The Heat Is On

by Kimberly Hickok

Okay, it’s been six months and it’s official: I’m in love with my GE Cafe Dual Fuel Range! I originally blogged about it here. That was before I had the opportunity to really use it.

When we got the stove there was still snow on the roof so Mark couldn’t install the GE Profile hood that came with it. To install the hood he had to remove the microwave that was over the stove and a cabinet. Thank goodness we still had some paint left over from when we painted the kitchen. I think he did an awesome job with the install. The hood is vented through the roof so all exhaust ends up outside.

My smoke alarm used to go off when I would pan fry certain things. Not anymore. If a recipe calls for heating oil to the smoking point, I can. I made several batches of jalapeno jelly and venting that was crucial. It’s fairly quiet on the low settings.

Mark did a great job, right?

So here’s the rundown. First of all the stove is really easy to keep clean. I was kind of worried about that before we got it. The stove is a real workhorse. Both high output burners make boiling and sauteing a breeze. This stove makes stir fry dinners turn out great too. You get veggies that are cooked but are still crispy. I could never get it quite right with my old stove. The wok just wasn’t hot enough.

I’m going to add another cabinet to the end with a butcher block top so the stove looks built in.

I’m using the convection feature more than I thought I would and the delay start option has turned out to be a real lifesaver. My son plays sports. It’s so convenient to put a casserole in the oven and set the oven to turn on (and off) around my schedule.

I haven’t used the lower oven much but I have a feeling that I will be using it during the upcoming holiday season. I’ll keep you posted.

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Janice Doty September 28, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Sounds like you picked a good stove. I would definitely consider it based on your recommendations. Thanks!

Kim September 28, 2010 - 1:15 pm

Last week we toured several homes on our local Showcase of Homes –

The Belmonte home had the same stove. A local chef was there preparing appetizers for those touring the home and he was pretty impressed with the stove. That sure made me feel good!

Gina Mielke September 28, 2010 - 5:53 pm

I agree with Janice! This is something I would very much consider when I eventually renovate my kitchen. Right now it takes me a long time to bake a large cake since I can only bake one layer at a time. I’m impressed!!

Gina Mielke September 28, 2010 - 5:56 pm

PS: I agree with you on adding a cabinet with the butcher block top, that will definitely finish it off nicely.

Kim September 28, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Gina – thanks for the feedback. Without the cabinet it definitely looks unfinished. I just hope we can find one that matches the existing kitchen.

Heather September 28, 2010 - 7:22 pm

I am soooo jealous and when the time comes to update, soooo happy I won’t have to do any research! You did it all for us!


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