November 27, 2014

Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers Perfect for Your Ice Cream

icecreamdayAh, the energy and impatience of youth — those were the two main ingredients that went into making homemade ice cream back in the day. And since National Ice Cream Day fell on the calendar this past Sunday (we here it Home-Tech actually prefer to celebrate the holiday all month long — oh, never mind, let’s be honest — all YEAR long), let’s look back on the days of homemade ice cream and let’s look into the perfect storage for your ice cream – refrigerators with bottom freezers.

Grandma’s Ice Cream Was The Best

Sure, you could buy ice cream at the store, but there was nothing like the rich, smooth, sweet, fresh taste of homemade — and usually, it was Grandma’s recipe, which meant eggs, sugar, vanilla, fresh cream, and the best, most important ingredient of all — Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. If you were lucky, your Grandma let you lick the inside top of the can (so good!). Next came the hard part, which meant dealing with with the ice, the rock salt, and that incredibly heavy wooden and cast iron contraption known as an Ice Cream Maker. And that’s when the adults kicked back with a cold glass of sweet tea and put the kids to work cranking.

Building Muscles and Appetitesbottom freezers

For folks 40-ish and older, childhood just wasn’t childhood unless you did your time cranking the ice cream maker — and you had to keep cranking, fast and constantly, to churn the ingredients. If you got lazy and stopped, you’d just end up with really thick cream instead of the fluffy, delicious, and most importantly, cold, ice cream you craved on a hot July day.

bottom freezerFreezing Your Sweet Creation

While things seemed better way back then, let’s remember that everything was also smaller, including freezers, so there wasn’t much room to fit ice, frozen meat, other staples, plus a carton of homemade ice cream — so you had to either eat it quick, or your Grandma had to do some creative freezer puzzle work. Something that HAS gotten better since childhood is freezers — and Home-Tech carries a variety that not only will fit your budget, but all the ice cream you want — homemade or store bought. One of the most popular models these days is the bottom drawer freezer and Home-Tech boasts proven, quality brands from manufacturers like Bosch, KitchenAid, Maytag, and more — and plenty of these Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers feature money-savings rebates. Just stop into one of our sparkling showrooms in Bradenton or Fort Myers.

Here’s the Recipe

And now that you’re in the mood for ice cream, check out this super easy recipe (no ice cream maker required — you already did your time at the crank):

1/2 cup of cold milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 pint of heavy cream

In a medium bowl, stir together cold milk, vanilla, condensed milk, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold milk mixture into whipped cream.

Pour into shallow 2 quart dish, cover and freeze for 4 hours, stirring once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Yields 12 tasty servings.

 

Refrigerator Repair Reviews

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Believe it or not, refrigerator repair is one of the things Home-Tech does most often for our customers.  And, let’s face it, when your refrigerator is not working, you need a quick fix so you don’t lose all of your goodies in there. Fast, reliable repair is what you want . . . and that’s what you get.  If you’ve had Home-Tech out to your home to work on your refrigerator we’d love to hear about it.  Review us on Facebook or Google. We always enjoy hearing from our customers!

We Love Working With Home-Tech for a Refrigerator Repair

To Whom It May Concern,

We want to give an “Atta Boy” shout out to both Milt and Steve, who came out to Lakewood Ranch to service our GE Monogram Side by Side Refrigerator Freezer.

We knew there was a leak and even though these guys were not scheduled to see us that day; they showed up, friendly as can be, and stayed until they got the job done (which was not easy)!!  We were very impressed with them and appreciated their hard work more than they know. We love working with Home Tech!

Sincerely,

R. Littlejohn, Lakewood Ranch, FL

We Appreciate the AttentionAir Conditioning Home-Tech Service vehicle

To whom it may concern,
My wife and I just had an issue with our Samsung refrigerator which we had purchased from you July, 2013.  Just recently, we had started hearing a vibration coming from the fridge which we had not heard before.   We called to make an appointment to have someone come out to check to see what the problem was.  We spoke with Lisa who is responsible for all the warranty covered appliances.  After explaining the problem, she scheduled a day for a tech to come to our residence.  First it was Marty who came and tried to hear the vibration to see where it might be coming from.  Unfortunately, he was here for 45 minutes and never heard the vibration.  Because of his work schedule and the fact he had not heard the vibration, we all concluded it would be best if he continued on with his day.  Though he did suggest that we could try recording the sound and then replay it for him or another tech who may respond if it should continue to make the vibrating noise.  The next day, we heard it again and called Lisa again.  She scheduled another tech to come out.  Brian S came out.  Because we were able to record the vibration, we played it for him and he knew almost immediately where the noise was coming from.  He moved the fridge out from the wall and took off the back panel.  During this time, he was able to recycle the fridge and the noise did occur.  As he looked, he did not see anything malfunctioning, however, he did put his hand on something and the vibration stopped.  It seemed as though a small piece of  plastic may have been causing the vibration so he moved it somewhat and the vibration stopped.  When he replaced the rear panel, he used some extra padding in order to reduce any further vibration.  He also suggested that the fridge remain an extra inch or two out further from the wall.  After a day or so, the vibration returned.  So, we called Lisa again and again she rescheduled a tech to come to the house.  This time it was Marty again.  As soon as he came to the house, he was able to hear the vibration.  He too determined that the vibration was coming from the rear of the fridge.  He removed the panel, also determined that it was nothing mechanical but did find that a horizontal, thin black bar seemed to be causing the vibration because it seemed to have moved out of place.  He moved the bar back into place and he recycled the fridge to see if the vibration would occur and it did not.  He replaced the back panel and put the fridge back in place and also agreed to keep the fridge an inch or two away from the wall.  Since then, we have not heard the vibration at all.  It has been a week and half and we have not heard any vibration noises.
Needless to say, we are very, very pleased with the service and the attention that was given to this somewhat minor problem.  We can’t say enough about Lisa who was very patient and also very attentive to our needs.  Brian and Marty both were patient, understood the problem and were more than accommodating.  We would just like you to know how much we appreciate the attention that was given to our problem.  Of course, we have never had any problem with any of the techs that have been to our home.
Thanks again.
R. Friedman

Air Conditioning Repair TechVery Professional Refrigerator Repair

Brian serviced our refrigerator months ago.  He left his comment card, which we didn’t respond immediately because the problem had been recurring so frequently. I found it today when cleaning out my desk and want to let you know that it appears he resolved the problem and the refrigerator is working fine now. He was very professional and helpful so we wanted to be sure to comment.
Thanks Brian!
P. Harrington, Fort Myers, FL 33919

 

March Madness – Home-Tech Appliance Style

appliance-money-wheelThe college basketball world is well into the hoopla of March Madness and our very own Florida Gators get to dance at the Sweet Sixteen Party this week (chomp, chomp!) and while we here at Home-Tech are rooting on our respective teams, we’ve also got some very merry March Madness of our own happening in the world of state-of-the-art appliances and serious savings for you. So, come on down to the court and let’s shoot for some cash back!

Run and Gun With Rebatesappliances - electrolux - laundry

You can score a $100 rebate with the purchase of a qualifying Frigidaire refrigerator or range if you make a run to Home-Tech by March 31st. Also, playing only during the month of March, a $300 rebate with a purchase of qualifying Electrolux Laundry Pairs – and trust us, that’s no foul. You get a bonus free throw when it comes to Bosch appliances – that means up to a 10 percent rebate of qualifying Bosch Kitchen Packages. You’ll hear the swishes when you get those rebate checks or gift cards!

bosch kitchen packageDon’t be a Bench Warmer

There are more money shots where those came from in one of our two appliance stores, and when you score, Home-Tech has your back with our Service Agreement Program. So dribble on down to one of our appliance showrooms and let one of our best team members show you what March Madness means at Home-Tech!

 

Man Finds Leprechaun In His Refrigerator!

refrigerator leprichaunThis just in – Mick O’ Malley of Southwest Florida opened his refrigerator on St. Patrick’s Day to find a wee, green leprechaun lurking inside. Upon discovering the alleged mythological creature, O’ Malley immediately alerted local police. According to Officer Brian O’ Callahan, O’ Malley was pretty shook up, “Me and the missus had a few friends over for St. Pat’s Day,” he explained. “I went to the ‘fridge to get another Guinness – it helps the corn beef and cabbage go down, ya’ know – and there he was! He had a little pipe in his hand and he looked real cheerful – he was doing a little jig on top of my case of beer!”

Man Fails Sobriety Test

Suspicious, Officer O’ Callahan issued a field sobriety test on O’ Malley and determined that his leprechaun sighting was the result of too many spirited adult beverages. “I’m Irish, too,” said Officer O’ Callahan. “On St. Patrick’s Day, revelers have been known to see little green men. We’re used to these reports.” Officer O’ Callahan advised O’ Malley to drink several glasses of water, take two Advils, and head to bed.

Avoid Leprechaun Sightings With The Keginatorrefrigerator leprichaun 2

For not that much green, beer connoisseurs and St. Patrick’s Day partiers can cut the fridge out altogether with True’s Beverage Dispenser available at Home-Tech. It’s perfect for a keg of beer, thus earning the name “The Keginator”. With two convenient taps, and an ice cold cooling system, you won’t have to open the door and risk seeing any dancing leprechauns (they still may be there, but you won’t see them, trust us). You don’t need the luck of the Irish to learn more, just your cheerful Home-Tech Rep — where your pot of gold awaits you! And remember the old saying: “An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Home-Tech.

The Bachelor and His Refrigerator

bachelor freezerThe three-hour season finale of the “The Bachelor” was last night with two ladies remaining, vying for the indecisive heart of Venezuelan hunk, Juan Pablo Galavis. Which lady did you root for? Someday maybe he will marry and have his life change forever – and that includes his refrigerator.

A Bachelor’s Appliances Could Be As Lonely as He Is

Whether it’s a bachelor friend, a son or brother on his own, or a dude that rooms with other dudes – guys’ refrigerators can often be barren wastelands. Some are filled with only a plethora of condiments for all the take-out they consume; others boast beer, beer, and MORE beer; still others are filled with bottled water (to take on runs and work-outs) and half-eaten pizzas (to eat cold for breakfast). Oh, how we hope that Juan Pablo’s woman will fill his soul AND his refrigerator.

Use it Or Lose Itbachelor refrigerator

At Home-Tech, we know that if you’re living like a bachelor, you’re probably using your appliances sparingly. A single guy (or gal) might use the microwave often, but the stove doesn’t get the same kind of attention. Instead of giving it a rose and sending it on its way, it’s important to turn it on once or twice a month to keep it in running order. Same as your dishwasher; hopefully you’re recycling all those paper plates and red solo cups, but it’s necessary to keep your dishwasher healthy and lubricated by running it now and then.

Revving Things Up

Seasonal residents wonder why their appliances break down when they’re very sparingly using them (because they are hardly here). Not often using them can be a part of the problem. If you have friends or neighbors checking on your Florida home while you’re up north during the summer, it’s not a bad idea to have them rev up your appliances.

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When You Have Home-Tech

We are here for you every day of the week if any of your appliances stand you up. Home-Tech considers refrigerator repair an emergency. We don’t want you to lose your fridge contents if it stops cooling. So give us a call for service. We won’t show up in a limo, but we will arrive as soon as possible to do your refrigerator repair.

Bosch Unveils Their Brand New Kitchen Appliance Packages

bosch elegant garden kitchenHave you been loving your Bosch dishwasher and waiting for the day you could get a whole kitchen full of Bosch appliances? Well, that day has come! Bosch has long been a leader in the appliance industry. Their dishwashers are known for excellence and innovation, while their washer & dryers are compact, sleek, and fast. As Bosch — with its German engineering, commitment to quality, and solid reputation enters into full kitchen appliance packages — Home-Tech is thrilled to offer Bosch’s exciting new line and designs.bosch kitchen package

Home-Tech Partners with Bosch

Are the appliance experts at Home-Tech excited about this news? You bet! “Home Tech as always considered Bosch to be a leader in innovation and quality, primarily in the kitchen area of appliances.  We chose to partner ourselves with BSH because they produce some of the highest quality dishwashers and cooking products in the marketplace.   Our service level on them also has been one of the lowest of all the brands, proving that their design and performance have always been very strong.  Our technicians really like the quality and the ease of service of all the BSH products; Bosch, and Thermador, “ said Mike Hendershott, Home-Tech Inside Sales Manager.

Expanding to Kitchen Appliancesbosch coastal kitchen

The new full kitchen appliance package line-up by Bosch will feature more than 100 new products in cooking, ventilation, and refrigeration — and the leaders at Bosch couldn’t be more proud. Micaela Shaw, Brand Manager for Bosch home appliances says, “The 2014 Bosch Kitchen brings the best in European design to offer streamlined, functional design that proves the perfect balance of form and function.”

bosch uptown studioRemodel Your Kitchen at Home-Tech With Bosch

Sleek, modern, and with precision technology, these new products include refrigerators, stoves, sinks, microwaves and more. There’s the Modern Gourmet Kitchen, the Uptown Studio Kitchen, the Coastal Kitchen, the Elegant Garden kitchen and even more beautiful packages to choose from. Let one of our Appliance Experts help you choose which Bosch kitchen is perfect for your Florida home and lifestyle. Then, sit back and let us take care of free delivery and installation. We’ll even come out and measure for you! Plus our Service Agreement gives you the security of knowing we’re there for you for any service needs, seven days a week. The 2014 Bosch Kitchen brings the best in European design to deliver what consumers desire in appliances that will be in their home for years, while Home-Tech brings you the expertise, reliability, and service. It’s the perfect combination.

Stainless Steel Refrigerator – No More Magnets On Appliances

P100832_3zlarge_jpeg_th_thWhere have all the finger paintings gone? What about the alphabet magnets or the magnetic poetry set where your creativity could reign free? Times they are a changin’ and the end of an era is upon us. We are now witnessing the Fall of Magnets, a bare refrigerator door without magnetic powers. How has this happened you may ask? It happened when we all made the shift to stainless steel refrigerators. While stylish, they aren’t magnetic.

Refrigerator Door Bares All

Its a tough time for magnets these days with all of these fancy, shiny, sleek new stainless steel refrigerators on the market. But fear not, there are solutions. Let’s say you have an Electrolux Standard-Depth French Door Refrigerator with IQ-Touch Controls, where can you find the room to post your child’s good grades, holiday art project or that wedding invitation that you can’t lose? Fret not, there are a few solutions available.

  1. Choppa Board:  A powder coated sheet of metal, the choppa board backed with powerful suction cups allows you to place a magnet board on most flat, nonporous surfaces without the need to drill, nail or use adhesives. The price is $20. 
  2. Adhesive Putty: This reusable solution works great on any surface. The best part is, there is no clutter of magnets. We recommend the Scotch brand Adhesive putty, as it is easy to remove and won’t leave big circles on your beautiful stainless steel refrigerator.
  3. Lulalu clips: Lulalu uses a proprietary material that grips to smooth slick non-porous surfaces including stainless steel, glass, mirrors, tile, and wood. Non-adhesive, it leaves no marks or residue and is non-toxic. Each Click Clip holds up to 10 sheets of paper and is 2″ diameter. The clips start at $5.

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You never need to worry when you have Home-Tech supporting your stainless steel refrigerator or any of your appliances. Our appliance experts can offer solutions like this, helping to find a solution for even the most trivial question, like “What do I do with my magnet collection?” If you are looking for a new refrigerator, look no further than our Appliance Showrooms. Our appliance experts on staff are standing by to assist you finding the right appliance for your home. Have questions, call us at 800-800-8356. 

10 Secrets to Keeping your Refrigerator Fresh and Clean

Have you ever opened up your refrigerator, pinned your nose closed and asked that all too familiar question, “Where is that smell coming from?” This is an all too common scenario, and there are simple ways to avoid a stinky fridge. Thanks to our friends at HGTV.com, we have provided you with a few helpful tips and tricks to keeping your refrigerator clean and odor-free. 

Top 10 Tips to Make a Refrigerator Really Shine

  1. Keep your refrigerator at a steady 37° – 40° to prevent wasting energy and your food from spoiling.
  2. Eliminate those lingering odors from your vegetable bins by crumbling up a brown paper grocery bag and leaving it inside the refrigerator bin for 48 hours. The paper will absorb the odors.
  3. Create a homemade all purpose cleaner by combining the following in a gallon of hot water: 1cup clear ammonia, ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda. Pour into spray bottle, or use from a bowl with a sponge. This no rinse formula is a degreaser that prevents mold and mildew. Wipe down the entire fridge with this solution, including the drawers and shelves.
  4. Check for adequate tightness of the unseating seam around the door by placing a lighted flashlight inside the fridge and closing the door. Turn the lights off in the room, and see if any light escapes from the seams. If you see light, you will need to call Home-Tech for a refrigerator repair.
  5. Use toothpaste to remove tough stains from the inside and outside of your refrigerator. Toothpaste is a gentle abrasive with a pleasant odor.
  6. Try buffing paste wax into the surface of your refrigerator to prevent grease and odor buildup on the top of the refrigerator after cleaning.
  7. Need a fast odor fix? Try sprinkling vanilla or orange extract on a few cotton balls. Place them in a shallow dish inside the fridge.
  8. Have dust bunnies under the fridge? Remove the grill and run a yardstick covered with a pair of pantyhose underneath. Also, make sure to check the pan of water underneath the refrigerator, as it may house some stinky or odorous water.
  9. Dust off the coils on the back of your refrigerator every six months. Dirtier coils cause the refrigerator to use more energy to keep your food cold.  
  10. If you don’t keep a full refrigerator, fill a gallon jug with water and leave it in the refrigerator. This will help keep the refrigerator cool and efficiently running.

Refrigerator Care – Best Practices

If your fridge is on the fritz call Home-Tech. Our expertly trained appliance repair technicians can fix your refrigerator quickly and effectively. Home-Tech can repair all brands and models of refrigerators, and with 90 vehicles on the road every day, there is always a technician close by. Don’t delay your refrigerator repair, call today to have a technician diagnose your appliance problems at 800-800-8356.

Refrigerator Repair Extraordinaire – Appliance Expert Ryan T.

refrigerator repair appliance repair RyanTo Whom It May Concern,

Yesterday, Ryan serviced our Samsung Refrigerator.  He was courteous and efficient with his refrigerator repair and kept after the problem until it was resolved.  He definitely deserves an Atta Boy.

- Dan D., Naples

To Whom It May Concern,  

On Friday, Ryan made a service visit due to a refrigerator problem.  He was quite knowledgeable about refrigerator repair, neat and on time.  He ordered the parts for me which should be in next week.  (Hopefully). Ryan mentioned that I would be called by Home-Tech to set up an appointment when the parts arrive.  If possible, I would like him to be the one you send back to completed this repair.

- Arthur L.

To Whom It May Concern,

I just wanted to send you this to let you know about a very pleasant experience I had with Ryan during a recent service call.  He displayed excellent customer service skills and went out of his way to make sure that we were statisfied that the job had been completed to our satisfaction.  I would suggest that your company encourage Ryan to grow within your organization as I believe he has excellent customer service skills that a service company like Home-Tech requires of their employees.

- Merv F., Naples

To Whom It May Concern,

Ryan showed up on time, was very polite and professional. He completed the appliance repair I had called about plus another problem.  He cleaned up his work area very well and was gone quickly.  Ryan T. certainly deserves an “atta boy”.

- Harold S., Naples

 

The Laws of Leftovers. How Many Days Will They Last in Refrigerator?

The Refrigerator Rules of Leftovers

Face it. Holding onto to leftovers for too long is something we are all guilty of one time or another. At times, we shove foods into the far back of the refrigerator, hoping we will find it again later in the week. But instead, it goes bad and we find it after it has far surpassed its prime.

All of us at Home-Tech understand the natural inclination to hold onto the foods we have prepared and wish to enjoy again.  Refrigeration and food storage best practices will ensure enjoyment of your leftovers and decrease the likeliness of food spoilage.

How Long is Too Long in the Fridge?

  • Meats, cooked seafood, vegetables, pizza, soups, and casseroles should be eaten within three to four days.
  • Potatoes or pasta salads should be eaten within three to five days.
  • Rice, pasta, and hard-cooked eggs should be eaten within seven days.
  • For desserts: Cream pies and fruit pies should be eaten within three to four days; cake and cheesecake should stay safe for up to seven days. Note: Desserts should be refrigerated.

Refrigerator Home-Tech Leftovers LG The Ultimate Refrigerator for Leftovers

Check out LG’s Super-Capacity 3 Door French Door Refrigerator with Door-in-Door. This fridge is not only huge, but it is really convenient. Its layout and design make it easy to store leftovers while keeping your other foods fresh.If its shelf space you are looking for, then look no further. This refrigerator has the most shelf space, thanks to the ultra slim SpacePlus Ice System.

  • Door-in-Door Easy Access
  • Most Shelf Space*
  • SpacePlus Ice System
  • Helps Keep Food Fresh with Smart Cooling Plus
  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified Refrigerator
  • Easy Access to the Freezer with the Smart Pull Handle.
  • 3-Tier Organization™ Freezer
  • Cleaner, Fresher Air from the Fresh Air Filter.
  • Tall Ice & Water Dispensing System can accommodate just about any size container.
  • 4-Compartment Crisper System

No Questions Leftover with Home-Tech

Have appliance questions or want to know about this refrigerator? Home-Tech’s appliance experts are here to help you. We can answer your simply or more complex appliance inquiries, all you have to do is ask. Call us today at 800-800-8356  to speak with our appliance experts directly, or stop into one of our Appliance showrooms to shop our a for appliances. Like to shop online? No problem! Check out our inventory in our Online Appliance Store.