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Do kitchen appliances really need to match??

Personally, I don't get the 'match' thing.
Did you ever see pictures of Julia Child's Kitchen?
http://americanhistory.si.edu/juliach...
Black Fridge!, Stainless Wall ovens! White Coffeemaker!
Of course you want the kitchen to be aesthetically pleasing to you, but I think function is the deciding factor. But this comment is coming from the girl who outfitted a bathroom with all Kohler products except for (-the nerve!) the Grohe handshower.
Function function function!

Dec 17, 2010
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Electrolux appliances

30" Electrolux Icon Gas Range- That was my choice and I am very pleased. Full stainless exterior finish, convection oven w/ fantastic sliding oven racks, sealed gas burners in a ceramic cooktop,continuous grates and no frivolous electronics (don't look for a chicken nugget button on this range!) all for $2500-$3000. (See my original post under 'Gas Range w/out Exterior Exhaust?")

Dec 17, 2010
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Le Creuset vs. Staub

I'm not sure why I feel the need to put my 2 cents in after the 182 replies, but: I have 4 LC items. 2qt dutch oven-- a little stained; 5 qt dutch oven --medium stained and then cracked- from a drop onto a pine wood floor; a flat bottomed wok--LOVE IT; and an enameled steel tea kettle---super cute but a PIECE OF CRAP. When I went to replace the 5qt dutch oven I was debating, LC or Staub, but instead I bought an Emile Henry (made in France) 'Flame' dutch oven. It's composition is a special ceramic. It weighs less, can be used stove top and oven and even in the microwave. Thus far, I've been loving it. Just something to consider!

Nov 05, 2009
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Stainless steel in All Clad comes from.......?

All Clad is made in Cannonsburg Pennsylvania. Their website says all their bonded cookware is made in US, but some lids and utensils may be made elsewhere. Check out
all-clad.com

Oct 26, 2009
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What's your cheap, low-class, won't-usually-tell kitchen favorite?

Definately no box here. In fact I just went searching for them and all I found in the back of a drawer were two... one sitting figure with a sombrero, and a standing up guy who you see from the back view?... but i remember the cactus and the boot...now where are they?

Oct 20, 2009
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What's your cheap, low-class, won't-usually-tell kitchen favorite?

NO Freaking Way! I have those too! I think I got them from a roomate about 20 years ago...who may have been to Mexico... A boot is another one. I always thought, I should use them for something! OOPS! This was supposed to be a reply to Veggo's Silver Forks.

Oct 20, 2009
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Gas Range without exterior exhaust?

dmd_kc, I know you are right!
Read this article from the NYTimes
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/wee...
I have a friend, who, whenever she comes here exclaims,"with all the cooking you do I cannot believe you still haven't re-done your kitchen!" Well!
When at some point we do some work, I do not want it to scream 'remodeled in 2010' with wall to wall stainless and granite....especially since I live in an old home and feel a sort of responsibility -not to make it historically accurate, but to consider the character of the house when remodeling. That's why I'm not interested in doing alot of major structural changes although there are many challenges structurally! Besides two windows, there are 5 doors into my kitchen! One of them is next to the stove and hence no room for cabinetry there.

Oct 20, 2009
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Gas Range without exterior exhaust?

Thanks for the link! Also, here's a link for a home-inspector's web site that discusses the functionality of the recirculating ventilation option... very interesting.

http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_in...

Oct 19, 2009
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Gas Range without exterior exhaust?

okay... I CONFESS... aside from the continuous grates and a burner that would boil water in a reasonable amount of time... my concern is-- aesthetic. American comes in yellow! How can a person not have their mood lifted just looking at a yellow range everyday? on the other hand, one of those ugly kenmores in white with gray grates that raise 3 inches above the cooktop and look like a cage to catch a rat, and a bunch of gaudy electronics, or faux-pro with a little stainless and alot of ugly black parts that are dust attractors.... that's enough to make me depressed! Should I just get over myself and buy the first thing I see when I walk into Lowe's?

Oct 19, 2009
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Should I keep my Le Creuset round oven?

Two thoughts. I love LC but did have a 5qt that cracked when my husband dropped it on our (pine) wood floor, so, they don't necessarily last forever. I belabor my purchases as well, but did recently get the new Cuisinart food processor with the rubber gasket in the lid. I use my FP almost daily to make shakes out of yogurt and frozen fruit, and my old one always leaked at the lid. I thought I should probably have a blender for the shakes but I have very limited counter space, so I was thrilled when Cuisinart came out with the new FP with the gasket. Consider it if you opt for the food processor.

Oct 16, 2009
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Gas Range without exterior exhaust?

Joe, I live in a rural area, I don't even know who has oversight over the code enforcement around here! I've had 2 different propane suppliers to for different stove issues in the past, and no one ever told me I HAD to ventilate, so I think you are correct. And now that I think about it, there are 'ventless' propane fueled fireplaces....

Oct 16, 2009
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Confused about thermal shock and cast iron?

I've never cracked a good old cast iron skillet and I've abused them. I turn the propane up high right away under my cast iron skillets and never had a problem. Think about it, people started using cast iron long before there were controls on their heating sources! And what about cooking up a stew over a camp fire in a cast iron dutch oven? A word of warning on enameled cast iron however--my husband dropped a 5 quart enameled cast iron Le Creuset dutch oven-- it dented my wood floor and--it cracked! Enameled cast iron is more sensitive to temperature changes than unenameled, so if you use that you should start with a low flame. I've been wondering if I did something to weaken the Le Creuset that caused it to crack.

Oct 15, 2009
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What size of skillet/pan to get? And what material?

I actually have a 6 inch cast iron skillet that I find extremely useful. When that is hot I can cook eggs for one person in 1 minute. Sometimes I just make a succession of eggs for my family of five and it takes no time at all. However, it wouldn't even hold a strip of bacon lengthwise, so I'd compromise with the 8 inch. I agree, get the Lodge pre-seasoned. After I use my pan I wash it with hot water. I find if I use soap, then it's not as 'non-stick' the next time. After washing I don't dry with a towel, I just set it on the stove for a minute to dry it out. You can pour a little oil in it if you want and wipe it around with a spatula. Some people will wipe the oil in it with a paper towel, but cheap paper towels may leave some lint, which would bug me though others may not even notice it. I used to worry that if I didn't t wash the pan with soap, (which everyone says not to do with cast-iron) that it would be unsanitary, but my new theory is if you are using it almost daily, it won't have a chance to get rancid. I've had all-clad non stick and stainless, but I think there is nothing like a well seasoned cast iron pan. I would consider it an honor for someone to hand me down an old well seasoned fry pan. You may want to ask a grandma or other older relative if they have one they are willing to part with!

Oct 15, 2009
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Gas Range without exterior exhaust?

Can anyone tell me if I can install a pro-style range without exterior exhaust? I've been in the market for a range ever since I melted a large plastic lid in my 18yr old kenmore gas range (i won't go into the oven-fire details!) and haven't used it since. I don't want to burn off the plastic in my house, and don't feel like disconnecting the propane and trying to rig it up the range outside to burn it off out there, and besides, two of the burners were shot.

I really like the pro style ranges like Bertazonni or American because i don't like all the electronic crap that most cheaper ranges have now. I definitely want continuous grates on the top, and because I hate to clean, probably closed burners. I've been doing extensive baking for years with great results in a regular old gas oven, without convection, so I can take that or leave it.

The problem lies in the fact that I have no exterior exhaust. My current set up has a microwave/fan over the range. The range is on an inside wall of an old brick farmhouse with no easy way to ventilate. Also, the range is exposed on one side. This creates an aesthetic problem with ranges such as the GE Cafe and Monogram, which--can you believe it!-actually are not stainless on the sides! The sides are black according to my local GE dealer. (and they don't come in all white, which i could live with.) For the price of the monogram that is outrageous! And though it's not as offensive as some others... they've got that electronic clock and touchpad that i don't care for.

So, the question is, could I install something like the American Range Pro Style 30" or Bertanzoni without exhaust? Does anyone have any other suggestions? My family wants to know when I'm going to bake again! Thanks!

Oct 15, 2009
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