Kitchen Confidence: How to Get the Most out of Your Canadian Appliances

Kitchen Confidence: How to Get the Most out of Your Canadian Appliances

Make the most out of your Canadian appliances.

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Cooking in Canada is easy when you know how to use and clean your kitchen appliances.

Most Canadian kitchens have:

  • Electric range with oven and glass or coil cook-tops (gas burners are not as common)
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Multi-purpose blender
  • Electric kettle

Even familiar appliances are different in small ways – and some might be completely new to you!

Electric Oven Range
Foodies swear by gas burners, but most stoves here are electric with glass or coil elements. Electric elements take longer to heat, and they retain heat for a while after you turn them off.

Refrigerators here are large with spacious top, bottom or side freezers. The larger freezer allows you to stock up on the frozen foods (which are available in many stores) – which you can heat up on those days when you want a break from cooking.

Blender jar are typically made of heavy, durable glass instead of metal or plastic. A large blender with a more powerful motor can help you grind chutneys, blend fresh juices and even chop nuts.

For grating, slicing, chopping or mincing, add a food processor to your toolkit. Many food processors have a mixer attachment to mix cake batter, whip creamy batter for frying and knead dough. Mixers are often sold as separate appliances, too. Food processor bowls are usually plastic, while mixer bowls may be either plastic or metal.

A blender or food processor can cut cooking time in half.

How to clean: After each use, rinse the jar, add a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid and rinse again with warm water. Wipe dry with Bounty paper towels.

Hand-washing dishes doesn’t have to be another task on an already long list. Follow these simple steps for spotless, clean dishes in minutes:


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1. Make sure dishes are dishwasher safe before you load them

2. Discard left-over food

3. Place glassware in the top rack, spoons and forks in the cutlery rack, place plates in the rack at the bottom

4. Arrange pots, pans and bake-ware around the other dishes

5. Add Cascade liquid or powdered dish detergent in the soap dispenser

6. Add rinse agent to prevent water spots, shut the door and select wash cycle (heavy cycle for pots and pans)

7. Switch it on and relax!

How to clean: Eliminate lime-scale build-up, odours and mould from your dishwasher by using Cascade dishwasher cleaner.

Electric Kettle
From morning chai to afternoon tea, an electric kettle boils water in a jiffy and safely shuts off on its own.

How to clean: Fill the kettle with equal parts of water and white vinegar and bring it to a boil. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Empty the kettle and rinse it well. If the vinegar smell lingers, boil water and discard it a few times more. Wipe inside with Bounty paper towels.

Once you are familiar with these appliances and know how to maintain them, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.

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