As summer fast approaches – and by all accounts it’s set to be a scorcher – it’s time to turn our attention to keeping cool. As well as looking after ourselves and our loved ones by stocking up on suncream, sunhats and staying in the shade during the midday heat, one of the best things you can invest in is a smart new fridge-freezer to keep food chilled to perfection ready for all those picnics and barbecues.
With this in mind, the launch of Rangemaster’s new A+ rated SXS Deluxe model is perfect timing. Sleek and chic in a choice of four finishes, the new design is a four-door freestanding American-style model. US and French-style refrigeration has become hugely popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why. The technology has developed enormously to include a range of food preservation features that reduce food waste by keeping our ingredients fresher for longer; and we can also fit more in to both fridge and freezer space, which means fewer trips to the supermarket to stock up. With this new side-by-side appliance, you’ll benefit from a host of new features including Vseal™ - a vacuum seal feature for food storage or sous vide cooking, which Rangemaster is the first to introduce to the UK; COOLPAC™ - a removable chiller caddy for drinks; an Odour Seal Box™ - an airtight box for foods with strong odours and additional zone control in both freezer zones, so that both freezers can be independently controlled. Extra benefits include even-Circ™ to evenly circulate cool air, which helps prevent food from drying out; RangeFresh™ preserver technology to remove any unpleasant odours and keep food fresh for longer, efficient LED lighting and full width glass shelving. And to complement or contrast with your kitchen décor, the new SXS Deluxe comes in four stunning colours – Black, Ivory, Stainless Steel and a new Dark Inox.
To help get you ready for summer, we’ve picked some of this season’s essential must-haves for picnics and barbecues…
Powered by wood, the Quan is ideal for outdoor cooking as it has been carefully designed with a number of channels and vents hidden within to provide suitable and adjustable airflow for a more stable and efficient burning process with less smoke. It’s priced £1,536 at www.gardenhousedesign.co.uk
We love these stainless steel Gastro Pub Chip Buckets, which come with mini sauces! Kids will love them too – simply line with greaseproof paper and fill with fries. With handles for easy carrying, they cost £9.99 at www.menkind.co.uk
Serve drinks and nibbles in style on this enamel painted Fiskardo tray, which comes in a beautiful bright teal to bring a pop of colour to your outdoor dining area. With its bohemian look and generous size, it’s priced £30 at www.gardentrading.co.uk
Get the party started with the Tropical Fiesta collection of summer party accessories from Talking Tables, where prices start from £3.50 for a pack of paper napkins at www.talkingtables.co.uk
Pack the perfect picnic with Sophie Allport’s Pheasant picnic bag and blanket set, which costs £32 and features a fully insulated bag made from oilcloth and a cotton blanket with water resistant back at www.sophieallport.com