• Ideal Temperatures for Wine Storage

    Sub Zero wine storage

    Whether you’re saving a single bottle or starting a large wine collection, you need to be diligent about the temperature that your wine is stored at. Temperatures higher than 70º F will age wine more quickly and may result in flat aromas and flavors; temperatures below 45º F will eventually dry out corks and allow air to seep into the bottles and damage the wine. The ideal temperature range is between 45º F and 65º F, though 55º F is often cited by wine experts as close to perfect for long-term wine storage.

    AUTCOhome Appliance can provide you with a high-end wine fridge to keep all of your bottles their very best. Visit one of our three luxury appliance showrooms to see our selection or call us at (314) 373-2000. If you are looking for commercial kitchen appliances, please call Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038.

  • The Basics of Convection Cooking

    Convection cooking is the preferred cooking method for professional chefs and serious home cooks. That’s because convection ovens have an additional fan that generate and disperse heat evenly throughout the oven cavity, removing hot and cold spots and speeding up cooking time. If you’re new to convection cooking, just remember to cook your food at temperatures 25 degrees cooler than you normally would. For example, if the recipe calls for 375 degrees, bake at 350 degrees. Watch this short video for more convection cooking tips and advice.

    If you’re in the market for a new oven or cooktop, visit one of the three AUTCOhome Appliance showrooms in the St. Louis area. We are proud to bring you the finest selection of high-end kitchen and home appliances . We also offer appliances for contractors, interior designers, and business owners through Construction Appliance. Call AUTCOhome at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance at (636) 224-4038 if you have any questions.

  • Wolf Induction Cooktops: Product Guides and Mastering Induction Cooking

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    It looks like magic, but it’s actually magnets—that’s the technology behind Wolf’s revolutionary induction cooktops. With an induction cooktop, the cooking surface doesn’t heat up, the cookware does. Not only does this drastically reduce the amount of time needed to preheat or cook food, but it helps perfectly distribute heat for better control over the dishes you create. It’s this finesse that sets Wolf induction cooktops apart from the competition. Here’s a look at Wolf’s product line and tips for mastering induction cooking.

    Wolf Induction Models

    Wolf induction cooktops are available in 15”, 24”, 30”, and 36” widths. Each Wolf induction cooktop offers the same design and performance features , including up to 40% faster temperature response than gas or electric cooktops. In addition to lighting fast high heat, Wolf’s induction cooktops offer the low-end finesse needed create the perfect dish every time. Contemporary Wolf induction cooktops can be mounted flush with the top of a countertop or as a frameless installation on top of the countertop surface.

    Induction Cooking Tips

    One of the most important considerations for mastering induction cooking is using the right cookware, particularly the right cookware material. The best type of cookware for induction cooking is copper, aluminum, iron, and steel. The piece must also have a flat bottom so that direct contact can be made between the surfaces. In terms of actual cooking, resist the urge to cook everything on high just because your new induction cooktop will heat up almost immediately. Some dishes are best cooked at a low temperature for longer periods of time, so consult the recipe or experiment with different cooking techniques to figure out what is best for each dish you make. 

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  • Tips for Selecting the Perfect Oven

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    Whether you’re replacing an old, outdated oven or remodeling your kitchen, buying a new cooking appliance can be a daunting experience. If you haven’t been appliance shopping in a few years, you will likely find yourself inundated with options and a whole new set of terms to learn. The good news is that more options and choices mean you’ll be able to find the perfect oven for your specific needs. To help you get started, here are some tips for selecting the perfect oven from your local kitchen appliance showroom .

    Consider Your Needs

    In order to find the right oven, you need to determine your specific needs. Do you bake a lot? Do you cook for a few people or a large family? Do you entertain often? These are important questions to answer before shopping for a new oven , as they will enable you to narrow the selection and hone in on the perfect oven for your needs.

    Set a Budget

    Once you know what type of features and options you’re looking for, set a budget to help you narrow down your selection even further. Be sure to include installation costs in your budget. If you fall in love with an energy efficient oven that is slightly out of your price range, consider the savings on your energy bill each month when weighing the financial decision.

    Take Measurements

    Unless you are completely remodeling your kitchen and space is not an issue, you will need to measure your existing oven before shopping at your local appliance store. On the other hand, if you are remodeling, you have more flexibility in terms of the oven shape and size. You should still take measurements of your kitchen to help with your selection.

    To shop the best selection of ovens in the St. Louis area, visit the AUTCOhome Appliance showroom. AUTCOhome Appliance showcases high-end kitchen appliances . We also provide commercial appliances at Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome. Call us at (314) 373-2000 or (623) 224-4038 (Construction Appliance) to learn more about our luxury appliances and brands.

  • Comparing Viking Open and Sealed Burners

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    When it comes to Viking burners, it is hard to go wrong. However, different types of burners may be more appealing to you than others based on your cooking style. Keep reading for a comparison of Viking open and sealed burners.

    One noticeable difference between open and sealed Viking burners is the amount of heat that they are capable of producing. While the Viking VGIC open burner gas range features 15,000-BTU burners, the Viking VGR 7 Series can create 23,000 BTUs. Open and sealed burners by Viking both offer simple use and easy cleanup. The Viking 5 Series sealed burner VGCC is a breeze to use and clean thanks to its electronic control board and removable burner caps. On the other hand, the VGSC Self-Cleaning open burner will do the dirty work for you.

    For more information about Viking burners, feel free to call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000 or Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038. We provide high-end appliances in the St. Louis area. Please visit our website to learn more about our business.

  • Make Homemade Pasta with Ease with Your KitchenAid Mixer

    If you enjoy cooking and eating pasta, you will love making homemade pasta. Check out this video to learn how to make homemade pasta with ease with a KitchenAid mixer.

    After combining your ingredients, stir them with the KitchenAid mixer for 30 seconds on the second speed. Next, replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook attachment and mix for two minutes on low speed. Knead the result for one to two minutes and let it sit for another 20 minutes. Watch this full video clip to learn the final steps of preparing pasta at home.

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  • The Definitive Guide to Loading the Dishwasher

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    Doing the dishes is one of the most frequently done chores for many families. Fortunately, the modern dishwasher makes this chore much less tedious than it was in the past. You can make the most of this appliance by loading it in the right fashion. Here is the definitive guide to loading your dishwasher.

    Top Rack

    The top rack of the dishwasher should be reserved for more delicate dishes like wine glasses, mugs, and regular drinking glasses. Since wine glasses are particularly fragile, be sure to arrange them in such a way that will prevent them from colliding with each other. Mugs and glasses should be fit between the prongs rather than on top of them, and angled so that puddles will not form on top of them.

    Bottom Rack

    The bottom rack of your dishwasher is a place for pans, plates, bowls, and silverware. Do not arrange plates too close to each other or bowls on top of each other; their surfaces must be exposed for a thorough cleaning. Pots and pans should be angled downwards, and plates and bowls should face the water source. Platters and pans should be placed along perimeter of the rack. Alternate the arrangements of your forks, spoons, and knives so that they do not fit together; this will help to ensure that they are washed evenly.

    Detergent

    The last thing you must load your dishwasher with is detergent. The most important aspect of detergent is its freshness. Regardless of whether you choose to use liquid, powder, or any other type of detergent, be sure to use a detergent that is under two months old and that has been stored in a cool spot with no moisture.

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  • Tips for Storing White Wine

    Sub-Zero Wine Storage

    White wine is a perfect choice to pair with a relaxing dinner after a long day of work or to celebrate a new job or promotion. You can make the most of this luxury drink by storing it correctly in your home . Here are a few tips for storing white wine.

    Duration

    When it comes to storing your white wine , it is important to consider how long the wine will be stored. Different wines are created with the purpose of being enjoyed at different ages. While certain wines, such as German Rieslings, Chardonnays, white Burgundies, and Sauternes, increase in quality as they grow older, many white wines do not share this characteristic. The majority of white wines are typically meant for consumption within the first three years after their creation. These white wines should be not be aged and should instead be consumed as soon as possible.

    Location

    Since most white wines should be stored for no more than two to three years, it is important to store them well. Modern wine cellars can be ideal for storing your wine, especially if you tend to have several bottles in your repertoire at one time. This can free up space in your refrigerator as well. A wine cellar is an excellent appliance because it can keep the bottles from rolling around and ensure that they are kept at the proper temperature.

    Condition

    Storing your white wine in the ideal conditions is crucial for optimal enjoyment, whether you are aging them or simply saving them for a special occasion. Aged wines should be stored in a wine cellar at a regular temperature, which should be between 52 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit. However, wine is best served between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you are storing your wine for more immediate consumption, set the cellar to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

    If you are looking for the perfect appliance to store your white wine, call AUTCOhome Appliances at (314) 373-2000. We provide high-end luxury appliances in the St. Louis area. You can also call Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome at (636) 224-4038 for more information about our services.

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