How Hot Technologies Can Improve Your Kitchen

vefsie304pssModern technology is improving every facet of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. By carefully outfitting your kitchen, your appliances can be safer, more efficient and give you versatility and precision as a home chef.

One technology, which has been popular in Europe for years but is still relatively new to the US, is induction cooking which uses electromagnetic energy to heat foods quickly and precisely.
Like a gas burner, an induction cooktop or range-top surface can handle the rapid shifts in heat settings required in a busy kitchen. And because the burner does not heat unless cookware is detected, ventilation can operate more efficiently.

Other efficiencies in induction cooking are exemplified in such appliances as the new 36” Induction 5-Zone Cooktop from Verona, which includes a fast boil setting for rapid cooking as well as a low power setting for delicate meals. A pan detection system saves energy by sensing the size and shape of cookware and intelligently heating only the needed cooking area. Features like a residual heat indicator and an automatic shut-off in case of spillage make cooking with this induction cooktop safer, too. Verona also makes a 30” induction cooktop and 30” induction range.

“Because induction cooking offers the most direct heat transfer of any cooking surface and features unprecedented safety benefits, it’s become the modern standard for kitchens today,” says Melissa Haber, director of sales and marketing for EuroChef USA.

Consumers looking to upgrade their kitchens in the future will enjoy even more choices, as new induction ranges are introduced, such as 36” and 40” ILVE ranges, which offer a wealth of features like a rotisserie, warming drawer, power boost burners and a multifunction convection oven.

If you are still cooking with old school appliances in your kitchen, you may be working harder than you need to be. When making an upgrade, consider the latest cooking technologies.

Griddle Top Cooking

EuroChef USA offers a variety of cooking accessories to make preparing your favorite meals even easier. Of those accessories, the fully removable Griddle cooktop option, or accessory, serves as one of the most useful tools in the kitchen. Here are our top four reasons why this tool is essential for the at-home kitchen:

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  1. Surface Space: Stovetop griddles have a larger surface space than traditional pans or cast iron skillets. This allows for more food to be prepped at once, making it a perfect option for large families or those who like to entertain!
  2. Griddles Require Less Fatty Oils: The need for less fat and oils during cooking offers the possibility for healthier meals. In addition, much of the excess fat separates itself during cooking and makes its way in to the integrated grease trap instead of being absorbed into the food.
  3. Every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle: Pancakes, eggs and bacon during breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch or a juicy steak for dinner – virtually every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle top.
  4. Cooking indoors: Traditional BBQ favorites can be cooked indoors during less than ideal weather, so you can enjoy your favorite foods all year long.

For our favorite griddle recipes, take a look at our Pinterest board below!

Verona Classic Professional Range Series Now Available in Light Blue

Verona, crafted in Italy but made for the U.S. market, introduces a trending new light blue color to their Classic series of 36″ professional ranges. Verona’s Classic series features contemporary lines and stunning details that combine the very best of industrial design and cooking performance. The Verona Classic models feature a sleek plinth leg, matching colored control panel, exquisite beveled front plus robust stainless handles and handrail. The elegantly shaped controls add a unique look, and ergonomic feel that is certain to become a trademark of fine cooking. The new light blue ranges are offered in a single oven option with a dual fuel or fully gas connection.

“The light blue interior design trend is gaining popularity with designers and homeowners all over the world,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales and Marketing for EuroChef USA. “Verona’s new light blue color exhibits calming properties that are perfect for the heart of the home. The color is easy to pair with a wide array of design schemes while still acting as the focal point of the kitchen.”

The ranges are fully equipped with a European convection oven that is easily programmed with the digital clock and timer, delivering the ultimate in professional performance. The multi-function convection oven provides seven cooking modes including three baking modes (Bake, Fan Oven, Convection Bake); three radiant modes (Broil, Convection Broil, Dual Broil) and also a Defrost mode.

A full width compartment provides expansive storage capacity while a standard Glide Rack makes cooking large, heavy items almost effortless.

Other Details:

  • Programmable Digital Clock and Timer in the dual fuel ranges
  • Multi Function European Convection Oven in the dualfuel ranges
  • High Powered Infrared Broiler in the gas ranges
  • EZ Clean Porcelain Oven Cavity
  • Full width storage compartment
  • Plinth legs with a tubular option
  • MSRP starts at $4499

Made To Order – The Personalized Kitchen Trend

Kitchen remodels these days are less likely to be done with an eye to resell and more likely to be customized to reflect one’s personal style. With this rising trend, homeowners are now decorating to their taste and furnishing with appliances made to suit their lifestyle.

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever before to get the personalized look and function that is in such high demand. For example, ILVE appliances are completely hand-assembled in Italy with the option to customize and build ranges just the way you want. Homeowners can visit the ILVE Appliances website to see all of the available options, including over 200 colors, three decorative styles—from the Majestic, Nostalgie, or Techno lines— three trim finishes, four leg designs from sleek modern to ornate traditional, multiple stove top configurations and more.

After choosing the ideal look and style for your range, ILVE allows you to take it one step further offering a variety of mix and match accessories. These unique add-ons such as a Gas Barbeque Grill, Wok Ring and Stainless Steel Griddle allow you to customize your range’s cooking surface with the unique ability to change it over time. So if you want to change over from a bacon griddle to an oven top steamer or fish poacher, anything is possible.

griddleAdditional optional accessories by ILVE include a chopping board, bain-marie warming basin and cast iron steak pans. ILVE appliances and accessories epitomize the theory of customizing your space for your personal needs and lifestyle. Each accessory caters to different cooking styles and innovative ways to serve food.

Verona Appliances, another Italian brand also imported by EuroChef USA, offers seven color finishes and two design series as well as optional handrail and leg choices so you can customize your look affordably. The stylish line of pro-style dual fuel, gas or electric ranges, as well as built-in ovens and cooktops, add beauty and efficiency to any kitchen.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.42.44 PMVerona’s appliances and accessories are perfect for the homeowner that loves to switch things up inside the kitchen. Many of Verona’s coordinating accessories in the Verona CHEFS PAK are interchangeable, removable and really allow you to customize your range according to what and how you like to cook.

With all these endless customization options, your kitchen appliances have the opportunity to reflect your personal style in any way you can dream of!

Verona’s Exclusive 36” Double Oven Ranges Now Available in All Electric

Verona, crafted in Italy but made for the U.S. market, introduces a new 36” fully electric double oven range option to its exclusive line of Verona electric ranges. The only 36” double oven range on the market is now available without the need for a gas connection. The double oven option is offered in stainless steel in both the Verona N Series and the Verona Classic range Collections. The black ceramic glass cooktop is equipped with five sealed elements including a powerful dual element in the center.

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“The new fully electric 36” ranges give designers and homeowners even more selection without sacrificing performance when an electric connection is the only option for cooking,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales and Marketing for EuroChef USA. “These exclusive ranges offer the very best in industrial design along with flexible and professional cooking performance you wouldn’t expect from fully electric ranges.”

Both range options are fully equipped with an easily programmed multi-function European convection oven. Both ovens provide seven cooking modes including three baking modes (Bake, Fan Oven, Convection Bake); three radiant modes (Broil, Convection Broil, Dual Broil) and a Defrost mode. Additionally, a full width compartment provides an expansive storage capacity.

Other Details:

  • Programmable Digital Clock & Timer
  • Multi Function European Convection Ovens
  • 2 Heavy duty racks in each oven
  • EZ Clean Porcelain Oven Surface
  • Full width storage compartment

Classic Collection Exclusive Features:

  • Beveled doors
  • Stainless steel oven & upper handrails
  • Stainless & black knobs
  • Plinth legs
  • 1 EZ Glide rolling rack

MSRP starts at $3849

Verona Helps Outfit 300 sq.ft. Cottage

With Verona Appliances, big things come in small packages! And that’s exactly what renovators had in mind when transforming a small summer cottage into a fully outfitted year round home.

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In Provincetown, Massachusetts Cape Associates, a building and remodeling company specializing in fully custom projects, was tasked with not only turning the 300 square foot cottage into a year round space, but equipping it with all of the conveniences of modern living.

“The Summer cottage could not be expanded vertically or horizontally due to code restrictions so all the requirements for year round living needed to be fit into the existing footprint,” said project manager Derik Burgess. “This necessitated very careful planning and customization in order to fit it all in.”

The kitchen was completed with a 24” Verona Gas Wall Oven and a 12” Deluxe 2 Burner Gas Cooktop. The appliances were specially chosen by the client, he himself being a principal at Studios Architecture.

Photography by Dan Cutrona Photography. For the complete photo reel, click here.

Thank you, Derik and Cape Associates for sharing your Verona Renovation Story and transformation images!

New Product Alert: Verona 36” Induction 5-Zone Cooktop

Equipped with a Booster/Fast Boil function and Pan Detection on all zones

Verona Appliances, known for Italian crafted appliances made for the U.S. market, has released their new 36” Induction 5-Zone Cooktop. The powerful new cooktop comes in a sleek black easy-to-clean ceramic glass. The 5 high power zones feature a fast boil setting for rapid cooking as well as a low power setting for delicate meals. Each zone also features eight distinct power levels plus a BOOST function, all easily regulated by soft touch digital display controls.

The 36” Electric Induction Cooktop has an overall depth of 20 7/8” and a width of 35 7/16”

Features:

  • VECTI365Black Ceramic Glass
  • 5 Cooking Zones
  • Crescent shaped touch controls
  • Low power setting for delicate cooking
  • Booster/Fast Boil Function on all zones – with up to 3 used simultaneously. This function shuts off after 10 minutes and then automatically brings the setting down to the highest standard heat setting.
  • Pan detection system will detect the size and shape of the cookware and heat only that cooking area
  • 3 Cooling Fans
  • Hot surface/residual heat indicator
  • Auto shut-off in the case of spillage, incorrect pan usage or if no cookware is detected
  • Audible alarm to alert of spillage or cooktop malfunction
  • MSRP is $1,899

How-To Clean Your ILVE or Verona Cooking Appliance

An important part of keeping your cooking appliances looking and functioning like new is to keep them clean all year long. Cleaning your ILVE or Verona appliance is made easy by following these simple tips:

Gas Cooktop Surfaces

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To clean the cast-iron grates and remove any spills or splatters, use a scratch resistant cleansing powder such as Bon Ami or Bar Keeper’s Friend. Mix the powder with water to create a thick paste or slurry mixture. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and rub gently onto the grates. Rinse thoroughly within a minute of application and wipe the surface dry with a clean, smooth cloth.

For food that has burned onto the stainless steel stovetop surface, apply warm water to the spot while the stovetop is still warm. Once the stovetop has cooled down it should easily wipe away. For extra tough spots try a general stainless steel cleaner that can be found at your local store.

To sanitize the surface, use a cleansing spray or wipe made specifically for stainless steel surfaces. Note that it is recommended to only use a smooth cloth/sponge and cleanser without bleach on any appliance surface you may be cleaning.

Electric or Induction Glass Cooktop Surfaces

To maintain and avoid damage to the glass on an electric or induction cooktop surface be sure to wipe away any spills in a timely manner (always be sure the surface is cool enough to avoid burns.) Spills can normally be wiped up with a damp sponge, cloth or paper towel along with a gentle cleaning agent made for glass surfaces, which will also work to sanitize the surface and remove any stubborn smudge marks

Oven Interiors

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The secret to cleaning the oven is to wipe up spills and splatters as they occur (always be sure the oven is cool enough to avoid burns.) Once spills are wiped up, clean the oven with a simple hand dishwashing soap and warm water.

To get rid of more stubborn grime or odors, place an open pan of water with a little bit of lemon juice or white vinegar into the oven and turn the temperature up to the highest setting and let the oven run at this temperature for 45 minutes to an hour. This essentially creates a steam process and allows any splatter to be loosened from the cavity walls. Once fully cooled, the oven can easily be wiped clean with a smooth sponge or cloth.

Oven Doors

ILVE and Verona oven doors have the exclusive benefit of easily removable glass for simple cleaning. The glass panels can be removed simply by unscrewing the retaining screws with a screwdriver. The glass plates can then be cleaned using paper towels and a non-invasion glass cleaner to wipe away spills and splatters.

Griddles & Griddle Tops

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After cooking, while the griddle is still warm, pour some kosher salt and oil onto the griddle top surface. Cut a lemon in half and use the lemon to scrub the salt and oil onto the surface. The kosher salt will act as an abrasive to work away any of the burnt residue and impurities from cooking. When finished, simply wipe clean with a dry paper towel leaving it slightly oiled for next use.

For more information on how to clean your ILVE or Verona range, take a look at the following how-to videos: