The Ultimate Guide to Hosting Your First Backyard BBQ

A backyard BBQ is the quintessential party of summer, but if you’ve never thrown one before, doing so can be a little intimidating. From getting the grilling right to making the perfect playlist, managing your first BBQ takes some work. Fortunately, we have the advice you need to make sure your backyard BBQ is a success. Here is what you need to know.

Do a Few Test Runs on Your Grill

At a backyard BBQ, the food that comes off the grill is the star of the show, so don’t make your party the first time you try your hand at grilling. If you have a new grill, don’t give it its first test run when your BBQ guests arrive. Decide what your menu will be, and do a few rehearsal meals with your family or a few friends before the night of the event. This is especially useful if you are cooking with a gas grill for the first time or if you’re used to grilling burgers and dogs but are switching to chicken and veggies for your party.

Set Your Guest List

BBQs are casual events, and you don’t need to send out formal invitations and reply cards. However, it’s a good idea to email or call your guests a few weeks in advance, since summer weekends fill up quickly. Be sure to let guests know if this is a family BBQ or an adults-only affair, so there isn’t any confusion.

Stock Up on Supplies

BBQs don’t call for your fine china but make sure you have plenty of plates, cutlery, and glasses on hand. Consider going eco-friendly and skipping paper plates and disposable cups and silverware for the real thing. Make sure you have ample seating—you can even invite guests to bring their own outdoor folding chairs if you think you won’t have enough places to sit down.

From the Big Green Egg to a gas grill for beginners, Friedmans Appliance has everything you need to host your first backyard BBQ. Stop by a showroom to check out our grills in Pleasant Hill, or contact us at (925) 808-2950 for more information.

Should You Buy a Laundry Pedestal?

Front-load washing machines and dryers are modern and eco-friendly, but they can be tough on your back. That is where laundry pedestals come into the picture. These pedestals raise your appliances off the ground by up to 16 inches and can be an ideal solution for people who struggle with loading and unloading their machines.

In addition to raising your appliances and allowing for easier access, laundry pedestals include a large drawer that can be used for storing supplies, like detergent, bleach, and dryer sheets. This can help you keep your laundry room organized and free up space for storing other items. If you decide to get a laundry pedestal, check with your home appliance store to make sure it is compatible with your machines.

Let Friedmans Appliance guide you through the process of choosing of choosing new appliances in Pleasant Hill for your laundry room, kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Call our store today at (925) 808-2950 with your questions about our product lines and more.

Delicious Veggies to Grill

If you love grilling but need a change from the usual chicken and burgers, think veggies. The grill completely changes the taste of vegetables and makes even dedicated meat eaters want to dine on a veggie-friendly meal.

Watch this video for tips on grilling veggies and putting together a grilled vegetable salad. Just about any vegetable can be grilled, even lettuce, so don’t be afraid to experiment with what you throw on your or electric or gas grill.

Friedmans Appliance has a huge selection of everything grilling enthusiasts need, from grills to accessories. To find out more about our home appliance selection in Pleasant Hill, call (925) 808-2950.

Comparing Common Freezer Types

If you decide it is time for a new freezer, you may be surprised at how many options are available at your home appliance store. Most people begin freezer shopping because the unit that is attached to their refrigerator is not spacious enough, so size is usually one of the leading factors in making a selection. Here is a closer look at some of the most popular options and how they compare, to help you make the right choice for your home.

Upright Freezers

Upright freezers look similar to refrigerators, in that they are standing units with hinged doors. They come in a variety of sizes, from mini-freezers that are similar to fridges that you may keep in a game room or dorm room to full-size units that are as tall and wide as a standard refrigerator. These freezers are popular because they are easy to store in kitchens, garages, and basements—all they need is an outlet. Their interior shelving also makes them easy to organize and see exactly what you have inside. Most upright freezers are built with auto defrost features so that you don’t have to worry about defrosting them to clean.

Chest Freezers

Chest freezers are short and wide boxes that have hinged lids. They are more affordable than upright freezers and also come in a number of different sizes. Their shape makes them more difficult to store in kitchens, but they are well suited to garages and basements. Chest freezers can be quite deep, but they require food to be stacked, making it difficult to see what is on the bottom. These freezers are good if you buy in bulk, but they can be trickier if you need another freezer just for convenience foods.

Drawer Freezers

Drawer freezers are less common, but they are increasing in popularity. They look like mini-fridges, but instead of a door, they have pullout freezer drawers. If you have a gourmet kitchen, you’ll love the convenience of easily accessing frozen foods, and their flat top provides another work surface.

Let the knowledgeable team at Friedmans Appliance help you select the right freezer for your specific needs. Contact our appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950 for more information about our selection of freezers and other home appliances.

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The Right Way to Clean Your Grill

After grilling, cleaning your grill is essential to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible. However, there is some debate about the right way to clean gas grills. This video offers some advice.

Despite some horror stories about bristles from wire brushes sticking to food, they are still the most effective way to clean after grilling. A ball of aluminum foil is a good stand-in, but avoid trying the trick of placing a sheet of foil over the grill grates to loosen debris. This can cause a flare-up.

Grilling aficionados will find everything that they need at Friedmans Appliance, including gas and electric grills and accessories. To find out more about all of our appliances in Pleasant Hill, please call (925) 808-2950.

The Definitive Guide to Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher does hard work every day to keep your dishes clean, but how do you make sure the machine itself gets the same attention? Like all your appliances, your dishwasher needs to be cleaned from time to time to ensure it can do its job with your pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and silverware. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your dishwasher in clean and in peak condition.

Start with the Outside

If your appliance has a plastic front, then warm, soapy water is all you need to make it look its best. If you have a stainless steel model, then turn to glass cleaner to remove grime as well as fingerprints and smudges. Spray the cleaners on a cloth or paper towel before wiping down the front of the machine. If you spray the cleaner directly onto the dishwasher, you run the risk of ruining the electronic control buttons.

Clean the Filter

Cleaning the filter is the most important part of keeping your dishwasher clean. Most new dishwashers have filters that have to be manually cleaned, since they don’t have grinders to self-clean the filter. Manual-clean filters have become popular because they make dishwashers much quieter, but they are also prone to clogs if they aren’t cleaned regularly. Pull out the filter and wash the individual parts under warm water in the sink, using a small brush to remove debris if necessary. Do this about once a week to prevent clogs.

Remove Odors

An easy fix for odors in your dishwasher is white vinegar. Put a small bowl of finger on the bottom shelf of your dishwasher and run it. The wash cycle will splash the vinegar around and then rinse it off, leaving your machine smelling fresh.

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The Beginner's Guide to Fine Wine

Are you starting to dabble in the world of wine? As your palate expands, so too will your need for storage. The one appliance that wine aficionados can’t live without is a wine refrigerator, which keeps all of your bottles at the perfect temperature, so that they’re ready to enjoy when you are. Some models allow for different temperature settings in different regions, allowing you to adapt your temperatures to incorporate a range of styles. If you’re new to enjoying wine and want to develop your knowledge and your taste buds, this guide will help you find the best bottles.

Learn the Sniff Test

You have probably seen wine experts sniff a glass of wine before taking a sip. Doing so helps you understand the different flavors that are in the wine, so that you’re ready to analyze more in-depth when you actually take a sip. Start by taking a few, quick sniffs of the wine, and then move the glass away from your nose. Try to come up with a list of different fruits and herbs you smell in the wine. After a few more sniffs, try to isolate the undertones of the scents to come up with a full list of all of the tastes you think might be present.

Aerate Your Sip

The best way to take your first sip of a glass is to suck it up as though you were using a straw. This turns your lips into a wine aerator, so you get the fullness of the taste. Swish the wine around in your mouth to appreciate all of the flavors. Determine if you can taste the aromas you smelled, and decide if the wine tastes complex, balanced, or harmonious. You can also taste for hints of poor quality, like acidity or a leathery quality.

Take Notes

As you begin tasting wines, it helps to keep notes on what you like and don’t like. Over time, your palate will become trained to recognize your preferences and to know right away if a wine is right for you.

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Spotlight on Dryer Capacity

When you’re shopping for a new dryer, one of the factors to consider is capacity. Appliance stores stock dryers that range from compact units to mega-capacity options. Getting the one that best fits your needs will not only make it easier to do your laundry but will also ensure that your dryer works as efficiently as possible for you.

Most people will benefit from having a standard, full-size dryer, which is about 7.3 to 8.3 cubic feet in size. However, for households with one or two people without heavy bedding to wash, a compact dryer—which can be as small as 3.4 cubic feet—may be sufficient. Mega-capacity dryers are between 8.4 and 9.0 cubic feet in size and are suited to large families and industrial use. Generally, your dryer should have about twice the capacity of your washer.

The team at Friedmans Appliance can help you select the right dryer in Pleasant Hill for your needs. For more information about our selection, call our appliance store at (925) 808-2950.

What Size Chest Freezer Should I Get?

A chest freezer can expand your storage space and make it easier to keep your upright freezer attached to your refrigerator more organized. This size of freezer you need depends on a number of different factors, including your preferences. Your appliance store can help guide you through the process of selecting the right freezer.

To start narrowing down your options, measure the space you have for your freezer, being sure to account for space to open the lid and easily access the items inside. Keep in mind that the door will open vertically. Next, consider your shopping habits. If you like to buy in bulk, then you will need a chest freezer that is substantial enough to accommodate your haul. If you only have a small amount of overflow from your upright freezer, than a small chest freezer should meet your needs.

Let the experienced professionals at Friedmans Appliance help you choose the right chest freezer for your home at a price that fits your budget. For more information about our selection of home appliances in Pleasant Hill, please call (925) 808-2950.

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