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Keeping Cool this Summer
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Sunday, 22nd June 2014
With any luck, we’re in for a good summer this year and after the dreadful winter it can’t come soon enough. There’s nothing quite like firing up the barbecue and eating alfresco in the garden but as well as feeling the heat, it’s also important to cool down as well. Whether it’s just you and the family or you’re planning some serious entertaining this season, make sure you have the right appliances to keep your food fresh and drinks chilled to perfection.
Rangemaster has something for everyone – and every kitchen – to suit, from freestanding DxD and SxS fridge freezers to integrated models for a more discreet look. What I love about the SxS in particular is that the fridge has eight separate cooling zones to keep ingredients such as fish, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables fresh. My son is forever leaving the fridge door open, so I would welcome the electronic alarm that lets you know. I do wish someone would invent an alarm though, that tells you if said son forgets to screw the orange juice cap on properly then puts the bottle back on the top shelf of the fridge, sideways, so that two hours later I discover a fridge interior covered top to bottom in sticky orange juice! Now that would be a wonderful thing…
Another benefit of this American-style fridge freezer is the chilled filtered water dispenser and electronically controlled ice-maker, which delivers both crushed and cubed ice at the touch of a button. Children never tire of helping themselves to the water, which is great when you want them to keep hydrated in the summer, and it’s so nice to have ice on tap when it’s Pimm’s O’Clock.
I’d find it difficult to choose between the stainless steel, gloss black and cream designs but knowing that each one is A+ rated for energy efficiency would give me peace of mind in terms of caring for the environment while keeping energy bills down.
For those who know their Chablis from their Chardonnay, Rangemaster also has a fantastic choice of wine storage cabinets. The Deluxe 24 bottle, Deluxe 54 bottle, 45 bottle and Dual Zone designs will keep wine at optimum conditions and temperature with UV-resistant glass doors, heavy-duty shelving and vibration-free operation. The design that will work best for you will depend on how much wine you want to store but if you like both red and white, the Dual Zone version is great, as you can keep both at their optimum temperatures thanks to the two independently controlled zones.
I don’t drink a lot of wine so for me, the Rangemaster Beverage Centre would be a really good investment. It comes in a standard 60cm width as well as a slimline size in gloss black or stainless steel and can chill both bottles and drinks cans at the same time. It’s flexible storage at its best, with a Micro Sentry System to maintain a constant and precise temperature and maple fronted shelving to protect the goods inside. Amazingly, it can hold 14 bottles and 133 cans or 54 bottles and has a double-glazed UV filter wine to prevent the sun’s rays from damaging the drinks inside.
So here’s to a glorious summer. Let the barbecue season begin…