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Posted by Hayley Gilbert Friday, 7th November 2014
Once the nights draw in and autumn is well underway, it’s the perfect time of year to invite family and friends over for a hearty meal. No-one wants to spend too much on going out with Christmas round the corner so entertaining at home is an ideal way to keep socialising on a more informal and inexpensive scale. I’m certainly no Nigella but I’d like to think that I can cook fresh, seasonal ingredients in a very simple yet tasty way. You don’t need to get bogged down in gadgets and utensils or even complicated ingredients – what’s more important is the basic tools for the job and this means investing in a cooker that offers flexibility when it comes to experimenting with different dishes.
What I love about Rangemaster’s product portfolio is that not only do their range cookers make a statement in terms of style but they can also help you wow guests with specialist features that are sure to make life easier while also showing off your culinary expertise.
One of the most versatile is the cast aluminium griddle plate, which is perfect for searing salmon or steaks, sizzling some seafood (think plump, juicy prawns) or even treating yourself to a fry-up at the weekend – ideal for the morning after. The removable plate sits on top of the gas hob whenever it’s needed and, as it has both a flat and grooved plate, any fat simply drains away so you can enjoy guilt-free burgers and bacon whenever you like!
On a Sunday, I love cooking a traditional roast and what I like about Rangemaster’s Handyrack is that it attaches to the main oven door and pulls the roasting tray out as you open it, so forget scorching your hands on the tray, shelving or sides of the oven when reaching in. This ingenious feature also allows you to baste your joint without taking it out - quicker, safer and so much easier to use.
If you’re planning a party with nibbles rather than a sit-down meal, you can’t go wrong with Rangemaster’s glide-out grill and rapid response oven. Other cookers may not even have a separate grill, but choose a Rangemaster design and you’ll have a separate grill that glides out on smooth-action telescopic runners. This makes it simpler and safer to check on the progress of those mini bruschettas (one of my favourites is goat’s cheese and red onion). It’s also at times like this that you’ll appreciate having an oven with rapid response, as you won’t have to wait for the oven to heat up. Turn the oven on and it preheats 30% faster than a fan oven, so you can get the canapés in and get on with mingling with your guests.
As if this wasn’t enough to take your cooking to the next level, there are also additional features and functions such as the Handygrill, which works in much the same way as the Handyrack, a Teppanyaki griddle for Japanese-style cuisine (I love the fact that it’s non-stick so is easy to clean, too), a multi-ring burner that’s designed to hold a wok cradle for stir-fries and noodles and not forgetting that all-important multifunction oven that comes with seven functions for truly flexible cooking.
Now you’ve got the low-down on the kitchen kit, it’s time to plan that party menu – check out the mouthwatering recipes under the ‘Rangemaster Owners’ section and choose from starters, mains, desserts, vegetarian, snacks and sides and even a weekend bake. Happy Cooking!