• How to Use Your Wolf Bake Stone

    Have you ever wished you could make a pizza at home and have it taste just as good as anything you could order in a restaurant? With a bake stone oven rack from Wolf Appliances , you can do just that. Wolf’s appliances are specially designed to provide high-quality results, as you’ll see in this video. If you’re intrigued by the thought of making your own thin-crust pizza at home, check out the full clip.

    AUTCOhome Appliances has been providing St. Louis customers with high-end luxury appliances for more than two decades. If you’d like to learn more, contact us today at (314) 373-2000.

  • Planning a Perfect Dinner Party Menu

    Once you’ve added your dream appliances to your kitchen, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion—and show off your new additions—than by throwing a dinner party . While you’re planning, you’ll want to take some time to think about a great menu. Here are some tips that will help make the process easier.

    Do your food shopping in advance.

    The sooner you have all of the ingredients you need in your fridge and pantry, the sooner you will be able to focus on cooking and getting ready for your guests. Perishable items such as meat and fish should usually be bought no earlier than 24 hours before your dinner party. When it comes to salad ingredients, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wines, however, you can generally purchase them a few days prior to the date they’ll be used.

    Keep the season in mind.

    If you’re like most people, the style of your meals tends to fluctuate with the seasons. Hot dishes such as roast chicken and soup are great for winter, but summer may call for grilled meats, pasta, and vegetable-heavy dishes.

    Check with your guests.

    It’s always a good idea to ask your guests if they have any allergies, dietary preferences, or other food restrictions that you should be aware of. Ideally, you should have this information before you settle on a main dish for your dinner party.

    Get organized the night before.

    You can spend the eve of your party getting all of the small details just right. This is the time to decide what trays and utensils you’ll be using, along with deciding on decorations for the table. Give yourself plenty of time to handle any time-consuming cooking chores, such as chopping up vegetables.

    When you’re looking for high end luxury appliances for your kitchen, look no further then AUTCOhome Appliances. Our three St. Louis area showrooms are open daily to the public. Call us today at (314) 373-2000 for more information.

  • Cooking Modes by Monogram

    Monogram’s kitchen appliances are renowned for the level of versatility and efficiency they lend to the cooking process. With a Monogram appliance , you can plan to cook for virtually any occasion, from dinner parties to casual meals. These are some of the different cooking modes available for Monogram appliances:

    Bake. The fundamental yet essential bake mode is a simple dry heat to bake breads, cookies, or even casseroles, in your range or oven.

    Broil. For high-heat to cook a particular dish, Monogram’s broil mode can provide even and consistent heat to brown or roast dishes.

    Rapid boil. Need to cook up a kettle of soup or a pot of pasta in a hurry? The rapid boil mode—available for ranges, cooktops, and range tops—offers quick and easy boiling power.

    Melting. For a dish that requires carefully melted cheese or chocolate, this powerful mode will gently melt without scouring or burning your ingredients.

    Sous vide. French for “under vacuum”, sous vide is a low temperature cooking mode for vacuum-sealed food placed in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times.

    Speedcook. For extremely fast and efficient cooking, Monogram’s Advantium ovens, combine ceramic, halogen and radiant elements along with microwave energy to make even week night meals special.

    Convection. For uniform roasting or baking, the highly efficient convection mode will circulate air around the food for even cooking.

    Microwave. When you’re in a rush and don’t have time to linger over your next meal, Monogram’s microwave mode provides fast and efficient cooking power.

    Keep Warm. If you don’t have time to eat right away, this helpful mode—available with ovens, hoods, electric cooktops, and warming drawers—will keep your dish it warm for you until you’re ready.

    AUTCOhome Appliances offers high-end luxury kitchen appliances in St. Louis from top manufacturers, including Monogram, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Thermador and Gagganau. Stop in at any one of our three St. Louis area locations for a tour or call us at 314-373-2000 to learn more.

  • Bread Proofing 101

    You may have heard of baby proofing and pet proofing, but bread proofing has an entirely different meaning. In this context, proofing means allowing dough to rise as part of the baking process, and it can be done once or several times over to get the desired effect.

    When you proof your bread, you’re affecting the fermentation of the yeast and letting the dough rise properly. It’s the activity of the yeast that lets the dough rise, thanks to respiration. Bulk fermentation, or the first proof, is when the yeast creates the flavor and overall shape of the bread. Once the dough has been kneaded, folded, and stretched, it can undergo its last round of proofing to achieve its final shape.

    No matter what kind of meal you’re making, luxury kitchen appliances in St. Louis can make prepping and cooking much easier. AUTCOhome Appliances is a proud provider of gas ranges, convection ovens, outdoor kitchen appliances, and more. Call (314) 373-2000 to speak with someone from our team about our range of luxury appliances.

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