May 28, 2015

Dishwasher Rebates from Home-Tech May 2015

DishwasherRebatesIf you’re a fan of the popular TV series “Mad Men”, you probably noticed that in the final episode of the series this past Sunday night, there was a scene that captured one of the main characters, 15-year old Sally Draper, standing at the kitchen sink, painstakingly doing the dishes. Keep in mind, the show was set in 1970 – before it was commonplace for homes to come with built-in dishwashers. It seems that there is actually a day dedicated to this chore – “Do Dirty Dishes Day” – okay, but not without an automatic dishwasher from Home-Tech.

Those Were (Not) The Days

If you’re over the age of 50 or so, you can certainly recall having to stand on a step stool in order to reach the sink, filling it with sudsy water, and scrubbing each individual glass, plate, pot, pan, fork, knife, and spoon – usually with a brother or sister on rinsing and towel drying duty, while a taller family member put all the dishes away. I don’t think any of us considered doing dishes a favorite chore. Especially when the water started to cool down, the suds dissipated, and bits of food rose to the surface (gross). All those kids in a dish-duty assembly line may have looked like a happy team, but trust me – they were not. It was just the last chore before we got to sit down in front of the TV. To say some of us may have rushed through the job to be able to turn on “The Carol Burnett Show” is putting it mildly. And inevitably, there was that one pot that still had a bit of burnt spaghetti sauce left on the bottom that would have to soak for several days. The only good news about washing dishes, was that allegedly, according to the ad pros on Madison Avenue, Palmolive dish soap would make your hands softer (“You’re soaking in it!) – yeah, right.

Welcome To The Dishwashers of The MillenniumWhirlpool gold dishwasher

Thankfully, dishwater hands, kids’ dish assembly lines, and sinks full of soaking pots and pans, ended later in the 70’s when dishwashers became more common, not just in wealthy homes, but in almost all homes. And these days, Home-Tech offers state-of-the-art millennium style dishwashers that are not only practically silent, but almost invisible, as they integrate smoothly into the rest of your kitchen. And best of all, we have dishwasher rebates to offer!

Wonderful Whirlpool

We love Whirlpool, and we’re currently offering a rebate on their Compact Tall Tub Dishwasher (model #WDF518SAAB) in black, white, or monochromatic stainless steel. It’s perfect if you have space issues in your kitchen, yet want an appliance that does a big job. Plus, it boasts the Quiet Partner Sound 1 package – between its convenient size and barely-there noise level, this dishwasher never disappoints.

Gee, G.E., You’re Great

We’re also offering a rebate on our G.E. 18” Spacemaker Built-In Dishwasher (Model # GSM1800FBB) in black or white, with strong racks designed for your biggest and dirtiest dish loads. The full-length flat door looks great with your existing cabinetry and adds elegance.

SP32-20150520-140450The Beauty of Bosch

The rebates continue with the innovative Bosch 24” Recessed Handle Special Application Dishwasher in sleek black (model # SGE63E06UC). With four wash cycles, a sanitizing option, and the distinction of being the quietest dishwasher in its class, this appliance will not only make life easier – it will make your kitchen more beautiful.

There are plenty of reasons to be nostalgic about the 70’s – Donny Osmond, Earth Shoes, and of course, “The Carol Burnett Show” – but washing dishes was never one of them – softer hands or not.

Wine Bars for Cheese Storage

CheeseBallHere at Home-Tech, we think the world might be a little better off if EVERY day were Cheese Ball Day. I mean, we’re certainly overjoyed that April 17th celebrates the wondrous and delicious cheese ball — but really, cheese, whether it comes in a ball, a slice, a wedge, or a block truly makes all things better. Everything is tastier with cheese on it – let’s face it, who just orders a Quarter-Pounder? No – you order a Quarter Pounder with cheese. Europeans may think that they own the cheese market, but we believe that cheese is decidedly American – just ask Kraft.

Wine Bars – The Right Appliance For Cheese… And Morewine cooler appliances holidays

The most important thing about cheese – regardless of what kind – is keeping it fresh. There’s nothing worse than biting into a hard piece of cheese and realizing that it’s past its prime. Luckily, there exists The American Cheese Society (an organization you can actually join – cheese lovers unite!) that among other things, provides tips on proper cheese storage. The recommended temperature for storing cheese is around 40 degrees, give or take a few degrees – and we were happy to learn that wine coolers are an excellent place to store cheese – and who doesn’t love killing two birds with one stone? Talk about a go-to place for all of your favorite things – wine AND cheese – perfect.

Wonderful Wine Coolers

At Home-Tech, we’re happy to carry a variety of wine coolers from top brands like Frigidaire, G.E., Avanti and more. They’re not only practical, they look fabulous in any room of your home – whether it’s the kitchen, dining room, or even your outdoor living area. Keep your wines organized and fresh, plus store your cheese in your wine cooler, freeing up room in your ‘fridge. Stop into our Member Appliance Center and let one of our appliance experts show you the perfect wine cooler.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be Cheese Ball Day without a delicious cheese ball recipe – this one is super easy to whip up and enjoy over the weekend – and it’s a tried and true classic:

Say Cheese! Cheese Ball Recipe

  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Season Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 5 ounces Dried Beef, chopped
  • Mix together the first five ingredients and form into 2 or 3 cheese balls.  Roll them into the cut up chipped beef and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat – serve with your favorite crackers.

Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4 Refrigerator Versatility

SP32-20150309-151954Last Friday was National Frozen Food Day. And just in time to celebrate that, Home-Tech introduced a new French Door Refrigerator/Freezer in our showrooms from Samsung. Everyone who has walked by it has said, “Whoa, what’s that?”  Or, “I want that!” It really is an eye catching thing of beauty with a very modern stainless steel design which would look great in any kitchen.

Everyone has a different take on frozen foods. Some families buy everything in bulk and even have an additional freezer in the garage to hold their side of beef. Then there are those like my Dad, who is retired and just cooks for one, usually. His freezer has bags of steamer rice, frozen juices, waffles and a carton of ice cream. He doesn’t need much freezer space. We’ve addressed in an earlier blog what a bachelor keeps in his freezer.

The Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4 can work for everyone and fill every storage need because the bottom right side of the refrigerator can be freezer or refrigerator space – YOUR CHOICE.  Ding ding ding – isn’t that smart?

Connected Refrigerator

Speaking of smart, this Samsung refrigerator can be controlled by an app on your smart phone.  That’s right, you can be out grocery shopping and know that you are going to bring home a bunch of food that is going directly in the freezer and you can tell your freezer “Incoming!! Crank down the temperature!” Oh, and by the way, this refrigerator holds up to 34 bags of groceries! It will also let you know if the door has been open longer than 2 minutes. You can call your teenager and tell him/her to make up their mind and shut the door.

Here’s what else you can do with the app:

  • View freezer and fridge temps
  • Receive an alarm when the door is open for more than 2 minutes
  • Control your ice
  • Activate the Power Cool and Power Freeze functions. These functions rapidly cool either your refrigerator or freezer.
  • View an energy consumption report

What is the Power Freeze/Power Cool Function?SP32-20150309-141614

There is a button. You hold it for 3 seconds and WHAM cooling increases. This is great if you need to quickly freeze a large amount of food or items that spoil easily. Remember those Thanksgiving leftovers? This is perfect, right?

The Bottom Right Has Got it Going On

The “Cool Select Room” on the bottom right of your refrigerator can be set to Freezer, Soft Freezing (helps keep meat and fish fresh longer) Chill (sets temperature to 30) or Cool (41) for drinks, juice, beer etc. The versatility of this is so convenient. If you are having a party and need extra cold beer you can fill it up and chill it on the refrigerator setting.  If you are having an Ice Cream Social you can set it to Freezer Mode and put all of the ice cream flavors in there.

SP32-20150309-141630Fresh Sparkling Water – Whenever You Want It

On the dispenser control panel is the sparkling water control. This fridge makes its own sparkling water. No more taking up storage space with bottles. You push the button and it will fill the sparkling water tank with water and inject CO2 gas into it and make sparkling water. You can control how “sparkling” it is. How would you like yours?

It’s Built with a Chef In Mind

It has a Chef Pantry which creates the perfect temperature with a temperature setting recommended by Michelin star chefs. It has Chef Mode with chef selected temperature settings providing the perfect condition for every type of food. It has a Chef Pan where you can marinate meat and fish separately in the stainless steel chef pan. Pull the chef pan out of the refrigerator and put directly into the oven to cook. It has a Chef Basket which is perfect for storing smoked cheeses and cured meats. For added convenience, it can be easily removed and taken with you.  All it needs is a Chef owner!

Important EngineeringSP32-20150309-141554

The Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4 features innovative Metal Cooling that locks in cold and seals in freshness. The stainless steel paneling helps maintain consistent temperature throughout the refrigerator. With Triple Cooling, a premium cooling system which features 3 evaporators for ultimate freshness and provides precise temperature and humidity controls in all three zones. And it has 4 Pillar High-Efficiency Lighting which brightens every corner of your refrigerator. It emits less heat and is more energy-efficient than traditional lighting. And it exceeds the government’s Energy Star requirements.

So you might want to stop by one of Home-Tech’s appliance showrooms and take a look for yourself. It’s a pretty amazing refrigerator. Or call and speak to our appliance staff. They are always ready to help. (800) 800-8356 Ext. 4 

Steamy Couples Come In Red When It Comes to Washers & Dryers

ValentinesAs we approach Valentine’s Day, counting the number of times the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer has played on TV has been a challenge; plus, keeping track of the many times the movie premiere has been mentioned on the Internet; OR adding up the number of magazines the stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have been on. But, their characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey aren’t the only hot, steamy, romantic couples being talked about during Valentine’s week.

Love Is In The Air

George and Amal Clooney certainly come to mind – yes, millions of hearts broke when the sexiest bachelor alive recently took a bride, but the tall, stunning, British lawyer he chose to be Mrs. Clooney seems to have been worth the wait. In an acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards this year, he said, “”It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life . . . and when your whole life is 53 years. . . . Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”

One of country music’s most sparkling couples, is also the cutest and most devoted – Miranda Lambert recently said of her husband, Blake Shelton, “I never saw him as a ‘hot husband,’ but I understand why women would think that. What makes him hot to me is that Blake is a real man’s man. He’s not one of those girly guys at all. He’s definitely a country boy, and what you see is what you get.”

Get out the Kleenex for this one. When it comes to royalty, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate don’t seem to have the stiff upper lips that most royals do – in photos, they’re affectionate, laughing, and look truly in love – in fact, when Prince William proposed to Kate and gave her his late mother, Princess Diana’s famous sapphire engagement ring, he said in an interview, “The ring is very special to me – and Kate is very special to me now. It seemed only right to put the two together. It was my way to make sure that my mother wouldn’t miss out on the excitement that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together. We’re both very, very happy.”

Steamy and Red Hot

Here at Home-Tech, we have our own happy couple – not only that, they’re even hotter and steamier than the stars mentioned above – we’re sure of it. It’s all about washers and dryers here at Home-Tech. In sexy Merlot, the Samsung Front Load Washer (model #WF5400) and its partner, the Electronic Front Load Dryer (model #DV5400) in the same bold, sassy color are a new couple on the Home-Tech showroom floor, but we predict their relationship is solid and will stand the test of time. The washer features SuperSpeed, which means a 40% faster cycle, plus Steam Wash, which eliminates stains without pre-treatment. The dryer steams away wrinkles and even features an inner dryer rack for your delicates. So, not only does this couple have a fabulous working relationship, they also look amazing – on Valentine’s Day and every day, look to Home-Tech for hotness.

Diet Resolutions – Succeed with Fabulous Refrigerators

Diet2One of the top three universal New Year’s resolution has always been “to lose weight” (the other two are “to get in shape” and “to start dieting” – a little redundant, yes – but, at least those of us who make resolutions are consistent). And these days, we have fewer excuses because we have lots of nifty new gadgets to take us down the path to skinny jeans and smaller belt sizes.

There are Fit Bits that keep track of every calorie you consume and every calorie you burn, there are cell phones apps that get you off the couch and into a 5K, and of course there are blenders, juicers, and Nutribullets to turn kale into juice and carrots into soup.

Smoothie Dreams, Refrigeration Woes

When I received a Nutribullet for Christmas, I immediately headed straight to the produce aisle at the grocery and went completely insane. Armed with a gazillion recipes from Pinterest, I filled my cart with everything from mangoes to mint leaves, raw spinach to raw flax seeds, coconut water to cranberries – and, trust me, a cart full of healthy fresh produce is NOT cheap (whereas a big bag of nacho-flavored Doritos are only around $3.00 – it really is cheaper to stay chunky). So, when I arrived home and was reminded that my fridge has only two measly crisper drawers with no temperature control, my dreams of healthy smoothies were dashed. How to keep all these celery stalks and apples, and blueberries fresh while I’m still feeling resolute?

Climate Controlled Refrigerators to the Rescuecarousel-refrigeration-more_space

Home-Tech is proud to feature G.E. Café Series French Door Refrigerators with up to four separate drawers to easily handle your enthusiasm for fruits and vegetables (as well as cheese and lunch meats). Not only is there plenty of room, the drawers are climate controlled with a variety of customized settings and temperatures. Seriously state-of-the-art chic, stainless steel, and sleek, the G.E. café series compliments any kitchen and the French Doors lend the look of a built-in without the extra cost. Check them out in our Home-Tech showroom today.

You will also want to check the Whirlpool 4 Door French Door Model: WRX988SIB with it’s carousel system.

Shop Local, Shop Fresh

Once you’ve got the perfect fridge, you can pick up all the vitamin-packed goodness you can get your hands on. And if you’re looking for tasty, fresh locally grown produce, here are a few area farmers’ markets that are super popular this time of year:

  • The Green Market at the Alliance of the Arts, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the corner of McGregor Blvd. and Royal Palm Blvd. (10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers).
  • Third Street South Farmer’s Market, every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in downtown Naples on Third St.
  • Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market, every Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. located on Lemon Ave. at the intersection of Main St.

Happy shopping, happy storing!

Ovens and Cooktops from Home-Tech Bring Comfort and Joy

P070576_11zWhile it never gets truly cold here in gorgeous Southwest Florida (after all, isn’t that why we’re here?), according to the National Weather Service, it actually got down to a frigid low 27 degrees on Christmas Eve of 1989. But, if you compare it to what the folks in Indiana in January of 1994 dealt with, which was 37 degrees below zero; our short little winters are downright balmy.

Christmas Comfort

Still, when there’s a little chill in the air and the Christmas tree is sparkling, there’s nothing more comforting than comfort food – and we’re not talking sushi, or a salad, or even soup – comfort food means macaroni and cheese, casseroles, and things made out of dough. Just out of the oven Christmas cookies are comforting, hot from the stove oatmeal is stick-to-your ribs delicious, and pretty much anything with cinnamon in it brings back memories of grandparents and fireplaces for the holidays.

Sparkling Cook Tops and Awesome OvensP080592_59z

At Home-Tech, we can’t provide snow or frost to get you into the holiday spirit, but we can provide you with state-of-the-art ovens and cook tops that will make your holiday comfort food come to life – like Electrolux Wall Ovens in a variety of sizes that currently come with very comforting rebates. There are also rebates on fabulously reviewed KitchenAid and Maytag cook tops.

Stop by our showroom and check out some of the models – and once you get one home, give Grandma’s homemade, comforting holiday cookies a try to keep you warm on a 70 degree Southwest Florida night. You know these are from back in the day, well, because Jell-O.

Colorful Holiday Jell-O Cookies

  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package Jello (any flavor/color)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream margarine, sugar, jello and eggs together in a medium to large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.

Flatten each with a fork.

Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly browned at the edges.

Raise the Bar with Home-Tech Appliances

HolidaySpirits ‘Twas just a few weeks ‘til Christmas and all through the house,

the martinis were shaken, but not enough to get totally soused.

 The Kegerator was delivered from Home-Tech with care,

and filled with beer in the hopes that guests would soon be there.

The wine bottles were all snug in the cooler from Home-Tech;

as I in my sparkles waited for arrivals with a glass of Malbec.”

 Perfect Parties

Yep, it’s officially holiday party season and time to get the home bar in order. That means bringing out the corkscrews, carafes, shakers, and flutes in time to toast the season or ring in the New Year. And while you’ll have to shop for the adult libations and research holiday cocktail recipes, Home-Tech can help with some appliances that’ll get this party started.

The Kegerator

Stop by the Home-Tech show room and check out the Kegerator. The Kegerator is not your frat boy’s keg – this appliance, for adults who love their beer cold, convenient, and on draft,  is especially great for entertaining and really completes an outdoor living area. But, whether inside or outside, the Kegerator is the beer aficionado’s best friend.

Wine Cooler Connoisseurwine cooler appliances holidays

There’s nothing like sliding an unopened bottle of wine that’s been stored in a wine cooler at the perfect temperature and uncorking it. You may not have the luxury of a wine cellar, but you can have the treat of a wine cooler – whether it’s built-in or stand-alone, you choose the perfect size for home and for your wine consumption – your party guests will love it.

Cheers!

“As the doorbell rang we sprang to our feet

A party was coming that can’t be beat.

Our guests had come, many from afar

And all is well, we’re loving our bar.”

 

 

 

Convection Ovens Make Crunchier Chips for the Best Guacamole

SpicyGuacWhile the rest of America enjoys gourd season and hot apple cider and an unusually early winter, those of us in Southwest Florida are continuing to enjoy snacks with a decidedly more tropical vibe – because we can. Being as close as we are to the equator all year long, whether it’s shrimp, tropical fruit salad, or lobster bisque – it’s always in season around here. That’s why, for some, it may seem a little nontraditional to celebrate Spicy Guacamole Day in November, but not for us. Bring on the margaritas, the sombreros, and the chips – ole!

Guacamole Wars

The first bit of advice regarding spicy guacamole is to never, ever get into an argument with anybody from Arizona about the “perfect” guacamole, because when it comes to guac, it’s like the pizza rivalry between Chicagoans and New Yorkers – folks from Arizona think their guacamole is the best – Floridians, however, beg to differ. Arizona people like it with heavy-duty kick, whereas Florida folks prefer the cooler, thicker version. But, one thing we can all agree on – the fresher, warmer, and crispier the chips, the better.

Convection Oven Chips For The Win!chips and salsa

With a Convection Oven from Home-Tech, homemade tortilla chips are super easy and make store bought chips pale in comparison. Just cut your corn tortillas into eighths diagonally and spread them on a rack on a baking pan. Spritz them with some cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt – in about 15 minutes, they’re ready to eat – and so delicious.  Why are they so much better?  Because a convection oven circulates hot air with a fan and that circulating air helps everything cook more quickly and to crisp up nicely.

Two “Perfect” Versions of Guac

If you want that spicy Arizona kick in your guac, try this: 1–3 fresh green chilies, depending on heat, and your taste, finely chopped 2 spring onions, thinly sliced handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped 3 ripe Hess avocados,  1 ripe medium tomato, diced juice of 1 lime, salt

1. Put a teaspoon each of the chili, onion and cilantro into a pestle and mortar, along with a pinch of coarse salt, and grind to a paste.

2. Peel the avocados and remove the stone. Cut into cubes, then mash into a chunky paste, leaving some pieces intact.

3. Stir the chili paste into the avocado, and then gently fold in the tomatoes and the rest of the onions, chili and coriander. Add lime juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately, or cover the surface with cling film and refrigerate (leave the tomatoes out until you’re ready to serve).

The Cool Version

While the recipe above might make you sweat, the Florida avocado recipe below should cool you down: Two ripe Florida avocados, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice, 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, a dash of freshly grated black pepper, 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped.

Cut the avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it – the guacamole should be a little chunky.) Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. The acid in the lime juice will help delay the avocados from turning brown. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and pepper. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve. Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.

Ditch TV Dinners – Try Steam Cooking with Thermador Steam Ovens

nomoretvdinnerTV Dinner Day was last week and it created feelings of nostalgia here at Home-Tech. Can you blame us? If you grew up before the days of microwaves, you remember the TV dinners of yesteryear from brands like Libbyland, Swanson, and Banquet. They came in tinfoil containers with individual sections for each serving. Do these tasty creations ring a bell?

Salisbury Steak

Turkey with Gravy

Classic Fried Chicken

Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce

Classic, right? Then there were the side dishes — a solid square of “mashed potatoes”, slightly soggy Tater Tots, and overly colorful peas and carrots. Lest we forget the desserts (which as kids, most of us went for first) — cobblers galore, like cherry, peach, and apple with lots more sweet, chewy crust than actual fruit preserves.

Convenience CAN be HealthyThermador Steam Oven

We’ll never forget our moms peeling the tin foil off the trays as our TV dinners came out of the oven, while she set us up in the living room in front of our favorite show (“Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family” come to mind) with a glass of Nestlé’s Quik to accompany our Salisbury Steak. But, the truth is, while actually pretty yummy, TV dinners back in the day weren’t exactly known for their nutrients and health benefits. Those cardboard boxes of frozen, processed tastiness were more about convenience. Thankfully, times have changed and not only has convenience gotten healthier, it tastes better — and looks fabulous in your kitchen in the form of a Thermador Masterpiece Steam & Convection Oven (model #MES301HP).

Thermador MES301HPSteamed and Lean with Thermador Steam Ovens

Home-Tech loves this awesome appliance from Thermador for a number of reasons – it’s perfect for foodies who adore cooking – and it’s the best friend of people who’d rather throw a TV dinner in the oven. There are forty – yes, forty pre-programmed cooking modes that make life easier. Humidity and temperature are automatically set for the perfectly cooked meal. Instead of a boxed meal, throw some fresh veggies, some seasoning, and olive oil into a bowl and in ten minutes, you’ve got a delicious and healthy side dish, steamed to perfection. Thermador shares tons of recipes running the culinary gamut from Steamed Mussels with Tomato Garlic Wine Broth to Mocha Cream Filled Éclairs. Plus, at 24” this sleek built-in oven goes beautifully with any kitchen décor.  With the Thermador Masterpiece Steam & Convection Oven, your taste buds will thank you – and while you’re welcome to eat your dinners in front of the TV, what you’ll be cooking, WON’T be your mama’s TV Dinners.

 

 

 

Does Your Dryer Eat Socks?

Dryer ate socksThis time of year, none of us in Southwest Florida should care at all about socks. I mean, truly, it’s 742 degrees outside with 900 percent humidity. No one is wearing socks. That is, except for me, your faithful Home-Tech Blogger, who has been down for the count with major knee surgery.

As a result of being housebound, shuffling around on crutches, and unable to reach past my cumbersome leg brace to put on shoes (flip-flops and crutches don’t mix, trust me on that), I was forced to search through my meager sock collection for temporary footwear – and when I say meager, I mean practically nonexistent. (I’ve lived in Florida since childhood and socks just haven’t been a priority).

Nevertheless, as I rummaged through my sock drawer, I was able to find a total of 17 socks. Not 17 PAIRS of socks, mind you — just 17 socks. Among them, there were just four pair. Now, I’m no math whiz, but that leaves 11 lonely, single, unmatched, very sad socks.

At first, I thought pain medication was playing a factor in my inability to match socks, but no matter how I tried to justify it, a pink argyle sock and a turquoise footie just do not go together — whether you’re on pharmaceuticals or not. And then it dawned on me one evening while my husband and I were bingeing on “House of Cards”.

The Case of the Hungry Dryer

missing sock

Officer, I need to report a missing person!

“The dryer ate them!” I said suddenly.

“The dryer ate what, honey?” asked my husband/nurse with the patience of a thousand saints.

My socks! The dryer must have eaten my socks.”

My husband sighed, “Sweetie, the dryer doesn’t eat things. The dryer doesn’t have a mouth – or teeth.”

I argued (and I think this was the pain medication talking),”Yes, it does. The dryer is one giant mouth and it eat socks.”

My husband rolled his eyes and then asked the proverbial question we’ve all been asking ourselves since we learned to unload a dryer and fold laundry, “Then honey, if the dryer eats socks, where do they go?”

Home-Tech Appliance Repair

Employee Owner, Roger

The Sherlock Holmes of Repair at Home-Tech

Maybe because I’m in recovery I have too much time on my hands, but I was bound and determined to get to the bottom of exactly where socks go after the dryer has eaten them. So, I spoke to the all-knowing top repair man, Roger, at Home-Tech in Fort Myers. At first, he feigned ignorance, “Socks? Lost in dryers? That’s crazy – I’ve never heard of that,” he said with an unmistakable glint in his eye.

I told him I had proof – eleven lonely, pathetic socks, without partners to walk through life with. So, he confessed and shared the ancient secret of disappearing socks with me – and I, in turn, am sharing it with you.

Finally, The Truth About Your Dryer

Stephanie Davis Home-Tech

Stephanie Davis, Home-Tech Blogger

It could be a minor (and common) occurrence – instead of the sock clinging to the side of the dryer tumbler, try feeling around the front of the inside – your stray may be hanging out there. Also, if you feel around the inside of the front, there’s a round felt and/or rubber seal. Wear and tear, plus age, can break down the seal and socks can get stuck there, just tumbling round, dizzily for years, cycle after cycle – a sort of purgatory for socks. And yes, sometimes they fall through a crack in the seal and end up in the innards (I like to call it the stomach) of the dryer. Thankfully, if your dryer starts digesting socks or other small bits of laundry and needs repairing, a Service Agreement from Home-Tech will cover it – and uncover your missing socks so they can be reunited with their life-partners.

Meanwhile, I can only grieve for my socks that have gone missing in action, as I hope to start a clever new trend of wearing one Christmas sock and one Hello Kitty sock. I could be onto something here, unless of course, this is the pain meds talking again…