10 kitchen essentials for effortless entertaining
Be the hostess with the mostess with our dream accessories for crafting canapes and cooking dinners this winter…
1. Keep food fresher with a clever fridge
Planning on wowing your guests with delicious foodie treats? Ensure the food you’re serving is up to scratch with a fridge that takes food preservation seriously.
This Beko fridge-freezer has three individual compartments – the middle drawer can become a fridge or a freezer, depending on what you need. You can fast chill or fast freeze your food after shopping so it stays fresher for longer and the fridge freezer can even auto defrost itself.
2. Welcome them with the perfect cuppa
There’s nothing more welcoming than a cup of tea and a chat with friends. Especially when the weather’s horrible – a steaming cup of tea or cheeky hot chocolate is the perfect winter warmer.
Your kettle will need to keep up this winter. The De'Longhi Distinta’s powerful 2000-watt element means you won’t have to wait long for your favourite brew.
It’s also got a removable, washable anti-limescale filter so you can enjoy a perfect cuppa even if you live in a hard water area. Plus, the copper colour makes it a feature of your kitchen.
3. Bake like a boss with a KitchenAid
A stand mixer is a godsend for both experienced bakers and amateur cooks – and they don’t come any better than a KitchenAid. The Artisan mixer brings a professional touch – and some retro glamour - to your kitchen.
Made from die-cast metal, you know this investment will last for years – with it you can:
- Perfect your 12 egg Pavlova in the large 4.8-litre bowl
- Make buttercream without an icing sugar explosion with the handy splash guard
- Cream your sugar and butter together while you get on with other things
4. For appetisers before the big meal
Wow your guests with some amuse bouche and get their mouths watering.
From flatbreads to prosciutto crisps, the Tefal Optigrill will help you grill to perfection. With nine cooking programmes and a sensor that automatically adjusts the temperature depending on the size and thickness of your food, you can keep your guests’ rumbly tummies happy while you crack on with the main event.
5. Make your own winter warming soups
Whether it’s the starter of your three-course dinner menu or you’re whizzing up a batch for a quick but tasty lunch with friends, soup is a classic winter go-to.
Forget standing over a saucepan for hours. Chuck all your favourite ingredients into the Morphy Richards Soup Maker and 21 minutes later you’ll have delicious homemade soup. There are smooth and chunky settings, and a batch will feed up to six people – depending on if they go back for seconds!
6. Make chips healthier with ActiFry
There’s nothing like chips with extra vinegar and salt for a cheeky weekend snack – and being healthy doesn’t mean you can’t partake.
Cook up to a kilo of chips with just one spoonful of oil in the Tefal ActiFry Plus
They’re tasty chips too, all crispy outsides and fluffy middles. The ActiFry Express XL is perfect for entertaining – its 1.7 litre capacity can feed up to six people, so you can run a popup chip shop party!
Or if you don’t need to feed an army, this Morphy Richards Health Fryer uses Rapid Air technology to make crispy chips without the grease.
7. Seriously substantial spiralized recipes
It’s easy to indulge in carbs when the weather is horrible, but cutting back is easy with a spiralizer. They take your favourite veg and turn them into something that looks like spaghetti – perfect for colourful winter dishes.
Substituting spirals of courgette or butternut squash for traditional pasta is a great way to boost your 5-a-day. The Spiralizer Express comes with two interchangeable blades for spaghetti or ribbons and it’s completely mess and stress-free.
8. Blend, mix and chop in one go
Every once in a while, you’ll come across an appliance that seems to do it all – and the Nutribullet Pro 900 is just that.
This handy system makes short work of preparing food from breakfast smoothies to silky soups. With its powerful 900-watt motor you can:
- Chuck in some fresh basil, parmesan, pine nuts and olive oil for the perfect pesto
- Serve up sensational smoothies – the blades effortlessly cut through seeds and stems
- Make mounds of homemade hummus – you’ve never had it so smooth
Cleaning is quick and easy – just rinse it in some warm water, while the plastic cups are dishwasher safe.
9. Save time with smarter scales
Baking days can wreak havoc on your kitchen. Reduce clutter and washing up time with these clever scales that measure multiple ingredients in one bowl.
The Typhoon Vision scales have a retro look that will perfectly complement your KitchenAid. With precision weighing, the digital display is super easy to read – and weighs in both metric and imperial to tackle any recipe.
10. Make after dinner coffee fast with Nespresso
Whip up after-dinner coffee without abandoning your guests with the Nespresso by Krups VertuoPlus coffee machine.
Coffee has never been quicker – it takes just 15 seconds to heat up. Then simply pop in the pod, press a button and within seconds you’ll have a deliciously aromatic espresso.
If lattes are your cup of choice, the Nespresso VertuoPlus uses Centrifusion technology to top your coffee off with a delicious froth of foam. And you won’t have to reprogramme the machine every time – it automatically recognises the pod and type of coffee, adjusting itself for the perfect blend.