Oven Mail In Rebate

Now through 3/31/11 you can save up to $300 when purchasing select Jenn Air built in ovens. Select Single wall ovens, Double wall ovens, and Microwave / Wall Oven combinations all qualify for the rebate. You can combine this rebate with their other rebates on refrigeration and microwaves for big savings on your kitchen appliance package. See our online appliance store or any of our 5 NJ appliance locations for full details and a list of models that qualify.

Free Ventilation with Purchase of a Bertazzoni Range

Bertazzoni Free Ventilation Rebate

The best range value in America just got better. Now through 6/30/2011 when you purchase select a Bertazzoni Range, you get a free choice of ventilation. Choose from ranges including Bertazzoni Master Series and Professional Series. Free ventilation choices include Professional and Modular Series hoods as well as Hood Inserts. Act fast as this amazing deal only lasts through June 30, 2011. Please see our online appliance store or any of our 5 NJ appliance store locations for full details on this rebate.

Steam Ovens Features and Benefits

Steam Oven

Steam cooking has long been employed to cook meat and vegetables in a healthy manner. Until recently this meant using a pot of water with a steamer on top or specialty equipment such as a pressure cooker. Now several manufacturers including Miele, Sharp, Thermador, and Gaggenau have introduced special ovens that let you cook almost anything with steam. Cooking food with steam allows for healthier food that retains its natural juiciness and flavor.

These new steam ovens come in two different configurations. Some manufacturers like Sharp produce a compact steam oven that is about the size of a microwave. These steam ovens can be placed on your countertop and require no permanent installation. The other type of steam oven is a true built in appliance that can take the place of a normal oven. These ovens are built into your cabinetry and can be used as your primary or are often combined with a traditional oven. These types of ovens are made by Miele, Thermador, and Gaggenau. Some manufacturers such as Gaggenau require that you hook the oven up to a dedicated water line while others use a removable water reservoir.

One of the benefits of cooking with steam is the ability to cook faster than a traditional oven. Often these steam ovens are built with a convection element that combines with the steam to cook faster while not compromising the quality. The convection element helps to circulate the steam and cook your food faster. Cooking with steam can cook food up to 5 times faster than a normal oven while doing so at a lower temperature. Steam Cooking also reduces the fat in the food you are cooking. Often, food that is cooked in a traditional requires the use of outside fat sources such as butter or oil to keep food moist. With steam cooking, no outside fat is needed as the food is injected with steam during the entire cooking process keeping the meat moist naturally. Cooking this way also helps preserve essential vitamins and nutrients that are often destroyed in the high heat of a normal oven. Perhaps the Steam Ovens greatest draw is the ability to keep baked goods and desserts moist. The steam oven thrives in cooking delicate desserts such as souffles mainly because of the quick cooking time and lack of intense direct heat. Many professional chefs swear by the results steam ovens produce in their restaurants. The only potential draw back of these ovens is that they can not brown food as effectively as a normal oven would. Often times chefs will grill or sear meats to get some color on them before finishing them in the steam oven.

Steam Ovens are becoming more and more popular every year. These steam ovens range from the affordable $1000 to the luxurious at $5000. With the public getting more health conscious steam ovens are here to stay. Now is a great time to enjoy all the benefits that cooking with steam can give you and your family.

Cooking Appliance Care and Cleaning Guide

Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

We at Karl’s Appliance have been selling cooking appliances for many, many years. In fact, Karl’s was founded in 1941 – nearly seven decades ago!

We find our customers often have questions about cleaning their cooking appliances. In this article we will attempt to answer the question “What is the best way to care for my new range, stove, cooktop, oven, or other cooking appliance?”

First, 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. Here are some other tips that we have found are useful:

General Cooking Appliance Cleaning Tips:

• Do not use abrasive cleaners. These may permanently scratch stainless steel surfaces.
• Some cooking liquids as well as salt may “pit” or stain cooking surfaces. Remove these spills immediately.
• Use a spray degreaser to remove grease and fingerprints. Spray onto a cloth first and wipe clean immediately to avoid streaking.
• To clean stainless steel surfaces use a soft, nonabrasive stainless steel cleaner and apply with a soft, lint-free cloth. Follow by lightly wiping the surface with dampened microfiber cloth. Next, follow by polishing with a dry chamois. When wiping stainless steel surfaces always the direction of the grain and keep the cloth in continuous contact with the surface.

Cooking Ranges Cleaning Tips:

• For best results, wipe up spills and splatters immediately after the appliance has cooled. If they are allowed to “cook on,” they may permanently damage or stain the unit.
• To remove hard water stains use white vinegar and water.
• Use caution when using caustic spray cleaners. These may damage adjacent parts and finishes. Protect adjacent parts by masking them off to avoid potential damage by overspray.
• Avoid using spray cleaners on control knobs and igniters. Damage can occur to these sensitive parts if they get wet.
• If in doubt about using a specific cleaner check the label on the bottle. To test the cleaner use on a small, inconspicuous area of the appliance first.
• Never wipe a hot or even warm porcelain surface with a damp sponge as it may cause chipping or crazing. Crazing creates tiny hairlike cracks in the porcelain.
• Hand wash all decorative parts including knobs, grates, burner caps, and the like. Many claim to be dishwasher safe however, better to err on the side of caution and clean these by hand with a gentle detergent.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Burner Pans:

• Do not use abrasive cleaners as these will permanently scratch the surface. Use a clean sponge or cloth and wipe the surface with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse and dry immediately.

Cleaning Porcelain Coated Cast Iron Burner Grates:

• Remove grates and clean with in hot water with a paste of baking soda and water or with a nonabrasive cleaner such as liquid detergent. Spray cleaners or mild abrasive cleaners may also be used.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Burner Caps:

• Remove caps and wash in warm water with a liquid detergent or mild abrasive cleaner. Rinse and dry.

Cleaning Control Knobs and Bezels:

• Remove from range (if possible – check owners manual) and clean with a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and dry. Do not soak or use abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the surface or remove markings. Do not clean in dishwasher.

Cleaning Control Panels:

• Use a spray degreaser and cloth to clean these surfaces. Spray cleaner onto cloth and then wipe panel. Do not spray directly onto these surfaces to avoid damage of sensitive parts.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Oven Interiors:

• Never clean a hot or even warm porcelain surface as this can cause chipping or crazing.
• Clean spills and splatters immediately after oven cools. Do not allow foods with high acid contents to remain on porcelain enamel surfaces. Foods with high acid content include: fruit juices, pie filling, tomatoes, sauerkraut, milk, and tomatoes. Leaving these spills on the surface for prolonged periods can create permanent dull spots.
• Use only not abrasive cleaners and scrubbers.
• If equipped, the oven or ranges self cleaning cycle may be used.

Cleaning Oven Racks and Rack Guides:

• Always remove racks and guides before using the self clean feature. In most cases racks and guides are not self clean friendly. Racks can discolor and bearings in guides may seize.
• Clean racks and guides with warm water and mild detergent.

Cleaning Heat Tempered Glass Oven Doors:

• Clean only when cool.
• Use a razor blade to remove and gently lift off bakes on foods.
• Clean both sides (inside and outside) with glass cleaner.

Cleaning Oven Gasket:

• Do not hand clean the oven gasket. Doing so may compromise the tight door seal.

Cleaning a Porcelain Enamel Boiler Pan:

• Place the broiler pan in the sink while still slightly warm. Lay dish towels on the pan and pour very hot water on the towels. Allow steam to soften cooked on food residue. Remove towels and wash with warm water and mild detergent. Rinse and dry.

Microwave Oven Buying Guide Part 2

True Built In Microwaves

A true Built In Microwave Oven is designed to mimic the appearance of a wall oven. A built in microwave is often installed directly over a wall oven to give the appearance of a double wall oven. This allows for a more professional look in your kitchen where the microwave goes unnoticed. Built In Microwaves also have the capability to be installed under the counter to maximize usable space in your kitchen, and place the microwave in a spot where everyone can access it.Built In Microwaves typically offer higher end features, larger capacity, and are available in most finishes including Stainless Steel, Black, and White. Built In Microwaves come in 3 sizes – 24″, 27″ and 30″.

Average Price Points: $700 to $2,000

Bottom Line:Built In Microwaves are a more specialized type of appliance typically reserved for applications such as a complete kitchen or cabinet redo. They are much more permanent than other microwaves and are typically bought to match a new wall oven or other appliance.

Jenn Air Built In Microwave

Microwave Drawers

Microwave Drawers are a new style of microwave oven that are becoming extremely popular. Microwave drawers offer convenience, style, and a fair price. These microwaves are installed below the countertop and operate the way a normal drawer does. The drawer opens by pushing or pulling the handle, and once open the drawer can accomodate large and tall items easily. The built in style of these appliances allows you to keep the microwave out of sight and also in a convenient spot. Microwave Drawers are becoming more common now and are available from manufacturers including Sharp, Wolf, Dacor, and Viking.

Average Price Points: $700 to $1,500

Bottom Line:The microwave drawer is a popular option in new construction and in remodels because of its convenience and space saving design.

Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel

Built In Microwaves with Trim Kits

A more common type of built in microwave is actually a countertop microwave that is combined with a trim kit to fit in a cutout in the wall or cabinetry to achieve a built in look at a lower price point. There are certain counter top microwaves that are designed for these applications available from most manufacturers including GE, Sharp, Viking, and Wolf. In addition to the microwave you must also purchase the trim kit at an additional cost. These trim kits allow a seamless installation into openings of 24″, 27″ or 30″. This type of built in microwave is also commonly used above a single wall oven to fit the cutout left by a pre existing double wall oven.

Average Price Points: $200 to $800

Bottom Line:Built In Microwave Ovens with Trim Kits are a cost effective and easy way to build in your microwave and conserve counter space.

Dacor Microwave with Built In Trim Kit

SpeedCook Ovens

Speedcook Ovens are a new style of appliance that combines different cooking options into one appliance that can cook food up to 4 times faster than a conventional oven. By combining microwave and convection cooking into one appliance you can cook oven quality food in a short time normally achieved only by microwaves. Some speedcook ovens such as the GE Advantium also use a halogen light that cooks delicous food quickly with no need to preheat. SpeedCook ovens can be used as a normal microwave as well.

Average Price Points: $1400 to $3000

Bottom Line:A speedcook oven is a must if you enjoy cooking, but have little time to do so. This appliance can be used as your normal microwave and oven.

Advantium Oven by GE Monogram

Microwave Oven Buying Guide Part 1

Getting Started:: Are you in the market for a new microwave? If you need a more powerful microwave or need to replace an existing microwave, this is the perfect place to start. Not only are there different styles and sizes, there are also different ways that microwaves can be installed. This guide will help you choose
which microwave oven is right for you.

Microwave Types

Countertop Microwaves

Countertop Microwaves are as the name says, microwaves that are designed to placed on your counter or other flat surface. This is the most common type of microwave oven you will run into in offices and dorm rooms as well as the finest kitchen. This type of microwave is the perfect choice for customers that do not require the oven to be built in or require the microwave for venting purposes above a cooking appliance. Countertop Microwaves range in sizes from 0.6 cu ft all the way to 3.0 cu ft. This type of microwave comes in all colors including black, white, stainless steel, and bisque. Some of these models can also be used with a trim kit to achieve a built in look or an undercounter mounting bracket. This type of application will be discussed in the built in microwaves section below.

Average Price Points:$60 to $500

Bottom Line:The countertop microwave is the most common type of microwave. They are
available with a range of features and there is a model available in every price range.

Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel
Over the Range Microwaves

Over the Range Microwave Ovens are designed with conserving space in mind. An Over the Range Microwave takes the place of two appliances, a microwave, and a ventilation hood, and combines them into one efficient appliance.
Over the Range Microwaves are designed to be installed above your gas or electric range or cooktop. They function as normal microwave does, but also have a built in exhaust fan to expel smoke and odors while you are cooking. Over the Range microwaves can vent exhaust directly outside or also filter and recirculate the air, so be sure to check the model you are buying and what venting capabilities you have in your home. Over the Range microwaves come in all appliance colors, and can be found with different features including convection, and sensor cooking.

Average Price Points: $199 to $999

Bottom Line: Over the Range microwaves are great for apartments, smaller kitchens, and
many other applications. These appliances are a great way to conserve counter space and get necessary ventilation all in
one appliance.

GE Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave