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Remember how I was chosen as a Maytag Kitchen Ambassador last year? My new kitchen arrived on November 1st of 2012, and I documented over the months how I was doing with the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. Now that almost a year has passed Maytag asked if I would do a little update and tell everyone how my Maytag appliances are working out with the back to school season.
As my regular blog readers know, the return to school means the return to “The Lunchbox Report”. That’s right, every day that I pack the kids lunch for school, I take a picture and share it on the Frugal Upstate Facebook page. It’s a great way to keep myself creative (it is embarrassing to pack the same old boring lunch every day!) and it shares different ideas with my fans.
My Maytag Refrigerator is the workhorse in the kitchen when it comes to the kids lunches. The icepacks are kept in the freezer, the main fridge holds jello and pudding I make myself in 4oz containers and hardboiled eggs. The crisper drawers keep celery, carrots, grapes and oranges fresh, and of course the meat draw holds the luncheon meats and block cheese.
Since I’m a big fan of preserving my own food–this time of year my stove gets a HUGE workout. I blanch beans and corn to be frozen. I not only cook a variety of pickles and condiments (like green tomato chutney, spiced crab apples, pickled peaches, salsa & cucumber relish) but I use the stove for both the hot water bath and pressure canning. I frequently have 3 burners going full blast to cook, can and keep extra water hot, and then the 4th is on low keeping the canning lids warm. I have done HUNDREDS of jars of food this fall. Thank goodness for the powerful fan on the Maytag range hood, and for the fact that my house was set up for the hood to vent outside–it has really helped to take all that steam out of the kitchen.
Another fun thing I’ve done this fall is to take some time and teach the kids how to cook a few meals. I find the glass top stove a bit less intimidating for them–and it is definitely easier to clean up when they are done! Buddy learned how to make pancakes, and Princess mastered making a chicken pot pie from scratch. I’ve got two budding chefs on my hands!
And of course through it all I’ve kept the Maytag Jetclean Dishwasher very busy. I can use the dishwasher to wash/sterilize canning jars and keep them warm, and of course it helps with the dishes. And let me tell you–when I’m canning I make TONS of dishes. Seriously. This is what my kitchen looked like after making pickled peaches.
So how do I feel about my Maytag kitchen a year in? I still love it!