Category Archives: Quartz Counterstops

Premium Quartz Countertops: Discover What’s Possible

Rivaling granite and marble in popularity, quartz countertops are taking the nation by storm, with top kitchen designers in-print, on-screen, and online increasing the trend. With its nearly limitless design possibilities, renowned durability, and worry-free care, you just may have met your countertop nirvana. Continue reading

White Quartz Countertops in the Healthcare Environment: Are They as Clean as They Look?

How clean would those white quartz countertops at your local doctor’s office or hospital be if you took a closer look under the microscope? Infection control issues are a top concern in the healthcare industry, and it turns out countertop choice plays a huge role. Hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections cost the industry billions annually, with lives lost daily due to the spread of infection. However the use of solid surface countertop surfaces, such as quartz, can eliminate a major site of cross contamination when cleaned and maintained according to CDC guidelines. Continue reading

Creating Your Kosher Kitchen with Quartz Counters in Denver

Quartz CountersDesigning a Kosher kitchen can be a daunting undertaking, even for professionals. Fortunately, with a little basic knowledge of Jewish dietary laws, you can be well on your way to designing the perfect Kosher kitchen space, from learning about the latest in Kosher appliance innovations to selecting the perfect Kosher-friendly quartz counters in Denver to define your space.

Making a kitchen Kosher
A Kosher kitchen is not driven by dietary restrictions, but by Jewish life as a whole. How does it affect kitchen planning? Kosher tenets require the separation of meat and dairy products. This requires separate cleanup and storage areas for these food groups, as well as the items used to serve and prepare them, from cookware and dishes to utensils, cleaning, and work areas.

The Kashering process
Hard surface counters such as granite, marble, and wood are typically subject to a complex “Kashering” process. Quartz counters in Denver, however, are not subject to this process, nor are they subject to any additional sealing and maintenance, making them an ideal solution for seniors, families with active children, or those yearning to simplify Kosher kitchen care. Quartz countertop surfaces are also non-porous, reducing the potential for bacterial growth and contamination, perfect for the preparation of Kosher foods. These winning qualities have earned quartz counters certification by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) for use in commercial, hospital, and healthcare environments as well.

Your Kosher kitchen checklist:
The following items should be included in your kitchen design plans and their function well thought out – BEFORE jumping into construction and renovation:

  • Separate refrigerators.

  • Separate dishwashers.

  • Separate pot and dish storage, including at least one for dairy.

  • Separate cutlery and utensil drawers (or an extra for dairy).

  • Two separate kitchen sinks, possibly a third for fish and vegetarian food, or a double bowl for those looking to conserve space and/or funds.

  • The correct oven configuration:

    • Double oven

    • Two singles, or

    • A stove with separate oven

  • Enough ventilation for two stoves.

  • Hard surface quarts counters with separate preparation areas for milk and meat.

Avoiding Kosher conundrums
Designing a Kosher kitchen requires more planning, and can be overwhelming – for both residents and design professionals alike. Most Kosher kitchens house a sink, stove, and fridge arranged in a specific pattern for functionality in prep, cooking, cleaning, and storage, typically with two overlapping work triangles for meat and dairy. This doubling of essential items and storage space requires strategic planning to make the most of precious space. It is therefore essential to point out the importance of a Kosher kitchen to professionals early in the design process to ensure wining results. A little forethought can prevent your kitchen from looking like an appliance superstore, bringing balance and enhanced functionality to its design through “little” considerations, such as a space saving double dishwasher or extending cabinetry to the ceiling to maximize storage.

Discover your perfect Kosher kitchen countertop solution. Shop the latest in stunning quartz counters at the Denver-area leader in premium stone. Visit your area Granite Imports showroom today.