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Refrigerator Pickles – A Quick and Easy Idea

Refrigerator pickles are pickles that are made by immersing them in seasoning and straightaway refrigerating them. Unlike sour pickles – which are fermented – they are relatively easy to make for do it yourselfers.
The first thing to consider if you are going to prepare a refrigerator pickle batch is the seasonings you will use. The flavor of your pickles will in large part depend on the seasoning, so it is an important factor in the recipe.
Fridge pickles do not have the properties of canned pickles that make them last forever. They must be kept in your refrigerator rather than sitting out at room temperature. While you lose the preservative effect with pickles prepared this way, you do gain an extra crispness to your pickles that many people favor.
While traditionally fridge pickles have been a great way to use leftover cucumbers, many modern chefs used them for all sort of vegetables. Carrot pickles, onion pickles, beet pickles – almost anything is possible!
You do not need to prepare refrigerator pickles in bulk. Even if you only have a couple of spare cucumbers, you can easily slice them up, place them in a jar with seasoning, and sit them in the fridge. If it helps think of yourself as brining or marinating the cucumber, rather than pickling; that sounds less intimidating and is probably a more accurate description of the process.
 
 

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Tesco Fridge Freezers – The European Option

A Tesco fridge freezer is an indispensable item for business owners running retail stores that sell perishable products like frozen dairy products, soft drinks and sandwiches. They serve an important role in increasing the shelf life of dairy and non-dairy food products alike.
There are a number of Fridge Freezer providers active in the market place, but one of the best European suppliers is Tesco. The retail giant Tesco has been providing quality Fridge Freezers over the years at unbelievable price. Their line arm, Tesco Direct, now provides customers – both commercial and residential – to shop for great deals on cheap refrigerators directly on this retailer’s website without ever visiting a high street store.
Not surprisingly, Tesco offers all sorts of different refrigerator freezer models. You can buy a fridge freezer with the freezer at the bottom, a fridge freezer with freezer at the top, or even an American style side-by-side fridge freezer. Also available is a selection of chest freezers, undercounter refrigerators, and even tall larder freezers.
Tesco probably sells the most number of fridges with bottom freezers; they sell some of the top refrigerator brands. These include Hotpoint, Beko, Indesit, Fridgemaster, Caple and Frigidaire; collectively some of the best refrigerator brands available. Tesco provides amazing offers on some of the top brands such as Hot Point; by opting for the club card, savings potential are increased, as club card holders can accumulate points for the purchases they make in Tesco.
In the bottom mount freezer Hotpoint FF4DX, the top compartment has a capacity of 300 liters for storing fresh food while the bottom compartment has a capacity of 110 liters for storing frozen products.   For top mounts the refrigerator review for the Whirlpool selection are excellent.
With respect to the side-by-side fridge freezers Tesco supplies offers quality brands including Whirlpool and Bosch. The storage volume of the refrigerated compartment can go up to 320 liters, and the capacity of the freezer up to 120 liters; offering ample storage for hungry families.
With its large selection, Tesco offers wide range of the best fridge brands available at discount prices. They are a great option – either online or in store – for anyone planning their next fridge freezer purchase.

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Chillers from McQuay International

McQuay international is a member of the Daikin group, and is well known for its selection of chillers.
McQuay water-cooled chillers are available with a variety of compressor types, and are suitable for any budget and application. Their chiller sizes start as small as 30 tons – 35 kW – and range as large as 2700 – 9450 kW. Rely on efficient, reliable and silent McQuay chillers for your job.
The large Dual Compressor Centrifugal chiller ranges in capacity from 400-2700 tons. They offer substantial installation savings as they basically provide commercial customers with two chillers in one. By utilizing positive pressure R-134a refrigerant, this hardware requires much less install space than comparable R-123 dependent designs.
On the small end, a McQuay Scroll compressor is ideal when your needs range between the 30 and 200 ton range. These units are small enough that a 130-ton model can be taken inside through a standard door, which proves very hand for interior installs. Operating as low as 72dbA, these units also have the lack of noise necessary for indoors operation. As well as this, they have the advantages of modern R-410A refrigerant, which will never require retrofitting due to phase-out schedules.
In between these two models is the McQuay Single Compressor Centrifugal. With output between 200 and 125 tons – depending on model chosen – this is a good midrange selection  This range features unparalleled tonnage per square foot, which is ideal for optimizing usage of your equipment room. Also includes are variable speed drives which provide partial load efficiencies during operation. McQuay also offers Air Cooled Chillers. The Daikin McQuay Pathfinder chiller is noted for its innovative screw chiller design. With a capacity of 550 tons, it features the RapidRestore option allowing for quick restarts after brief power outages ; the compressor can fire back up in as little as 30 seconds. Available with three different efficiency levels – premium, high or standard – buyers can choose variable frequency drives, which allow lower energy usage when the cooler is operated at partial load.
As well as coolers, McQuay offers many other related products. They also deal in Air Handlers – both indoor and outdoor models, condensers, and water source heat pumps. Also worthy of note, for those in earthquake prone areas, is that many items in the McQuay equipment line have been granted IBC seismic qualifications by the International code council.
 
 

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West Marine – A Reputable Retailer For All Your Boating Needs

West Marine is best described by its mission statement “to be the best supplier of boating-related products and services that provide outstanding value to every Customer”. With its commitment to always providing the most outstanding customer care service, customers of West Marine have long regarded the company as exceptional and the rewards to the firm have been great.
While now one of the largest supply retailers in boating, the original firm was created in a garage in Sunnyvale, California. Randy Repass, the founder and chairman chose his passion and love of boating over his then job at a Silicon Valley technology firm. In 1968 nylon tope by mail order was one of the first services provided and carried the name West Coast Ropes.
The opportunity then presented itself to improve shopping for boating supplies and 1975 Mr. Repass was led to open the first ever West Coast Ropes store. This establishment not only supplied the famous quality rope they were already well known form, but also stocked the basic supplies needed for boating, which included anchors and fenders.
The variety of items stocked at the store improved as more and more customers discovered West Marine over time. The name West Marine was introduced to the public in 1977 when the company acquired some assets from the Boston-based West Products, the new name reflecting the expansion in its business.
A wholesale division of West Marine was introduced in 1978 called Port Supply, as this allowed the sale of the various products directly to boat yards, charter fleets, government accounts and boat dealers. The years 1991 and 1993 respectively are memorable to West Marine for not only did it open the first stores on the East Coast in Miami and Annapolis but also expanded to Florida, Virginia and New York – amongst other places.
Furthermore, the company went public on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol of WMAR. West Marine went on to form a merger with one of its most respected competitors – E&B marine – as both had the same target customers. This merger combined the individual strengths of the two companies into a one stop-shopping destination for boating supplies.
West Marine marked yet another remarkable and historic milestone in 2003 when it acquired the retail and catalog divisions of its long-time competitor Boat U.S. Mr. Repass proudly stated that the two companies shared a foundation that was built on knowledge and a customer first attitude, and were therefore perfect fit.
Now with over Three Hundred (300) stores in thirty-eight (38) states, Puerto Rico and Canada West Marine now carries more than Fifty Thousand (50,000) products. These range from the rope that was sold from its inception, all the way up to the latest in the marine electronics industry. They even carry boating fridges such as the Engel refrigerator lineup.
In addition to its retail stores and Port Supply wholesale divisions, the company now serves boaters in excess of One Hundred and Fifty (150) countries worldwide through its mail order service and Internet marketing divisions.
West Marine is heavily relied upon for its superb customer service, selection and quality all of which has always been its anchor. Shoppers for boating goods can rest assured they are a retailer that can be relied upon.
 

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Queen City Appliance

Queen City is a chain of appliance stores located throughout North Carolina, which has also expanded into South Carolina.
Founded in the early 1950s as the Queen City Television Service company in Charlotte, NC; the founder Woody Player soon saw the potential of this new industry, and soon expanded into the realm of television sales.
In the 1960s Mr. Player expanded the business into appliance sales, today selling a range of brands such as GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, SubZero and Wolf – to name but a few. With appliance offerings including refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and washing machines, they have become a one-stop shop for Carolina shoppers looking to equip their houses with the latest and greatest white goods.
The late 1960’s also saw the expansion of the business from the original Charlotte location. Today there are queen City appliance stores to be found in Monroe, Mooresville, Salisbury and Morganton. In addition, they feature a builder’s showroom on Queen City Drive in Charlotte.
Recent innovations at Queen City have been design centers highlighting full working kitchens, which provide clients a lifelike full immersion experience when shopping for their new kitchen furnishing.
Now offering not only appliances, Queen City stores are well regarded across the Carolina’s for their wide selection of electronic solutions, including the best in home audio and video equipment. Shoppers seeking a full high-end audio setup can find a great selection of receivers and speakers from manufacturers such as Klipsch, Sony and Polk.
If you live in – or near – the Carolinas, a visit to Queen City Appliances is well worth your time the next time you are in the market for Audio, Video or Appliances.
 
 

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Sub Zero Wolf E Series Wall Ovens

Wolfs most recent product offering (circa 2012) is there stunning black glass E series wall ovens. These appliances are being released in both double and single oven models, making them ideal for almost any installation.
All model types in the E Series oven range feature dual convection fans along with a generous 10 different cooking modes. Install for these appliances is very classy, as the built in design ensures the ovens front is flush with the surrounding wooden cabinetry, providing a truly integrated visually appealing look. If you have a Sub Zero integrated refrigerator, these new Wolf ovens are a perfect match.
The SO30-2F/S, SO30-2U/S and SO30-2G/B collection of single ovens weigh in at 270 pounds – so installation is definitely not a do it yourself job. If you opt for the double ovens – DO30-2F/S, DO30-2U/S or DO30-2G/B then you are talking 460 pounds of heavy duty cooking appliance.
Amongst the cooking modes offered with these Wolf ovens are the traditional – roast, broil, bake – more modern – convection roast, convection broil, convection back – and unique. With an optional accessory, these stoves also offer a bake stone cook mode, dehydrate, and also proof. The convection modes are very popular, as they make use of air movement inside the oven – and around the food – to speed up cooking; convection heating also encourages browning of the food, something very desirable when you are roasting a chicken (for example).
The interior of the oven is lovely and easily maintained Cobalt blue porcelain, and they feature a healthy selection of adjustable oven racks. Halogen lighting enables easy monitoring of the contents of the oven through the large double paned viewing window (or windows in the case of the dual oven models).
As you would expect from a manufacturer of Wolfs’ standing, features such as delayed start, self-clean and Sabbath mode are all included standard. Not only this, but the door hinges are designed with balance in mind to ensure easy opening and closing of the oven doors.
Pricing for these units is not cheap, and you will need to contact a dealer once they are released to get an exact quote.   For examples of the types of prices Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances generally go for read this article.
Wolf is famed for its high quality cooking appliances, and these new E-Series wall ovens are sure to further establish this manufacturer as one of the leaders in premium cooking solutions.
 
 

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Refrigerator and Freezer Thermometers

Taylor Food Service Classic Series Freezer-Refrigerator Thermometer, Large Dial
CDN FG80 Refrigerator/Freezer NSF Professional Thermometer

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Mini Ice Cube Trays

If you are looking for a great alternative to expensive machines for making ice nuggets, this 60 Mini Cube Plastic Ice Tray may be ideal for you.
With a capacity of up to 60 small nuggets of ice, it is the ideal budget solution for making ice pellets. These units can be picked up for only a few dollars at Amazon, and if you purchase three of four you will have enough to chill drinks for a large party.
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The small cubes created by this budget ice tray can even be placed into a decent blender if you are mixing up a cold drink. If you have ever tried blending full sized ice-cube you will know that it is not something that every blender can handle.

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Refrigerator Review Considerations

When it comes time to buy a new fridge freezer for your home, it is important to thoroughly review refrigerators you are contemplating for purchase. You cannot simply go out and buy the first refrigeration option you see in stores, there are many factors to be considered first. Something as simple as buying too large a fridge could mean it doesn’t fit in your kitchen!  Here I list a brief checklist of some the more important items to consider.
Refrigerator Size
How large is the refrigerator you are looking at?  The first factor to consider is if you will be able to fit it into your home and your kitchen. A full set of measurements of the desired install space should be collected before going refrigerator shopping.
Also, take note of any access restrictions that might cause issues during delivery. Is your hallway narrow? Are there tight stairwells between the street and your apartment?  While have a large fridge freezer is great, they are of no use if they cannot fit into your home.
Ratio of Fridge to Freezer Space
Analyze your current refrigeration solution. Where do you currently find yourself space constrained?  Is your freezer always full, but your refrigerator half empty?  This suggests you need to purchase a replacement model that has a larger proportion of freezer versus refrigerator space than your current model.
If you purchase – or hunt for – bulk meat then a large freezer is going to be critical for you. If your diet consists largely of fresh produce, then the freezer may not be important to you. You will instead be interested in generously sized vegetable crispers.
Refrigerator Configuration
Stylistic preferences also come into play. Some people are happy with the traditional top freezer mounted devices, while others will accept nothing than the latest trend of French Door Style fridge freezers.
Do you prefer the freezer at the top or the bottom of the fridge?  Do you prefer them to be side-by-side?  What about color and finish?  There are options available in white, black, stainless steel and more.
Refrigerator Freezer Functionality
All fridges work a little differently. Before buying a new appliance, take some time to check out the controls. Is the thermostat easily accessible and easy to adjust? If not, consider if that matters to you.
Many modern – and more expensive – refrigerators have multiple temperature zones that claim to help preserve foods better. Do useful sounding features like this sound beneficial to you? If so, they may be worth looking for.
Refrigerator Energy Usage
Often overlooked is the energy usage of a modern refrigerator. While a not more efficient than fridge freezers of old, they still do consume quite a bit of electricity. Investing in an Energy Star rated model can help reduce the operating cost of your unit over the years that you will own it.
Refrigerator Pricing
Of course, no refrigerator review would be complete without factoring in the units cost. Sometimes a particular model may seem great for you, but it is just too expensive to be a rational purchase.
However, do not be tempted to compromise on must have functionality simply to save a few dollars on a cheap refrigerator. It is important to take the price of the unit into account with the other factors discussed above, and not focus solely on the dollar number.
 

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Looking for the Best Ice Cream Freezers?

An ice cream freezer is a very popular appliance, but there is often a little bit of confusion when shopping for them as more than one type of appliance might be called this. Part of the reason for this is that many people refer to an ice cream maker or an ice cream machine as being the same thing as an ice cream freezer. While the first two certainly have a part of the machine that acts like a freezer (otherwise they wouldn’t be able to make ice cream at all), normally when someone is thinking about an ice cream freezer you’re talking about a business appliance for an ice cream truck, convenience store, or ice cream shop. However technically the freezer that helps produce soft serve ice cream can also be referred to as an ice cream freezer, so this article will cover both common types.
The commercial display ice cream freezers
These are the kind that many people are used to seeing. These are box freezers specifically designed to hold ice cream and other frozen products, and include glass tops to allow customers to see what’s inside. These are very common in convenience stores, gas stations, and ice cream stores. Several different styles are also offered depending on the specific needs of the retailer. For example, in a convenience store normally the freezer will be a simple rectangular box model with sliding doors at the top which allows a customer to see what they want, then open those doors and grab whatever tickles their fancy.
On the other hand, the kind you see in an ice cream store like a Cold Stone’s or a Baskin Robins are going to be different. These will be set up in a similar way, but with an additional glass shield so customers can see what is on offer, but then the worker behind the counter is the one who has to scoop out the ice cream from their side. There are even some ice cream stores that may have both types of freezers on hand and many different businesses find these useful.
Soft serve ice cream freezers
One way to think about this type of ice cream freezer is to imagine it as more of an ice cream maker slash ice cream freezer. These machines are very commonly seen in ice cream stores as well, and even in general restaurants who also serve ice cream. These freezers are generally silver in appearance and look like a long rectangle shape. The ingredients are mixed in the back, the freezer does its work, and soft serve ice cream ends up being the result. These sometimes appear as much larger “bulk freezers” where a lot of ice cream can be mixed at once. This is a common practice for ice cream shops or stores that specialize in blizzards, flavored ice cream, or any other type of set up where a lot of vanilla has flavors and additions added in to create the complete project. These can come in very small sizes or in very large sizes, depending on the specific need of the business.
Other types of ice cream freezers
Most of the other ice cream freezers are one variety or the other of those two types, and can include the large shelved units you see in grocery stores that sell ice cream, although those are usually just referred to as large or walk in display freezers and not specifically as ice cream freezers.
For large display ice cream freezers the prices can start as low as $1,300 and run as high as $12,000 for the newer and most top of the line models, while the smaller ice cream freezers that also provide soft serve ice cream often start up around $4,500 and can go upwards of $16,000 or even higher.