Christmas, a time to spend with the family, eating, drinking and being merry. It’s also a time, particularly the build up, where stress levels can increase. And one of the main causes of stress at Christmas is the preparing and cooking of Christmas dinner.
In an attempt to limit the stress, at BuySpares, we’ve looked at three key steps you should be taking to help make the cooking process relatively easy.
So before Christmas is here make sure you…..
A cooker giving up the ghost or a microwave failing to defrost food can be frustrating at the best of times. A kitchen appliance not working at Christmas will increase those stress levels.
By taking a bit of time over the next couple of weeks and giving your kitchen appliances a once over, you can limit the risk of an appliance breakdown.
Some common faults you’ll need to look out for, to help keep your kitchen appliances working include:
- The oven not getting hot
- Heat escaping the cooker
- Cooker Knob Broken
- One of the hob rings doesn’t work
- Fridge is freezing everything and constantly running
- Microwave heats food unevenly and turntable.
You can find out how to fix such faults, plus many more you may face with your kitchen appliances, within our regularly updated and highly informative advice centre.
Cleaning appliances within the kitchen is a must. Not only does a dirty appliance lead to unpleasant odours, but the build up of dirt can increase the risk of faults occurring.
When talking about cleaning kitchen appliances, we don’t mean just giving them a once over with a damp cloth. Instead, we believe it’s important to give each appliance a thorough clean. This includes making sure the walls in your cooker are spotless, your microwave gleams and if needed, the cooker hood filter replaced.
With your kitchen appliances spotless and in full working order, there should be nothing preventing you from cooking up those Christmas delights. That said, many of us will no doubt be in the same situation when it comes to cooking – and that is, lack of space.
Our cookers and fridges can only hold so much food at any one time, whilst many of us are also limited to only four rings on the hob. With such limited space available, how do you make sure that you’re able to have the turkey, Brussels sprouts, and all the other trimmings ready at the same time?
The key is planning. Not only should you plan when your Christmas feast needs to begin cooking, but you’ll also need to plan how you’re going to cook it.
It’s also beneficial to check the space available, and if you’re limited on the number of shelves in your cooker, consider purchasing a universal oven shelf. Extendable baking trays can also be beneficial and help with the cooking process.
For those struggling with space in the fridge, consider adding a bottle and wine rack shelf. This will both enable you to keep white wine chilled as and when required, and free up vital space for food to be stored.
Although these steps may seem both small and straightforward, at BuySpares we understand that they are often overlooked. But if you want to limit the stress this Christmas we recommend that you give them a go.