If you love the holidays like I do your kitchen is a busy place beginning with Thanksgiving cooking and baking and ending with New Years Day Dinner. Of course, this isn’t the only time you use your kitchen but if your kitchen is more humbug than ho ho ho it probably isn’t working during the rest of the year either.
1. Wall Ovens.
Wall ovens and a cooktop or rangetop rather than the traditional single oven range are hands down what every baker/cook needs. Even if you don’t entertain like the royal family you will love the convenience for family meals. With two ovens you can get twice the baking done in half the time. And you can have two or more things baking or roasting at the same time at different temperatures. While the turkey is roasting in one you can have up to four side dishes baking in the other oven.
According to Consumer Reports the Whirlpool WOD93EC0AS $2,500 takes the number one spot in their ratings. Both the Whirlpool and the Frigidaire FFET3025L $1,700 were neck and neck in baking ability, self-cleaning performance and window size but in broiling and interior roominess the Whirlpool took the lead and won the race. The Whirlpool also has a convection top oven that speeds up cooking and makes for very moist meat, poultry and bakery.
No room for double ovens? The GE Profile PT925 gets rave reviews, and it’s little wonder why! This little darling is two ovens in the space of one. A larger oven on the bottom will roast the largest turkey while the top oven is for smaller cooking needs like rolls, cookies, or sidedishes. This oven is a full 30” wide which means you can still bake two full size cookie sheets on one rack. What it may lack in vertical space it makes up for in other perks like a meat probe that turns the oven off when desired temp is reached–no more burned dinner if you’re running late. Read more here.
2. French Door Refrigerator
The LG LFX31945ST number one with super-capacity for all those holiday groceries, trays of party snacks and holiday goodies—not to mention the big dinner leftovers. It offers a storage capacity of 30.5 cubic feet. The top portion of this fridge, alone, is a cool 20.5 cubic feet–large enough to hold 20.5 standard bags of groceries! The slim ice maker takes up less room giving you extra space. The freezer is 10 cubic feet to hold make ahead cookies, pies and cheesecake plus that holiday ham, turkey, roast and then some. Although the ice maker is smaller in size it preforms like the big guys with the ability of producing 3.5 pounds of ice a day. And the water filter keeps your ice and water fresh and great tasting. Read the full review here.
3. Kitchen Island.
One of the must-haves for any hard working kitchen–especially during the holidays–is a good kitchen island. A good island is large enough to allow you to spread out with all your baking ingredients, cookbook or laptop for recipes, mixer, bowls, and space to roll out dough. If an island is too small it’s more of a hinderance than a help. The kitchen island is the workhorse of the kitchen and should have good sized drawers with organizers for utencils, spice drawer, knife drawer, and plenty of lower storage space with pull-out shelves for easy search and seizure of baking pans, mixing bowls, small appliances, and baking supplies. Don’t forget to include electrical plugins for that mixer and blender so the kitchen doesn’t involve more extension cords than the Griswold family’s outdoor lighting display!
Rather than standing for an hour or more scrubing the turkey pan and a ton of dirty dishes after the holiday meal you will be sipping eggnog by the fire while the Kenmore Elite 12783 with soil sensor does the work for you. This model has a setting that automatically adjusts water use and cycle length to the amount of dirt on the dishes and pans. And it’s also one of the quietest models. The KitchenAid KDFE454CSS had a filter that means you don’t have to wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher so you can spend more time enjoying your holiday. Bits of food is pulverized and flushed down the drain so it isn’t deposited on the dishes.