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December 15, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Cook on a Griddle

how to cook on a griddle

If your kitchen range has a griddle, you may be interested in exploring some of the many benefits a griddle offers.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how to cook on a griddle so you’re prepared.

How to Cook on a Griddle

Well, look who invested in a griddle. It does not matter if your griddle came on its own or if it is part of a pro-style stainless steel range the Thor Kitchen designs, cooking on a griddle comes with its own set of rules.

If you are like most people, the first thing you may think of when you hear the word griddle is pancakes or flapjacks. And, it is for good reason. A griddle can make one unforgettable batch of pancakes. Though, here is the important thing to remember – those griddled hotcakes are only the beginning of the relationship with your griddle.

Take it to the next level with all these tips, suggestions, and how-to’s when it comes to cooking on a griddle.

Why Cook on a Griddle?

First of all, let’s see if we can answer the question – why cook on a griddle? After all, you have a stove, an oven, and maybe even a grill. So, you may be wondering why you should even bother with a griddle. Well, the answer is simple.

Griddles have a large cooking space. When you are making food for a large number of people, you can cook a large amount of food at once. Think about it – pancakes get cold easy. You can cook them all at one time on a griddle and the family can eat hotcakes together at one time. But, that’s not the only reason.

Griddles have a wide open surface with no sidewalls. That means moisture doesn’t get held up inside and affect the taste and texture of the food. Instead, everything can cook perfectly crisp. Oh – and did we mention how not having sides makes it much easy to flip and whip food around?

Another reason why you will begin to love cooking on your griddle is that you can cook multiple foods at once. That means only one thing to clean – and multiple dishes to eat. The large cooking area makes this possible.

Cooking Tips for Your Griddle

Now that you have a griddle and you are interested in seeing how it can work for you, there are a few tips you will want to follow to make sure the cooking goes smoothly. And to, well, make sure your food tastes good, of course.

  • Always use oil or a cooking spray. Just like any pan, food can stick to the griddle. Having a well-coated surface can reduce this issue and allow you to cook with ease.
  • If you are cooking thicker items or multiple items at the same time, you can consider wrapping your food in foil. This allows you to cook (sort of steam, really) in the foil and you can flip and turn with ease. And, this method does not involve the need for oil.
  • Try new recipes and blend new foods together. Because of its great big surface, you can cook multiple foods at once. This gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new and mix new flavors together.
  • Know that your food will cook faster on a griddle. See, there are no grated surfaces for heat to escape. The entire surface of the griddle is receiving the heat that your range is putting off. That means your food is bound to cook at a faster rate. You will want to keep an eye on delicate foods. Just know that everything you eat from your griddle will be cooked and browned to perfection.

A griddle is not that different to cook on from other things, such as your stove or your grill. But you may as well try some new foods and ideas while you are at it. Wouldn’t you agree? After all, new appliance, new recipes, right?

Safety Tips

Even though a griddle seems like a harmless appliance, it isn’t. There are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

  • Always, always use an oven mitt. Griddles can get very hot – and all areas of a griddle heat up. Accidentally touching one is equivalent to accidentally touching your burner or your grill grates. You don’t want to do that – so protect yourself.
  • Use the right size spatula. If you are cooking anything that needs to be flipped, do it correctly. Failing to use the right equipment can lead to burns and discombobulated foods.
  • Watch the grease. Depending on your griddle, it may or may not have space for the grease to go. Due to its flat surface, too much grease can overflow. If you are using your griddle on a range top – and especially if your simultaneously cooking on your burners – you need to be extra careful. Overflowing grease can cause fires.

Keep it Clean

Cleaning your griddle is simple. That is, as long as you keep up with it. You should be cleaning your griddle after every use.

  • Carefully remove excess food on the griddle, scaping it off with the spatula if necessary.
  • Then, use a wet rag and wipe down the griddle’s surface.

It works best to do these steps when the griddle is still hot so the food doesn’t latch on. Just remember this and take precautions so as not to burn yourself.

Your griddle is now ready for its next use.

36 Inch Professional Gas Range with Griddle

If you are looking for a pro-style range with a built-in griddle, look no further. This durable, 36-inch gas range offers you so many options – and a griddle.

Just check out these features:

  • Black Porcelain Drip Pan to facilitate surface cleaning
  • 15,000 BTU Stainless Steel Griddle
  • Infrared Broil Burner
  • Blue porcelain oven interior
  • Commercial Convection Fan

And that’s only a few of the many features!

Think about it this way. The next time you have to cook a large feast for a group of people, you won’t need to worry. You have the oven and all those burners. Plus, you have a griddle. You will have space for everything.

The best part is that it is not too good to be true—this range actually exists.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to cook on a griddle, you can explore the many different recipes and start crafting your griddle skills.

The next time you want to get cooking in your kitchen, consider being a bit adventurous and use your griddle!

October 31, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range: Comparing Kitchen Ranges

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range

If you’re thinking about replacing your old kitchen range, you may be wondering if you should purchase a dual fuel range or a gas range.

In this article, we’re comparing dual fuel vs gas range options and taking a closer look at the differences so you can make a more informed decision.

Dual Fuel vs Gas Range: Comparing Kitchen Ranges

Not all ranges are created equal. And, the most distinguishing characteristic of all is what type of fuel the range uses to heat each function of the range. Do you prefer electric ranges? Gas ranges? Or, how about a combination of both?

Depending on your cooking or baking needs and your preference in fuel, you may prefer a specific type of professional range. And, thankfully, you are able to choose the range that will best fit your desires and your kitchen.

For those who are on the fence about which kitchen range you want for yourself, let’s compare the two most popularly sought after – gas ranges and dual fuel ranges.

Here’s a comparison of dual fuel vs gas range options …

Why the Comparison?

If you are wondering why we are comparing two well-designed kitchen ranges, then you may be surprised at what you discover throughout this article. See, there are those individuals who cook just because they have to. Then there are those who do so because they love to. It is the latter who understands the differences that are found from one range to another.

But, should those who cook because that have to, be stuck dealing with a range that doesn’t provide everything they need? No way!

So, let’s look at these two ranges, discovering what sets them apart. And help all chefs – novice and pro – make the best-educated range selection possible.

Cooking with Gas

Gas is a commonly used fuel for ranges. Depending on what is available and pricing, gas ranges can be fueled by either natural gas or propane – with the difference between them being unnoticeable. Gas has been a very universal means of heating for a very long time. And, it seems to be preferred by many professional chefs.

When cooking on a stovetop fueled by gas, there is much precision in controlling the heat. Let’s say, for instance, that you have a pan cooking on the stove with chicken that you have deemed perfect and done – at just the right temperature. So, you turn the burner off, right? The heat source – the flame fueled by gas – disappears and your chicken stops cooking.

Electric stovetops heat the burner to, in turn, heat the pan. If you were to again find yourself in the same situation with your perfectly cooked chicken and you turn off the electric burner, the hot coils would continue to heat your pan, causing your chicken to overcook.

It’s no wonder so many chefs love cooking with gas.

Cooking with Electric

Another option for ranges is an electric range. While these are also very popular on the market, they aren’t the most popular among chefs, as discovered above. But, do you know who prefers an electric range over a gas? A baker. And, here’s why.

Ovens fueled by gas tend to provide an uneven amount of heat around the space. For those trying to perfectly bake something, it will quickly be determined that gas in an inadequate way of doing so. Unless, of course, you desire to keep turning the pan consistently, allowing for the heat to penetrate every side.

Gas ovens do not provide a consistent source of heat. So as the oven fills up to the desired temperature, the heat stops. And, when it is determined that the oven needs more heat, it will be provided. There is a bit of ebb and flow that takes place.

Now, for electric ovens, heat is received from a consistent heating source – without the ebb and flow effect. Solid heat that cooks food perfectly even every time.

And, that’s why bakers tend to be more fond of electric ovens.

Benefits of a Gas Range

Think a gas range may be more your style? Many people believe it to be. And, for good reason as there are many benefits to purchasing a gas range – especially a pro-style gas range in stainless steel.

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HRG3618U 36″ Pro-style 6 Stainless Steel Burner Gas Range

These durable ranges come with a plethora of features that can be beneficial to get a great meal on the table in no time.

Gas ranges are:

  • Precise heat control for cooking.
  • Emergency ready. When the power goes out, you can almost always still utilize your gas range if you manually light it.
  • Fast access to heat. You turn the burner on and you are ready to start cooking. No need to wait for a burner to heat up.
  • Easy to clean and care for.
  • Cost-effective. Gas ranges will typically cost less than dual fuel ranges. Plus, depending on where you reside, gas tends to be a more economical method of heating.

Related: HRG3618U 36″ Pro-style 6 Stainless Steel Burner Gas Range

Benefits of a Dual Fuel Range

After all the benefits that a gas range has to offer, what can be said about a dual fuel range? Remember, this is a comparison between the two. So, while there are perks to owning a gas range, there are also perks to a dual fuel range.

dual fuel range

For instance, here are some benefits of a dual fuel range:

  • They offer the fuel that is best suited for the appliance. Electric heat for the oven and gas for the stove.
  • As discussed above, having the right type of fuel leads to effective and efficient cooking and/or baking.
  • These ranges are preferred by professional chefs and bakers all around the world. The experts know that gives the best of both worlds.
  • Dual fuel ranges are designed with durability and professional quality in mind.

Related: HRD3606U 36 Inch Professional Dual Fuel Range in Stainless Steel

Conclusion

Buying a range means that you are adding an investment to your kitchen and, of course, your home. Ranges are not the type of item you re-purchase regularly when the new model comes out. Therefore, you want to make sure the range you invest in – is the range you will be happy with.

Taking the time to understand the benefits and features of each of these ranges – a gas range and a dual fuel range – can help you determine which would be best for you. Don’t forget to take into account your cooking habits and frequency.

Choosing the right range for your lifestyle will bring even more benefits to your life.

October 28, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a Gas Range Top

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Looking for an effective way to clean your gas range top? There are several approaches you can take so today we’re sharing a few tips for your consideration.

In this article, you’ll learn how to clean a gas range top safely.

How to Clean a Gas Range Top

If you have to choose the messiest appliance to clean in your kitchen, what would your answer be? For many, choosing the oven, microwave, or refrigerator may be the first choice. After all, you always wipe down your stovetop after you use it so it should be clean, right?

Truth be told, your gas range top goes deeper than just the surface. Food may overflow, crumbs will drop, and heat will make any debris burnt and crispy. Thankfully, there are ways to clean up this mess that finds itself on and under the surface. And, you should know that it is easier than it may seem!

Here’s how to clean a gas range top …

Gather the Proper Materials

The first step to any cleaning project is to get the proper materials together. When it comes to cleaning your gas range top, you will be happy to know that the cleaning materials you need are probably already in your home.

Here is what you will need:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • A soft, dry cloth

There are other methods that use store-bought, chemical products. And, while they do offer a nice clean shine, the method presented here will provide the same shine sans chemicals.

Cleaning the Grates

The first step in cleaning your gas stovetop would be to remove the grates. These heavy, cast iron grates may be durable, but they do take a beating while cooking. Spills and other residues get burnt onto the burner every time you use it. Over time, this buildup gets thicker and thicker. This may lead you to believe that getting the grates clean will take a lot of work and require heavy scrubbing.

But, fear not! There is an easy way!

Fill up your sink or a bucket with hot soapy water, using your dish soap. Then place the grates in the soapy water to soak. Then, as they are soaking, mix baking soda with a little bit of water, creating a thick, paste-like substance. Remove the grates from the soapy water and cover them with this baking soda paste. Let them sit for about 20-minutes.

Use a sponge and scrub the residue on the grates and run it under water to clean it off. All debris that was on these burner grates should be removed.

Make this process easier in the future by performing routine care. Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar and spray down the burners after each use. Let the vinegar sit on the grates for approximately ten minutes or so, then wipe off. The vinegar does not allow the grease to latch on, keeping your burners cleaner.

Careful with the Fuel Ports

When you remove the grates, you are looking at the burner caps. Remove these and add them to the bucket of hot, soapy water to soak. If they are too bad, they may require the above baking soda paste treatment.

Below the burner cap is where you will find the fuel port. This is where the flame comes from when you light your burner. Sometimes, in gas ranges, food particles can find their way down into these fuel ports, clogging them and making it more difficult to distribute even heat. If you have ever seen a bright burst of flame when lighting your burner, this comes from food bits around the fuel ports, too.

Examine them and make sure all holes are open and debris free. Rumor has it that the best tool for clearing a clogged port is an unbent paperclip. It seems to be the perfect size to fit right in the space.

Caring for the Surface

Initially, you want to wipe down the surface to make sure that you remove all unstuck debris. Get it off of there so you know what you are working with. Then, using a wet, soapy sponge (NOT the scrubbing side) gently begin wiping down the surface. You may need smaller rags to find your way into crevices. Or, sometimes a soft toothbrush will be beneficial. Note: Do not use any other type of toothbrush than soft or you may risk scratching the surface.

If you find you have areas that are heavily soiled with stuck-on debris, here’s what you can do. Wet a cloth and place it in the microwave for 30-seconds. Then, place the steamy wet cloth over the stuck-on debris and let it sit for a few minutes. This will loosen what is stuck, allowing you to wipe it off much easier.

Once your surface is clean, wipe it down with a dry cloth. Then, replace your burner tops and grates.

Don’t Forget the Knobs

Lastly, it is easy to forget about your knobs if you are simply focused on the top of your range. But, believe it or not, your knobs get really dirty, too. Follow the same method as with cleaning the surface above. If possible, remove the knobs and place them in the hot, soapy water to soak. Then, gently wipe them down, dry them with the soft cloth, and replace them.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gas Range Top?

Congratulations, you have got yourself a clean gas range top. So, now you may be wondering what you can do to keep your range looking as good as it does at this very moment, right? As well as how often you should follow these deep cleaning steps.

The answers to these questions will vary, of course, based on how often you cook. For instance, someone who uses the stovetop regularly will want to clean the range more frequently than someone who occasionally cooks a meal on the stove.

So, simply stated, you should clean your gas range top after every use by wiping it down, carefully cleaning up crumbs and spills. Then, every month or two (or when you notice a lacking appearance), perform a deeper cleaning.

Conclusion

Your gas range top is an investment. You will find that by following these simple steps, it will remain a shining addition to your kitchen.

To learn more, take a look at our article about cleaning kitchen appliances.

October 14, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

An Overview of Pro Style Kitchen Ranges

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If you’re thinking about replacing your old range, you may be interested in learning more about the various pro style kitchen ranges available.

In this article, we provide an overview of pro style kitchen ranges so you can make the best decision for your kitchen.

Pro Style Kitchen Ranges

Prostyle kitchen ranges are a welcome appliance in any kitchen. Unlike regular household ranges, these professional appliances bring with them a standard of durability, strength, and solidity. It does not matter how much they are used or how hard they are worked, they prove over and over to be beacons of the appliance world.

Imagine, if you will, having one of these pro-style kitchens ranges in your home; inside your kitchen. Can you see it? Can you picture yourself cooking your meals on something so wonderful? What delightful dishes could you provide your family and friends if you had the means to do so?

If you do not currently have a pro-style kitchen range, it is time to consider investing in one. In fact, it is time you understood the power of this appliance.

Looks Aren’t Everything, But…

We learn throughout life that looks aren’t everything. You may find a book with an eye-catching cover only to find that the pages inside put you to sleep. Or, you may see a piece of cake that looks so divine you can almost taste it. Only, when you do, it doesn’t taste anywhere near how good you thought it would.

When it comes to just any old range, the same rules may be applied. It may look great and it may try to keep up with you in the kitchen, but you’ll find out soon enough that it just can’t get the job done as a pro-style kitchen range can.

Looks aren’t everything, but when it comes to pro-style kitchen ranges, you get the full package – style and ability. Thor Kitchen’s pro-style ranges, for example, come in stainless steel or black stainless steel. This means that they are strong and durable, free from future erosion and rust. And, they look nice, with a shine that will stand out in your kitchen – and adapt to any décor you bring its way.

Gas Ranges or Dual Fuel Ranges

If you are looking for the best pro-style kitchen range for you, there are many different choices. However, it comes down to whether you prefer a gas range or a dual fuel range.

Gas ranges are powered by gas, whether natural or propane, as their name suggests. Both the stove and the oven work off of the gas heat to provide you with an effective cooking experience. These ranges can come in different sizes and offer a variety of features.

Dual fuel ranges are a different type of appliance. They are, as you might imagine, designed to work with two types of heat sources – gas (again, whether propane or natural) and electric. Why would anyone want this? The top chefs around the world will tell you that a dual fuel range gives you the perfect outcome every time.

See, if you’ve ever cooked on a gas stove, then you know that when you turn the burner off, the heat goes off – and the food ceases cooking. This does not happen with an electric stove. When you turn it off, your burner is still hot and continues to heat and cook the food, leaving it overdone.

A gas oven, however, is fine for normal use, but not so great if you are an avid baker. Thorough, even heating is crucial and, with a gas oven, this is often hard to come by. This is why dual fuel ranges use electricity to heat the oven, providing the best, even heat for a great outcome every time you bake.

Think of a dual fuel range as the perfect solution for every cooking experience.

Easy Cleaning

If you are going to be doing a lot of cooking, then you are going to be in need of a pro-style kitchen range. The more you cook, the more mess you will ultimately make. And who likes the cleanup?

With pro-style ranges, cleanup is not a bad word. Instead, it’s a simple task, really. Here’s why: The stovetop burners have black porcelain underneath them. Any spills, regardless of whether they are cooked onto the porcelain or not, are easily wiped up without a lot of effort. This same porcelain is also found inside the oven, although blue in color. When things overflow and get burnt inside the oven, they are easily cleaned up after use.

The outer stainless steel is easily cleaned with nothing but a soft cloth. For tougher jobs, a little soapy water and a soft rag will get your pro-style range back to its shiny self in no time.

The Burners Matter

When someone walks into your kitchen, they cannot see inside your oven, but they can see your burners. The more you cook on them, the more wear and tear they will show, right? Wrong.

Sure, with a regular household stove, you may find this to be true. But, with a pro-style kitchen range, you will see nothing but a brand new appearance. The grates on these ranges are designed to handle heavy use – without dulling down or looking used.

Designed with cast iron continuous cooking grates, these burners are the perfect addition to your pro-style range that will keep it looking new no matter how hard you work it.

Other Features that Stand Out

A range designed for professional use doesn’t have to lack the bells and whistles. Instead, it goes all out, providing you a solid cooking experience all while it looks beautiful. For example, you may find features on your pro-style kitchen range – especially those by Thor Kitchen, such as knobs and controls illuminated by blue LED lights or a commercial convection fan to provide even baking. After all, you deserve a range that does it all – pleases the eye and your inner chef or baker.

Conclusion

When it comes to purchasing your next kitchen range, don’t settle for the basic household range. Rather, find one that will give you the strength and durability of a professional range with all the beauty perks of being designed for the home.

This is exactly what you’ll find with a pro-style kitchen range.

October 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

7 Essential Kitchen Range Parts

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If you want your professional kitchen range to last for years to come, it’s important to understand the various parts that make up the appliance.

In this article, we’re taking a look at seven essential kitchen range parts.

7 Essential Kitchen Range Parts

When it comes to your kitchen range, you may take it for granted. You know it is always there in your kitchen. It cooks you hot meals when you need it and bakes some of the most delicious desserts. But, have you ever given any thought to the parts that go into creating these magnificent – and reliable – appliances?

For just a moment, think about this – how many times have you referred to it as a stove? Or, how about all those times you’ve just pointed to it, calling it an oven?

The stove and the oven are only two parts of many that make a range such a necessary kitchen appliance. Here are all the important parts of your professional kitchen range that you should be giving thanks for.

Here are seven essential kitchen range parts.

1. Burners

It does not matter what type of range you have, if you have a range, you are going to have burners. However, the type of burner will vary. Primarily, those that are designed as professionally-styled ranges will come with heavy-duty cast-iron grates or a glass top. Both have their own benefits.

Cast iron grates are what you will find with gas ranges. They provide a durable surface for cooking while still maintaining their superior look and quality and design.

Glass top stoves are a very common style of the electric variety. Whether they come as part of a range or a side addition by themselves, these are sleek and very aesthetically pleasing. They take away all rigidity when it comes to the appliances, leaving nothing by a shiny, smooth space.

2. Element

Have you heard of an element? Most pro-style ranges come with not one, but two elements – a bake element and a broil element. And, when it comes to the elements in your range, they have an extremely important job.

The element itself is the main source of heat in the oven. If it is the bake element, then this is the source of heat that you will find at the bottom of the oven. For the broil element, you will find this source of heat at the top of the oven. Depending on what you are cooking and how you have your controls set, the appropriate elements will be used for heating.

3. Drip Pan

The drip pan catches drips, of course! The drip pan is found underneath the burners on the stove. They are made of varying materials. Those pro-style ranges from Thor Kitchen, however, come with black porcelain drop pans.

The benefit of using porcelain means much easier cleanup. See, as you cook and things overflow from the pan, splatter, or drip as you serve your dish, this debris lands in the drip pan. If the area is still hot, it could continue to cook – baking itself right on to the drip pan. You will find that porcelain drip pans are the easiest to clean which means they always look nice – keeping your entire range looking nice. And, well, that’s important for your kitchen, right?

4. Convection Fan

The convection fan is found in the oven. And, while it doesn’t provide heat like the all-important element, it distributes the heat evenly throughout the space.

If you don’t have a convection fan, you will find that you will spend time checking your food throughout to make sure it is done. Often, this involves rotating the pan within the oven as it cooks. This is not necessarily the most ideal method for baking.

Just heating up space cannot ensure where the heat goes what it is released. But, with a convection fan, you can be sure that you are getting an even flow of heat throughout the oven – leading to perfectly even baking.

5. Broiler

Broilers are not a tricky way of cooking, but they aren’t used as often as regular baking. Broilers work on high heat. And, it comes from the top of the oven. This high heat works to cook your food fast – leaving it slightly crispy or crunchy, too.

Many people will often bake their dishes using the oven’s bake element. Then, as it is almost done, switch on the broiler element for that final tasty bit of crisp.

6. Knobs or Touch Controls

You need to be able to control your range. You have to be able to adjust the heat on your burners. Or, just turn them on, for that matter. You also need to manage your oven, heating it up in the manner and at the temperature required for whatever you are baking.

Knobs allow you to do this. Of course, depending on your range, you may have touch controls rather than knobs, but they all serve the same purpose – and are essential to using a range.

7. Range Hood

While a range hood is not necessarily a part of a range per se, it is definitely an essential part of owning a range. Here’s why.

Every time you heat up your stove and begin cooking, your kitchen heats up. A range hood pulls that heat from your kitchen, leaving you with a cooler space. This brings comfort and also means your air conditioning system doesn’t have to work as hard – saving you money.

As you cook, there are food particles, toxins, and other debris that make the way into your kitchen air. Yes, the very air that you and your loved ones breathe. A range hood will remove this dirty air from your kitchen, filter it, and replace it with much cleaner air to breathe. It is safer for you and your family.

Range hoods come in different shapes and sizes. Some mount on the wall while others mount under the cabinet. Some are vented outdoors while others are not vented but filter the air instead. It doesn’t matter what type you have, as long as there is a range hood above your stove.

Conclusion

Ranges are a necessity in the kitchen. The more you know how it works, the more useful it will be to you. Take time to familiarize yourself with all these essential parts.

September 30, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a Glass Top Range

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Do you have a range with a glass surface? If so, then there is a good chance you have found yourself frustrated with trying to clean it. Whether it is removing streaks, scraping off burnt-on food, or simply cleaning the stovetop, it is hard to know just what works and what doesn’t.

Of course, you always want to keep in mind the delicate nature of your range’s stovetop – and care for it accordingly.

But, how?

In this article, you will discover how to clean a range with a glass top.

How to Clean a Glass Stove Top Range

When it comes to a glass top stove, you can’t just jump right in and start cleaning whenever the mood strikes you. Well, you could, but not if you want to be safe – and effective. Here are a few things you need to know before you start cleaning:

  • Wait until the stovetop is cool before you begin cleaning. We know that food that boiled over while cooking is just urging you to clean, but doing so can be dangerous. Keep yourself safe and free from burns by waiting until the surface is cool.
  • Consider using natural products and not heavy chemicals when cleaning. Remember, anything you put on your burners will heat up the next time you cook. Using heavy cleaners can leave you with some strong smells burning off – and may be hard to get rid of.
  • Take care of your glass top by only using gentle products and tools. Anything abrasive can permanently damage the surface.

And, finally, you may want to consult your manual or the manufacturer of your range to discover any specific information related directly to the care and maintenance of your glass top stove.

Here’s a closer look at how to clean a glass top range.

Daily Routine Care

If you use your stovetop often, then getting in the habit of caring for it regularly can help you in the long run. Think about it – your stovetop is left wide open to dust, dirt, and debris. And, with each use, whether you spilled anything or not, there is often a residue left behind – which can trap even more dust and debris.

Take the time to gently wipe down the stovetop after each use. This keeps it looking nice and fresh – and it reduces heavy buildup which is tougher to clean down the road.

For this routine care, consider using a spray bottle of water (or a mix of distilled vinegar and water) along with a soft cloth. Once the stovetop has cooled down, spray it down and wipe up with the cloth. Use an additional dry cloth to buff out any streaks.

Deep Cleaning

Knowing how to keep your stovetop clean daily is one thing.

But, sometimes you need more, don’t you? If you find yourself in need of deep cleaning for your glass top range, then you will want to grab these ingredients and follow the instructions:

Ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Towel (or towels) large enough to cover stovetop
  • Dry soft cloth
  • Soft or medium bristled toothbrush

Step One: Spray the Glass with White Vinegar

Add some white vinegar to a spray bottle. This can be regular white distilled vinegar that you likely have in your pantry or can pick up easily on your next trip to the grocery store. Spray down the glass until it is fully covered with a nice, wet layer of vinegar.

Step Two: Sprinkle Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (or any other brand, generic or not) will work just fine for this step. Sprinkle a light yet a thorough layer of baking soda on top of the stove. Make sure to hit all areas, leaving a little extra sprinkle on the roughest, most used areas.

This baking soda, when combined with the white vinegar, will begin fizzing. This works to clear up the tough, stuck-on debris on the stovetop.

Step Three: Fill a Bucket with Hot Water

This bucket – or large bowl – needs to be large enough to hold a small bath towel or two kitchen towels. Fill the bucket with the hottest water your faucet will allow and add a couple of drops of dish detergent.

Place the towel (or towels) in the bucket to get thoroughly soaked. Then, place the towels across the stovetop, covering the baking the soda.

Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The heat and moisture from the towels will further help the baking soda to penetrate any burnt-on debris.

Step Four: Remove the Towel and Scrub

When the time is up, remove the towel (or towels) and begin scrubbing the roughest areas with a soft– or medium-bristled toothbrush. Use the rest baking soda that remains on the stove and gently scrub in a circular motion. The key here is to give the stovetop and extra chance to release any grime or stains without damaging the surface.

Step Five: Clean It Up

Use your wet towels to remove the rest of the debris and baking soda that remains on the stovetop. Once you are back to your clear glass, use your spray bottle of vinegar to again spray down the surface. Then, using a soft rag or cloth, begin wiping down the stovetop, taking care to buff out any streaks.

 Conclusion

Cleaning up your range’s glass stovetop does not have to take a lot of time or effort. This is especially true if you take the time to maintain your glass regularly after cooking. Once you do a major cleaning (listed in the steps above) follow it up with regular wipe downs. By doing so, you should not have to do any major cleanings for your stovetop for a couple of months. Though, keep in mind this does depend on how often you utilize your stove.

There are many methods that you may use to clean your glass. And, consulting your manufacturing may result in a specific recommended product. However, if you are looking for a simple way to keep your glass top shining bright without the use of heavy chemicals, then you will enjoy this method we have provided.

September 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

30 Inch Gas Range: An Overview

30 inch gas range

Is it time to replace your kitchen range? If so, you may be interested in learning more about the benefits a new 30 inch gas range has to offer.

Let’s take a closer look.

The 30 inch Gas Range

Do you know what you can do with a range? It can be there so you can cook a delightful meal that could win over the heart – and stomach – of your significant other. It can allow you to provide warm nourishment for your children. And, it can give you and your friends a place to hang around as you make delicious munchies for the monthly girls or guys night.

The 30 inch gas range is one of the popular gas ranges available today. Its size is convenient and it packs the power you need to cook up your favorite meals.

If you’re interested in replacing an old range, you need to consider a few things before making your purchase.

Below, you will find an outline of some of the things you should consider.

Get the Sizing Right

It is important to note that a range can come in a variety of sizes. Most typically, however, you will find them to be either 30-inches or 36-inches. It is important to note this because when you begin your search for a new range, you need to make sure you are purchasing one that will fit. There are few things worse than having your range delivered and the spacing be off.

Take a moment to confirm your sizing before you go any further. If you currently have a range installed, measuring it should give you a good idea. For example, it will not likely measure 30-inches exactly. Instead, it may ring in at about 29 ¼ inches instead. This gives you a tiny bit of wiggle room on either side. However, if you currently have an empty space where your range is going to go, just do a quick measurement and make sure it is 30 inches.

Once you have this taken care of, let’s take a look at the 30-inch ranges you may be interested in.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRG3080U

This 30-inch range is a professional gas range in a shiny, bright stainless steel. It offers a lot of power in its standard sized package. For example, you will find that it has 4 burners that go from a soft simmer at 650 BTU to 18,000 BTU. And, with this heat in a gas range, you will be able to get your cooking done in no time!

Of course, you will also find these wonderful features, too:

  • Porcelain cooktop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Poven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Oven Broiler with a BTU of 13,000
  • Commercial Convection Fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two Halogen Lights illuminate the oven cavity
  • Thermostatically controlled for precise temperatures

What if all of this sounds wonderful, but you are looking for something a bit more trendy or rather, edgy? If so, then why not opt for black stainless steel?

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRG3080-BS

Black stainless steel is a popular trend these days. It offers everything that stainless steel does, such as durability, strength, longevity, and more. It also is easy to maintain and keep clean from smudges, smears, and fingerprints. Here is where it differs, though. While stainless steel offers a more bright, shiny appearance, black stainless steel is more of a matte finish. It is beautiful and provides a wonderful addition to any kitchen – and design.

As for this 30-inch range, you will find that it provides a lot of the same features as the model above. The primary distance is the finish.

Here are some of the features model number HRG3080-BS offers.

  • Four burners ranging from a soft simmer at 650 BTU to 18,000 BTU
  • Black zinc alloy knobs with blue LED illuminating lights
  • Porcelain stovetop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Porcelain oven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Oven Broiler with a BTU of 13,000
  • Commercial Convection Fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two Halogen Lights illuminate the oven cavity
  • Thermostatically controlled for precise temperatures

What is a Dual Fuel Range?

Are you a great chef or like to pretend like you are? If you cook and bake a lot, then you probably know that certain types of heat work better on the stove and in the oven. For example, a gas burner offers more precise temperature control. However, in an oven, gas has to continuously re-light in order to maintain the temperature. This means whatever you are baking is being exposed to a continuous fluctuation in temperature, causing it to bake unevenly.

On the hand, an electric stove heats up the burner which, in turn, heats your pan. It takes longer to heat and longer to cool down. Temperature precision is scarce. Here is the benefit, though. When baking, an electric oven offers a continuous flow of heat – meaning that your food is baked evenly without worry.

Wrap this all up together and you have what is known as a dual fuel range. And, guess what? It comes in a 30-inch model.

Thor Kitchen’s Model Number HRD3088U

Back to that timeless stainless steel, you will find that this dual fuel range offers you more than you could imagine – and all packed into its 30-inch width. It is easy to keep clean and will look nice with any design style. Like Thor’s other stoves of the same size, this one has four burners that heat up to 18,000 BTU.

Remember, this stove runs off of natural gas, but the oven is electric – with an electric broiler. It also has these key features:

  • Porcelain cooktop drip pan for easy cleaning
  • Blue porcelain oven interior – also for easy cleaning
  • CSA Certified
  • 3 x Continuous flat cast-iron cooking grates for the easy movement of large cookware
  • 2 cubic feet of oven capacity
  • Commercial convection fan circulates heat to maximize even cooking
  • Two halogen lights illuminate the oven cavity

Conclusion

Getting a new range is always exciting, no matter the reason. Before you head out to make this investment, have an idea of what you are looking for. So, will it be Thor Kitchen’s stainless steel? Black stainless steel? Or Dual fuel?

August 19, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

9 Benefits of a Gas Range with Electric Oven

gas range with electric oven

With so many appliance options available, you may find it difficult to decide which is right for you.

In this article, you will discover the benefits of using a gas range with electric oven.

Gas Range with Electric Oven

There are many perks that you will find when it comes to a gas range with an electric oven. Commonly referred to as a dual fuel range, these types of appliances bring together the best of both worlds. You have everything that comes with owning a gas stove combined with all the benefits of an electric oven.

Professional chefs and bakers from around the world will tell you that this combination found in a range can give you the best outcome for your edible creation. However, it is important to note that even a novice in the kitchen can appreciate the flow between a gas stove and an electric oven.

Here are 9 benefits of using a gas range with electric oven.

1. Electric Ovens Offer Consistent Heat

Here’s what happens. When you are baking your dish at, say, 400-degrees, an electric oven will remain right around the 400-degree temperature. With a gas oven, things are a slightly different story. See, with gas, the heat comes from the flame. As your oven gets too hot, the flame will have to go out. Then, as the temperature drops, the flame must re-light and begin heating the oven. This entire process leads to a great amount of fluctuation in temperatures which can, ultimately, affect the outcome of your baking.

2. Gas Cooktops Offer Fast, Even Heat

Whether you are sautéing, boiling, or frying, you will find that you will get it done quickly with a gas cooktop. The heat comes from the flame, so as soon as you turn on the burner, you are cooking. No need to wait for the burner to heat up. This saves you both time, energy, and can, as a result, money.

3. Gas Stoves Provide Precise Temperature Control

Whether you are trying to get something to boil or hot enough for frying, or you just need to warm some soup, a gas stove allows you that ability. You don’t have to worry about your burner having to take time to heat up or cool down. Whatever temperature you are looking for, it is all in the flame. Turn it higher or lower and your flame will follow. You are in control.

4. Over-cooking is a Thing of the Past

Sometimes when you are cooking on the stove and you are done, you simply turn the burner off. However, if you are cooking on an electric stove, you will find that the burner is still hot. And, with this residual heat, it can take your food from done to well-done or even charred. This is not the case with a gas stove, though. Again, the heat comes from the flame. So, when you turn off the burner, the flame goes out and the cooking stops.

5. Dual Fuel Ranges Add Value to your Kitchen

Dual fuel ranges are not the most common range found in homes. Because of their added value and more advanced features, they tend to initially be slightly higher in price. However, this premium and professional range will definitely add value to your home, making it a wise investment.

6. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When you choose a dual fuel range for your kitchen, you are taking a step in the green direction. By using gas to fuel the stove, you are getting just the right amount of heat needed to cook your food – with no residual heat. In the electric oven, your temperature will maintain itself which means you will no longer need to open and turn your food for even baking. Both of these will keep the heat emitted from the range to a minimum. How does this help reduce your footprint? This means that your cooling system in your home will not have to work as hard to maintain a cool temperature in your kitchen space and throughout your home. All in all, you are saving energy.

7. Under-Baking is a Thing of the Past

Baking in an oven that is fueled by gas can leave you with a cake, for instance, done with perfection on one side while still gooey on another. Constantly monitoring the baking and turning the cake throughout its baking time can leave you with a cake baked more evenly throughout. But, let’s be honest, who really has time to micro-manage the oven? With an electric oven, you won’t ever have to worry about whether or not you have even heat throughout. The method in which electric ovens work allows for a much more regulated temperature allowing your cake to bake with perfection – while you take care of other important tasks life has brought you. No oven micro-managing here!

8. Durability the Pros Enjoy

It is chefs, bakers, and other kitchen professionals who will be the first to tell you about the benefits of having a gas stove and an electric oven. And, these individuals should know the benefits first-hand because they are always using the range. For this reason, dual fuel ranges must be built with a stronger, more durable craftsmanship. They are designed to handle heavy cooking for extended periods of time. And, they are built to last. From the stainless steel outside to the cast iron grates on top of the stove and the porcelain interior of the oven – all parts of a dual fuel range is meant to stand strong no matter how much you use it.

9. Stainless Steel is Timeless

If you are adding a new stainless steel dual fuel range to your kitchen, you should pat yourself on the back. Choosing stainless steel is a wise decision. Not only does it look nice, with a bright shine and a sense of elegance, but it also will fit with any style. So, as your design tastes change, your professional range will still fit. It is truly timeless.

Conclusion

You have a choice when it comes to purchasing your next range. Will you opt for gas? Electric? If you want the best, then you want both.

August 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

A Dual Fuel Double Oven Range Doubles the Possibilities

If you’re looking for the ultimate in kitchen cooking power, consider the benefits of purchasing a dual fuel double oven range.

These pro appliances are capable of providing all the power and space you will need to cook even the most elaborate of meals.

In this article, you will discover what a dual fuel double oven range is as well as the benefits it offers in the kitchen.

Dual Fuel Double Oven Range

If given options, it is only natural to try and choose the best one. So, when it comes to choosing the type of fuel you want to power your range, you have to decide: will it be gas or electric? After doing some research, however, you will quickly learn that both types of fuel have positives and negatives.

This only creates more difficult decision-making for you. You want a gas range so that you can have better control over the temperature. But, you sure would love to have some evenly flowing heat inside your electric oven.

Here’s the good news: You can absolutely have both. With a dual fuel range, you can have all the goodness that each type of fuel brings – hence the name, dual fuel.

Let’s take a closer look at the dual fuel double oven range …

A Gas Stove

Many professional chefs will tell you that when it comes to cooking a delicious meal, the type of fuel that you use matters. And, if we are talking about a stove, you are going to want it to be fueled by gas, either natural or propane.

Time and time again, gas stoves seem to score higher than electric stoves. Because the flame itself is what provides the heat, turning the flame off stops the heat. Compared to an electrically-fueled burner there is no residual heat that will continue to cook your food. In other words, when it’s done, it’s done.

Furthermore, when it comes to heating food quickly, you will find that a gas stove can bring water to a boil much faster than its electric opponent. And, let’s be honest, this fast heating combined with precise temperatures make gas stoves enticing and sought after by those who know what to look for.

An Electric Oven

Believe it or not, things are different when it comes to an oven. If a gas stove is so wonderful, then surely a gas oven would be great, too, right? Not so much.

Professional chefs and bakers alike will quickly tell you that an electric oven is much better at doing its job than one fueled by gas. And, while gas will work just fine in fueling a gas range entirely, for those are seeking perfection, gas ovens don’t often bake evenly. If you don’t carefully monitor your food and turn it throughout the baking time, you may find that a gas oven will have cooked one area of the dish more than another. Or, in making sure it is completely cooked through, you may end up with some areas over-done.

Electric ovens simply cook more evenly. This is especially true of those electric ovens with a convection fan.

The Benefit of Two Ovens

Now that you know you can have your cake and eat it, too, with a dual fuel range, why not add on another oven? Think about it – how many times have you cooked a feast on a holiday or family dinner and had to wait for one entrée or side to finish cooking before you could cook the next? This makes it incredibly hard to have a meal that is all hot at the same time.

A dual fuel double oven range gives you more space to cook and bake. And, it does so without losing anything aesthetically. Well-blended as a professional kitchen appliance, you will find that having two ovens brings you so many new possibilities. For example, cook your dinner and dessert at the same time. Or, you could use the smaller oven when possible for increased energy efficiency. And, lastly, having two ovens means that you will never have to worry about transferring flavors between dishes.

With 6.7 cubic feet of oven baking space, you can surprise everyone you know with just how many delicious meal options you can create with such a large space.

The Perfect Option For Your Kitchen

If you are looking for the best option for your kitchen, then you will want to consider Thor Kitchen’s dual fuel double oven range in stainless steel. More specifically, model number HRD4803U. This professional 48-inch range gives you durability with a shining, beautiful finish that will fit into any type of kitchen design.

This oven comes with six burners, ranging in heat from very low simmer function at 650 BTU all the way to 18,000 BTU. In addition, the stovetop comes with an infrared stainless steel griddle reaching 15,000 BTU. Then, there are two ovens: one is 30-inches with an oven capacity of 4.2 cubic feet, the other is 18-inches with an oven capacity of 2.5 cubic feet.

You will find that it comes with some great features, such as:

  • Porcelain drip pan on the cooktop for easy cleanup
  • Porcelain oven interior which also provides for easy cleaning
  • Thermostatically controlled griddle with dishwasher safe drip pan
  • Heavy-duty continuous cast iron cooking grates that maintain their look despite the amount of use they get
  • Convection oven fan in the 30-inch oven that provides even heating
  • Three (3) halogen oven interior lights
  • Thermostatically controlled electric oven
  • CSA certified metal burner control knobs

Conclusion

Don’t limit your possibilities when it comes to designing your kitchen and choosing your next appliances. By creating space for a 48-inch dual fuel double oven in stainless steel, you will not only brighten your kitchen but you will also find joy in cooking the largest meals for the important people in your life.

August 5, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

The Best 36 Dual Fuel Range

36 dual fuel range

Dual fuel ranges are one of the most sought after kitchen appliances by professional chefs and those who simply dream of creating a delicious meal. They are a cut above other ranges and offer a great amount of flexibility and even heating.

What’s not to love?

Here’s the best news: You can have everything that a dual fuel range has to offer at a size that will fit nearly any kitchen.

What is a Dual Fuel Range?

A dual fuel range is one that comes with two methods of heating, just as the name suggests. In other words, it is not an electric range and it is not a gas range. Instead, it is both.

In a dual fuel range, the stove works off of gas, whether propane or natural gas. It is important to note that although it may come pre-wired to use one particular type of gas, there are conversion kits available that allow you to take advantage of the one most convenient for you.

The oven, of course, works from electric heat.

You do not need to be a professional chef or even a baker to find enjoyment in a dual fuel range. Anyone seeking the best opportunity to cook a delightful meal or indulge in some magnificent baked goods will reap the benefits. It doesn’t take long to see just how beneficial the two heating methods are when combined into one appliance.

Benefits of a Gas Stove

If you have ever cooked on both an electric stove and a gas stove, there is a good chance you have noticed some of these benefits. For instance, when cooking on an electric stove, the burner has to heat and, in turn, heats your pan. With a gas stove, however, the heat comes from the flame – reducing the cooking time. But, that is not all.

  • A gas stove is not phased by power outages. When the power goes out you can still manually light your stove and continue cooking that dinner for your family.
  • A gas stove tends to produce less heat than one that is electric. This can help reduce your cooling costs.
  • Heat on a gas stove is more evenly distributed since it comes directly from the heat source.
  • Depending on where you reside, fuel costs for heat could be less than electric.

Most professional cooks prefer a gas stove over electric due to the control and precision it brings. You’ll keep your food from overcooking or burning much easier.

Benefits of an Electric Oven

Just because a gas stove is more sought after than an electric one doesn’t mean everyone wants a gas oven. In fact, for those who bake a lot or use their oven consistently, the idea of a gas oven can lead to a lot of complaints and twinging.

Gas ovens just don’t work as well as electric. Why?

Perhaps the single most important benefit of an electric oven is its even cooking. If you have ever baked something in a gas oven, you may have noticed that one side baked faster than the other, oftentimes requiring you to continuously turn the pan. Well, this is not the case will electric ovens.

A nice, even flow of heat from one side to the next and from top to bottom will give your creation a thorough, smooth baking experience. No need to turn the pan. And no need to place your dish in just the right spot.

A Range Sized Just for Your Kitchen

If you are adding a new range to an already existing kitchen, then you need to be cognizant of the size. Typically, household ranges fall in either the 30-inch or 36-inch category. You will need to measure to determine what size will fit your space. On the other hand, if you are seeking a new range for your new kitchen (or newly remodeled kitchen) then you are open to any size range.

To obtain a range that will give you ample cooking space without looking too bulky, then you may want to consider the 36-inch dual fuel range. It comes with six burners – which means you will likely never not have a place to cook. And, a large oven that cooks multiple things at once if you need to.

Remember, it is not all about having the biggest of something. Quality should be the highest-ranked. This 36-inch Thor Kitchen range can allow you to cook for your family gatherings with ease while maintaining a nice flow through your kitchen.

36 Dual Fuel Range

If you are looking for the best 36-inch dual fuel range on the market, then look no further than that offered by Thor Kitchen.

This stainless steel range, model number HRD3606U, is as durable as it is beautiful. It has a shine that will stand out in your kitchen and fit nearly any design style. But, that is only the beginning. If you have ever wanted to cook a great meal and have ample space to do so – with the ability to cook at the proper temperatures – then this is what you need:

  • A gas stovetop with six burners.
  • Burners ranging in temperatures from 12,000 BTU to 18,000 BTU.
  • An electric oven with an electric broiler.
  • Porcelain drip pan for easy cleanup.
  • Cast iron cooking grates for long-lasting durability and a well-maintained appearance.
  • Porcelain oven interior which helps it to remain easy to clean.
  • Metallic knobs for a unified appearance.
  • CSA certified.
  • Professional grade range.

It does not take a professional to know a good range from a bad one. When you can cook with fire on a stovetop and evenly bake in an electric oven, you will feel complete – and your taste buds will surely be thankful. So, whether you are in the market for a new range or you are seeking to up your cooking game, a dual fuel, 36-inch durable stainless steel range is a must-have appliance.

And, we just happen to know where you can find the best one on the market today.

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