Category Archives: Kitchen Tips

Here’s What You Need To Know About Stainless Steel Gauges

feb. 13

Stainless steel kitchen appliances – large and small – are still all the rage in kitchen design. Black or white aluminum have certainly made a come-back. But, as popular as those are, it’s not quite enough to supplant the popularity of stainless steel. That’s great news because it means that consumers have a lot of choice. We’re all more likely to be able to design our kitchens in whatever style and materials we like best.

Even as far as stainless steel is concerned, not all of it is created equal. Stainless steel is rated according to gauge. Not all gauges are appropriate for every type of purpose. So, when choosing a range hood, which gauge should you be looking for?

Stainless steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel. A typical range hood should be made from either 22 or 16 gauge steel. In this case, the lower the number (16) is thicker than the higher number (22). Both of these gauges are appropriate for range hoods because they’re easy to cut, fold, and form according to the design of the hood. Both 16 and 22 gauge stainless steel can take a bit of a beating. They don’t dent or scratch easily. For that reason alone, they’re the perfect thickness for kitchen use.

Although you can certainly opt for a range hood made from steel that’s thicker than the standard 16 or 22, it’s not really necessary. Beyond ensuring that your range hood is made from one of those gauges, I would say that the next important consideration is whether the steel is stainless.

Other ingredients, like chromium, go into steel to make it stainless. But remember, stainless steel is rarely 100% stain proof. Instead, it’s excellent at resisting stains. So, if you happen to drop a spoonful of blueberry jam on stainless steel, you should still make sure that you wipe the drips away immediately.

Stainless steel is a very forgiving material to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!

Give us a call to find out which stainless steel range hood is best for your kitchen.

This Is Why Variable Fan Speeds On A Range Hood Rule

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Did you know that range hoods can use up a lot of electricity? You can’t just decide not to use one, either. The kitchen range hood plays a very important role in keeping your kitchen clean and the air inside your home pristine.

Turning the range hood fan on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking and leaving it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking will optimize how well the range hood does its job. That important job is to draw up as much grease, smoke, odors, and potentially toxic fumes as possible and exhaust them all to the outdoors where they can just dissipate naturally in the environment.

So, now you know how important a range hood can be to you and your family’s health. But, how can you maintain a healthy home environment without increasing your electricity use?

Glad you asked!

Look for a range hood that is equipped with variable fan speeds. Most range hoods come with at least two speed options – low and high. If that’s what your range hood has, use the low setting just before you start cooking. Switch to high while you’re cooking, and drop the setting down to low again once you’re done cooking.

Some range hoods come equipped with a greater number of setting options, anything from 1 to 6. Range hoods that offer more settings allow you to better control how dirty air is drawn up and exhausted out. So, if all you’re doing is boiling a small pot of water, you will probably only need to use a setting between 1 and 3. If, however, you’re using your stovetop grill or dealing with oil splatters from frying, you will probably want to use one of the higher settings.

A range hood that features greater setting options may cost more at the outset. But, you will make that money back in terms of energy savings and better air quality in your home.

Recipe Collection: Shrimp Tostadas

feb. 1

Even though these scrumptious shrimp tostadas cook up very quickly, don’t forget to turn on the range hood fan. The fan will draw up all of the grease, odors, and smoke that even quick cooking can produce.

Find more great recipes in our Recipe Collection.

Shrimp Tostadas

  • 1 lb raw deveined large shrimp, talks removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 3/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 35 round or triangle tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges
  1. Toss the shrimp with salt, chipotle powder, and lime juice. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan set over high heat. Fry shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Top each chip with a spoonful of guacamole, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and 1 shrimp.

Enjoy!

The Amazing Automatic Cleaning Reminder Function

jan. 30

Many of our range hoods have one feature (among many) that is really particularly exciting. That feature is the automatic cleaning reminder. Here’s how it works: every 30 days, the range hood will let you know that it’s time to clean the filter.

Range hoods work silently to draw up all the smoke, odors, steam, and all other potentially toxic fumes that are produced every time we fire up our stoves to cook. We remember to turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before cooking, and we remember to leave it running for about 15 minutes after we’re done cooking. But, do we remember to wash the filter regularly? Well, if you’re at all like me, the answer is probably not!

No worries, though. Most filters – whether they are baffle or mesh – can be placed in a dishwasher and put through a regular cleaning cycle. Easy, right?

Now, with the three automatic cleaning reminder function, there’s no reason to not maintain a perfectly clean range hood.

Contact us today to find out which range hood (with automatic cleaning reminder feature!) is best for your kitchen.

Benefits of Flush Mount Range Hoods

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Looking for a truly rare addition to your kitchen? How about a flush mount range hood?

Under-the-cabinet range hoods are typically installed flush against the bottom of the cabinet. But, there’s a new trend in range hood installation that might be perfect in a small kitchen. Island range hoods can be mounted flush against the ceiling. Talk about opening up sightlines!

Is a range hood mounted flush against the ceiling in your future?

Gorgeous Glass Range Hood Canopies

jan. 22

Range hoods come in a variety of shapes, styles, and installations. You can, for instance, opt for an under-the-cabinet range hood. This type is installed, as the name suggests, underneath the cabinets. The chimney portion of the range hood is hidden behind the cabinets.

Wall-mounted range hoods are just like under-the-cabinet hoods with one difference. The chimney isn’t hidden behind cabinets. It’s exposed and visible. For that reason, the chimney comes with a covering that matches the rest of the range hood, usually stainless steel.

Island range hoods hang from the ceiling directly over an island stovetop. They are typically positioned higher above the stove than either under-the-cabinet or wall-mounted range hoods.

It’s the island range hoods that feature the most variety in terms of style. One of those design features is the glass canopy.

Glass canopies are becoming very popular in kitchen design because they’re see-through. The smaller our kitchens become the more we want the illusion of space and grandeur. Glass range hoods don’t block sightlines. Sometimes steel, copper, or iron range hoods can seem heavy-looking. Glass solves that problem. Gorgeous and functional, give us a call to find out how a glass canopied range hood can work in your kitchen.

Benefits of Routine Granite Counter Cleaning

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Contemporary architecture involves the best materials used in construction of modern houses and kitchenware. Granite is a popular stone that is used these days to cover and beautify the surface of kitchens, house floors, bathroom surfaces etc. The stone is often considered to be the highest quality material used for countertops in the market. Because of its unmatched beauty and durability, the countertops made using this material are costly to construct but very easy to maintain.

Since, these countertops are the main area where all the action takes place with all the stains and dirty utensils being placed on it, one of the key aspects to consider when getting a countertop made is how easily it can be maintained. The benefit of using this stone for construction of countertops are innumerable. The counters become naturally waterproof, remain durable, and is a practical and eco-friendly option.

In order to ensure that the beauty of granite countertops remain intact, it is highly recommended to carry out routine cleaning of the surfaces. The following tips may provide some useful guidance on cleaning up granite counters and the benefits that routine cleaning of granite counters will bring to your home:

  1. Willingness to use the countertops – Let’s face it. No one wants to work around a messy counter, especially one with old marks and stains from continuous use and very less proper cleaning. Since granite counters are very easy to clean and maintain, simply making use of warm soapy water, non-acidic surface cleaner or baking soda as well will help you to remove any stains or marks on the counters keeping their beauty intact and making them visually appealing to use for long periods of time.
  2. Keeping the value of the house intact – Anything that is well-maintained and kept as good as new will reflect good worth and keep the value of the area intact for further resale purposes. Keeping your granite counters clean by carrying out routine cleaning jobs will enable you to ensure that these granite tops remain intact and looking brand new when you plan to resell your house to someone else. You could make use of a long lasting high quality permanent seal that would last around ten to fifteen years and will penetrate into any space of grooves that the counter may have in order to protect it.
  3. Keeping the bacteria out – Usually the most significant counters which are used frequently are kitchen and bathroom counters. It is imperative to keep bacteria away from these counters because of course kitchen counters is the place where all your food comes in contact as well as utensils and bathroom counters will often have items that you will use on your face, in your mouth etc. on a regular basis. Therefore, routine cleaning of granite counters will prevent bacteria from residing on it. Making use of a disinfectant will help keep the bacteria out.
  4. Keep the surface scratch and streak free – even granite countertops may get scratched by the grit that gets trapped on its surface. Light surface scratches may occur on the areas of high-use around the sink or cook-tops. Most scratches can be repaired and fixed in due time but it is better to avoid them by keeping extra care for the counter beforehand.

Other tips to keep these granite counters clean would be to use coasters when possible and do not let kitchen items have direct contact with the surface of the counter, make use of cutting boards, mop and clean gently with warm water and do not use any substance that may pose risk to the counter altogether.

Recipe Collection – Pineapple and Sausage Skewers

jan. 12

It may be January, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t fire up the BBQ! Definitely try these very delicious chicken and pineapple skewers. They’re quick to whip up and perfect when you want to impress a crowd.

Some stoves are equipped with a grill component allowing you to cook up these skewers indoors. Remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

Chicken-Pineapple Skewers

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into large cubes
  • 300 g pineapple chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Soak large wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. Preheat grill.
  2. Taking alternate turns, thread chicken and pineapple chunks onto skewers.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together sriracha sauce, honey, and oil.
  4. Grill for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is almost cooked through. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, brush the skewers with sauce mixture.

Serve with a side of rice and grilled vegetables. Find more delicious recipes here.

Touch Sensitive Controls Are The Next Big Thing

jan. 10

Touch control technology is here to stay. The idea that all we need to do is to simply touch something to make something happen has gone far beyond the capabilities offered by our smart phones. The technology has taken the kitchen by storm.

Enter touch control systems on the range hood.

Touch control technology makes using the range hood even easier than you might have thought it could be. All you need to do to activate the fan to whatever level is appropriate for what you’re cooking is to touch a button.

Touch control enhances accessibility, too. The technology makes using a range hood very easy for people with mobility or fine motor issues.

Best of all, the touch controls are super easy to clean. You know that grime that can hide behind knobs? Well, it just won’t be there anymore. Touch controls are typically embedded into a panel that requires a simple wipe to clean.

Contact us to find out with range hoods come equipped with touch control.

The Amazing Centrifugal Fan

jan. 8

Can’t picture what a centrifugal fan looks like? Just think of a whirligig or spinny wheel that some people place in their gardens and that spins when the wind blows. It’s basically a series of blades enclosed in a container inside a range hood. That’s why it’s called a fan wheel.

When the hood fan is turned on, the wheel spins. The spinning motion creates high pressure that draws air in. Centrifugal fans are typically found in more powerful range hoods because they need more power to operate properly. Centrifugal fans are particularly good at removing smoke, steam, grease, and odors from the kitchen.

Contact us if you want to find out what kind of fan is built into the range hood model you’ve chosen.