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KITCHEN DESIGN: THINKING ABOUT YOUR GUESTS

Kitchen Design Feature Image

Bekins supplied and installed appliances in a home that really thought about its guests. The traditional style home built by Heartland Builders for the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes featured a kitchen design that focuses on entertaining.

KITCHEN DESIGN: PERFORMANCE & PLACEMENT

One of the home owners really loves to cook, so it makes sense to have Sub-Zero Wolf appliances in the home.

The homeowner told Heartland Builders that he looks forward to flipping pancakes on the griddle of his new Wolf range.

A Marvel undercounter refrigerator will store beverages for guests. However, this is where the kitchen design really thinks about entertaining. They placed the beverage center in a space that would not interrupt anyone cooking for the guests.

Bekins also supplied a Wolf ventilation liner and blower for the hood above the range, but click here to see how Heartland Builders made it unique.

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A FEW OF THE APPLIANCES SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED BY BEKINS

WOLF 48-INCH GAS RANGE

  • Six dual-stacked burners give you the highest highs down to the lowest lows
  • Infrared griddle cooks everything from perfect pancakes to sizzling fajitas
  • Spacious gas convection oven provides even, consistent heat across all racks.
Wolf Range Kitchen Design Photo
Sub-Zero Refrigerator Kitchen Design Photo

SUB-ZERO 42-INCH FRENCH DOOR BUILT-IN REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER

  • Two-column shelving system gives you flexibility to store taller bottles and containers.
  • Advanced air purification system scrubs the air of ethylene gas, bacteria, mold and viruses.
  • Dual refrigeration provides the ideal humid yet chilly conditions for fresh foods, along with dry, frigid air for frozen and convenience foods
  • Easy-to-use controls, magnetic door seals and a microprocessor add to the powerful preservation package.
  • Water filtration system reduces contaminants and chlorine taste and odors when purifying water or ice.

MARVEL 24-INCH BUILT-IN BEVERAGE CENTER

This adaptable beverage center features two versatile glass shelves that convert to a wine rack option. An additional 5-bottle display wine rack can hold a variety of bottle types, including magnum sizes. Its 5.3 cu. ft. capacity stores a total of 19 wine bottles or holds (108) 12-oz cans.  Argon-filled, UV-resistant tinted dual pane glass door protects contents from damaging ultra-violet light, while conserving energy

Marvel Beverage Center Kitchen Design Photo

KITCHEN DESIGN: BUILT-IN APPLIANCES FROM BEKINS

Built-In Appliances Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes customers in 2017 got to see what is meant to NOT be seen. Bekins furnished panel-ready and built-in appliances for the modern prairie home built by BDR Executive Custom Homes Inc..

The home displays the view of the Thornapple River from virtually every room, while the built-in appliances saves space in the kitchen. The panels allow most of the appliances to blend in with the rest of the cabinetry. Bekins communicates with the designers and builders to ensure the panels on the appliances match the rest of the kitchen.

Built-In Appliances Bekins
Photos provided by Next Door Photos, BDR Executive Custom Homes Inc and the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids

BUILT-IN APPLIANCES FURNISHED BY BEKINS

THERMADOR BUILT-IN REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER

Thermador Built-in Refrigerator

BOSCH BENCHMARK DISHWASHER

Bosch Benchmark Dishwasher

PERLICK UNDERCOUNTER BEVERAGE CENTER

Perlick Beverage Center

WOLF SEALED BURNER RANGETOP

Wolf Rangetop

WOLF PROFESSIONAL CONVECTION STEAM OVEN

Wolf Wall Oven

WOLF PROFESSIONAL BUILT-IN SINGLE OVEN

Wolf Wall Oven

PANASONIC STAINLESS COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE

Panasonic Microwave

VENT-A-HOOD STAINLESS VENTILATION

Ventahood Vent Liner

MARVEL PANEL READY ICE MACHINE

AGA Marvel Ice Maker

Cloudy ice cubes vs. clear ice: how ice makers affect beverage flavor

It’s funny how the little things affect our daily lives in a big way – albeit sometimes in ways we don’t even realize.

Ice is one of those household products we use on an almost daily basis, but few of us stop to consider how it affects the beverages we drink. We might, however, occasionally peer into our freezer’s ice maker and wonder why the ice cubes look so cloudy, and why some of the cubes become shrunken and chalky.

Knowing the answers to these questions might make you think twice about how you use ice at home.

What makes ice cubes cloudy?

All tap water contains impurities. Fluoride, lime, calcium and other minerals, and a host of organic particles are standard in tap water, even after it’s been filtered.

These impurities are pushed away from water molecules as water freezes and crystallizes. Because ice cubes made in ice makers and ice cube trays freeze from the outside inward, those impurities are pushed into the center of the ice cube, along with tiny bubbles and other gasses in the water. This combination of impurities and air bubbles are what give ice cubes their cloudy appearance.

But more importantly: these impurities and bubbles are also what cause a loss of flavor and carbonation in beverages.

Don’t believe that tiny impurities can make that big of a difference? To demonstrate, we tested pouring Diet Coca-Cola into two separate glasses: one filled with cloudy ice cubes made from filtered water in a freezer ice maker, and one filled with bullet ice cubes made in a Scotsman ice machine.

 

 

Tap water impurities and air bubbles aren’t the only thing that can affect the flavor of your ice. Ice cubes stored in freezer trays are exposed to the air circulating around the food in the freezer. Most freezers are part of refrigeration units with one central cooling source, which means the air circulating around the freezer also contains particles from food in the refrigerator. These food particles are absorbed into the ice, blending their flavors into the ice.

Last, ice cubes sublimate over time – which means the water evaporates into the air, causing the ice cubes to shrink. When this happens, all the food particles and impurities are (you guessed it) left behind. This is what can give old ice cubes a chalky appearance and bad odor.

You can test this for yourself by melting a cup of your freezer’s ice, then smelling the melted water. If the odor is less than savory, you may want to clean out your refrigerator and empty the ice tray so it can make a fresh batch.

How clear ice is made

Truly pure ice – the kind you see in restaurants and professional kitchens – is made in an entirely different way than the ice cubes that are made by freezer ice makers. Clear ice comes in a variety of forms, the most popular of which are bullet ice and chip ice. These are made in ice machines, and unlike ice makers, these machines make ice by spraying layers of water onto small heat sinks. This freezes the ice layer by layer, forcing gasses and impurities out and leaving behind only the pure water that crystallizes.

The simplest way to enjoy clear ice at home is to get an under counter ice machine, made by brands like Jenn-Air, Scotsman and Marvel.

Tips for purifying ice at home

If an under-counter ice machine isn’t in your household budget right now, there are also small changes you can make to incrementally improve the quality of your ice maker’s ice, like making sure that your ice maker is using filtered water and regularly emptying out your ice cube tray so it can make a fresh batch. If your freezer and refrigerator share a cooling unit and you keep a lot of food in both compartments, you can avoid food particle contamination by storing a fresh batch of ice cubes in a sealed plastic bag.

Have more questions about ice? Want to taste the difference clear ice can make for yourself? Give us a call or stop by our showroom.