The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Refrigerator

If you’re in the market for a brand new refrigerator, it’s not always easy to know which one will work for you, your kitchen, and your lifestyle. Maybe you just moved into a new home and it didn’t include a fridge, or maybe you’re designing your kitchen from scratch and aren’t sure how to begin the shopping process. No matter why you need a new refrigerator, we can help you choose the style, system and configuration that best fits your home and budget!

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Styles of Refrigerators

The first step on your shopping journey will be to decide what style works best in your space. There are basically 4 refrigerator styles to choose from: Free-Standing Full Depth, Free-Standing Counter Depth, Built-In and Integrated.

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Free-Standing Full Depth

A free-standing full depth refrigerator has a case up to 30″ deep, not including the door and handles, and a width between 30″ to 36″. This is a typical fridge that rolls into the opening created for it, but it extends past your counters. This can create choke points in narrow spaces. You’ll get the most amount of space for the money with this one, but it might not fit your vision for a streamlined space.

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Free-Standing Counter Depth

This is also a regular fridge that rolls into the opening created for it, and fits in at counter depth with a case that’s 24″ deep and 30″ to 36″ wide. You’ll lose six cubic feet of capacity as compared to the full depth model, but it installs with a cleaner look and leaves more room in your kitchen.

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Built-In

A built-in refrigerator is the kind that’s actually drilled into your cabinets, making it feel more high-end and customized. These are 24″ deep, have the compressors on top, and widths can range from 30″ to 48″. They can be installed either standard (sticking out from cabinets) or flush with the cabinet. In this case you’ll need to make the cabinet wider. They look great in stainless or with panels, but be aware that there will be thumb-sized gaps between the panels.

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Integrated

These install absolutely flush with your cabinets and can either be stainless or paneled. Usually, they’re done in columns ranging in width from 18″ to 36″ so that you can customize the configurations. You can incorporate wine storage if that’s something you’re looking for as well. Integrated refrigerators can be paneled nearly perfectly and blend into cabinets seamlessly with only fingernail sized gaps around the panels.

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Best guide to choosing a refrigerator! Need! | Duerden's Appliance & Mattress

Best guide to choosing a refrigerator! Need! | Duerden's Appliance & Mattress

Refrigerator Systems

Once you decide what style fridge works best for you, you’ll need a bit of knowledge about its inner workings. A refrigerator’s job is not just to keep food cold – it’s all about food preservation. Keeping food fresh has three elements: temperature control, retaining moisture, and purifying the air. To get this job done, the fridge has a compressor and an evaporator. The evaporator is what cools the air and the compressor pushes heat out through the heat exchange coils. The compressor and evaporator combined are called the cooling system. Various models and brands have different ways that these parts work together to determine how long food stays fresh.

two Evaporators, two Compressors

High-end refrigerators have two complete systems for both the fridge and freezer. This means that your food only loses moisture when you open the door, allowing your leafy greens to last as long as a month.

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two Evaporators, One Compressor

In this type, one compressor alternates between cooling two evaporators, one for the fridge and one for the freezer. Because the refrigerator and freezer don’t share air, your refrigerator air will remain cool and moist, and your leafy greens should stay fresh for two to three weeks.

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One Evaporator & One Compressor

These refrigerators cool the fridge by blowing air through the freezer. This is the norm for all top freezer models, nearly all side-by-sides, and most French door models under $2,000. Your produce will lose more moisture as the freezer dehydrates the fridge air, so your leafy greens will last four to six days.

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Refrigerator Configurations

Now that you know your style and systems, it’s time to choose the configuration. This refers to how the refrigerator and freezer portions of your appliance are arranged.

Top Freezer

This is the least expensive type of fridge and the least convenient. You’ll have to lean down to look inside the refrigerator portion, which is the part you’ll be using the most. Because the freezer and fridge share air, your food will not stay as fresh as with the other configurations.

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Side-by-Side

If you see the freezer and refrigerator portions next to each other, both taking up the entire length of the appliance, you’re looking at a side-by-side. With one of these, you’ll get a good amount of cubic feet for your money, but it’s designed around the idea that you use your refrigerator and freezer equally, which usually isn’t true. Research shows we are in and out of our refrigerators eight times more frequently than our freezer.

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Bottom Freezer

With this type, the freezer is a drawer that pulls out at the bottom and the top is the refrigerator. Most commonly you’ll see this with French doors – although it can be a single swing door. You’ll give up some convenience with the freezer, but it’s a great trade-off for the better refrigerator experience.

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Best guide to choosing a refrigerator! Need! | Duerden's Appliance & Mattress

Refrigerator Brands

Taking all of this into account, here’s a general idea of where to look for the refrigerator in your price point.

• Value: Single evaporator models by GE, Whirlpool, Amana, & Hotpoint.
• Good: Dual evaporator models by GE, KitchenAid, LG, Samsung, Maytag, Bosch, Bertazzoni, & Whirlpool
• Better: Monogram, Leihberr, & Viking
• Best: SubZero

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Choosing Your Refrigerator

Armed with all of this information, you are now prepared for choosing a refrigerator that’s right for you. If you have questions, concerns, or want someone to help guide you in the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Duerden’s or stop by our showroom!

Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars

Nothings says summer like a handful of juicy raspberries, and when they’re baked into a layer of chocolate and crumbly pie crust, even better! These chocolate raspberry pie bars are so delicious and so easy to throw together on a warm, slow afternoon.

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These bars are baked with your oven on the convection setting, which means it will circulate air around the dish so the top, bottom, and sides are all getting cooked at the same temperature. If you’ve never cooked with convection before or want to learn more about it, check out our post 5 Tips to Cooking with Convection. We used the Wolf E Series 30″ Electric Oven with dual convection, as well as the Wolf 48″ Gas Range for this recipe, and it turned out perfect!

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Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

So what are you waiting for? Gather some raspberries from your garden or the local market, invite some friends over, preheat the oven, and start baking! These are sure to go fast once you take that first bite – before you know it, you’ll be making them all the time!

Ingredients:

• 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
• 2 cups flour
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1 cup dark chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate can also be used)
• 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
• 1/4 tsp. vanilla
• 2 cups fresh raspberries
• melted chocolate to drizzle on top (optional)

Instructions:

1. Preheat convection oven to 350 degrees and generously spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick baking spray.

2. In an large bowl, by hand or using a mixer, blend butter with sugar, flour and salt until crumbly. Then press 1 3/4 cups of crumb mixture into prepared baking pan and bake for 12 minutes until lightly golden.

3. While the crust bakes, pour sweetened condensed milk in small sauce pan and add chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir over low heat until smooth.

4. Remove crust from oven and pour chocolate mixture over warm crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top, then raspberries. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Drizzle melted chocolate on top and allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

Chocolate raspberry pie bars - these look delicious! | Recipe | Duerden's Appliance

South Jordan Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen is always more costly than you think it will be, but the appliances don’t have to break the bank! In this darling condo remodel, the G.E. Profile appliances look beautiful, and their performance is top notch. Best of all, they qualify for HUGE  rebates when you buy the complete package! (See store for details.)

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Chris and Dick’s designed the kitchen to look great and function efficiently. Pale gray cabinets and white countertops accentuate the light-filled space, and the convenient layout makes cooking and clean-up so easy!

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MICROWAVE AND RANGE

The G.E. Profile convection microwave can do everything you expect from a microwave and so much more. It also acts as a baking oven for small batches when you need it!

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Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

The freestanding G.E. Profile gas range has 4 gas burners on top as well as one long burner in the middle that powers the griddle. Family pancake breakfasts are a breeze with this feature! A convection oven with G.E. Smart Temp makes it one of the most even cooking gas ovens available.

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Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

REFRIGERATOR

This G.E. Profile french door refrigerator is one of the most popular and best performing  fridges out there. It has dual evaporators and an adjustable cooling zone in the drawer, which are so important for food preservation. Meats and vegetables will  last much longer with these features. The Profile refrigerator also has an autofill function that can sense how full a glass is and stop when it is just right, as well as measure precise amounts for recipes!

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There is an ice maker in the door and supplemental one in the freezer, which is perfect for when you need extra ice. The Profile fridge even has an LCD screen which will display a slide show of your photos. Just insert a USB with your favorite pictures and let it entertain you!

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DISHWASHER

Why rinse your dishes when you can take them straight from the table to the dishwasher? The G.E. Profile dishwasher is powerful enough to handle even the dirtiest dishes with ease and save you time in the kitchen!

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The dishwasher has fantastic features like side jets for your silverware, and bottle wash jets for your jars and smoothie bottles. And at only 44 decibels, it is quiet enough that you’ll barely know it’s running!

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Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Whether you’re remodeling or building a new house, G.E. Profile kitchen appliances are the perfect choice for great performance at a great price!

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Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

Beautiful South Jordan kitchen remodel! Love this! | Duerden's Appliance

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4 Ways to Grill the Perfect Steak

Ahhh, it’s that wonderful time of year when we all start spending time outside and grilling up a storm in our back yards! If you’re lucky, you have the room to install a full outdoor kitchen like this one to help you grill the perfect steak.

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For most of us though, all we have to work with is a small patio or deck that may also be home to some dying potted plants and your air conditioner. So you need to find the best grill that fits your space and your budget. And, most importantly, you need to be able to grill “the perfect steak”!

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In our quest to find the best method for cooking steak, we experimented with 4 different techniques. Our customers rated the flavor of the steaks and here are the  results in order of their favorites:

  1. *Sous-Vide (water bath) then sear
  2. *Sous-Vide (steam oven) then sear
  3. Sear then grill
  4. Bake then sear

*Sous-vide is a french term meaning the food is sealed in plastic bag and placed in a water bath. The water is set to a specific temperature so the food cooks evenly and over a long period of time. This is a video showing the sous-vide process on a Monogram induction cooktop:

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1. SOUS-VIDE (WATER BATH) THEN SEAR

We used our Monogram 36″ induction cooktop to prepare the steaks by putting them into airtight bags with a bit of butter and seasonings. We then set the water temperature in a large pot to 130 degrees, the target for a rare steak. The cooktop comes with a blue-tooth connected temperature sensor that immerses in the water and gives a reading to the cooktop. You will never over-cook your meat using this method. Then we fired up the sear burner on our Napoleon Pro 500 grill to 1200 degrees. Once the steak had been in the bath for 40 minutes, we seared it for 90 seconds per side. This steak was the clear winner, perfectly tender and juicy!

 

2. SOUS-VIDE (STEAM OVEN) THEN SEAR

Using the same idea but without the plastic bag, we put the next steak into our Wolf steam oven. We set the steam at 135, and plugged a temperature probe into the steak. Then we programmed the oven to cook the steak up to 130 degrees. Once it hit that temperature, we finished the steak in the same way with a 1200 degree sear on the Napoleon Pro 500 for 90 seconds per side.  This method took second place and tasted fantastic, just not quite as tender as the winner!4 ways to grill the perfect steak! Yum! | Duerden's Appliance

4 ways to grill the perfect steak! Yum! | Duerden's Appliance

4 ways to grill the perfect steak! Yum! | Duerden's Appliance

3. SEAR THEN GRILL

Starting with salted and peppered room temperature steaks, we seared them at 1200 degrees for 90 seconds per side. We then finished them at 350 degrees in the main compartment of the Napoleon 500 grill, cooking them to an internal temperature of 135 degrees. We let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting into them. The steaks were delicious and juicy!

4. BAKE THEN SEAR

Using our G.E. Profile convection oven, we set a temperature probe in the meat to a target temperature of 130 degrees, and baked the steaks at 180 degrees. We finished these off at 90 seconds per side on the Napoleon pro 500 sear burner. Much better tasting than just throwing a cold steak onto the grill!

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4 ways to grill the perfect steak! Yum! | Duerden's Appliance

We hope you’ll try all four of these methods and find the one that helps you create your “perfect steak”!

You can check out all of our grills in action Saturday, April 29th during our grilling season kickoff event. We carry Broil King, Napoleon, Lynx, Coyote, Viking and Wolf grills. Hope to see you there!

Also, look for our television grilling segments: Thursday, April 27th on the ABC Midday news at 11am; Friday, April 28th on Good Things Utah at 9am; and Friday, April 28th on Fox 13 Midday news at 11am.

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5 Tips to Cooking with Convection

We get questions all the time about what a convection oven does. People are confused and intimidated by it, so let us shed some light on how cooking with convection can make you a better cook!

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Why use convection?

You may think you need special training to use it, but it’s actually really simple.   Convection makes everything better because rather than cooking from the bottom up, it cooks food from the outside in. Convection ovens have fans that constantly circulate the air around your food so that the top, bottom and sides are all experiencing the same temperature. Also, because it constantly introduces fresh hot air, it is more efficient. This means you will not only be able to cook things quicker, but you’ll be able to cook things BETTER!

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Myths about cooking with convection
  1. The first is the fear it that the fan will dry out your food. That would be true if we cooked with the door open, but we don’t. The moisture stays in the oven cavity and is constantly circulated back into your dish, so you will actually lose less moisture than in standard baking.
  2. The second concern is that you will have to adjust all your favorite recipes. Nearly all consumer ovens come with an automatic conversion feature.  This will calculate the appropriate convection temperature for whatever you enter based on your old recipe. It will automatically drop the temperature by a certain percent based on how that oven has tested.   (You can turn this feature off if you prefer manually setting the temperature).   Even if you don’t have this feature, you can just drop your temperature by 30 degrees and you’ll be fine.   If you want to be more precise, you can visit www.convection-calculator.com.

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Types of Convection
  1. Standard convection means that the heat is coming from elements on the bottom, just like your classic oven, and that the fan is circulating the air. Some electric ovens use this method, as do all gas ovens. This will do a great job on roasts, casseroles, and single sheet baking. Where it will struggle is baking multiple racks at the same time.   Because the heat is still coming from the bottom up, you will see different results for the top, middle, and bottom racks.
  2. The second type is true convection. If you hear the term European or True European, it is the same thing.   The difference is that heating elements are added to the fans, so the heat is coming from the back rather than the bottom.   Now you are able to bake on all of your racks and get the same result.

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Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Who knew cooking with convection was so easy? | Duerden's Appliance

Tips on Cooking with Convection

Since we have 12 live ovens in the showroom, we are always experimenting with different recipes and cooking methods. This has really helped us learn and given us confidence in what we recommend to our customers. Here are some things our experience has taught us:

  1. We bake absolutely everything on convection and find that the results are always superior to standard thermal oven cooking.
  2. Baking enthusiasts should avoid gas ovens and get true convection electric ovens.   If you prefer to cook with gas, we offer dual fuel ranges that offer gas cooking on top and electric baking in the oven.
  3. The size of the fan means nothing. Don’t assume that a model with a large fan will perform better than one with a smaller fan. The importance is how even the air flow is, not the speed of the air.
  4. Listen to our finicky bakers. When customers love to bake, we avoid trying to recommend a particular model. Instead, we invite them to bring in their favorite recipe and try it in as many of our ovens as they like. No matter how many bakers have taken us up on this challenge, the results are always the same. The top performer is always a Wolf wall oven. If this works with her budget, that is what she’ll select. If she doesn’t want to spend the money on the Wolf, she will select a GE Profile or GE Café convection oven. They are fantastic baking ovens at an affordable price.
  5. Give yourself some credit. If your current oven has a heating element you can see in the bottom (appliance people call these coat hangers) and if you don’t have convection, you have no idea if you are a good baker. Try using convection, and see how great you can be!

Orem Refined Kitchen Remodel

This crisp, clean kitchen remodel is one of our favorites because of its airy style and efficient use of space. Our clients entertain their family and friends  frequently so the kitchen is a natural extension of the living and dining areas. It also blends beautifully with their outdoor living space!

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Designer Bengt Erlandsson did a wonderful job capturing the look and feel our clients were dreaming of for their kitchen. He even had display shelves built for all the treasures that they have collected from around the world!

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This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

Cooktop & VENTILATION

When it comes to cooking, the Wolf gas burners on this cooktop are the best you can get. Because of dual gas lines in each burner there is such precise control of temperatures that even the most delicate sauces or candies will not scorch. And on high they put out 20,000 btus which makes for a very quick boil!

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The ventilation for the Wolf cooktop is the Best Cirrus hood. Notice how it is discreetly mounted to the ceiling and does not obstruct our client’s view into the living room. That way she can keep an eye on all her grandkids during their visits!

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Ovens & Refrigerator/FREEZER

A Wolf steam oven and Wolf wall oven are a cooking dream team. They are paired up and installed flush with the cabinets for a sleek modern look. And they’re sitting at just the right height for easy access!

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It’s hard to tell what is a cabinet and what is a refrigerator/freezer when it is integrated with panels on the front. This SubZero 36″ refrigerator column keeps food fresher longer with the perfect temperature, humidity and air purity balance. Leafy greens will stay fresh up to 4 weeks!

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A close view of the integrated SubZero 36″ freezer column shows how seamlessly it blends into the cabinets around it.  This is possible only with a special hinge that allows the doors to open and close with only 1/4 inch of clearance around them.

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This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

ICE MAKER, Microwave & Dishwasher

A Scotsman nugget icemaker and G.E. Profile microwave with trim kit are positioned just right for maximum convenience.

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This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

And finally, this panel ready Asko dishwasher is the best at cleaning the dirtiest of dishes. Great design and all the finest appliances make this kitchen a winner!

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This beautiful & refined kitchen remodel is one of our favorites! | Duerden's Appliance

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Photography by: Lindsey Orton.

Our Favorite Christmas Fudge Recipe

We always have so much fun cooking with Nicea on ABC’s Midday News! Today we made some easy Christmas fudge that is great to give as gifts or to serve at your holiday gatherings.

Easy Christmas Fudge
Ingredients:
4 cups sugar
1 stick of butter
1 can evaporated milk
1 large Hershey bar broken up(7oz.)
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips (12oz.)
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla
Directions:
Combine butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a pot and bring to a boil. Continue at a medium boil for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a grease 9X13 pan and allow to cool. Cut into squares to serve or give as gifts. This fudge freezes really well.
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Yummiest Christmas fudge recipe! | Duerden's Appliance
Yummiest Christmas fudge recipe! | Duerden's Appliance

6 Steps to Better Dishwasher Performance

Is your dishwasher ready to take on all those dirty holiday meal dishes? If not, here are some tips to get better dishwasher performance during its hardest working season!

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You may find that your dishwasher isn’t working like you expected even if it is fairly new. You may even wonder why they don’t make them like they used to. The truth is that dishwashers and dishwashing detergent have changed completely and we need to adjust to how we use them. It used to be that dishwashers used 35 gallons of water and phosphate-based detergents. In 2010 phosphates were eliminated from detergents, leaving a lot of users disappointed and manufacturers in a panic. At the same time, the Department of Energy has become more stringent on the amount of water and energy a dishwasher can consume before it can be released for production.

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The good news is that dishwashers, if used properly, can actually do a better job than they used to. Here is our advice on how to get the best performance from your machine:

1. Use the right detergent.

Manufacturers have tried every detergent available and rated Finish Quantum soft tablets the best. We have also tried these in the dishwashers in our showroom and agree that they are the top performing product.

2. Make sure your rinse aid reservoir is full.

Rinse aid is very important because it causes the water to sheet over the dishes instead of beading up and causing spots. It also helps them dry better. Any brand of rinse aid is fine.

3. Don’t rinse your dishes before loading them.

Just scrape off the bigger chunks of food and throw them in. The white powder in your Finish tablet is an enzyme that will biologically react with the food on your plates. If there is no food, the powder will become a chalky film on the dishes.

4. Run the hot water in your sink before you start the dishwasher.

Most dishwashers have the ability to heat the water, but they may take the whole cycle to do it. Better dishwashers such as Asko, Bosch, G.E. and Kitchen Aid have a guaranteed water temperature and won’t start counting down the cycle until that temperature is reached.

5. Run the dishwasher whenever you want.

We know your mom taught you not to run it until it was completely full. Back then she was right because her dishwasher used 35 gallons of water and was louder than a freight train! With our new dishwashers that use 2-3 gallons of water, even a half full dishwasher is more energy and water responsible than washing dishes by hand. Also, dishwashers are so quiet now that they can be run while you’re watching TV in the same room.

6. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar.

If you live in an area with hard water you will get a build-up of white film inside the dishwasher. When you see this, pour two cups of white vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run a full cycle. It will look brand new on the inside!Good luck and happy dishwashing!

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Bountiful Mid-Modern Kitchen Remodel

This mid-modern kitchen remodel truly reflects our clients’ personalities and shows influences from their time living abroad. A happy citrus color scheme and gorgeous natural wood cabinets can’t help but make you smile the minute you walk in!

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Range & Hood

A 48″ G.E. Monogram range with 6  brass gas burners and a char-grill makes feeding a crowd easy. The large oven has true European convection for more even baking and a self cleaning feature. The smaller oven is spacious enough to fit a 9X13 pan. All this heat is vented through a strikingly modern Zephyr Trapeze hood.

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Refrigerator & Dishwasher

The G.E. Monogram built in 48″ side by side refrigerator/freezer is just what this large family needs to store and organize an endless supply of food and drinks! With dual evaporators it can preserve food longer  and keep refrigerator odors from getting into the freezer. It’s Euro style handles have just the right elegant modern touch.

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Our clients tell us that the best decision they made for the kitchen was getting 2 G.E. Monogram dishwashers. Now there is no excuse for their kids to leave a dirty dish in the sink! Better yet, the dishwashers were FREE with the Monogram Sweet Rewards Program for purchasing the range and refrigerator!

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LIST OF MODELS:
Zephyr Trapeze Hood – CTP-E48BSX
G.E. Monogram 48″ Range – ZDP486NRPSS
G.E. Monogram 48″ Built In Refrigerator – ZISS480DXSS
G.E. Monogram 3 Rack Dishwasher – ZDT870SSFSS
G.E. Monogram 2 Rack Dishwasher – ZDT800SSFS

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

 

 

Millcreek Modern Kitchen Remodel

A 1980’s home has become a modern masterpiece with this fun modern kitchen remodel! Even though the budget was tight, our client was able to treat herself to the appliances that are most important to her. We love that she has a mix of appliance brands, and yet the style stays consistent. Kitchen designer Jon McGill of Chris and Dick’s Cabinets helped make her dream kitchen a reality!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

 

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Range & Hood

Since our client loves to cook, she splurged on a top of the line dual fuel Wolf range with gas burners and true European convection baking. Now she can bake 3 racks of cookies at once! The ventilation for the range is a Zephyr Luce wall hood with a sleek modern look that fits seamlessly into the kitchen.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Refrigerator

The Samsung 23 cubic foot french door refrigerator has a built in look to blend with the cabinets around it. Its clean modern lines work perfectly with the design. Best of all, it performs like a champ and has a budget friendly price tag!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Dishwasher & Microwave

Dishwashers should be seen and not heard. This ultra quiet Bosch model also has a discreet pocket handle that goes well with any other style of appliances.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Microwaves can be placed under the counter to be tucked out of sight. This Sharp drawer model is a practical addition to the lower cabinets between the sink and refrigerator.

LIST OF MODELS:
Wolf 30″ Dual Fuel Range – DF304
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLUM90AS
Samsung Refrigerator – RF23HCEDBSR
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Sharp Drawer Microwave – SMD2470AS

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography