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10 kitchen essentials for effortless entertaining
All you need are some clever kitchen essentials to keep you from running off your feet.
Here are a few of our faves.
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 Tefal Avanti Classic’s ultra-powerful 3000-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 slick matte black and stainless steel design fits in nicely in any 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, this is the kind of kitchen investment that 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 thanks to the handy splash guard
- Cream your sugar and butter together while you get on with other things
- Give your kitchen some 1930s' flair
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 George Foreman Entertaining Grill will help you grill to perfection. Keep up to 7 guests’ rumbly tummies happy at a time thanks to generous cooking space, and spend less time cleaning up and more time on the main event with the non-stick plates and drip tray.
5. Make your own winter warming soups
Whether you’re cooking the starter for your three-course dinner or whizzing something up for a quick but tasty lunch with friends, soup is a classic winter go-to.
But who wants to stand over a pot on the hob for hours on end? Why not, instead, just chuck all your favourite ingredients into the Magimix Food Processor and voila – homemade, hearty soup.
You can chop, mix, grate and even knead bread with it. You can even do while the kids are asleep – the super-silent motor won’t disturb them.
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 Original. They’re tasty chips too, with crispy skins and fluffy middles.
The ActiFry is perfect for entertaining – its 1.7 litre capacity can feed up to six people, all with just one spoon of oil – so get hosting your neighbourhood’s first ever healthy pop-up chip shop party!
7. Seriously substantial spiralized recipes
It’s easy to indulge in carbs when the weather outside is frightful, but what if we told you cutting back could be easy too? Grab yourself a spiralizer – it takes your favourite veg and turns it into spaghetti – perfect for colourful winter dishes.
Swapping pasta for spirals of courgette or butternut squash is a great way to get your 5-a-day. The Spiralizer Express comes with two interchangeable blades for spaghetti or ribbons and is 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 Tefal Ultrablend 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
With 11 speed settings and pulse function, you can make just about anything.
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 in piano black.
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 re-program the machine every time – it automatically recognises the pod and type of coffee, adjusting itself for the perfect blend.
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