How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet in 6 Easy Steps

If you’ve recently purchased a brand new cast iron skillet, or have been eyeing one but aren’t quite sure what you would do with it or how to take care of it, consider this your one-stop-shop for learning how to take care of one. Cast iron has a naturally non-stick surface, incredible heat retention, and is extremely durable, but it does require a little extra TLC to keep it in top shape. These skillets are also great for using on an induction cooktop!

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Before you cook with your cast iron skillet, there are a few “don’ts” to know about cleaning it – don’t use soap, don’t use steel wool, and don’t put it in the dishwasher. These things could take off the pan’s seasoning and could cause it to rust (more about that later). So what should you do? Here’s how to clean a cast iron skillet in 6 easy steps.

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How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

1. Clean the pan just after use, while it is still warm or hot.

Avoid placing the pan into the sink or letting it soak, as this may also cause rust to start to form.

2. Wash the skillet using warm water and a stiff brush or sponge.

You’ll want to use a non-metal brush or the abrasive side of a sponge to remove most food. Don’t use soap, a metal brush, steel wool, or anything else that could scratch the pan or remove its seasoning.

3. If food is stuck to the pan, boil water in it.

You can also try scrubbing with a paste of kosher salt and water, or a combination of both if necessary.

4. Thoroughly towel dry.

Since you’re trying to avoid rust, make sure you towel dry your pan well. You can also put it on the stove over low heat to evaporate any remaining moisture.

5. Once dry, apply a light coat of oil.

Using paper towels, apply half a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the interior of your pan, and the exterior as well if you like. Buff the skillet to remove any excess oil and until it looks dark and smooth, but not oily. Let it cool completely.

6. Store it in a dry place.

Keep your skillet in a dry, easily accessible spot so it’s ready for you the next time you want to use it!

 

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There you go! We hope cleaning your cast iron skillet isn’t too daunting anymore. However, if you’ve been cleaning your pan the wrong way for a while, you might need to do more than this to restore it to where it needs to be.

The great thing about cast iron is that it’s naturally seasoned, which means that when fat or cooking oil reaches its smoke point, the fatty acids oxidize and create a slick coating on the pan. The seasoning gives the pan its non-stick qualities, and the more you cook on it, the better the seasoning will become.

However, if you don’t clean the pan correctly, you could strip it of the seasoning, and you’ll need to re-season your skillet. You can tell this is necessary if your pan looks blotchy or dull. Follow the steps below to find out how to re-season!

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How to Re-Season a Cast Iron Skillet

1. Heat oven to 500 degrees (or as hot as it will get).

Turn on your oven and preheat it to a max of 500 degrees.

2. Coat the surface of the pan in oil.

Using paper towels, rub every surface of the skillet (interior and exterior) with vegetable oil. Wipe out any excess oil with paper towels until the surface looks dark and smooth.

3. Place the pan into the oven for one hour.

As the skillet becomes hot, this will complete the oxidation process of the oil to coat your pan in a new seasoning.

4. Use hot pads to remove your pan and let it cool completely.

Once cool, your skillet has a new layer of seasoning and will be ready for normal use!

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Now go grab your skillet and make some yummy food! If you want to get more out of your other kitchen items and appliances, check out our posts on better dishwasher performance and cooking with convection!

Duerden’s Heber Showroom Grand Opening

We couldn’t be more excited that our business has been growing by leaps and bounds lately, especially in the Park City and Heber Valley areas of Utah! Communities like Red Ledges, Promontory and Victory Ranch are filling up with new mountain homes for people who love the lifestyle and spectacular scenery  here.

This has created the need for us to provide a more convenient appliance showroom for our builders, designers and their clients. So, we’re happy to announce that we have partnered with Wood World Custom Cabinets to  showcase our luxury appliances in their beautiful location at 150 N. Main St. #102 in Heber City. The Grand Opening is October 13-14 from 10am-4pm. We would love to see you there, and you can enter to win a Wolf toaster oven worth $600!

Here’s a little tour of the two Wood World kitchens we are so proud to be a part of. In the traditional style kitchen, we have installed a gorgeous ILVE Italian Majestic range in true white with bronze accents. This range makes a bold statement and is the centerpiece of the space with it’s old world European style. It even comes in 200 custom colors!

The transitional style Wolf steam oven is so versatile that it can steam fish and vegetables and also bake breads and pastries to golden perfection. The Wolf E Series wall oven lets you bake 5 racks of cookies at once, and roasts meats to exactly the temperature you choose.

The modern kitchen with dark, rich cabinets features a beautiful Wolf 48″ gas range with iconic red knobs. Wolf gas burners are so responsive that you can sear and power boil, as well as gently simmer even the most delicate sauces.

Big family meals and entertaining guests can be done with ease when you have this Wolf pro style steam oven,  M Series oven and warming drawer. The oven even has gourmet settings that let you do things like roast a prime rib effortlessly!

SubZero refrigerator and freezer columns constantly monitor temperature, humidity and air quality to keep food fresher longer. And because they are integrated into the cabinets, the stainless steel door panels are installed perfectly flush for a clean modern look.

We look forward to serving this incredible area with our new showroom. Hope to see you there this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beef Stroganoff

Is there anything better than a warm, hearty meal on a crisp fall evening? Well, there are probably a few things, but not many! This beef stroganoff recipe is simple, fast, and addicting – you’ll be wanting to make it every night of the week! So don’t wait! Pick up some egg noodles and mushrooms and get started.

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We made this dish on the GE Profile Series 36″ Induction Cooktop and it was great to not have to deal with the heat of a gas cooktop along with the steam rising from the meat and boiling water. If anything splashed out of the pan, it was easy to clean up both during and after cooking. To learn more about induction cooking and the differences between various types of cooktops, check out our post on 4 Reasons to Go With Induction Cooking.

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This recipe makes 4-6 servings for the whole family, depending on how much you heap into a bowl – and we think you’ll want a big helping of this yummy beef stroganoff!

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Ingredients:

Steps 1-2:
• 1 1/2 lbs. beef sirloin cut into thin strips
• 2 TB flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 3 TB butter
• 3 TB vegetable or olive oil
• 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 bag egg noodles
• 1/4 tsp paprika
• dash of pepper

Step 3:
• 3 TB butter
• 3 TB flour
• 1 can (10.5 oz) beef broth
• 1 cup sour cream
• 4 TB burgundy (or more broth)

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Instructions:

1. In oil, sauté mushrooms in pan until starting to brown, then add onions and garlic and sauté until brown and fragrant. Remove from pan.

2. Coat strips of beef with mixture of 2 TB flour,  1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp paprika, and dash of pepper in plastic ziplock bag. Brown beef quickly in butter and oil and remove from skillet.

3. Add remaining 3 TB butter to skillet with 3 TB flour and blend. Stir in broth and cook, stirring over medium heat until thickened. Return meat, mushrooms and onion mixture to skillet. Stir in sour cream and burgundy (or broth). Heat thoroughly and simmer to thicken sauce to desired creaminess. Serve immediately.

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4 Reasons to Go With Induction Cooking

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, or just looking to replace old cooking appliances, you’ve surely heard the pros and cons of both gas and electric cooktops. Gas is very responsive and precise, but electric has a smooth look and is easy to clean. So, which one is better?

What if we told you there was a third option – one with the responsiveness of a gas cooktop and the ease of use of an electric one? There is, and it’s called induction cooking.

What is induction?

An induction cooktop looks just like an electric one, and it does use electricity to create the heat, but it does it in a different way. A magnetic array called an inductor is placed under the glass surface, and it vibrates at a high frequency.

If there’s nothing above the inductor on the glass, nothing happens and it shuts off. However, when you place a pan on top, the magnetism begins to vibrate the molecules in the pan and that generates heat – making the pan itself the heating element. This creates the ability to cook with extremely responsive heat and the best efficiency. If you need more convincing, here are four reasons to switch to induction cooking.

1. Efficiency of induction cooking

Compared to gas and electric cooking, induction is definitely the most effective use of energy. With a gas range top, you’ll be using 65% of the energy produced, 75% with electric, and 85% with induction. What does this mean? Your cooking time will be shorter and you’ll be spending less money to run your appliance.

2. The chocolate test

We have several fun tests that we do to compare the efficiency of different types and brands of burners (for example, did you know an induction burner can boil water in under 40 seconds?), but one of our favorites is the chocolate test.

We put chocolate chips in a pan – we use the same one for every test – and turn the burner to the lowest setting. Once the chocolate is melted, we time how long it can maintain without scorching.

The typical consumer gas burner will scorch the chocolate in ten minutes or less. Great professional ranges can make it last 40 minutes, but most scorch the chocolate in 20 or less (only the Wolf gas burner can exceed an hour without scorching, and it can do it all day). Which induction burner can go all day without scorching? All of them. As the home cook, this means you will never burn your delicate sauces and never have to use a double boiler.

3. Ease of use

Whether it’s cleanliness you’re worried about or the ventilation of your home, induction fits the bill.

The top never gets hot enough to sear on spills – you can even touch the surface right next to a boiling pan and it won’t be hot. You’ll be able to cook inside in the summer without breaking a sweat, since you’ll only need to ventilate steam and smoke. This is one of the main reasons that restaurant kitchens in France and Spain are beginning to switch over to induction.

Induction cleanliness is by far the most simple. Since the glass top won’t sear spills on, simply spray it with glass cleaner, wipe down, and move on.

4. Get the most for your money

With a gas range top, the differences are very pronounced between good, better, and best, which means you’ll need to spend a pretty penny for the best. When you start looking at induction, though, the variance between models isn’t as pronounced. You’ll be able to get just what you need with any model, and as you spend more, you’ll be getting upgrades in features, not power or control.

Some features you might want to splurge on with the higher-end models include the capability to bridge two burners so you can straddle them with a large pan or griddle and control them together, or the ability for your cooktop to detect the exact location of a pan. GE Café and Monogram models have the ability to couple with a temperature probe you can place into your pot and it will maintain a precise temperature – eliminating the need for a separate sous vide appliance.

As you move from cooktops to ranges, the prices vary a lot more, mostly because of other factors in the range like oven performance, size, and style.

Induction cooktops are available in 30” and 36” widths. Bertazzoni makes a wonderful combination cooktop with three gas burners and two induction burners for those who enjoy both. Induction ranges are common in 30” and 36” widths, like the GE, Bertazzoni and Wolf ranges pictured. Aga makes a 48” wide induction range.

Cons to induction cooking

After all this, you might be wondering if there’s anything induction doesn’t do. It does have one detriment, and that is that not all cookware will respond. Your pot or pan must have iron or nickel in it – aluminum will not respond.

Cast iron, stainless steel, and copper all work beautifully, and most cookware will indicate on the box whether it is ready to be used for induction. If you’re not sure, try holding a magnet to the bottom and if it sticks, it will work! There’s also a smartphone app called Induction Ready that can help you out if you can’t track down a magnet.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to switch over to induction? If you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer them! Give us a call at 801-295-9413!

Heber City New Build: Kitchen and Laundry Room

An east coast family was dreaming of a second home in the mountains of Utah, and the picturesque town of Heber was their ideal location. The neighborhood of Red Ledges is nestled in the prettiest valley with incredible views. Timberidge Custom Homes laid the plans to showcase those mountain views from every window in this Heber City new build.

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Because the family loves to spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking together, the appliances fit all their needs. In a relatively small amount of  space, we’re able to give them the perfect cooking and refrigeration with Wolf, Subzero and Viking appliances.

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The Wolf dual fuel 36″ range has the best overall precision in cooking. Two convection fans in the oven give them the ability to bake 5 racks of cookies at once! Plus, the oven has a temperature probe which makes it easy to cook the most mouth-watering roasts. And the Wolf hood ensures that grease, smoke and cooking odors are vented outside.

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The Viking combination convection, steam, microwave oven is great for reheating as well as baking and steam cooking. It takes up a very small amount of space for such a powerful little oven.

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A panel-ready Subzero built-in refrigerator/freezer blends into the cabinets beautifully. Subzero is the finest in food preservation, so food stays much fresher longer!

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With an undercounter Subzero wine reserve in the wet bar, the family can entertain easily. Wine is held at the optimal temperature and humidity, while the vibration of the motor is minimized so bottles are undisturbed.

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The laundry room is one of the busiest rooms in the house, and the Samsung washer/dryer can definitely keep up. It has a huge capacity for the biggest loads as well as special settings for the worst stains.

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What’s your favorite part of this gorgeous home in Heber City?

Peach Galettes

It’s that time of year – peaches are in season and going fast! We’re eating as many as we can while they’re at their best, so of course, we’re finding ways to sneak them into every recipe. These peach galettes sound fancy, but they’re essentially just mini peach pies that you won’t be able to get enough of!

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These tarts are baked using the convection setting on your oven, which means air will circulate around the dish so the top, bottom, and sides are all getting cooked at the same temperature. If you want to know more about convection, check out our post 5 Tips to Cooking with Convection. We used the Wolf E Series 30″ Electric Oven with dual convection, and they turned out great!

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This peach galettes recipe looks delicious! Must try! | duerdensappliance.com

This recipe makes four medium sized galettes, so feel free to double it for more (and trust us, you’ll want more). Remember to keep your butter cold for the most crumbly, yummy pie crust!

Ingredients:

Pie crust:
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 3/4 cup cold butter
• Pinch of salt
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Filling:
• 4 peaches
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• Sprinkle of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon water

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Instructions:

Pie crust:

1. In a 1 1/2-quart bowl, combine flour, butter, salt and sugar with the back of a fork.

2. Gently fold in ice water and form dough into a ball.

3. Form into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven on convection setting to 375°F. While dough is chilling, prepare filling.

Filling:

1. Cut peaches into thin slices and remove pits.

2. Toss with sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Assembly:

1. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.  Roll each portion into 1/4-inch thick 7-inch round disk.

2. Divide filling evenly between portions, placing peach slices in the center of each disk.

3. Fold edges of dough up around the fruit.

4. Place 1/2 tablespoon butter in the center of each tart. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).

5. Beat egg and water together in small bowl. Brush the outer edges of the tarts with egg wash.

6. Place in oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

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This peach galettes recipe looks delicious! Must try! | duerdensappliance.com

This peach galettes recipe looks delicious! Must try! | duerdensappliance.com

This peach galettes recipe looks delicious! Must try! | duerdensappliance.com

This peach galettes recipe looks delicious! Must try! | duerdensappliance.com

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!

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

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

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!

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

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

Photos by: Lindsey Orton Photography

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!

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

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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