5 reasons to choose an electric fire in 2018

clip_image002If you’re looking for a focal point that brings a cozy touch to your living room, then one of the first options you should consider is an electric fire. Electric fires are one of the more recent additions to the home-heating market and they have some key differences when compared with traditional fires or gas fires. Let’s look at some of the major reasons you should consider having one installed in your home, this year.

1 - Safety

First of all, one of the key reasons that people choose electric fires is that they are a safe option. Electric power is something most people feel very comfortable with and because of this they can feel more relaxed about choosing an electric fire over say a wood burner. An electric fire produces no smoke, or hot flames which means there are less dangers for you, and for any young children or pets that you may share your home with.

2 – Efficiency

In terms of efficiency, it doesn’t get much better than an electric fire. While you can’t beat the roaring crackle of a wood burner, there are many more variables at play and heat can be stifled. Factors such as the type of wood you use and how dry it is can all effect the process, whereas with an electric heater you can be confident that 100% of the energy used is being converted into heating up your home.

3 – Versatility

Another reason that people opt for electric fires is the versatility that they provide. With a wood or coal burning fireplace, there is no way to separate flames from heat – you can’t have one without the other. However, with an electric fire there are often various options for you to choose from such as low heat, high heat or even the beautiful glow of the flames with no heat at all for those warm summer nights.

4 – Maintenance

When compared with other heating options, electric fires are particularly low maintenance. Instead of sourcing firewood to keep your flames alive, you simply flick a switch. You also save on cleaning time and expense as there are no ash or embers and you don’t require the services of a chimney sweep.

5 – Installation

A final reason to choose an electric fire is that they can be installed quickly and without heavy costs attached. Open fireplaces and wood burners are fantastic heating options but if you are looking to save time or money then electric fireplaces provide less of a headache. Occasionally there may be some technical set ups needed, but quite often it’s simply a case of “plug-in-and-go”.

If you are interested in purchasing an electric fire and would like some tips and advice then please call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

4 Unusual Recipes to Make the Most of Your Xmas Leftovers

Adobe Spark (1)It’s not uncommon to buy too much food at Christmas. In fact, according to some stats the average household in the UK wastes over £480 worth of food every year. That said, one of the easiest ways to buck the trend and make the most of your food is to be creative with leftovers. Done properly, leftovers can keep you going for a long time after Christmas is over and what’s more they don’t have to be boring. Here are five inventive recipes we’ve discovered around the internet that we highly recommend trying.

1 – Turkey Ramen Noodles

Turkey tends to be the most common offender when it comes to leftover food. People will often choose a turkey bigger than what they actually need and be left with lots of meat that needs to be used up. While turkey sandwiches are a staple part of many people’s Christmas, they can get old pretty quick. This recipe draws on Japanese tastes such as miso, ginger and shitake mushrooms to create a rich, protein packed and flavoursome meal.

2 – Turkey Pizza

If comfort food is more your thing then how about this BBQ Turkey Pizza? A slight variation on the much-loved BBQ chicken pizza, it adds a different texture to the country’s no #1 take away selection. Create your own base, or buy one pre-made, add your selection of cheese and additional toppings and pop into your range cooker for a delicious and authentic bake.

3 – Warming Soups

Christmas leftover soups can be done in a variety of ways. They can be spicy, mild, packed with juicy meat, or made healthy with tons of veg. Common choices include winter vegetables, cauliflower and chestnut, parsnip and lentil or simply pack them all together with your turkey in a leftover soup.

4 – Sprout Stir Fry

When it comes to divisive foods, there aren’t many more contentious than the humble Brussel Sprout. Traditionally part of the ‘love them or loathe them’ category, sprouts have seen somewhat of a revival in recent years, as young foodies cram them into salads, roasts and even smoothies! However, if you’ve not yet convinced your family of the virtues of sprouts then you might want to consider a few ways you can repurpose them come boxing day. One way is this spicy stir-fried sprouts recipe – a delicious fry up with a chili kick.

What are your go-to recipes for Christmas leftovers? Are you going to try anything new this year? Comment on Facebook and let us know.

How to cook the perfect turkey this Christmas

It’s that time of year again, where millions of people are beginning to think about Christmas. Along with the stress of buying gifts and finding space (and patience) for the relatives comes the stress of cooking up a suitable Christmas feast. While many of the techniques used for Christmas dinner we’re well used to – one question which often incurs some headaches is ‘What is the best way to cook a turkey?’. It’s a staple part of most Christmas dinners and something that needs careful planning and attention. Here we offer some of the best tips from around the web.

Choose wisely
First things first, when it comes to turkeys bigger doesn’t always mean better. You might want to impress by choosing a huge fattened up turkey but what happens when you get home and it won’t fit in the oven? Try and avoid this mistake by choosing only a turkey that’s going to fit both in your oven and in a roasting tin with enough room to catch all the fat, flavour and juices which you can use to make a tasty gravy – yum!

Thaw it properly
You need to thaw your turkey completely before you place it in the oven. Generally speaking, it’s best to do this for a few days, potentially more dependent on the size of the turkey in question. If it’s a particularly big bird, and you have a particularly large family – or appetite – then you may need to keep it in the fridge for a little longer in order to thaw completely.

Weigh your turkey to calculate the cooking time
Timings are critical here. In order to get an accurate cooking time, you need to know the full weight of your turkey, so look for the measurement on packaging and weigh it yourself at home. If you mess up here then you may end up with an overcooked turkey which is dry and lacking in flavour, or worse a turkey which is undercooked and inedible. As a rule of thumb, we recommend you follow these timings based on 180°C/350°F/gas 4:

4 - 6kg (2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours cooking time)
7 – 8kg (3 – 4 hours cooking time)
9 – 10kg (4 to 4 hours 30 minutes cooking time).

Don’t forget to preheat your oven and to rest your turkey and allow it to cool when its finished in there.  For extra flavour you should cover your turkey in foil, removing it an hour before it is due to be finished cooking which will leave nice and brown.

For more tips and advice on getting through the ordeal of festive cooking, read our blog on how to ‘Take the stress out of Christmas dinner’ here.

Alternatively, click here for some seasonal recipes ideas or here to find out more about our wide selection of range cookers. You can also call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

A look at the ESSE 990 EL

Known as the big brother to our much loved ‘EL13 AMP’ the amazing electric range cooker, the ESSE 990 certainly packs a punch. But should you expect any less from a company who has been crafting ‘master’ stoves since 1854. Let’s take a brief overview of what you can expect from this fantastic range cooker.

Combining traditional cast iron solidity that comes with a range cooker with innovative electric power, the ESSE 990 is a range cooker that provides the best of both worlds. Like its sister model the EL13AMP, this range cooker has low running costs and minimal power usage when compared with other more ‘power hungry’ models, without compromising on function. It can also be run by gas, oil and multi-fuel as well as electric.

At 990(h) x 990 (w) x 600(d)mm the 990 EL is best suited to larger kitchens. It needs that space as it houses three large ovens which can all be independently and individually controlled. It also benefits from simple, easy to use controls that allow you to cook with ultimate control and ease.
Let’s take an overview of some of the key features of the ESSE 990 EL:

Electric 13 amps heat storage cooker
Adjustable oven vent, fits flush with the cooker top
Top oven 42 ltr
Bottom ovens 30 ltrs
Integral full-width grill
Cast iron hotplate
Induction zone
Slumber control
Hinge stops
Easy-close doors
Wrap-around heating elements ensuring consistent oven temperatures
Power share technology makes this an incredibly energy-efficient model
Running costs & power usage are equal to EL13Amp
Two years warranty, no annual servicing required
Optional ESSE Extraction Hood

Like all ESSE’s range cookers, it features the traditional cast iron construction and a stunning enamel finish, however, the ESSE 990 EL would not look out of place in even the most modern of kitchens. Available in an array of different colours from traditional whites, blacks and creams to powder blues, primroses, clarets and teal greens, the ESSE 990 is a delight to look at.

If you are interested in purchasing a range cooker and would like some tips and advice then please call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

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A beginner’s guide to Induction Hobs

One of the biggest changes in our kitchens in the past 20 years has been the introduction of induction hobs. Not only do they look fantastic, but they can also be more efficient and safer than over forms of cooking. Continually gaining in popularity, induction chefs are used by Michelin star chefs and home cookers alike – here we offer a breakdown of how they work and why they might be of interest to you.

How do they work?
When it comes to induction hobs the key point to understand is that it is your cooking pot, not the cooking top that is the source of the heat. The induction burner is made up of a ceramic plate with an electromagnetic coil underneath it. When activated electrical current passes through the coil which generates a fluctuating magnetic field without added heat on the burner.

If you use an iron pan on the burner then the magnetic field creates small electric currents in the pan. As both iron and steel are poor conductors, much of that energy is converted – into heat. This makes for more efficient cooking and less wastage. It also allows for a better overall cook in which the food you are cooking is more evenly heated, with less chance of scorching any remainders.

However, you must always use iron, cast-iron, or stainless-steel pans and avoid copper or aluminium which are better conductors of electricity and therefore no good for use on an induction hob. This shouldn’t mean that you must replace your entire cookware set as many of your pans may be more suitable than you might initially have thought. To check, simply apply a magnet to the bottom of your pan – if it sticks then you can use it on your induction cooker.

Another popular reason for choosing an induction hob is that of safety. If you have a busy household with young children or pets, then you may be concerned about the dangers of real flames. However, with induction cooking the cooktop doesn’t get hot, it’s the pans that get hot, so little fingers and paws have less chance of getting burned.

Are you interested in induction hobs after reading our blog? Our team at W&H Supplies are always happy to advise on all the best cooking technology available and would love to find a kitchen solution that works for you. To find out more call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Rd, Ford, Arundel BN18 0BH.

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