Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to start planning having family and friends round for a catch up. Whether it’s light bites or a sit-down dinner, cooking brings everyone together and in the summer months, it always seems less stressful. Maybe this is because you can serve up fresh and healthy salads, rice and pasta dishes, quiche, home bakes and dips, which can be prepared in advance to save time. Rangemaster has plenty of recipes to inspire, with everything from starters and steam cooking to picnics and weekend bakes. Take a look and see what takes your fancy here.
To help get you started, we’ve selected some of the most popular Rangemaster appliances for summer entertaining. Take the Classic FX shown below. It comes with a large 114 litre multifunction oven and an energy saving panel, which allows you to split the oven in two when cooking smaller dishes. Use just one half for cooking and keep plates warm in the other side and save energy and money while you’re at it. The five-burner gas hob has a variety of burner sizes to suit all pans including a powerful multi-ring burner for wok cooking and a teppanyaki griddle that fits perfectly over the burners for crostini and other snacks.
Speaking of griddles and grills, Rangemaster’s range cooker collection offers so many benefits for those who enjoy cooking and entertaining. The Nexus SE induction model for instance has a handy removable griddle, ideal for charring melon and pineapple. Many of the cookers including the Classic Deluxe, Elan Deluxe, Professional+, Professional Deluxe and Nexus also come with a sit-on cast aluminium griddle plate. The flat design is great for healthy cooking, as the grooved plate drains any fat away so you can use it for steak, burgers and fish as well as vegetables and kebabs.
For juicy, succulent burgers, the Rangemaster Glide-out Grill comes on smooth telescopic runners. This makes it easy to keep an eye on them while cooking and it’s safer too, as it prevents you from pulling the grill out too far.
To keep food and drink perfectly chilled for your guests, check out Rangemaster’s must-have refrigeration and wine cabinet collections. The DXD frost-free fridge freezer, which comes in Black, Ivory, Dark Inox or Stainless Steel, has plenty of space for fresh and frozen food. It also packs in the high-tech features too, such as Even Circ and Rangefresh to keep meat, fish and dairy fresher for longer, Ionizer technology to get rid of odours as well as Quick Drink, Eco Running, Super Cool, Super Freeze and Holiday Modes. All of which are designed to make your life easier as well as saving money by cutting down on food waste.
The wine cabinets are available in 30cm and 60cm widths to suit all kitchen sizes with a choice of a stainless steel or black finish. There are two temperature zones for different wines, triple glazed doors, UV filtered glass and an anti-vibration system to prevent disturbing the sediment. With enough space for 46 bottles in the 60cm design and 18 bottles in the 30cm, there’s more than enough room to keep family and friends topped up.
Once you’ve said goodbye to your guests, you want to make light work of the washing-up. Rangemaster also has a fantastic choice of sinks, taps and dishwashers to make life simpler. There are easy-clean stainless steel sinks, granite for a bit of colour, fire clay ceramic for a traditional look as well as the stunning Spectra and Brooklyn undermount designs in a gorgeous palette of metallics, naturals and bold finishes to suit every scheme.
The integrated dishwashers come in full sized 60cm designs as well as 45cm wide models for smaller spaces and with 10, 12 or 15 place settings, Auto, Rapid and Eco Wash, you can turn crockery and cutlery around in no time ready for the next course.
To finish off your summer entertaining preparations, here are some of our favourite accessories perfect for afternoon tea, picnics or just a glass of something chilled in the garden…
Kraak teapot, Sorana chinaware and Exotic Leaf napkins, available from OKA
Rainbow tea towel and tall pot bag, both from Maison Elhoria
Green summer strawberry basket from Dibor
Set of two handmade Copa gin glasses from Dibor