Passion for design and culinary excellence collide in the new oven and fridge freezer ranges from Fisher & Paykel. 

At Appliance City we’re always excited to announce new lines from Fisher & Paykel. They never fail to impress with models that are full of elegance, functionality and built to highest of energy standards.

So now, please welcome, the new additions to the Fisher & Paykel family.

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Boasting an extensive 72 litre internal capacity the new F&P ovens are built to cook a full family meal without any uneven cooking or browning results. The functions are intuitive and electronically controlled so that all temperatures are exact.

Keeping this beautiful oven clean is a snap as it arrives with a pyrolytic self cleaning function. Simply apply the setting, walk away and when it is finished wipe away the ash remnants. Leaving your oven sparkling like new.

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The oven above arrives with nine functions and is finished in sleek black reflective glass with a brushed metal trim making it the perfect addition to your modern kitchen.

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Looking for something a little more modern or is your kitchen all white? We’re pleased to announce the flat white line of appliances from Fisher & Paykel.

This model of oven arrives with seven funtions, 3000W powered grill and catalytic liners. As with other F&P ovens it always has a very high energy efficiency rating and is designed to fit perfectly with the full range of F&P flat white appliances.

Other ovens that are available in the range are the:

As with all Fisher and Paykel ovens they come with a two year parts and warranty as standard.

Shop the full range of Fisher & Paykel Ovens

Ovens aren’t the only new products to shout about. F&P have also announced the new ActiveSmart Fridges.

New Fisher and Paykel Fridges

Yes, the new Fisher and Paykel fridge freezers are just that exquisite. Arriving in stainless steel and flat white to match the rest of the range they are the perfect addition to any modern decor kitchen.

New Fisher and Paykel Refrigeration Range

This new range is boasting seamless integration refrigeration. They are flush fit with cabinetry and can come with custom panel finishes to fit into its surroundings.

Features:

  • The RS90AU1 has built in ice and water
  • Both models are slide in and fit flush
  • ActiveSmart foodcare ensures your food stays fresher, longer
  • Frost free freezer
  • Humidity control

Peace of mind is guaranteed with the Fisher and Paykel new refrigeration range as it comes with a five year parts and labour warranty as standard.

These models are set to be introduced in late October, early November. To get them before the Christmas rush, get it touch with us today on 0115 965 1937.

 


Espresso has been around since the late 19th century. This form of coffee, frequently mispronounced “expresso”, is a coffee that is made to order, from fresh beans that are ground just before brewing and brewed when the order is placed. Espresso is the freshest kind of coffee that you can get.

What separates espresso from other types of coffee is that it is brewed incredibly quickly. It takes just minutes to go from bean to cup. Traditional filter coffee takes several minutes to brew, but espresso machines can drastically cut that time, making a great-tasting drink from fresh grounds in as little as 30 seconds.

The History of the Espresso Machine

During the late 19th century, inventors tried to find ways to make great tasting coffee more quickly. Workers needed to be able to get their coffees made and drink them during short breaks, and five minute brewing times simply were not acceptable. Early attempts involved using steam to brew coffee. One of the most famous steam brewing machines could make 3,000 cups of coffee in an hour. Unfortunately, steam is too hot for making coffee, and the resulting cups tasted revolting. It wasn’t until 1905 that the first espresso machines similar to our modern-day inventions became commercially available.

What Makes a Great Cup of Coffee

The secret to making good coffee is to use fresh grounds and to brew the coffee at 90-96C; just below boiling point. Those early espresso machines used steam to force warm water through the coffee grounds, and then as the water passes through the machine it is heated up to drinking temperature. It took just 30 seconds to make a good cup of coffee with those machines.

Today’s baristas have espresso making down to a fine art. They can grind the coffee beans and turn them into shots of coffee in less than a minute, with each shot having the same volume, crema, colour and taste. They use different techniques for different beans, and spend a lot of time honing their craft.

The first thing that baristas learn to do is adjust the coffee grinder. Correctly ground beans have a fairly fine consistency. When you pinch the grounds between your fingers, they should feel almost powder-like. The ideal consistency is slightly granular. Coarser grounds produce shorter pour times, while finer grounds allow for stronger cups.

Once you have grinds in the perfect consistency, then next step is to get your machine running. Each morning, baristas put a “blank shot” through their machines to warm up the machine. This means turning the machine on and letting it warm up for 15 minutes, before putting a shot of plain water through the machine. Some people like to measure the temperature of the water in the brew basket to figure out the optimum cycle timing and procedures to get a perfect shot every time, but this is optional. Most household machines work well if they are simply pre-heated and then used.

The next skill is filling up the filter. This process involves grinding exactly enough coffee to produce a level filter basket, and then distributing that coffee correctly before tamping it. Your coffee grounds should have an even depth and density in the basket. You can achieve this by tapping the basket to level out the grounds, then sweeping the excess from the top, and tamping the grounds down with a cylindrical press. Tamping seals the puck so that the water passes slowly through the filter, soaking up an even amount of coffee. The best tamping technique is a firm downward press followed by a gentle twist. The twist forces the grinds to settle evenly, and prevents “channelling”, a phenomenon where water takes the path of least resistance through the grinds, producing a weak shot of coffee.

Some baristas prefer to use a convex tamper instead of a flat one. If you use a convex tamper then the twisting motion is unnecessary, and you will get a firm, even puck with straight pressure.

Common Coffee Problems

Most coffee problems are easy to fix by tweaking the settings on your coffee machine:

  • Too bitter: Lower the temperature setting
  • Too sour: Raise the temperature
  • Too strong: Lower the pump pressure
  • Too mild: Raise the pressure
  • Bad smell: Clean the filters and burrs

If changing the above settings doesn’t help, try different grinder settings, or a different blend of coffee.

Cappuccino

While some people like to drink espresso shots neat, the most popular ways of drinking them are diluted “Americano” style, or as a cappuccino. Cappuccinos are espressos topped with frothed milk. The best cappuccinos use microfoam, a foam that is sweet, rich, and pours as if it was a liquid. Poorly frothed, bubbly milk does not taste as good, and tends to settle rather quickly.

Frothing milk into a microfoam is a skill that takes some practice. The trick is learning to place the tip of the frothing device into the middle of the milk. When the tip is in the right place, the frothing process should be quite quiet. If you can hear bubbling, the tip is too high, if you can hear roaring, the tip is too low. Angle the tip as you place it into the pitcher, and keep it in the middle of the milk “whirlpool”. The volume of milk in the pitcher will increase by about 50 percent, and the milk should hit a temperature of about 70C. Do not heat the milk beyond this, because it will start to curdle and ruin the foam.

Once you’ve made the microfoam, pour it immediately if you are making a cappuccino. If you’re making a latte, wait 20 seconds before pouring.

Caring for Your Coffee Machine

Coffee machines take a lot of maintenance.  If you want your machine to last a lifetime (and a good machine should) then you must clean it regularly and take good care of it. Each time you make an espresso shot, coffee grinds pass through the screen and accumulate on the gasket. Ideally, you should clean the gasket with a grouphead brush between every shot, but if you don’t have time to do this you can get away with cleaning the machine once a day.

In addition to cleaning, you should backflush your machine using a mixture of hot water and an appropriate detergent every few weeks.  After backflushing the machine, run it several times with plain water to get rid of the detergent.  You should also soak the portafilters in a detergent solution to remove the coffee oils that accumulate on them.

Inspect your gasket, screen and any pipes on the machine periodically, and replace any parts that look worn or damaged. A good espresso machine should last you many years if it is well looked after.


Until November 30th 2013 you can save £100 on a new Siemens appliance. Trade in any old appliance and get up to £100 off your brand new Siemens one. Along with the cash saving on a new energy efficient appliance we’ll also recycle it free of charge too. See below for the full list of  products this is available to trade with.

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This promotion is available on the following appliances only:

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Rangemaster half price

Get a half price Rangemaster appliance when you buy any Rangemaster Range Cooker available until December 14th 2013.

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When affordable steam ovens were released in the 1990s, they revolutionized the way that people cooked in their own homes. Steam ovens had long been available for professional chefs, offering them a time-efficient and healthy way to produce great tasting food.

How Does a Steam Oven Work?

Steam ovens contain a reservoir which holds water used in the cooking process. The oven heats up that water, turning it into steam. The steam rises and passes over the food, heating it up. At the top of the oven there is a valve which gradually lets air out to release pressure which builds up as the water turns to steam. Steam ovens can achieve incredibly high temperatures and cook food very quickly.

The History of the Steam Oven

There are many different kinds of steam oven. The earliest recorded evidence of people using steam to cook food can be traced back to ancient China, where chefs would place reed baskets over woks filled with hot water. In the 18th century, cooks in Vienna developed the steam deck oven, which they used to cook baguettes. Steam pressure cookers were not developed until the middle of the 20th century.

The Benefits of a Steam Oven

There are many benefits to using steam ovens. Firstly, food that is steamed usually tastes much better than food that is boiled. If you hate eating soggy vegetables, try steaming them. Steamed vegetables remain crisp and crunchy, and also retain their moisture, so they look and taste better.

In addition, steam cooking allows food to retain more nutrients. Both boiling and baking food reduces their nutritional value significantly. Steamed food contains more usable vitamin C, folic acid and antioxidants. You still lose some nutrients compared to eating the food raw, but the loss is significantly lower than that seen in other cooking methods.

Steam cooking requires no extra oils or fats, which means that it is a good choice for people who are watching their calorie intake. It’s also impossible to burn food in a steam oven. Many people use pressure cookers to slowly cook foods while they are out at work, ready for a nutritious meal once they get home.

Sadly, you can’t use a steam oven to give meats a golden brown look. You could, of course, put some steam cooked chicken on the grill for a couple of minutes to finish it off, if you really like the “flame grilled” look.

How Do They Work?

Most steam ovens are quite small – between microwave sized and the size of a full stove. They come with a detachable reservoir for the water and do not need to be connected to a water supply.

Steam ovens are capable of reaching temperatures of between 212 degrees and as high as 570 degrees. They can be used for slow cooking and defrosting, or to rapidly cook meats and vegetables.

Types of Steam Oven

Smaller, microwave-sized steam ovens are a good choice for the average family kitchen. They can be mounted to the wall and used in combination with a normal microwave and a full sized traditional oven. Since they do not need to be plumbed into the water supply, you can install them anywhere that there is space. You can fit a 450mm sized steam oven and a combination microwave/grill oven into a typical double-oven cavity.

If you are a passionate cook, however, you may need a bigger steam oven. It is possible to steam several different foods at the same time, and there will be no flavour contamination. This means that you can simply place your vegetables, meat and pudding in the oven and forget about them until it’s time to serve the meal.

Smaller tabletop steam ovens are available, and these are incredibly popular with students and single people who live in small homes where kitchen space is at a premium. These ovens have quite limited cooking capacity, but are cheap to run, convenient, and perfect for cooking up small meals.

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