To avoid possible heat damage to your oven, we do not recommend using aluminum foil to line the bottom of your oven. Rather, we recommend that you place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on the oven rack beneath the pie or casserole you are baking. The foil should be only a few inches larger than the baking pan to allow for proper heat circulation. The foil will catch any drips before they reach the oven bottom.
There you go. Smart play on Reynolds part, right? Because you know people will end up getting rid of the sheet of foil and using a new one next time…
“What’s a Stellian?” people often ask me. (This is the natural progression from, “Wait, you’re like a WARNER Warner?”)
It’s a good question, seeing as it’s a made up word. It’s not even a real name. I looked up “Stellian” on WhitePages.com one time when I decided I would like to marry someone who could provide a humorous surname hyphenation — he doesn’t exist. (Update: upon redoing this search, I discovered a 68-year-old man by the name of Stellian in Kansas. Wonder if he’s on Facebook…)
And it’s not a fast horse, nor a foreign word — that I know of. Stellian is what’s called a portmanteau.
You might be familiar with portmanteaus from some Stellian imitators, whom I’ll show below:
Back in the early ’50s, Steve and Lillian Farkas combined their first names to create Stellian Appliance on Snelling and Larpenteur, where my grandpa Jim Warner would begin working a few years later. Jim Warner bought Stellian in 1971, after years of faithful service, and added his family’s name to the already-established local store (Back then it would’ve been, “What’s a Warner?”).
We still own that location and since have added six more in the time that media covering celebrity supercouples have caught wind of Steve and Lillian’s genius.
If you’re concerned with cleanliness, especially if you suffer from allergies and/or asthma, a steam washer is a no-brainer.
Why? Gaseous water molecules (aka steam) penetrate the tightly woven fibers of clothing more effectively than water droplet molecules — which are much larger — and lift out stubborn stains and odors and eliminate most allergens, leaving you with brighter whites and more vibrant colors than a standard wash cycle.
Steam also takes less time to do a better job, because it reaches higher temperatures more quickly. An internal steam chamber superheats incoming water into vapor and introduces it in the middle of a wash cycle for about 20 minutes.
The LG steam washer is also the first washer certified “asthma and allergy friendly” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, because its Allergiene Cycle is proven to remove 95% of household dust mites and domestic animal dander.
Of course it’d be lovely to have an entire set of steam laundry, but depending on your needs (sanitizing nonwashable items vs. eliminating allergens from clothing and linens) you could choose one and still get superior performance. Just some modern convenience to consider…
Noticed some streaks and stains on the inner oven glass that weren’t there before?
Hold up! Step back from your Jump To Conclusions mat — it’s not a bad seal.
Several vents (highlighted in fig. 1) open directly into the inner door to vent the hot air away from the glass. And because of their proximity to the stove top and its mess, people often spray cleaner near the vents that sneaks inside the door and drips down, causing streaks and stains.
What to do?
Our smart and helpful customer service rep Amy cautions you against pulling the door apart yourself.
Officially, if it bothers you enough, pay a service company to clean it — otherwise you’ll void the warranty, she said. Unfortunately, this aesthetic nuisance falls outside of warranty coverage because the customer did it herself.
But if your range is older than 10 years — and in some cases, five years — warranty is no longer a concern.
So, unofficially, you can check out this HOW TOs on espares.com and find more on fixya.com — at your own risk.
Don’t get all “Red Green” inspired and duct tape the vents, like one customer informed Amy he’d being doing. That hot air needs to go somewhere.
A better way to prevent stains between the glass is to not spray near the vents. Better yet, spray cleaners directly onto the rag, rather than the range.
How did all of this Black Friday craziness begin? More importantly, where does it end? Is it going to push Thanksgiving right out the door?
Black Friday, a term coined by the media to describe the phenomenon big box retailers created to get consumers to give up a night of sleep — and in more and more cases, a holiday with the family — to stand in line for a “deal” the day after Thanksgiving.
Did the consumers ask for this, or did big box retailers create it? Consumers fear losing out on a discount they feel they really need — and that’s being played upon. Really, these prices could be available during normal hours, instead of forcing employees into work at 2 a.m. and encouraging dangerous frenzy.
We used to love the fact we weren’t open on Sunday, but that eventually gave way to the reality of competition. I wonder if small family business and independent retailers will feel the open-early, hysterical Black Friday push in fear of losing a bunch of business.
And then what? First 5 a.m., then comes 4 in the morning and then why not 3? How about we just kill Thanksgiving all together?
Warners’ Stellian discussed being open early on Friday but decided the culture of our company and our employees mean more than a few extra bucks.
“As people are doing their holiday shopping, we hope they’ll look critically at the corporate advertising onslaught and the claim that big business provides better deals,” said (Jennifer Rockne, co-founder of AMIBA). “When we consider the value of quality products, saving time, and the quality of our experience, we’ll often find our hometown businesses ultimately provide the best deal.” [emphasis added]