July 4th at AJ Madison – What’s on Sale?

A better question would be whats not on sale? Almost every home and kitchen appliance has been reduced in price by manufacturers, such as Electrolux, GE, Whirlpool, Samsung and LG. While AJ Madison has sharpest prices all year round you may want to look at our Facebook Deals Page. In addition the mail-in rebates this season are insane… the price reductions are crazy! If you want to buy new appliances and Save Big, NOW IS THE TIME!!

A Symphony Played by 200 Vintage Household Appliances

It’s no philharmonic, but it’s certainly a full symphony. Conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann spent the last eight years assembling “The Stupid Orchestra” — an art installation of over 200 vintage appliances whirring, buzzing and grinding together to create quite an ensemble.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear individual notes and solos from vacuums, electric mixers, washers and more — all playing their parts to create what might be called music. To compose the music, Petermann designed his own system. Each machine is connected to his laptop, and his program controls the on/off switches of the individual appliances.

Petermann “auditioned” hundreds of appliances, but selected only those designed between 1940 and 1975. Old appliances were pretty loud.  And considering the push for quieter appliances you see nowadays, we can see why he chose the retro route. You’ll even notice some models in the symphony from our friends at Bosch and Miele. Seeing these machines running strong after so many decades is a testament to the craftsmanship these brands demonstrate to this day.

“People recognize their parents’ or even grandparents’ kitchen when they first see the installation, and become thrilled by their beloved machine’s heightened second life as an artist,” Petermann explains.

Check out the video of “The Stupid Orchestra” by Michael Petermann. It’s a blast from the past seeing all these retro models polished up and still working.

 

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AJ Madison Leads the Charge in Passover Preparation

With less than a week until Passover, kosher families everywhere have lots of cleaning and cooking to think about — from cleaning the oven or clearing out all chametz to preparing the seder. Considering all the work and preparation involved, it’s easy to see why many choose this time of year to replace outdated appliances. After all, you can’t get much cleaner than a brand new refrigerator or range.

But more importantly, the newest generation of home appliances are helping modern-day kosher families better observe Shabbos and Yom Tov. State-of-the-art features and innovative new designs are making things a bit easier for observant households — giving them more time to enjoy Passover and other Holidays with their families.

But with all the different models, styles and technological appliance jargon floating around these days, shopping for a new kosher appliance can seem pretty complicated. This is why AJ Madison regularly consults with various kosher organizations.

As part of our commitment to being Your Appliance Authority, we make the extra effort to help kosher consumers with their questions on products and innovative new features. We know our appliances — but we also know our customers, and what they’re looking for at home.

To get definitive, kosher-savvy info on major appliances, consult our experts at AJMadison.com.

And Happy Pesach from all of us at AJ Madison!

 

Appliance Trends & Technology — The Benefits of Steam Power

Steam technology is nothing new. Whether it be the old steam-engine trains, tea kettles or clothes irons — we’ve been harnessing its power for some time. But lately, you’ll notice that home appliance makers are getting on board too. It’s the hot new innovation in washers, dryers, dishwashers and even ovens — but steam power is more than just a passing trend.

Considering the demand for more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly appliances these days, it makes sense that more and more appliance owners are turning to steam technology. It’s also one of the best ways to get something really clean, even sterilized, whether you’re loading up the dishwasher or tackling stubborn grass stains.

Steam power is pretty neat, and can be useful for all kinds of household tasks from cleaning to de-wrinkling and even cooking. But is it a priority feature in your next appliance? It may depend on what you need and when you need it. More after the jump:

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Join the ecomagination Line Dance & Help Make History – This Ain’t No April Fools’ Joke!

Slip on your dancing boots and join in the world’s longest line dance — online. And no, we’re not kidding. The GE ecomagination Line Dance has folks all over the country getting in step for a noble cause — and a chance to win $10,000 in eco-friendly appliances.

By submitting your own line dance video, you can help GE donate clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They’re working with charity: water, a non-profit that will use 100% of the contribution to fund direct water project costs. Almost one billion people on the planet don’t have clean water to drink. Charity: water is working to change that.

The best line dance video wins an ecomagination Home Appliance Makeover of up to $10,000 in eco-friendly appliances. Though we can’t win the prize ourselves — and our dance moves leave something to be desired — we’re excited to join the Line Dance and help bring clean drinking water to those who need it most.

To Join the Line Dance:

  1. Download the Song
  2. Learn the Dance
  3. Submit Your Video

With only two weeks left before the best line dance video is chosen, it’s time to get stepping. Visit linedance.ecomagination.com to submit your video and learn more about the program.

Recipe of the Day: Julia Child’s Herb, Lemon & Garlic Roast Chicken with Watercress

Nowadays, finding a great recipe takes little more than the click of a mouse. In Julia Child’s day, home chefs in America didn’t even have an authoritative cookbook for French cuisine — she had to write one.

In reflecting on our recipe of the day — Julia Child’s herb, lemon and garlic roast chicken with watercress — we were amazed by how much things have changed. The power of the modern blogosphere has brought professional and home chefs together, sharing techniques and advice like never before.

But we think it’s important to remember that this culinary conversation may have started with Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her mission was to bring knowledge and recipes of French cuisine to American households, before the blogosphere, before Google Recipe Search.

Big on flavor, yet rustic and simple, today’s recipe shows the style of cooking Julia Child adored so much. The herbs, lemon and garlic make for a mouth-watering dressing on the chicken and watercress. It takes a little while to roast the chicken, but the recipe itself is easy. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes, maybe you’ll have your own Julie & Julia moment!

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