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.



How Long Does Perishable Food Last? (And How to Extend the Freshness)

Even the best refrigerators and freezers in the world can’t keep perishable food fresh forever. Spoiled food not only tastes and smells bad, but it can also cause dangerous cases of food poisoning. By knowing the shelf life of food that you stock in your refrigerator, as well as a few tricks for making it last as long as possible, you can maximize your grocery budget and protect your family’s health. Here is what you need to know.

Perishable Food Shelf Lives

Most kinds of meat as well as leftovers last about three to five days in the refrigerator. Here is a breakdown of some of the most common perishable items people have in their fridges and a look at how long it is safe to keep them:

  • Hamburger/other ground meats – 1 to 2 days
  • Steaks – 3 to 5 days
  • Roasts – 3 to 5 days
  • Poultry – 1 to 2 days
  • Soups with vegetables or meat – 3 to 4 days
  • Milk – 5 to 7 days (check the sell by date)
  • Cheese – Depends on the type of cheese. Soft cheeses spoil faster than hard cheeses.

With any kind of perishable food, let your nose and eyes be your guide. If your food smells or looks like it could be spoiled, then don’t eat it, even if it is within the recommended safety window.

Keeping Food Fresh for Longer

There are many strategies you can use to improve the freshness of your food. Try these tricks to get the longest possible life out of your perishable foods:

  • Line your vegetable drawers with paper towels to absorb excess moisture
  • Rinse your berries with vinegar and then water before refrigerating
  • Wrap your celery in aluminum foil
  • Freeze meat you don’t plan to use within a day or two of buying

At Friedmans Appliance, our selection of refrigerators and freezers in Pleasant Hill means there is something that is right for every home. Contact us today to learn more about our selection of home appliances by calling (925) 808-2950.



Redefining the Modern Kitchen with Viking

Viking is the leading manufacturer of kitchen ranges and stovetops for serious home cooks. The brand leads the way in bringing professional-grade products into residential kitchens and has been the standard setter for home appliances since the 1980s, when they began to marry professional performance with residential needs.

Watch this video to learn how Viking is continuing this trend via their partnership with Middleby. Middleby is a highly rated manufacturer of professional cooking appliances, and they bring that knowledge to Viking’s residential appliance lines.

Bring the quality of Viking into your kitchen with the huge selection and unbeatable prices of Friedmans Appliance. To learn more about the products at our appliance store near Pleasant Hill, call (925) 808-2950.



Broiler Basics for Beginners

Many home cooks have a love/hate relationship with their broilers. Although broilers are great for quick cooking and getting the perfect sear, there seems to be little wiggle room between done perfectly and burned. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to turn your grill into your best friend, so you can get the maximum use out of your appliance. The next time that you decide to broil, keep this advice in mind.

Look at the Shape of Your Broiler

Not all broilers are designed the same. Some have top burners that span the roof the oven, while others may have a rack down the middle with flames or heat sources that come out of the side. Knowing the shape of your broiler will help position your food correctly, so that it cooks evenly. With some experimentation, you may notice that with your broiler’s positioning, you need to rotate your food or put thicker items on a certain side of the range to get the doneness that you want.

Preheat Your Broiler

Cooking with your broiler is like grilling, and just like your grill, preheating makes a difference. Most broilers need about five to 10 minutes to heat up thoroughly, and it is time well spent to get the best outcomes for your food. Without preheating, your food is likely to cook unevenly or cook through before you achieve the crust you want on the outside.

Crack the Oven Door

Although it may seem like cracking the door to your oven will simply release heat, doing so when you’re broiling is a smart move. Opening the door a crack prevents moisture from building up, which in turn will help your food caramelize more effectively.

Good broiling starts with the right oven. Visit Friedmans Appliance to see our wide selection of ranges as well as all of our other home appliances. Speak to one of our team members today about your appliance needs by calling (925) 808-2950.



How Do You Clean a Big Green Egg?

The Big Green Egg is designed to be low-maintenance, and it essentially cleans itself during day-to-day use. However, it’s a good idea to give it a deep clean from time to time, so that it continues to operate at its peak performance.

After each use, close the dome and the vents to allow the heat to burn off the residue left from cooking. Before your next use, remove any debris that is left over. When you notice a build-up of grease and debris on the drum, it’s time for deep cleaning. Because the Big Green Egg is porous, you won’t use cleaners or water, which will soak into the ceramic and affect taste and performance. Scrape the sides with a ball of aluminum foil to remove as much of the surface staining as possible. Next, empty the ash chamber and heat the grill up to about 600 degrees, allowing it to burn for about an hour. Once it is cool, clean the ashes again, and your Big Green Egg is ready for use.

Friedmans Appliances is your source for the Big Green Egg and related accessories, as well as complete selection of home appliances in Pleasant Hill. Contact our appliance store today by calling (925) 808-2950.



Signs That It's Time to Upgrade Your Oven

Even the best ovens won’t last forever, so how do you know when it is time to upgrade yours? If you don’t pay attention to the clues that your oven is on its last legs, you run the risk of it giving out at the worst moment, such as when you’re getting ready for a dinner party or when you’re about to serve up a holiday meal. If you notice any of these signs happening with your oven, it could be time to pay a visit to a home appliance store.

The preheat time seems to be getting longer.

There is a good chance you know how about how long your oven takes to preheat, even if you’ve never actually timed it. If you find that you are going to oven to put your food in, only to find that it’s not even close to being preheated, then it is an indicator that something is wrong. As preheating times increase, it means time could be running out on the usefulness of your oven.

Your food is cooking unevenly.

This problem can be very frustrating for home cooks. When your oven cooks unevenly, you’ll notice that some parts of your food are cooked perfectly, while other parts are either not fully cooked or burned. Uneven cooking can make batch cooking, such as cookies or roasted vegetables, particularly hard to manage. When your food is not cooking evenly, it means you have hot and cold spots in your oven, instead of a consistent temperature.

Your meals are taking longer to prepare.

You may not notice that your favorite meal is taking a minute or two longer than usual to cook, but as the cooking time continues to increase, you may notice that your favorite fast weeknight meal is suddenly taking twice the time to finish. This is a sign that your oven isn’t maintaining the cooking temperature, which will only continue to get worse.

When you’re ready to upgrade your oven, choose Friedmans Appliance for a wide selection of the most reliable home appliance brands. Let us help you pick the right oven from over 80 brands of gas and electric options. Contact us at (925) 808-2950 to learn more about our full selection of home appliances in Pleasant Hill.



Thermador Explains Why the Kitchen Is the Heart of the Home

For many families, memories and togetherness start in the kitchen. That’s why choosing home appliances like freezers, refrigerators, and cooktops is about more than functionality. It’s about choosing the pieces of the most important space in your house.

In this video from Thermador, hear people discuss why the kitchen holds so much meaning their families. From baking cookies together to sharing holiday meals, family traditions are often passed from one generation to the next in the kitchen.

At Friedmans Appliance, we have all of the tools you need to build a kitchen that fits your family. We have a huge selection of appliances from high-quality brands at a price you can afford. Find out more by calling our appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950.



The Beginner's Guide to Charcoal Grilling

If you’re thinking of saying goodbye to gas grilling for the traditional charcoal technique, you will need to make a few changes to the way you cook. Don’t let the thought of grilling with charcoal intimidate you, however. With a few simple techniques, you’ll be enjoying that telltale charcoal flavor in no time.

Choose Your Charcoal

You may be surprised at the number of choices you have when it comes to charcoal. Start by making a choice between lump and briquette charcoal. Lump charcoal is more expensive, but it’s an all-natural product that lights quickly and creates little ash. Briquettes are affordable and burn for a long time, but some people are turned off by the large amount of ash they create and their chemical smell. You may find that you need to experiment with both kinds to kind of out which gives you the results you want.

Light Your Charcoal

The safest and easiest way to light charcoal is to use a charcoal chimney. With a charcoal chimney, you put a base layer of crumpled newspaper down and top with the charcoal. Light it and let the charcoal burn for about 10 minutes before dumping it into the grill. Alternatively, put charcoal directly into the grill into a pyramid shape and add lighter fluid to the center and edges. Carefully light the charcoal in two spots and put the lid on for about five minutes to let the charcoal start burning.

Set Up Charcoal for Indirect or Direct Heat

Indirect heat involves putting food on the grill grate away from the charcoal, letting the heat within the closed grill do the cooking. Direct heat involves placing food directly over the charcoal. Generally, if you are cooking food for more than 20 minutes, you will need to use indirect heat at least part of the time. For indirect heat, move the heated charcoal to the center of the grill. For direct heat, spread it our across the bed of the grill.

Whatever your favorite form of grilling is, Friedmans Appliance has the tools you need, from charcoal and gas grills to the Big Green Egg. Contact our home appliance store near Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950 to learn more.



Are Gas or Electric Stoves More Energy-Efficient?

There are a lot of different ways to prepare a hot meal, and everyone has their home appliances of choice. Stoves can be fueled by gas or electricity, and the choices you make will impact the energy efficiency of your home. Read ahead and find out if gas or electric stoves are more energy-efficient.

Both gas and electric stoves come in different tiers, and more advanced models are more expensive. Overall, however, the two tend to be in roughly the same price range. You might save money upfront by purchasing an electric stove on the lower end of the spectrum, but efficiency could become a problem if you use it all the time. It takes more energy to heat up your stove with electricity than natural gas, so gas tends to be the more efficient option. Remember that the more you use your stove, the more important this distinction between gas and electricity becomes.

No matter what kind of home appliances in Pleasant Hill you’re looking for, call Friedmans Appliance at (925) 808-2950. You can also come into our appliance store or browse through our website for a look at our washers, ranges, and refrigerators.



What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Home Appliances?

You can only fix your dryer so many times before you start to get frustrated and wonder if it’s time for new appliances. Upgrading your home appliances comes with better energy efficiency, more value for your house, and less stress in the long run. Keep reading for a closer look at the benefits of upgrading.

Better Efficiency

People upgrade their home appliances for many reasons, but efficiency may be the longest running benefit. When you research your home appliance options and choose upgrades that focus on efficiency, you end up using substantially less energy to power your home. Your choices of refrigerator, stove, and grilling equipment will all play a role. Energy-efficient appliances require less energy to work properly. This means that you save money on your energy bills and can expect top-notch performances out of your appliances for a long time.

More Valuable Home

When it comes to selling your home, people tend to be much more interested in renovated kitchens and upgraded appliances. This shows prospective buyers that the work has already been done for them, so they won’t have as many projects to take on if they do decide to make an offer.

Convenience and Ease of Maintenance

Part of the reason upgrading your home appliances is so convenient is that the newer models last longer and work better. This means you won’t take wet clothes out of the dryer or have your fresh ingredients go bad in the refrigerator. Another reason upgrading is such a good idea is that you won’t have to take care of constant repairs. Older models break down easily, which puts their performance on hold while you call for repairs, which can also be expensive. You won’t have to think about repairs for a long while after upgrading your appliances.

Are you looking to save money, improve the value of your home, and make your home more convenient than ever? Upgrade your home appliances in Pleasant Hill with the help of Friedmans Appliance. Visit our website or call us at (925) 808-2950 to see how we can help.


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