• How to Test Your Oven’s Temperature

    When you turn your oven on and set it to a specific temperature, it’s natural to expect it to reach and maintain that exact temperature so you can bake or roast your culinary creations to perfection. However, it’s common for ovens to need be recalibrated from time to time to ensure they are measuring temperature accurately.

    If you want to test your oven’s temperature, start by placing an oven thermometer in the center of the middle rack when the oven is cool. Next, set the oven temperature to 350 ºF and let it heat up for about 20 minutes. Check the thermometer, and then place it back in the oven. Continue to check and record the temperature every 20 minutes for the next couple of hours. Determine the average temperature from all of your readings, and then find the difference between that average and 350. Next, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to adjust the oven’s temperature setting according to the difference that you found.

When crafting nutritious, home-cooked meals for your family, you should have access to the latest kitchen innovations and high-quality craftsmanship—which you can find from luxury brands like Bosch, Viking, and Wolf. To shop for professional-quality kitchen appliances in St. Louis, schedule an appointment at one of AUTCOhome Appliances three showrooms. You can reach us at (314) 373-2000.

  • A Look at Some of the Innovative Design Features of Electrolux Appliances

    Electrolux is all about the enhanced experience—with innovative features and high-end craftsmanship, Electrolux appliances make it easy to design the professional-quality kitchen of your dreams.

    This video shows some of the latest design innovations from Electrolux. You’ll learn about the BlastChiller, UltraFresh+, integrated appliance cameras, and other amazing features that can help you get creative in your kitchen.

    At AUTCOhome Appliances, we know how important it is to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen. That’s why we’re committed to providing homeowners in the St. Louis area with a wide selection of top-of-the-line appliances from innovative brands like Electrolux, Bosch, and Viking. Call us at (314) 373-2000 for additional information.

  • What to Store in Each Section of Your Refrigerator

    After you’ve chosen the perfect luxury appliances for the kitchen of your dreams, you may be wondering how to get the most out of those appliances. One task that should certainly be on your to-do list is finding the best way to organize your fridge. Once you’ve identified the optimal set-up for your refrigerator, it will be easy for you to keep your ingredients fresh so you can cook wholesome, healthy meals for your family. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

    Door Shelves

  • The refrigerator door is one of the warmest parts of your fridge, since it is exposed to outside air every time you open the door. Due to this, you should avoid storing items that can spoil quickly, such as milk or meat, in the shelves of your refrigerator door. Condiments are the ideal items to store in this area.

    Drawers

    Refrigerator drawers are designed with humidity controls so you can adjust the moisture levels in these areas. This function makes drawers the ideal place to store fresh produce. However, one thing to keep in mind is the possibility of contamination if you store raw meat above the drawers. Some homeowners find the best solution for keeping their fruits and vegetables safe is to dedicate one drawer to produce storage and the other to meat storage.

    Upper Shelves

    The upper shelves of your refrigerator offer the perfect area to store cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Since warm air rises, this tends to be another warm area of the fridge, so you shouldn’t store foods that spoil quickly here. Leftovers should be kept in this area, as well as drinks and snack foods.

    Lower Shelves

    Any raw ingredients you have—apart from the fresh produce and meat that have already been stored in drawers—should be stored in the lower shelves of the refrigerator. If you would prefer to keep raw meat in this area instead of in a drawer, consider storing it in a clear plastic tub that will keep any spills contained, preventing contamination.

    If you’re looking for the perfect refrigerator to meet your family’s needs, schedule an appointment at AUTCOhome Appliances. With three locations in the St. Louis area, we make it easy to upgrade your cooking experience with cutting-edge kitchen appliances from brands like Sub-Zero and Monogram. For more information, call us at (314) 373-2000.

  • Strategies for Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances

    Imagine this—you’ve finished designing your dream kitchen with sleek stainless steel appliances, only to discover that they soon start to show stains and smudges. The good news is that modern stainless steel appliances come with smudge-resistant finishes, but it’s still important to know the best ways to keep your new luxury appliances clean and beautiful. Here are a few tips to help you keep your stainless steel kitchen appliances looking their best.

    Stay Away from Harsh Solutions

  • When it comes to keeping stainless steel clean, it’s best to take a gentle approach. For wiping the surfaces down, a microfiber cloth or high-quality paper towel will be best. These options allow you to remove smudges and debris without any risk of scratching your stainless steel appliances. Never use an abrasive scrubber pad or steel wool on stainless steel surfaces, as these can scratch the steel, making your high-end appliance look old and worn out. You should also stick to gentle cleansers to keep your stainless steel looking its best.

     Choose from Home-Made or Store-Bought Cleansers

    There are many solutions you can mix up at home that will keep your stainless steel appliances clean and sanitized. For instance, dish soap and baby oil, white vinegar and olive oil, and club soda mixed with water are all safe and effective solutions that you can use to clean stainless steel. If you prefer the convenience of store-bought cleansers, look for an option that is specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.

     If you are looking for a luxury appliance showroom in St. Louis, come to AUTCOhome Appliances. We have three locations in the St. Louis area, and our associates are ready to help you learn about the latest innovations from high-end appliance brands like Miele, Bosch, and Wolf. To find out more or to schedule a showroom appointment, call (314) 373-2000.

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