Rainbow Ice Cubes

Frozen fruit cubes transform any drink into a rainbow of colors.
Ingredients:

  • Assorted fruit
  • Seltzer

Instructions
1. Layer chopped fruit in an ice cube tray, two colors per compartment
(we used strawberries, oranges, pineapple, whole blueberries, purple grapes, and kiwi).
2. Top each with seltzer and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

Makes any drink even water colorful like a rainbow.

10 Cheap, Unique & Homemade Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

You don’t even need to leave the house for supplies with these inexpensive spring cleaning tips. Just open your cabinet, make these homemade creations and clean beyond your countertops and cupboards.

Add these suggestions to your spring cleaning to-do list to eliminate odors, remove stains and get rid of food buildup in the kitchen.

“Don’t neglect your kitchen appliances during spring cleaning, your appliances never get a day off. They take the most abuse, yet probably get the least attention. Keep them clean to help them last longer and run more efficiently.

Give spring cleaning a new meaning with these 10 unique and often forgotten tips.

1. To eliminate odors, pour vanilla extract into a bowl with a paper towel and wipe down the refrigerator walls.

2. Soak refrigerator removable parts in the sink with warm, soapy water to remove stains from food spills.

3. To remove food residue, run an empty dishwasher with a cup of white vinegar.

4. Take out oven racks and wash them by hand with warm soap and water to remove caked on food.

5. To eliminate odors, place handful of ice cubes and citrus peels in garbage disposal, turn on cold water and then the disposal for 15-30 seconds. After turning off disposal continue to rinse with hot water for 15 more seconds.  Ice cubes in the disposer also sharpens the blades.

6. Wipe interior microwave surfaces with a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda and one quart water to remove food stains.

7. Use a sponge with a mixture of ½ cup bleach, ¼ cup baking soda and four cups warm water to avoid yellowing of white appliances. Let it set for 10 minutes before rinsing and drying.

8. To remove grease buildup from garbage disposal, turn on hot water, then disposal. Squeeze tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in disposal, and run hot water for 15-30 seconds. Turn off disposal and let hot water run until suds are gone.

9. Heat a microwave-safe bowl of vanilla extract for three minutes and use it to wipe surfaces for stubborn residue and stains in the microwave.

10. Clean condenser coils located behind the fridge with a brush or handheld vacuum to remove dirt, dust and pet hair.

“The best way to ensure an odor-free and grease-free kitchen sink is to prevent the smell and buildup before it begins,” said Roger Boucher, president of De Anza Appliance. “A good dose of spring cleaning can clear the air, keeping your garbage disposal in good working condition.”

By following these tips from De Anza Appliance, kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures will continue to sparkle and smell fresh for many springs to come.

Common appliance repair complaints and how De Anza Appliance resolves them

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Technicians may not arrive at scheduled time.  De Anza Appliance makes every effort to arrive at the time promised.  We schedule AM (8:00 am to 12:30 pm) or PM (12:30 pm to 5:00 pm).  The day of service that time frame can be reduced to a TWO HOUR window.  We also call the customer when we are on our way to the house.  In the event a technician is running behind schedule, we call and let you know in advance, to avoid having you from wait around.  If you are at work or another location from the repair, and can break away with a phone call, we can call you up to 30 minutes in advance so that you can meet us at the repair location.

Parts for appliances may take several days to arrive before appliance can be repaired.  De Anza Appliance pre-screens all its calls before we go out.  That way we can order the parts in advance before we go out.  If the customer approves the estimate we can fix it on the spot, the same day.  We realize that it is impossible to pre-screen sight unseen for every problem and every appliance, but we make every effort to do so.  It benefits both the customer our company to complete the job in ONE TRIP.

Make your kitchen multitask this Super Bowl sunday

For any easy Super Bowl party, team up your appliances and tackle three dishes at once. Why work harder than you need to on the biggest sports day of the year?  You can make three great party dishes all at once and be back on the couch before you can say touchdown.  Follow these great recipes for simple and tasty game day eats.

ASIAN SESAME CHICKEN WINGS – (For the Oven and Stovetop)

Chicken – Two dozen chicken wings, salt and pepper, olive oil, two tablespoons of sesame seeds (toast in skillet before using) and chopped fresh cilantro.

Sauce – (make this the day before and store in the fridge).  One juiced orange, ¼ cup hoison sauce, ¼ cup ketchup, ¼ cup brown sugar, three tablespoon rice wine vinegar, three cloves of garlic and once cup of soy sauce.  Combine the sauce ingredients in large saucepan.  Simmer until thickened.  Store the sauce until the wings are ready.

Put all coated wings (salt and pepper to your liking) in a 400 degree oven on a baking sheet.  Bake them for 25-30 minutes or until cooked all the way through.  If sauce was chilled, reheat and mix wings and sauce in a large bowl until thoroughly coated.  Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top and garnish with cilantro.

CLASSIC CHEESE DIP – (For the Microwave)

One pound of your favorite cheese spread and one can diced green chilies and tomatoes (don’t drain the liquid).  Combine in a microwave safe dish and heat until all is melted together.  Add jalapenos to give it a little more attitude.  Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and dig in.

ULTIMATE ICE CREAM BALLS – (For the Freezer)

To save time, you can make these days before the big game.  Scoop and freeze ice cream until it is hard.  Dip into lukewarm melted chocolate and freeze until semi-hard.  Roll the chocolate covered ice cream in shredded coconut, candy pieces, nuts or any other topping and freeze again.  You could cut them up and cover in fresh fruit toppings or just serve them like they are.  Place a stick in each one for easy eating or put in a bowl with a spoon.