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Home Hacks: Full House, Fuller Kitchen

To all of those who are trying to be the host with the most as we hot the home stretch of the holiday season, this article is for you. With Christmas dinners, and a New Year’s feast on the horizon, there is one thing true for all of us getting everything ready — a lot of groceries.

During both of these events (as well as all other meals if you have long-term guests for the holidays), all of your appliances will be used to the fullest. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of each appliance, when you are using it the most.

Story by Jeremy Press

Load your Refrigerator the Right Way

In all refrigerators there are vents inside. This this where the cold air comes into the storage area. Make sure when you are loading up the refrigerator you keep clear of those vents. If you block them, you will keep everything from getting to the proper temperature. The ideal fresh food temperature is 37 degrees. The ideal freezer temperature is zero. Keep the vents unblocked to keep your food right.

Hestan KRB Series 36: This good looking fridge with a bottom-mount freezer delivers exceptional food preservation, customizable storage and deeper capacity to a standard cabinet cutout. Even- Flow Air Circulating Technology consists of independent ventilation for each compartment, providing uniform and precise temperature control, and ensuring better food preservation. Available through Appliances by Design. $10,699

Don’t Overload your Washer or Dishwasher

Resist the urge to fit every last piece of silverware and every last cup in the dishwasher to get it done in one load. Overloading the dishwasher and adding extra soap will only make you have to rewash the load again. Make sure everything is on the racks correctly and use the right amount of detergent. The same holds true in the washer. If you use too much detergent while doing laundry, you could gum up your machine, leaving a mildew smell in the tub in the near future.


Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart Time Saver: This front load washer uses a direct drive motor that removes the need for belts and pulleys, resulting in an incredibly quiet wash cycle. A time saver option activates a special temperature profile and unique tumble sequence to speed things up when you are in a rush.
Available through Billy Wood Appliance. $1,200

Get the Most from your Oven

Remember, if you are using convection ovens during the holidays and are going to be cooking multiple things at once load the oven from the middle out. Convection works best from the center of the oven so use that area as your starting point for cooking multiple items at once. If you do not have a convection oven, try to leave the bottom of the oven as open as possible and keep space between items to keep from over-baking on the bottoms of your dishes.


Fagor 24 Electric Convection Oven: This dream oven features four cooking programs, knob and push button controls, easy-to-clean enamel and a three-layer glass cold safety door. It also has electronic program start and stop, an electronic clock timer and a delay feature. The thermostat ranges from 150 to 500 degrees.
Available through Appliances by Design. $1,000

Jeremy Press (aka the Appliance Whisperer) of Appliances by Design has agreed to provide home appliance tips and advice to LOCAL Life readers. Got a great home appliance tip? Contact him at [email protected].