Marvel Refrigeration upgrades its professional collection

Marvel Refrigeration upgrades its professional collection with bolder aesthetics and features to add more storage versatility and organization

tricolorGreenville, Mich. (January 6, 2017) – This year at KBIS 2017, Marvel Refrigeration will be unveiling design enhancements to its Marvel Professional undercounter collection to improve aesthetics, storage flexibility and organization.

New features include tri-color lighting, midnight black interiors, smooth ball-bearing glides, split convertible shelving, and complementary organizational accessories (in select models).

All Marvel Professional models are now designed with midnight black interiors and tri-color LED lighting in three color options: sapphire blue, amber glow and arctic white. pro-refrigerated-drawersIntegrated controls allow the user to select from full or half interior illumination for a two-stage theater style presentation.

The smooth ball-bearing shelving system glides out to full extension for convenient access to the back of the shelf, without toppling items. Additionally, certain models in the collection now feature 3-in-1 Split Convertible Shelving for hybrid food, beverage or wine storage. Removing one or both glass panes reveals a wine rack capable of partial or full-width storage that holds 7 bottles. And the new Marvel Professional Refrigerated Drawers come with quick-grip dividers that conveniently adjust to organize and secure contents.

To see the new Marvel Professional collection, locate a dealer near you.

No Bake Cheesecake with Cranberry Mint Sauce

5768050384_b81d4a4cfb_b

‘Tis the season to indulge! This no bake cheesecake recipe combines the creamy texture of a classic cheesecake with fresh, bursting cranberry flavor akin to the holidays.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of an 8″ or 10″ springform pan. Chill until firm.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and lemon juice until soft. Add whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until batter becomes thick. Add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff. Pour into chilled crust, and top with pie filling. Chill several hours or overnight. Just before serving, remove the sides of the springform pan and top with cranberry mint sauce.

Did you know?  

The Dynamic Cooling Technology of Marvel Premium Refrigeration chills contents up to three times faster than other models, perfect for when you want to quick-chill food for recipes!

 

No-Holds-Barred Bachelor Pad: Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion in the Hamptons

outdoor bachelor pad featuring Marvel undercounter refrigeration

Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Designer Showcase: Bachelor’s Top-of-the-Line Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion in the Hamptons

This stunning soup-to-nuts outdoor kitchen pavilion is the brainchild of Showcase Kitchens partner, Michael Rosenberg, created for his no-holds-barred bachelor client.

The spacious outdoor kitchen overlooks beautifully landscaped rolling hills and is adjacent to a breathtaking infinity pool, built-in fire pit and tennis court. Reclaimed mushroom wood and striking mahogany floors add charm to the structure of the outdoor kitchen pavilion.

Perhaps more well-stocked than most indoor kitchens, the robust outdoor kitchen features a Marvel Outdoor ice machine and Marvel Outdoor kegerator system, Viking range, dishwasher and hood and Lynx BBQ, among other appliances. Rosenberg selected these Marvel Outdoor models on its positive reviews for reliability, a choice well made considering the units are rigorously tested and certified for outdoor performance to withstand elements like rain, corrosion and high temperatures and humidity.  And, the homeowner loves the ease of the controls.

It’s all the accoutrements for the ultimate bachelor pad!

Featured Designer: Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa
Style: Rustic
Location: Water Mill, New York, a hamlet of the Hamptons

outdoor bachelor pad featuring Marvel undercounter refrigeration

Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

close up of Marvel Outdoor Twin Tap Beer Dispenser

Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

close up of twin taps of Marvel Outdoor Beer Dispenser

Kitchen pavilion designer, Michael Rosenberg, Showcase Kitchens of Massapequa; Photos by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

 

New Care & Cleaning Bundle Pack for Marvel Clear Ice Machines

careandcleaning

ATTN: Marvel Clear Ice Machine Owners
SPECIAL OFFER

Get free shipping when you stock up on a 2-year supply of clear ice machine cleaner.

Thank you for choosing Marvel – you’ll be satisfied with its quiet operation, crystal-clear ice quality, eco-saving features and reliable performance in the years to come.

Your new Marvel Clear Ice Machine is programmed with manufacturer-recommended cleaning reminders. To ensure maximum performance and ice quality, you should clean your clear ice machine once every six months, or more frequently depending on your usage and water quality.

To get you started, we’d like to extend a special offer to you for free shipping on the Marvel Care & Cleaning Bundle Pack, to complete your two-year supply of cleaner and keep your clear ice machine in optimum condition.

offer-details

TO ORDER, call (800) 223-3900. Reference Promo Code “BUNDLE4”.

*Program subject to change without notice. Applies to the Marvel Professional Clear Ice Machines (MP15CLS, MP15CLP, MP15CPS, MP15CPP), Marvel Clear Ice Machines (ML15CLS, ML15CLP, ML15CPS, ML15CPP), Marvel Low Profile Clear Ice Machines (MA15CLS, MA15CLP, MA15CPS, MA15CPP) and Marvel Outdoor Clear Ice Machines (3OiMT).  Order by part # S41013789-Bundle 4. 

Buying Guide: Undercounter Refrigerator Appliances

5 Important Attributes to Consider Before Buying an Undercounter Appliance

Undercounter refrigeration is not merely a box to keep things cold nor is it a commodity item decided on a simple matter of price. Today’s options provide varying degrees of cooling performance, storage configurations, styles and finishes. And, undercounter options have expanded to beverage centers, wine cellars, freezers, ice machines and beer dispensers to offer even more diverse preservation capabilities for your home. To make sure you’re getting the right mix of quality, function and value in your next undercounter purchase, start with this buyers guide for an educated shopping experience.

_mg_3941

Manufacturers like Marvel Refrigeration continue to develop new undercounter categories aimed to offer flexible preservation solutions to homeowners. Shown here: Marvel Professional Dual Zone Wine Cellar and Marvel Professional Beverage Center with MaxStore Bin.

1. Temperature Stability

We all know the measure of a good refrigerator is how well it cools, but are you aware that several undercounter brands’ cabinet temperature can fluctuate by as much as 10 to 15 degrees?

As discussed in the Outdoor Refrigerator Buying Guide, there is a distinct difference in cooling technologies across the industry.  Low-grade static cold plate cooling creates disparities in air distribution, creating an uneven temperature stratification effect.  In other words, the top compartment might be 15 degrees warmer than the bottom and other areas might cause items to frost.  Dynamic forced air actively recirculates cold air throughout the cabinet from top to bottom and is an upgrade worth investing in, especially if you plan to store wine and delicate foods.

Additionally, some models are designed with extended off-cycles before cycling back on to cool again. This is essentially an engineering workaround for poor thermal cabinet design as an effort to improve energy efficiency, but ultimately it translates to erratic temperature swings.

Minimizing temperature variance is critical to the shelf life of the contents you’re storing.  A stable preservation environment contributes to improved food quality (including flavor and nutrition), longer-lasting freshness and ultimately less food waste.

BUYER TIP

Choose an undercounter refrigerator with forced air circulation, like Dynamic Cooling Technology from Marvel.  smarter-hv-cooling-icon

fresh-food-marvel-refrigeration

Marvel Refrigeration engineered the internal storage compartment to enhance air flow for a precisely even cabinet temperature and greater cooling efficiency. Shown here: Marvel Professional Undercounter Freezer and Marvel Professional Undercounter Refrigerator.

2. Cooldown Time

Surprisingly, few homeowners consider this aspect when shopping for an undercounter refrigerator and it’s an attribute that can impact your lifestyle the most. Rapid cooldown is a necessary convenience for today’s fast-paced lifestyles, and particularly important when stocking your undercounter refrigerator full of room-temperature cases of beverages for a party later than night. Nothing takes the refreshing zest out of a carbonated beverage like serving it lukewarm.

Additionally, rapid temperature pull-down prevents bacteria growth in your perishables for safer food consumption.

The better the cold air circulation (i.e. forced air cooling), the faster contents will be cooled to your desired set temperature.

dynamic-cooling-technology

BUYER TIP

Select a model with a proven cooldown rate.  For example, Marvel’s rapid cooldown is tested to be up to three times faster than other models.cooldown

3. Energy-Saving Features, Efficiency and Operating Costs

Energy consumption remains a hot-button topic, as consumers seek ways to reduce annual household expenses and their overall carbon footprint, without taking shortcuts on features and performance.

Fortunately for homeowners, the Department of Energy enforced more stringent energy regulations on the appliance industry in 2014. Michigan-based manufacturer AGA Marvel welcomed the changing regulations as an opportunity to retool its entire undercounter line, and now offers the largest collection of ENERGY STAR® rated undercounter appliances.  In fact, many of its models exceed the EPA ENERGY STAR® requirements – in some cases by 30%!

Look for additional energy-saving options, such as integrated controls with Eco mode, Vacation mode and Delay Start. And, there are features that prevent energy loss, too, like Close Door Assist to automatically bring the door to a gentle close and alarms to alert you of energy-compromising issues.

Another measure of thermal efficiency is the model’s cabinet and door insulation, as it’s the most effective protection from external heat transfer and cold air loss and affects overall efficiency. Marvel discovered a way to design its models with well-placed dense insulation that does not compromise internal storage volume.

BUYER TIP

Be sure to read the product’s Energy Guide for projected annual energy costs, and look for the ENERGY STAR® mark.

k8608340

door-thickness

4. Capacity and Storage Flexibility

Review storage options and interior capacity of models at the footprint size you need.  Ask yourself, will this model suit my storage needs now and in the future? Can it fit extra-large platters and pizza boxes? Can it accommodate tall items? Does it offer optional wine storage?  Is there a clear rollout bin to store loose items or produce?

Pick a model able to store the items you use most often. For example, Marvel offers models with convertible shelving that allows you to store any configuration of food, beverages and even wine bottles.

beverages-food-wine

BUYER TIP

Insist on versatile storage solutions like cantilevered shelving and convertible shelving that can adapt to fit your lifestyle as it changes.

storage-icon-18

5. Fit and Finish

Manufacturers offer undercounter models in a variety of aesthetics, including solid and glass-framed doors in stainless steel, black, custom panel-ready and other finishes. If you prefer a truly built-in look, you’ll want a panel-ready model with a soft-close integrated hinge to seamlessly blend with your cabinetry.

panel-overlay

BUYER TIP

Explore finish options with timeless appeal, and consider the fully integrated look of overlay panels.

businessman-options-to-choose_318-62490

RECOMMENDED UNDERCOUNTER APPLIANCES

SUBSCRIBE

AGA Marvel unveils innovative clear ice machine technology with illumination effect and new energy-saving options

New undercounter clear ice machines are a perfect match for top-shelf libations

Greenville, Mich. (September 1, 2016) – Luxury appliance manufacturer AGA Marvel released its new collection of Marvel Clear Ice Machines with Illuminice Lighting and new energy-saving features to conserve up to 25% water and electricity.

Still the quietest and the clearest, Marvel engineered its new clear ice models with design and performance attributes that align with the company’s national consumer research. This resulted in greater operating efficiency, flexible functionality, improved service reliability and a bold aesthetic like no other.  Vivid waterproof LED lighting illuminates clear ice from below, and models are available with sapphire blue or arctic white Illuminice Lighting. And, ice production is now up to 39 pounds of clear ice daily, the equivalent of nearly five convenience-store bags of ice.

“We’re poised to change the way purists and cocktail connoisseurs enjoy fine spirits and beverages,” says brand manager Leah Kalemba.  “Ice quality is a critical component in the composition of a drink, especially with rare, ultra-premium scotch or bourbon. Dilution affects flavor, and the purer the ice, the better a drink tastes as ice melts. Marvel clear ice is unrivaled in clarity, and this new line will certainly elevate the home entertaining experience.”

marvel-professional-clear-ice-machine-with-sapphire-illuminice

Pictured: Marvel Professional Single Zone Wine Cellar paired with the new Marvel Professional Clear Ice Machine with Sapphire Illuminice Lighting

Marvel employs a fractional freezing process to create high-density, slow-melting ice with pristine purity, much like a fine chocolatier tempers chocolate to a solid state for the best quality and flavor. Other clear ice machine brands reuse water run-off with inconsistent and sometimes cloudy results.

Marvel Engineering Director Jim Holland took the physics of ice melting into great consideration when developing the new line, “The ice shape is optimized to provide maximum cool down with minimum dilution. This was accomplished by utilizing a 3/4” cube to maximize the density of ice in the glass to cool the drink quicker, which minimizes melt.”

Other new features include multi-function Marvel Intuit Integrated Controls with intelligent settings and alarms to optimize production rates and ensure ice quality. A full-featured delayed start prevents wasteful water use and Eco Ice mode moderates ice production to a conservative rate to save 25% on utility bills.

And while it’s already the quietest clear ice machine brand, Marvel further improved sound suppression to make this new line of clear ice machines quieter than most dishwashers.

Finish options include stainless steel, black and overlay. Low profile, ADA height models are also available for universal design applications and areas with limited space or thick flooring.

For more information on the new Marvel Clear Ice Machines with Illuminice, call (800) 223-3900 or contact your local dealer.

About Marvel Refrigeration

The benchmark for unrivaled craftsmanship, performance and design, Marvel Refrigeration offers a robust line of innovative food preservation and refrigeration solutions for home and outdoor, and is also the leading choice of world-class sports and entertainment venues, hotels, hospitals and medical facilities and other premium commercial installations across America.  Marvel products are engineered, hand-built, tested and inspected against stringent quality standards in the AGA Marvel manufacturing facility based in Greenville, Michigan.

AGA Marvel is a North American group of The Middleby Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of equipment for the residential kitchen, commercial food service and food processing industries. AGA Marvel employs nearly 200 Michigan workers.  More information about all AGA Marvel products, including AGA, Heartland and Marvel Scientific can be found at agamarvel.com.

Media Contact:

Leah Kalemba
lkalemba@agamarvel.com
(616) 619-5330

###

SUBSCRIBE

Specially Brewed Beer

little-falls-inn-paradise-michigan

Photo Credit: Tim and Candy Strain

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

A Recent Adventure with “Specially Brewed for Us” Beer

Say ‘Yah’ to da U.P., Eh?

My family and I recently returned from a vacation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While exploring, we stopped for lunch at the Little Falls Inn in a town called Paradise. Yes, there is paradise in the U.P.  Where else could it be? There truly are not too many places in Paradise, and that is what makes it so special. The food was great along with the people and atmosphere. But I digress; this is a blog about beer.

When the waitress asked what we would like to drink, my son-in-law asked what was on tap. Now here is the moment things get interesting! While reciting the list of available beer, she spoke those words that every beer drinker loves to hear:

We have one beer that is brewed especially for us, called Red Flannel Ale.”

8606091105_1e25753a22_hI have had many “brewed especially for us” beers and most are something that the brewer makes and is not too proud of, but every now and then you hit the jackpot. Now usually I do not like red ales too much.  To get the color right many brewers use either black patent or chocolate malt.  This can give a beer too heavy of a roasted tasted with nothing to balance it out. This Red Flannel Ale used I believe different caramel malts to get the color and body correct.  The hop additions were light and very well balanced.  I don’t say this too often, and I don’t think I have ever actually written this, but this was one of my top ten beers of all time.

It was (is) a perfect Red Ale.

I got a little more information from the bartender before we had to leave.  The brewer is Mackinaw Trail Brewery in Petoskey, Michigan.  They are both a brewer and wine maker. Now before you make the mad rush to Petoskey, keep in mind, that as craft beers go, every batch is unique. It could be we hit the perfect beer, or it could also mean that they are really a great brewer.

My point is, if you have a chance to try a unique beer, in a unique place, don’t pass it up.  You will always have a chance to have a “usual beer” when you get back home.  A once-in-a-life time beer happens only once.

Take care and drink wisely,

bob-the-beer-engineer-signature

beer-growler-storage-bobs-beer-tip

Avocado Salad Recipe

A Nourishing Summertime Superfood Dish

256657Avocado: what a funny-looking fruit with dimpled-green skin and such abundant versatility in fresh and filling raw food recipes. Incredibly popular for its superfood properties, creamy texture and delicious flavor, avocados are bursting with 20 nutrient varieties and heart-healthy fats, and loaded with fiber, antioxidants and more potassium than bananas. According to the Journal of Nutrition, adding avocado to salad can increase your antioxidant absorption up to 15-fold!

All the more reason to try this hearty avocado salad, loaded with nutrition and dynamic flavor.

PRESERVATION TIP: Store avocados in your Marvel Refrigerator to retain freshness for up to a week.

Marvel’s Dynamic Cooling Technology precisely chills food at an even temperature, effectively halting the ripening process and preventing that unsightly (and very distasteful) browning. Want your avocado to ripen faster?  Leave them on your counter, or place in a brown paper bag to speed up the process.

Avocado Salad Recipe

Recipe Credit: Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, pitted and diced
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced (Vidalia or Walla Walla sweet onions recommended)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, gently toss avocados, onion, bell pepper, tomato, cilantro and lime juice until evenly coated.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. HINT: Keep avocado pits to store with leftover avocado salad to prevent browning.
https://www.agamarvel.com/avocado-salad-recipe/

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

peanut-butter-overnight-oats

An Easy Breakfast Idea Loaded with Nutritional Benefits

Simplify your morning routine without skipping that all-important first meal of the day – just let your refrigerator do most of the work!

Overnight oats are becoming a popular breakfast option for several reasons: it’s a one-dish meal that’s easy to make, delicious and packed with energy-sustaining nutritional benefits.

Why It’s the Healthier Choice

These raw, soaked oats are the cooler side of oatmeal, and a healthy upgrade from its breakfast counterpart. Overnight soaking acts much like a long cooking process, breaking down starches and phytic acid, making the meal easier for your body to digest and absorb. And, it’s higher in resistant starches which can help control insulin levels.

With a little preparation the night before, you’ll have a hearty and healthy breakfast ready to eat the next morning to satiate your hunger and satisfy those taste buds. It’s a perfect grab-and-go treat for picnics, too!

Here’s the recipe for this meal mashup, a wise way to start your day off right.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Recipe Credit: Minimalist Baker

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened recommended)
  • 3/4 T chia seeds
  • 2 T peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1 T maple syrup (or other sweetener substitutes:honey, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, stevia)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    TRY THESE ADD-INS:
  • 1 T flaxseed meal
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Sliced fresh fruit (ex: banana, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Granola

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, chia, peanut butter and maple syrup in a sealable jar or bowl and stir to blend flavors.
  2. Stir in oats until covered in mixture.
  3. Cover with lid (or plastic wrap) and leave in your Marvel Refrigerator to set overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours).
  4. When you're ready to dig in, feel free to toss on a few bonus toppings, like extra fruit.
https://www.agamarvel.com/peanut-butter-overnight-oats/

Rhubarb Spritzer

rhubarb-spritzer-spring-cocktail

An Effervescent Spring Cocktail

Today we’re taking a closer look at rhubarb, those vibrant ruby stalks that brighten your local farmers’ market stands around early spring.  Or, if you’re lucky, in your home or community garden.

By horticultural standards, it’s considered a vegetable, though by culinary application it takes on a sweeter side, often prepared like a fruit with sugar and aromatic spices. Ingested for thousands of years for medicinal benefits, rhubarb has evolved into what it is today: a key ingredient in desserts, jams and, yes, even beverages.

We have just the cocktail for you to try this spring to make the most of this tart edible while it’s at its freshest – a delicious, refreshing and simple-to-prepare Rhubarb Spritzer Spring Cocktail.

MIXOLOGY TIP: Serve over Marvel Clear Ice for the best clarity, purity and flavor.  

Rhubarb Spritzer Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. rhubarb simple syrup (see details below)
  • Prosecco (to taste)
  • Marvel Clear Ice
  • Mint or rosemary sprig (optional garnish)
    Rhubarb Simple Syrup:
  • 2 stalks chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. First begin with the rhubarb simple syrup by combining chopped rhubarb with water and sugar in a small saucepan and placing over medium-low heat.
  2. Continue to stir as it cooks until the liquid reaches a syrupy consistency.
  3. Pour through a strainer to remove rhubarb and let cool.
  4. Next, fill a tumbler with Marvel Clear Ice.
  5. Stir in vodka and rhubarb simple syrup and top off with Prosecco.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint or rosemary, and enjoy! (MIXOLOGY TIP: To bring out the full flavor and aroma of your garnish, slap it between your hands before placing it in your drink.)
https://www.agamarvel.com/rhubarb-spritzer-cocktail/