MINNEAPOLIS -- Taking care of your appliances not only keeps them looking good, it can help you save time and money and even extend the life of your appliances.
Here are some tips from Carla Warner from Warner's Stellian Appliances.
Microwaves: To get rid of the popcorn smell or other odors squeeze a lemon into a bowl of water and boil it in the microwave for several minutes. Allow the bowl to cool before opening the microwave door and then wipe down the interior with a soft cloth.
Take advantage of different power levels. Most people only cook using 100% of the microwave's power and just nuke everything. You can effectively use your microwave to soften and melt gently, too. To quickly soften butter, cook 1 stick for 1 minute on 10% power level.
Refrigerators: If you see more condensation than normal check the gasket or seal for any obstructions and clean the area. If there aren't any obstructions moisten the seal with a little Vaseline.
Use your crispers. In general, separate your fruits from vegetables and set humidity to high for green, leafy vegetables and low for fruits and vegetables with skins. Meats should be colder - often just below freezing - so keep them in your deli drawer, which is usually designed to stay colder.
Ranges: Keep your burner caps and drip pans clean. Dirty surfaces don't reflect heat as well as polished surfaces, thus wasting energy and potentially your time.
To lessen energy loss match pots and pans to the size of the burners. And cover your pots while boiling water to help the water boil faster.
Warner's Stellian is running a 4th of July Sale through Sunday, July 8.
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