December 19, 2012

Easy Baking with #MaytagMoms

It's coming up on the end of month three of my Maytag Kitchen makeover, and I continue to pleased and impressed with the appliances I received.
I love to cook, and am especially busy in the kitchen during the holidays.  I've baked lots of cookies, made homemade play dough on the stove, and of course made up a batch of my specialty, spicy snack mix.  I could even fit all my trays in my Maytag oven at once, and they baked evenly with the convection feature.
That makes it so convenient to bake, not having to stand around waiting to bake batch after batch of cookies or snack mix.

I also made some of my friend Shana's exceptionally good saltine toffee candy.
I was a little concerned when the caramel sauce was bubbling and splattering, both on the stove and in the oven.
However, both the cooktop and oven cleaned up so easily.  The Maytag range has "an innovative coating called AquaLift Self-Clean technology that activates with water and heat to release tough baked on soils from underneath. This allows you to easily wipe away food and debris."  I've certainly found that to be true, and it saves me the time of having to use the self-cleaning mechanism, or to be on my hands and knees with my head in the oven. :)
One other thing about the cooktop I like: the warming center, which is great for keeping mulled cider or wine hot and also for keeping pancakes warm.  It sure beats having to turn on the oven to do that.

Since my last post, my husband and father-in-law installed the cabinets and microwave, which has made a huge difference in the kitchen.
Rather than taking up precious counter space (having an entire counter for cooking and rolling out cookies again has been awesome!), we are able to have the microwave above the stove, making it easy to melt butter, reheat food and even boil water for a quick cup of tea.  This microwave is so much more powerful than our last one.
I've been getting to know the features on the microwave, and have been using the "soften/melt" key a lot with baking and cooking.  It senses when butter or cheese has melted or softened without overdoing it.  I'm still learning some of the other keys, but most frequently use the simple timed cooking which is common to all microwaves.  I don't think I'll use most of the bells and whistles on this microwave; it was the same with our last one too.  Once I get to know how quickly things cook, I tend to just use the basic features.

So far the range and microwave have not let me down.  I'm happy with how dependable they've been, and how convenient they've made cooking and baking this time of year.  We still have a ways to go (Grandma's pierogie recipe, perhaps, and definitely some entertaining for a New Year's Eve party), and I'm counting on these appliances to give us more time to enjoy the season rather than working away the evening in the kitchen.
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Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.

6 comments:

  1. oh that is such a sweet oven, microwave, and fridge... now I just need Santa to bring me one! lol. Glad you are enjoying yours and thanks for the update :)

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  2. Oh, I could get used to that oven with all the Christmas cookies I'm baking this year.

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  3. I love your cute little kitchen! OMG a "smart" microwave? WANT. We're still using our dinky dorm grade one, lol.

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  4. I love that the microwave gives you more display space for your little artists, too!

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  5. WOW you can fit a ton in that oven. That's awesome!!!

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  6. Your appliances look beautiful! I certainly am loving my Maytag kitchen suite too!

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