Three Christmas cooking hacks for the big dayBest appliances to save you time this Christmas

23 December 2015

Cooking Christmas roast

Smaller kitchen gadgets can make dinner prep easier on Christmas day

Christmas is no fun when you're swamped by kitchen chores, so we've rounded up the gadgets that will save you time preparing the big meal. 

If you don't have elves to hand, smaller kitchen gadgets can be a big help in the kitchen on Christmas Day. From blenders to microwaves, find out how to make your food prep gadgets work for you.

You can also check out our pick of the best Christmas food and drink, if you want to buy in a few treats to make life easier.

Blend your way out of a crisis

A good blender is an essential kitchen gadget. You can use a blender to fix lumpy gravy, to make a great chicken liver pâté or to create a speedy homemade bread sauce. 

To find out which blenders can give your ingredients the perfect consistency in seconds, head to our blender reviews.

If you got a Nutribullet last Christmas, don't just leave it in a corner for your January health kick. As well as making smoothies, you can use it for making festive cocktails or turning leftovers into a hearty soup.

If you're interested in buying a Nutribullet - or seeing how it compares to cheaper alternatives - check out our Nutribullet-style blender reviews.  

Combi microwaves for extra oven space

It can be stressful trying to fit everything into the oven and making sure you get your timings right. That’s where a microwave can come in handy. You can use it to heat up mince pies or the Christmas pudding just before serving, or to re-heat your roast veggies if you have prepared them the day before.

Combination microwaves can also grill and cook as well as a conventional oven, but in less time. If you're struggling to fit everything into your main oven, a combi microwave will give you more cooking space to play with.

Get the best combi microwave by heading to our independent microwave reviews.  

Use your slow cooker for mulled wine

Thinking of entertaining your guests with mulled wine this Christmas? Why not set your slow cooker to the task - it'll save you time and a spot on the hob. 

It's also a handy way to keep your wine warm during a festive party without overheating it or having to keep a constant eye on the hob.

Some of our Best Buy slow cookers have over 2L cooking capacity so can cater for a sizeable festive shindig. Have a look at our slow cooker reviews to see which one is best for you.

More on this…

  • Find out where to buy the best mince pies
  • Have a look at our handy guide to baking gadgets and mixers
  • Looking for the perfect Christmas present? Check out our Christmas hub