Technology can bring you to tears with millions of appliances stacked away in your cupboards taking up space, or you can concentrate on one special appliance - your oven and hob. Here are some of the features you might want to investigate when you're next having your kitchen renovated or buying a new oven.
- Double ovens offer flexibility as well as extra capacity - you can set each oven to a different temperature.
- Temperature gauges in the oven help to get a better idea of how hot it is inside (more specific than the thermostat).
- A deep gas wok burner (better convection of heat up the wok - the way it's meant to work).
- A gas hob is easier than an electric one to deglaze your pan (and look super MasterChef-like!).The heat on a gas hob is alos easier to control and reacts quicker to changing temperatures - electric hobs need to lose some heat before they cool down, usually by transferring it into your food!
- Top and bottom grills - for crisping the bottom and burning the top, at the same time or separately.
- Electronic temperature controls help you get a more specific temperature.
- Timers can help and cause frustration, and it'll be your preference as to whether you choose a timer that just gives you an alarm or one that automatically turns off the oven when the time is up.
- Auto-timers can be good for slow-cooking, especially when you're having a dinner party or cooking while you're out of the house.
- Self-cleaning ovens are good, but a slight misnomer. They certainly don't clean themselves but they are made of materials that improves cleaning ease. However an oven that has a protolytic cleaning system basically burns/carbonises any remaining dirt or food, it becomes ash and therefore easy to remove.