Kitchen tech to de-stress Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner. We love all the trimmings, but not the slog of cooking it. De-stress with the right kitchen tech…
Christmas dinner is the most eagerly anticipated meal of the year but for those doing the cooking, it can be the most dreaded.
Make this most time-consuming of meals that little bit easier to pull together with the right kitchen tech and our top tips.
Your fridge freezer is your best friend
Give your fridge a good clear-out in mid-December ready for the chilled Christmas food.
If you have the kitchen space, it’s worth considering a larger capacity American-style fridge freezer. With more space you can spread your Christmas food shopping – and the cost – over several months.
If you try to make everything from scratch on Christmas morning, it’s a recipe for chaos. Instead, make some of your trimmings in advance and freeze them, such as your gravy, pigs in blankets and braised red cabbage.
The Samsung Food ShowCase American-style fridge freezer has enough space for the biggest of festive feasts.
With 405 litres of fridge space and a 125-litre freezer, there’s plenty of room for turkey, chipolata sausages and veg. The CoolSelect pantry is a wide drawer with an independent temperature adjuster – perfect for trays of finger food or chilling leftovers for Boxing Day.
When you’re feeding a crowd there’s always someone wanting a bottle of beer or milk for a cup of tea. Not to mention having to ferry food between the fridge and the oven. Opening the fridge door every five minutes isn’t great for your food or your electricity bill!
The innovative Samsung Food ShowCase has the answer. The twin doors give you an extra-wide fridge (great for defrosting the turkey) but if you open just one door, the temperature of the other side isn’t affected. Samsung’s digital invertor compressor keeps the temperature in your fridge consistent and your food safe.
The twin doors give flexible storage for different sized items – useful if you’re juggling bottles of milk, wine and beer.
Even better, you can access items in the fridge door without even opening the main fridge via the ShowCase door.
Another option is a beer fridge or wine cooler – but which is right for you?
Use a spacious oven which heats quickly
Cooking Christmas dinner in one oven can be a hot-pan juggling act and a nightmare of timings and temperatures. The turkey needs to roast at 170°C, but the potatoes need 200°C to crisp up, and that’s before the canapés, pigs in blankets and red cabbage have been warmed through.
Here’s where a double oven can be a Christmas blessing. With the AEG 49106IU-MN cooker you can roast your turkey in the main oven on a low heat while your potatoes and extra trimmings are cooking at a higher temperature in the top oven. Or keep your prepared veg and stuffing warm while the turkey cools and the roasties finish.
Induction hobs offer the fast and flexible heat of gas, but are much safer and easier to clean. That gravy you left to the last minute will be piping hot in no time. The Cataluxe cleaning technology on the AEG’s induction hob turns splashes of grease into a fine ash which is easily wiped away. No more spending hours cleaning fiddly gas hobs!
Cleaning up after dinner
Having your extended family over for Christmas dinner means there’s loads of washing up to be done. With the Smeg full-sized dishwasher cleaning up has never been easier. It comes with an A+ energy rating and with it you can:
- clean up to 13 place settings in a single wash – no more plates left out to wash by hand
- adjust the top rack to make room for larger pots and pans
- run a wash while guests are still there – it’s super quiet
- have sparkling clean dishes in less than 30 minutes using the quick wash setting
The orbital washing system distributes water evenly, so no dishes miss getting cleaned. Plus, the stylish silver design will look great in any modern kitchen.
The morning after
Christmas dinner challenges your oven and hob – fat splatters and smokes, gravy spills, and something inevitably boils over. The last thing you want to be doing on Christmas evening is scrubbing the oven or stove top. An induction hob simply wipes clean.
As for the oven, how about one that cleans automatically so you don’t have to? Pyrolytic electric ovens can be set to auto-clean mode – they superheat up to 500°C, reducing food deposits to a tiny pile of ash. Leave it on for around 2 hours while you watch the Downton Christmas special and job done. All you need to do is let it cool down, wipe away the pile of ash, and clean the racks and glass door separately.