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How To Clean A Range Hood With A Baffle Filter

Photo: Martha Stewart | Youtube.com

Keeping your range hood looking great and functioning well is easier than you might think. Simply wipe the hood with a non-abrasive cleaner and pop the filter into the dishwasher. But, if you live without a dishwasher, or you just like to be hands-on, check out the video below and this video on how to clean a range hood with a baffle filter.

The Mobile Peephole

The Peep HolePhoto Credit: Taholtorf

Technology is always emerging and as it does, there have been some pretty neat advancements in the home that we certainly didn’t have ten or twenty years ago. One of these modern advancements is something that we like to refer to as the mobile peephole. Remember those days when someone knocked on your door and you would peer through that tiny glass hole in the door to see who was there before opening your door? Well, those days are long gone. Most doors these days don’t even have peepholes built into them because so many of the modern and contemporary style doors have glass built into their design, which allows you to make out the person on the other side without having to utilize the peephole. Others simply enjoy their privacy and no longer feel the need for peepholes with the way that technology allows us to be always one step ahead. Who’s knocking on your door? Oh, well your smart phone just let you know it’s the Amazon guy. Friends text or call when they come over, and it’s rare that you have someone knocking on your door when you don’t already expect it.

But what about those times when you really don’t expect it, or you’re not at home to see who is knocking or hanging out on your front porch when you’re away? Well, thanks to modern technology, we have even have a solution to this now, and we’d like to share it with you.

Ring, ring, ring!
Yes, you guessed it – the solution to all your home security needs is called Ring. It is a door bell and camera all at once. Connected to your smart phone technology, every times someone rings your doorbell, you will be alerted. The signal will transfer to your smart phone and you will be able to see exactly who is standing at your front porch, no matter how far away you are. The signal transmits in real time so that you can see the action as it happens and take any appropriate action accordingly. You can even purchase a chime as an extension of the doorbell so that it sounds around the house, even when you don’t have your phone in your pocket. The Ring device also features motion detection so that it is certain to capture any movement around your home. Whether it’s a cat or an unwanted visitor, the Ring Video Doorbell picks up the motion through its camera and sends the video capture straight to your phone so that you can play it back instantly.

The Ring Video Doorbell is the ultimate solution to home security and it’s a pretty nifty little gadget to have around. The program works through applications available through both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. There is also a computer download available for any Windows 10 computer or tablet, giving you an array of different options through which you can use the security device.

Emerging technology has a lot to offer, and we thought this was one worth sharing. Your home is worth protecting, not to mention your loved ones, and this is a great product to have if you’re in the market for home security. Do you have any other favorite home or kitchen tech products that you couldn’t live without? Leave your suggestions in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you, and if we think your tech product is worth sharing, we might feature it on the Range Hoods Inc blog!

 

 

 

How To: Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Clean

This guest post is by Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist, at Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Kitchens are often a room that the whole family visits several times throughout the entire day, so it only makes sense that it is a room that needs a little TLC to keep it looking great. Kitchen cabinets store all kinds of items such as cookware, dishes, cleaning supplies, and food, just to name a few. Avoiding everyday messes are nearly impossible, especially with small children.

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Below are some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to keeping your cabinetry looking beautiful on the outside!

On the Outside

Dos

  • Clean spills and standing water immediately to keep from damaging the cabinetry. Pay special attention to areas around your sink, range, dishwasher, toe spaces, and baseboards. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action.
  • Avoid extreme changes in room temperature.
  • Avoid extremes in room humidity. Too high or too low can cause the wood to warp or the glue used in applying veneers to loosen.

Don’ts

  • When cleaning your cabinets, never spray cleaner directly on the cabinet surface. Instead, spray cleaner onto a clean cloth.
  • Do not apply a damp cloth to your cabinetry.
  • Do not wipe cabinetry with a used dishcloth since it could contain traces of grease or detergents.

The outside is what everyone sees, right? Wrong! The inside is just as important to keep clean because it is used daily! Who wants to see beautiful cabinetry only to find a disaster inside?

On the Inside

Dos

  • Organize. Take the time to organize your cabinets/pantry in a way that makes sense (separate grains, can goods, snacks, etc.)
  • Use items such as baskets and other storage containers to separate items and organize.
  • Mark your calendar for a weekly quick cleanout of the pantry, cabinets, and refrigerator.
  • Use some type of shelf liner to protect the insides from moisture and other damage.

Don’t

  • Don’t put away wet dishes. Make sure they are completely dry.
  • Don’t leave food items such as flour and sugar left open when storing. (Unless you want a few uninvited visitors!)

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While these cabinet cleaning tips sound simple, they are easy to over look and put off. By taking the time to keep the insides organized and the outsides mess free, your kitchen will be looking and functioning at its best!

To learn more about cabinetry, go to www.wellborn.com.

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

3 Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker recipes are some of the most popular because they’re convenient. You can leave the crock pot running and come home to a dinner that’s ready to eat! These are set it and forget it recipes that cook delicious sauces into your favorite cuts of meat.

Last week, we went over Light Recipes for Post Easter Feasting. This week we’re looking at some protein filled meals made in your trusted crock pot. Crock pot meals are great for creating on a Sunday afternoon, because you can pack the leftovers into lunch sized portions for the rest of the week. Or, start a crock pot meal in the morning and enjoy it when you get home from your busy day. Crock pot meals also deliver large portions, which is perfect for a family or someone who doesn’t like to cook every day.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sammies

This delicious looking sandwich comes from Shugary Sweets, written by Aimee. This recipe includes five pounds of beef rump roast, grill seasoning, garlic, onion powder, minced onion, beef stock, beef bouillon, garlic, pepper and 12 ounces of dark beer.

Throw these ingredients in the crock pot for eight hours. When done, slice or shred the meat and strain the au jus. Enjoy on French bread with your favorite cheese.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches. Perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Photo & Recipe from: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/10/slow-cooker-french-dip-sammies

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

This fun and creative recipe comes from CincyShopper.com, written by Jen. This is a great food blog for those looking for affordable recipes. For this recipe, you will need to cook three to four pounds of pork loin roast, barbeque sauce, pork rub, and of course, Dr. Pepper for ten to 12 hours. Sodas and beer add an interesting flavor to meat. Try this recipe while drinking a bottle of cold Dr. Pepper. You can add a side of fries, vegetables, coleslaw, or whatever you’re in the mood for.

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Photo & Recipe from: http://cincyshopper.com/slow-cooker-dr-pepper-pulled-pork/

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

This amazing looking chicken recipe is from Gimme Some Oven, created by Bet, Liz, Sarah and Ali. This chicken is cooked for four to five hours in a homemade teriyaki sauce. The ingredients include rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, onion, ginger, garlic, pepper, water, cornstarch and boneless chicken breasts.

When the chicken is done, remove the sauce and add corn starch. You can then pour it back on the chicken. Gimme Some Oven has some great recommendations for creating sliders with red cabbage and green onion. You can also make sandwiches or eat it on rice or quinoa.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken + Crock-Pot #Giveaway | gimmesomeoven.com

Photo & Recipe from: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-teriyaki-chicken-teriyaki/

Crock pots are great tools to have in the kitchen. You can use them for endless ideas, including desserts. Try using it to roast a whole chicken or to create vegetarian soups. Have fun!

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Light Recipes for Post Easter Feasting

It’s time to admit it: we all over indulged over the holiday weekend. Your relative’s brought their A-game, and there you were reaping the benefits of the best food during the festivities. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. You probably also have some candy jelly beans and chocolate bunnies left in the house as well.

We had our fun, so now let’s try to balance it out with some lighter recipes that also taste amazing! Light meals are also great for staying cool during hot days as the weather starts to heat up. (See our blog post Refreshing Recipes for the Warmer Months for more light meals for those sunny afternoons.)

To get you started we’ve compiled some recipes for avocado salad, “low carb” BBQ chicken pizza and a brown sugar salmon dish.

Smitten Kitchen: Avocado Cup Salads, Two Ways

This recipe from the food blog Smitten Kitchen showcases an interesting way to eat a salad: inside of an avocado half. Deb Perelman, author, was inspired by her goal to temporarily avoid bread. The result was inspiration for her creations using lots of vegetables.

She has outlined two options for the salad, the first being a black bean salad with bell pepper, onion, jalapeno and lime and the second being a cucumber radish ginger-miso salad with scallions, sesame oil, white miso and rice vinegar.

To create these small salad cups, follow the instructions for the salad filling. Score the avocado, add a dollop of dressing, fill it with salad and top it with more dressing. Garnish as you desire.

Photo & Recipe from: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/04/avocado-cup-salads-two-ways/

avocado cup confetti salads

Pinch of Yum Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

The secret to this pizza is in the crust. This is a gluten-free crust created with pureed cauliflower. You start by roasting the cauliflower on the stove top with olive oil. Then it is pureed with the eggs, cornmeal and Italian seasoning.

Form your crush on parchment paper and pre-bake it to a crispy texture. You can then add any toppings you like. Lindsey, author of Pinch of Yum, recommends chicken coated with barbeque sauce, cheese and red onion. Bake your pizza and enjoy!

Photo & Recipe from: http://pinchofyum.com/light-bbq-chicken-pizza

BBQ Pizza

 

Running to the Kitchen Brown Sugar Salmon with Rosemary Mustard Sauce

This salmon recipe is super easy and unique. You brown the salmon on each side after coating it with brown sugar, salt and pepper. Broil the fish to complete the cooking process. Before serving, cover the fish in a sauce made of Dijon mustard, rosemary, olive oil and lemon. Serve with some fresh greens.

Photo & Recipe from: http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/recipes-2/?recipe_id=6051799

 

Enjoy! (By the way, all of these recipes are gluten-free.)

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Range Hood Fire Extinguishers

Homeowners are always looking for another line of defense against the worst case scenario. Preparation is key; good preparation could determine the difference between a bad incident and a serious tragedy. We’re always on the lookout for natural disasters, such as flooding, earthquakes and tornados, but we also have to watch out for disasters caused by humans and residents. A home fire, which most often starts in the kitchen, can cause severe damages. However, with preparation, there are some lines of defense you can prepare to save yourself and your belongings.

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Range hood fire extinguishers are a first line of defense against a stovetop fire. These devices look like small cans, which contain fire retardant material, and are attached to kitchen range hoods with magnets. They are also known as range hood fire suppressors. These little guys have two goals: to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the house and to reduce damage caused by a kitchen fire. Most fires in the kitchen start when someone is cooking, so these devices attached to range hoods are a good line of defense. If a fire does occur and the range hood fire extinguishers go off, turn off your stove, wait for everything to cool down and wipe the surface with a wet cloth.

Range hood fire extinguishers contain fire fighting material like a regular fire extinguisher, but they are located inside kitchen range hoods and they go off by themselves when they’re needed. They open when the heat from the flame is sensed. They can help put out a fire that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and spread to the rest of the home. However, if your range hood fire extinguishers go off, be sure to also turn off the stove, or another fire could start. Also, these devices do have the potential to make a grease fire worse. If you do a lot of deep frying, this may not be a good option for you. They may be a good choice for people who would not be able to stop a fire on their own or for landlords whose tenants may cause a fire.

The fire suppressors attached to range hoods are usually good for up to five years, at which point they should be replaced. Different brands have different price points, but a range hood fire extinguisher will always be cheaper than the cost of repairs after a home fire. Look for range hoods and range hood fire extinguishers that are UL listed.

Range hoods are crucial for providing kitchen ventilation. Without a range hood, your kitchen fills with smoke, grease, and pesky smells. Furthermore, enclosed cooking produces carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, which in large doses are detrimental to health and respiratory wellness. You can browse wall mount range hoods, under cabinet range hoods, island range hoods, professional range hoods, insert liner range hoods and more on RangeHoodsInc.com. You can also browse articles on our blog to find out more about purchasing and installing kitchen range hoods.