Published at Wednesday, December 04th 2019. by Jackie in Kitchen Appliances.
"The induction cooktop, while not yet a part of most households, is becoming increasingly accepted as a useful, energy-efficient method of preparing food," according to a fact sheet produced by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. The cooktops contain coils made of a magnetic material. When current passes through the coil, it produces a magnetic field that transfers to the pan above it. The pan and its contents heat up but neither the cooktop nor the air above it becomes hot. When the pan is removed, the energy transfer stops.
Leave the chest units out of sight. Not that there's anything wrong with the reliable standby for freezing freshly caught fish, the summer berry harvest or loads of casseroles for maternity leave. But chest freezers are just not attractive enough to look at in the kitchen, so don't count on them as an integral part of your design.
Even though online restaurant supply companies have deep discounts on gas cooktops and ranges, you may be in for a disappointment if you hope to save on one for your home. "Ranges for restaurants have different specs and they aren't right for residential use — one could literally blow up your home," says Herschberger. The differing requirements run from commercial venting to bigger gas lines, says Weil. Even if your spacious kitchen design could accommodate the specs, your state's Health Department may ban the use of restaurant ranges in home settings. "And buying a range like that over the Internet will almost surely void the manufacturer's warranty," she says. Commercial outdoor grills are a different story. "We sell lots of them to homeowners and of course they don't need the venting," says Weil, "but before making such a large investment you should definitely check with your Health Department to find out what it allows."
Consider what kind of ice would be nice. When one of the main attractions of a separate freezer is more abundant ice, you need to do your homework, says Justin. "Some units have crushed or filtered water ice, some do not. Whether that should influence your purchase just depends on how picky you are about your ice." If on further examination you discover that the increased ice is the primary reason you're buying an all freezer, it might be lots easier just to fit an undercounter ice maker into your remodel. Sub-Zero makes one model, and lesser known companies such as Avanti and Hoshizaki make others.
Another beautiful, somewhat universal choice for a sleek kitchen counter setup is a great knife block. Sharp knives are a chef's most important tool (from what I hear!), so a chic block is a necessity if you want to add some glam to your countertop.
Living with a super tiny kitchen? (Me, too.) You're probably always making tough decisions based on what you can and can’t do in your space. And sometimes it probably feels like a big puzzle. Living with a tiny kitchen often means that you can’t even fit standard-sized appliances in your cook space. But the good news is, there are lots of options out there for more compact appliances designed especially for people like us.
If you love the idea of a refrigerator or freezer drawer, then you'll be smitten with this dishwasher drawer. This is a great solution for a kitchen where you may not even have space for a slim dishwasher. Believe it or not, you can fit up to 12 plates inside.
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