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    Essential Grill Maintenance Tips

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Grilling is a beloved summer pastime. Some people in Concord and Walnut Creek even grill all year round. If you consider yourself an avid griller, you should do everything you can to keep your grill in great shape for as long as possible. Whether you own a Viking, Napoleon, or FireMagic Gas Grill, these tips will allow you to keep grilling for years to come.

    Cook with Oil

    One way to maintain your grill is to adequately prepare it before you start grilling. You can prevent food from sticking to the grill by spraying the grate with oil that doesn’t smoke until it reaches a high temperature. Coating the grate with oil will minimize the amount of scraping you have to do later.

    Scrape the Grate

    Unfortunately, no amount of oil will prevent your grill from getting dirty. To maximize scraping effectiveness, experts recommend scraping while the grill is still slightly warm. Wire brushes are ideal for scraping, though a ball of aluminum foil will also do the trick.  

    Gently Remove Rust

    After each use, be sure to wipe up spills to prevent your grill from corroding. It’s also a good idea to put a waterproof cover on your grill to protect it from rain and rust. If your grill accumulates a small amount of rust, however, it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. You can restore your grill’s appearance by scrubbing the rust with a steel-wool pad and spraying the area with special paint.

    Clean Annually

    Even if you take good care of your grill on a regular basis, it’s important to give it a thorough cleaning once a year. Spraying your grill with a mixture of vinegar and water can help break up the burnt food particles in your grill, making them easy to wipe away.

    Once your current grill gets too old to maintain, consider purchasing a new one from Friedman's Appliance. We carry high-quality BBQs from Alfresco, Wolf, Capital, and other famous brands. If you live in Pleasant Hill, Concord, or Walnut Creek, please call our appliance store at (925) 265-8402.


    Tips for Cleaning Your Dishwasher

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Since your dishwasher is so great at cleaning dishes, you might think it’s impossible for it to get dirty. However, your dishwasher can accumulate grime over time, and a normal cycle isn’t enough to ensure its cleanliness.

    This video offers a few tips on how to make sure your dishwasher is nice and clean. A cup of vinegar is great for cleaning, while a tablespoon of bleach can help keep your dishwasher white. Whichever liquid you decide to use, simply pour it into the dishwasher and start a normal cycle. Remember to take out all the dishes before cleaning your dishwasher.

    If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, come down to Friedmans Appliance. We’re happy to serve the people of Concord, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek. Call (925) 265-8402 if you have any questions.  

    The Differences between a Top Freezer and Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

    Last updated 19 days ago

    A vast majority of the refrigerators sold in America have the freezer compartment on top, but that doesn’t mean they are any better (or worse) than bottom-mount freezer refrigerators. There are some major differences between these two types of refrigerators, however. Before you visit your appliance store in Concord for a new fridge, read this article for a look at the major differences between a top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerator.


    The most noticeable difference between top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators is their design. Most bottom-mount freezer refrigerators feature slide-out freezer drawers that take up less room when open than the single (or double) doors used on top-mount freezer refrigerators. While it is a matter of personal taste which design you prefer, there are pros and cons to each style. Talk to your appliance specialist to learn more about the benefits of each type of refrigerator.

    Storage and Accessibility

    The real difference between top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators is inside. While the act of bending and lifting can be difficult for anyone with physical conditions that limit movement, bottom freezers offer significantly more storage potential than top-mount freezers. On the flip side, top freezers typically feature multiple shelving solutions in the swing-out door.

    Energy Efficiency

    Perhaps the most important difference between top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators (at least with regard to your wallet) is how energy-efficient each type of refrigerator is. The average bottom-mount freezer refrigerator saves 90 kW hours a year compared to traditional top-mount freezer refrigerators. Energy savings can vary, however, so be sure to visit your local appliance store to see how much you can save.

    If you would like to see top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators side by side, come to Friedmans Appliance in Concord, California. We have been the Bay Area’s trusted appliance store since 1922. Visit our website to learn more about our kitchen appliances and new refrigerator inventory. 

    How Jenn-Air Enhances Kitchen Quality

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or simply want to bring your kitchen into the 21st century with new appliances, consider Jenn-Air products. Jenn-Air makes some of the finest luxury kitchen appliances in the world, and they are known for their sophisticated design, innovative technology, and exceptional performance. Their wall-ovens and dishwashers are at the top of their class, and their built-in refrigerators have been ranked #1 for the past four years running. Watch this video to learn more about the Jenn-Air brand.

    If you are looking for new kitchen appliances, visit Friedmans Appliance of Concord, CA. Our Pleasant Hills showroom features some of the best kitchen appliances in the Bay Area. We are proud to offer the best appliances from the brands you know and trust. Visit our website to see all of the new home appliances we carry, or call us at (925) 265-8402 to speak with one of our appliance specialists. 

    A Look at How Backyard Grills Work

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Did you know that approximately two-thirds of households in the United States have a grill? There’s no doubting the popularity of grills in the U.S., but have you ever wondered how a backyard grill works? At its most basic, a grill features a fuel source, a heating element, a cooking surface, and grill support. In a charcoal grill, for example, charcoal (the fuel source and the heating element) heats up the cooking surface above it which cooks food once it is placed on the grill. In a gas grill, propane passes through a gas burner which then heats up the cooking surface.

    If you are in need of a new backyard grill, come to Friedmans Appliance. In addition to our stand-alone grills, we carry fine outdoor gas grills that will serve as the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen. Visit our appliance showroom in Concord today to see all of the home and kitchen appliances we carry. If you have questions for our appliance experts, please call us at (925) 265-8402. 

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