HOW TO GET BETTER PERFORMANCE FROM YOUR DISHWASHER

Is your dishwasher ready to take on all those dirty holiday meal dishes? If not, here are some tips to get the most out of yours 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

This 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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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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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

 

A 1980’s home has become a modern masterpiece with this fun 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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

 

 

PARK CITY SHOWCASE HOME

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We are thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Park City Showcase of Homes by featuring our appliances in beautiful house #16 by Timberidge Custom Homes. It is located in the spectacular Red Ledges community of  Heber City, Utah and has views that will knock your socks off! Come and see us during the showcase this weekend through Labor Day. We’ll be baking cookies and demonstrating the Wolf grill!

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The designer on this project is Tonya Olsen of Barclay Butera and we love the mountain modern feel that she captured so well. The spaces are light and bright with just the right amount of rustic touches to reflect the home’s setting.

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The star of the kitchen is the Wolf 48″ gas range. The 20,000 BTU gas burners are hot enough to boil water in minutes, yet gentle enough to simmer delicate sauces for hours. Saturday morning pancakes and bacon are a breeze on the built in Wolf griddle. And with two ovens the home chef can prepare meals to easily feed a hungry crowd!

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While it isn’t as exciting to talk about as cooking, good ventilation is critical with a range this powerful. The heat and grease need to be captured and allowed to escape out of the kitchen. This discreet Wolf hood liner is installed into a millwork cover designed and built by Heber Wood Classics. It is quiet and gets the job done!

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A 30″ SubZero refrigerator and a 30″ freezer both disappear behind cabinet panels and blend seamlessly into the kitchen. SubZero is the finest in food preservation, making food stay fresher and last longer.

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It’s tough to spot the dishwasher since it has a cabinet panel, but it will be even harder to hear it! The Asko dishwasher can keep up with this family because of its 40 gallon per minute water pump and on board water heater. The Wolf drawer microwave is tucked below the sink for easy access and efficient use of space.

 

LIST OF MODELS:
SubZero 30″ Integrated Refrigerator – IC-30R
SubZero 30″ Integrated Freezer – IC-30FI
Wolf 48″ Gas Range – GR486G
Wolf 48″ Hood Liner – PL462218
Asko Dishwasher – D5424XLS
Wolf Drawer Microwave – MD24S
Wolf Ice Maker (in pantry) – UC-151

For more photos of this project visit our Houzz page. 

Photos by Willie Holdman Photographs, Park City Utah

ZION SUMMIT

This downtown Salt Lake City condo remodel maximizes every inch of the limited space available in the kitchen.  Working with designer Bengt Erlandsson, our clients chose to combine several different brands of appliances including Wolf, Samsung and G.E. Profile in a way we haven’t seen before and the results are fantastic!

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The high-rise  building doesn’t allow natural gas for a gas cooktop, and so the G.E. Profile induction cooktop  is the perfect choice. The heat can be ventilated and recirculated with this Zephyr hood instead of having to vent to the outside. A Wolf 36″ wall oven is big enough to handle full sized catering trays which is important for entertaining.

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The design called for a freestanding refrigerator and this Samsung 4 door beauty fits the style and space of the kitchen. It has a flex zone in the bottom left door that can either be a refrigerator or a freezer.

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The addition of a Wolf steam oven under the counter is something our clients adore. If you have ever wondered what steam ovens do better than regular ovens, the answer is….everything!

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Because of the wide open floor plan of the condo, the kitchen needs a dishwasher that is quiet as well as stylish. The Bosch dishwasher is so quiet that you don’t even know it’s running until you see the indicator light!

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Scotsman nugget ice maker completes the kitchen. Once you have tasted this chewable ice in your drinks, you will never want to go back to regular ice cubes again!

LIST OF MODELS:
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLU-M90AS
G.E. Profile 36″ Induction Cooktop – PHP960SMSS
Wolf Wall Oven – SO36U/F
Samsung 4 Door Refrigerator – RF32FMQDBSR
Wolf Steam Oven – CSO24TE/S/TH
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker – SCN60PA1SS

Cabinets by Peppertree Kitchen and Bath.

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

POP-UP SHOP AND DEMO WITH SUGAR BLISS COOKIES!

We are so excited to host our very first pop-up shop with SugarBliss Cookies! Today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. sisters Laurie and Jeanette will be demonstrating their fun cookie making and decorating techniques. These darling summer themed cookies will be available for purchase so don’t miss out!  Plus we’ll be doing a GIVEAWAY of an airbrush for one lucky winner! Here’s a peek at how the cookies take shape.

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A great cookie always starts out with the best recipe. Laurie and Jeanette have perfected a tried and true family favorite sugar cookie recipe that never lets them down. These adorable cookies taste as good as they look!

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Once the cookies are baked and cooled the next step is to outline them with a thin bead of frosting. This takes a steady hand and lots of practice. I know because I gave it a try and my lines were embarrassingly wobbly!

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Then it’s time to fill in the cookies with the royal icing and let them dry. That’s when the real fun starts!

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An airbrush machine and a few drops of food coloring elevate these cookies to an art form. It is amazing how Laurie and Jeanette make this look so easy! If you would like to win your very own airbrush, head over to our Instagram account @duerdens or @sugarblisscookies for details on how to enter.

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The final touches are added and these beach beauties are ready! Buy some for yourself and take some home for gifts. Summer never tasted so sweet!

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If you’d like information about ordering custom cookies for any occasion, go to Laurie and Jeanette’s SugarBliss Cookies website.

 

BERTAZZONI ITALIAN RANGES

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It’s no secret that professional style stainless steel ranges are hot right now. (No pun intended!) We all love the idea that with restaurant quality equipment like this,  our cooking will somehow automatically be elevated to the  level of Mario Batali. It may not get you that far, but the right range can make a difference in how much you enjoy cooking and in the quality of the meals you create. And it will make a HUGE difference in the look of your kitchen!

If you are searching for something unique and special in a range, I have three words for you. MADE IN ITALY! Bertazzoni appliances are made in the Parma region of Italy and have an old world European look with clean lines and touches of brass. On top of that, the ranges are painted in the Ferrari automobile factory so their cool factor is off the charts! They perform amazingly well and they are stunningly beautiful as the centerpiece of your kitchen. To top it all off, they are surprisingly affordable! A complete Bertazzoni package of appliances for your kitchen can come in at under $10,000. Stainless steel is still always a good choice, but white appliances are making a comeback, which is not surprising when you consider how popular white kitchens are. (The Kitchn)  And of course we absolutely love the smooth chic look of a black range next to light cabinets.

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If you really want to make a bold statement in your kitchen, we’ve got some colorful jaw- dropping ranges that will really pack a punch! You may not be able to have a Ferrari in your garage, but you can have a sleek Bertazzoni Ferrari yellow range in your kitchen!

Check out some of our favorite Bertazzoni kitchens from Pinterest!

Fundraiser Fridays!

Bountiful has been home to Deurden’s for 60 years and so this community is very near and dear to our hearts. We have three generations of loyal customers who believe in shopping at locally owned small businesses like ours and we know how lucky we are to have them. So many of our clients have become like family to us. One of those special clients is Tammi!

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Tammi is a serious baker with a generous heart and a happy spirit. We had no idea of all that she does to help our community until she called us about a range that wasn’t working. She needed to  produce a huge quantity of breadsticks for a bake sale the following day. We offered to host the event and let her fire up the 15 ovens in our showroom to get the job done. In the process, we learned that Tammi has been holding bake sales out of her home and calling them Fundraiser Fridays!

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One Friday of each month Tammi picks a recipe, lets everyone know what she’s baking, and gets to work on turning out some incredible treats. It may be flavored artisan bread (pesto, sun dried tomato, parmesan,cinnamon, nutella), cinnamon rolls, soft breadsticks, cookies or even chocolates. She relies on her family, neighbors and friends to lend a hand in the preparation.

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She does this to benefit a different family in our area who could use some financial help due to illness, injury, missed work or other tragedy. In May and June the fundraisers were for the Jaggi family of Woods Cross. They have suffered some devastating medical problems and the medical bills to go along with it.

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Tammi raises enough money to make a difference by suggesting a price for her goodies, but then allowing people to donate whatever amount they choose in an anonymous donation jar. We now host Fundraiser Fridays once a month and are so thrilled to be able to give back to the community that means so much to us! We would love to have you stop in during our next event! Find out more about Fundraiser Fridays  and Tammi’s baking classes in the store or here on the blog.

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GRILLING WITH HEY GRILL HEY!

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I admit I used to always leave the outdoor grilling to Todd because I thought it was a “his domain”. For some reason the grill itself fell into the category of a lawn mower( i.e. a dirty piece of yard equipment that could hurt me if I got too close) and I wanted no part of it. I would willingly relinquish all control of the meat, including its seasonings, marinades and rubs. I assumed  there were complex secrets about grilling that only guys could comprehend. It probably came from my childhood. I don’t ever recall my lovely mother being in close proximity to the grill, and my dad would guard it with his life. I believed the myth that only men could tame the flame.  And then I met Susie Bulloch from Hey Grill, Hey.

We invited her to demonstrate the Broil King grill for our grilling season kickoff. She lovingly explained to me that there are no great mysteries about grilling and that women should feel empowered to face the grill head on.  She came armed with a killer recipe for Garlic Butter Burgers made from grass fed locally raised beef and proceeded to work her magic.  In no time at all  these babies were loaded with burst cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Not only do I believe that I can become a grill master, I believe this was the best burger I have ever tasted. Just look at it!

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I have never seen Ben, one of our awesome salesmen,  as happy as he was on the day of the kickoff. We did nothing but grill and eat and he could not wipe the smile off of his face. I think he is still wondering how he managed to get paid for doing something he loves so much. He fired up the Napoleon grill and created a meat masterpiece with a special secret marinade we hope he will divulge at a later date. Ben is very protective of this family recipe so it will take some time and persuasion to squeeze it out of him. He also baked cookies in the grill on a baking stone. Who knew you could do that? I learned that the grill is basically an oven, so there is really nothing you can’t do with a little adaptation and creativity!

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Since outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular as an extension of the home, we are selling all kinds of appliances that can withstand the weather. Things like outdoor refrigerators, ice makers, and  pizza ovens can be installed into cabinets and counter space outside along with the grill, which is the heart of the outdoor kitchen. My favorite higher end grill is the Lynx . It has incredible features like side burners, cutting boards and rotisseries.   During the kickoff I learned how to grill pineapple on the rotisserie and I was amazed at how delicious it was. You should give it a try this summer. Come in and I’ll show you how!

Susie will be back on Memorial Day (May 30) from 11-2pm. We’ll be doing a #GIVEAWAY of a 5 piece Napoleon grilling tools set so head over to our Instagram accounts @duerdens and @heygrillhey for details! 

She will also be here on Father’s Day weekend (June 18) from 11-2pm to dazzle us some more with her grill skills. She’ll be giving samples so you don’t want to miss out. In the meantime go check out her blog for incredible grilling recipes!

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Top Ten Mattress Shopping Tips

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If you are in the market for a new mattress, chances are you feel overwhelmed by the sea of white rectangles in the showroom and confused by the choices available to you. Not to mention the fact that shopping for a mattress isn’t exactly on your list of fun things to do on a Saturday! I have been there. I feel your pain. But, here are a few tips that can make your shopping trip more fun. OK, I mean more tolerable!

1. TAKE YOUR TIME: A good mattress is an investment in your health and productivity so give shopping for it the time and energy it deserves. You should be ready to test your choices by lying on the beds long enough to really get a feel for them. Sitting on the edge or pushing them with your hands isn’t going to cut it! Having bed head in the showroom is the sign of a good mattress shopper.

2. COMMUNICATE: Tell your salesperson if the mattress you are shopping for will go into a master bedroom, a kids room or a guest room. If you are having sleep problems like  pain, tossing and turning, feeling too hot, or noticing your partner’s motion too much-let your salesperson know so he can steer you in the right direction. Are you a side sleeper? Stomach? Back? Make sure he knows about this too. He is your new best friend and nothing is too personal! That is a lie. Some things are too personal.

3. BUDGET: Know what your budget is and then buy the best mattress that you can afford. This may come as a shock to you, but some commissioned salespeople will try to sell you a mattress that is out of your price range! That said, it doesn’t hurt to understand how the higher end mattresses feel and what makes them better. Then you can step down and save some money.

4. COMFORT:  When it comes to comfort, one size doesn’t fit all.  Mattress retailers define comfort as the even distribution of your body weight. When this happens you don’t have pressure points cutting off circulation to your muscles and therefore no need to toss and turn! You will have a beautiful “Aaahhhh” moment when you discover your comfort match. This epiphany should have you floating on cloud nine for the rest of the shopping trip.

5. SUPPORT: Support basically means that the materials within the mattress are keeping your spine aligned and holding you up without sagging. When you have a crater the size of the grand canyon in your bed,  your back has lost it’s support! The core of a mattress can be generally categorized as innerspring, memory foam, or a hybrid of the two. Each type has it’s pros and cons so try them all unless you’re sure of your pick.

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6. AUTHORIZED RETAILER: This probably seems obvious, but you shouldn’t buy your mattress from a fly-by-night pop-up shop! The big mattress manufacturers like Serta, Sealy and Tempur-Pedic all have authorized dealers that represent their brands. This means the dealer has all the support of that company behind them and you know you’ll be taken care of. Check the manufacturers’ websites for dealers in your area.

7. ADJUSTABLE FOUNDATIONS: I know this conjures up images of hospital beds and nursing homes, but wait! These bases look beautiful and you can customize the positions to exactly what you need. They are not just for reading and watching T.V. The zero gravity position takes pressure off your joints and feels amazing. If your partner is snoring, (not you of course) raising the head a bit can help.  Give it a try when you’re in the showroom!

8. DON’T FORGET THE PILLOW: Worn out pillows can ruin the pure joy of a new mattress. Especially if you’ve had them since you were 5. Don’t let this happen to you! If you are truly ready to invest in better sleep, then you should consider upgrading your pillows and bedding when you purchase your new mattress. There are a variety of new and advanced pillows available today, including memory foam pillows with different models designed for every sleep position.

9. MATTRESS PROTECTOR: This is not the same as a mattress pad, which just covers the mattress and is not waterproof. As unpleasant (or disgusting) as it might sound, we all lose some moisture and skin during the night. You need a waterproof breathable protector to keep this out of your pristine mattress! Also most mattress warranties are voided if there are any stains on the mattress, including those from water.

10. COMFORT EXCHANGE POLICY: Many stores will let you exchange your mattress after 30 days if you don’t like it. Hopefully, if you’ve done everything else right, you won’t need to take advantage of this! It’s just nice to know you have it.

Good luck finding the perfect mattress and getting the sleep you deserve!

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