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Secrets for Maintaining Your Kitchen Appliances

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Your refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher are the centerpieces of your kitchen. Chances are you spent a lot of money on them, so you want to do what you can to keep them in good shape. Use these maintenance tips to avoid potential repairs in the near future.

How to Maintain Your Oven

When most people think of maintaining their oven, they think of keeping it clean. A very common practice for this is to lay out a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of your oven. If any food falls, the aluminum foil prevents it from burning onto the oven’s interior, making cleanup an easy process. What people fail to realize is that the sheet of foil can actually hinder air flow, and cause your heating element to fail. Scrap the aluminum foil, and use your oven’s self-clean cycle to get rid of any food residue.

How to Maintain Your Dishwasher

The easiest way to keep your dishwasher healthy is by cleaning the food off of your dishes before loading it. Nobody wants to wash their dishes before they wash their dishes, but stray food can get stuck in crevices and clog up moving parts. It’s also a good idea to clean your dishwasher every three months. An easy way to do this is by putting a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a hot water cycle with no other dishes.

How to Maintain Your Refrigerator

When it comes to maintaining your refrigerator, the two biggest secrets are the condenser coils and the gasket. The condenser coils are located on the back of the refrigerator, and are known to accumulate dust, hair, and other debris. Clean these every six months using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. The gasket is the rubber seal on the door. When the gasket becomes cracked or loose, it loses its air-tight seal and your energy efficiency can plummet. If you notice excessive wear, have your gasket replaced immediately.

If your fridge is giving you problems, replacement shouldn’t be your first option. It is likely that the refrigerator repair experts at Speedy Subzero will be able to fix your appliance for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one. If you live in New York City or Long Island, give us a call at 866-786-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment.

6 Foods You Should Never Freeze

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We all know that freezing food can help it last longer, but just like anything else, there are exceptions. Freezing can severely alter the texture of some foods, leaving them barely edible upon thawing. Keep these six foods out of your freezer at all costs.

Food #1: Lettuce

What happens: Lettuce is about 96% water, which turns into ice when you freeze it. After thawing, it is nothing but a soft, wilted mess.

Food #2: Cooked Pasta

What happens: No amount of marinara sauce or Parmesan cheese can cover up the mushy disaster that results from frozen pasta.

Food #3: Eggs

What happens: Have you ever left a can of soda in the freezer for too long and had it explode? The same thing can happen with eggs – but much, much messier.

Food #4: Tomatoes

What happens: Tomatoes have high water content, which causes them to turn icy when frozen, and soft and squishy when defrosted. If you are planning on cooking with the tomatoes, it’s okay to freeze them, just don’t eat them raw.

Food #5: Milk

What happens: Milk is known for its creamy texture, but that all changes after you stick it in the freezer. Frozen milk is lumpy after thawing, so don’t bother with it.

Food #6: Fried Foods

What happens: Who doesn’t love fried foods? Their crispy golden exterior is simply irresistible, but you can kiss that goodbye if you put it in the freezer. The once-crisp coating will turn soft and mushy.

If your freezer is malfunctioning, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t put it in – it’s not going to freeze anyways. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, contact Speedy Subzero for all of your refrigerator and freezer repair needs. Our lines are always open, so call 866-782-9376 at any time.

The Many Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

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Do you love having your nightly glass of wine? If so, then we have some good news. Drinking wine in moderation (one glass per day) can actually offer significant health benefits for your mind and body.

Here are just a few of the many health benefits that wine has been scientifically proven to provide:

Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Heart Attacks
Heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans. Fortunately, red wine contains procyanidins, which can help protect your body against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France tend to have the highest levels of procyanidins.

Lowers Risk of Stroke
According to one study that followed more than 3,000 people over an eight year period, the possibility of suffering a blood clot-related stroke drops by about 50% in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.

Slows Brain Decline
A study performed by Columbia University concluded that brain function declined much more rapidly in nondrinkers than it did in moderate drinkers.

Anti-Aging Properties
The fountain of youth might be in that bottle of pinot noir. A compound known as resveratrol is found in most red wines and has been linked to several anti-aging benefits.

Less Risk of Cancer
Cancer is the country’s second-leading cause of death, behind only heart disease. Luckily, wine can help protect you from this too. Wine has been proven to cut the risk of several different types of cancer including breast, colon, lung, and prostate.

Bottoms up!

Remember, the key to gaining these health benefits is by drinking in moderation – no more than one or two glasses per night. Preserve your bottles of wine by keeping them in a wine cooler; they are far better at retaining flavor and preventing oxidation than a normal refrigerator.

If your wine cooler breaks down, help is just a phone call away with Speedy Subzero. We offer same-day, in-home repairs on all makes and models of refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, call us anytime at 866-782-9376.

Quick & Easy Recipes For Super Bowl 50

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This Sunday is Super Bowl 50, also known as the biggest sporting event in the world.

Nearly everyone in the country will be attending a viewing party with their friends and family, and if you are in charge of hosting one, you might feel a little overwhelmed.

Not to worry, there is only one key to a successful Super Bowl party – great food. Don’t panic, providing your guests with a bounty of delicious snacks doesn’t mean that you have to spend your Super Sunday slaving over the stove.

Here are some quick and easy recipes that will keep you out of the kitchen and in front of the TV all day long.

Chicken Taco Casserole
Think of this as backwards nachos – tons of toppings with a sprinkle of tortilla chips. Best of all, it only takes about 10 minutes to throw together! Get the recipe here.

Pigs In A Blanket
Who doesn’t love miniature hot dogs wrapped in a flaky pastry? This classic finger food is a staple appetizer at any Super Bowl party, and couldn’t be any easier to prepare. Click here for instructions.

Chips & Guacamole
The classic chips and dip always has a place on Super Bowl Sunday. Try out this guacamole recipe and you will never go back to store-bought dip again. The best part is you can make it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator until your party.

Speedy Subzero is a refrigerator repair service based on Long Island, New York. We specialize in Sub Zero refrigerator repair, but we can fix all makes and models. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

Best Temperature For Different Wines

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Everyone knows that fine wine gets better with age, but only when it is properly stored.

Here are the fundamentals of proper wine storage:

  • Keep your wine in a dark area, away from UV rays which can cause damage.

  • Steady as she goes. Experts believe that limiting movement and vibrations is a key to preserving wine flavor.

  • Store your wine bottles on their side. This will prevent the cork from drying out, which causes it to shrink and lets air enter the bottle.

  • Keep your wine at the right temperature, and keep it consistent. Temperatures that are too hot or too cold are equally damaging.

So what is the right temperature to keep your wine?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The truth is, different types of wine are best stored at different temperatures, which can make things rather difficult. As a basic rule of thumb, rich red wines should be kept at higher temperatures (60-65° F), while medium and lighter white wines should be stored at temperatures in the 50° range.

Here are the optimal storage temperatures for different types of wine, as recommended by BetterTastingWine.com.

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If you don’t have the money to invest in a cellar, wine refrigerators are a reasonably-priced option to keep your wines at your desired temperature. If yours breaks down, give Speedy Subzero a call at 866-782-9376. We service all of Long Island and New York City, and have over 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers.