Perfect Planning for your Christmas Feast

Are you hosting Christmas Dinner at your place this year? Then follow these tips from Asko to ensure everything runs according to plan...

As any experienced entertainer can attest, different dishes require varying amounts of cooking time. Take some time before the big day to map out your cooking schedule. Ensuring you have enough time to cook everything, and enjoy a glass of vino, means everything will run smoothly on the day.

Asko’s OP8651 Sensor Pyrolytic Oven, comes with three intelligent cooking modes, individual, coach, and auto, letting you schedule your requirements exactly.

Time saver tip: Try to do as much as you can the day before such as cutting vegetables, peeling onions and carrots, and parboiling potatoes.


Summer festivities

Take advantage of the beautiful Christmas weather by celebrating alfresco! Avoid the mozzies and potential weather changes by planning ahead with a few accessories.


Consider using outdoor umbrellas and lights to make your backyard a Christmas dining haven. You can find inspiring lighting ideas at any local hardware store, ranging from affordable to luxury items to really set the mood.

Items such as net umbrellas will keep mozzies away from delicious food and ensure delicate items like cheese don’t stay in the sun for too long.

Where space accommodates, a range of outdoor appliances can make entertaining Alfresco seamless, saving you time in between courses and doing the dishes. Consider whether your outdoor area could be brought to life with an Alfresco kitchen and range of appliances. Simple additions, such as an ASKO Alfresco Dishwasher™, can ensure you wont miss out on the conversation between courses!

Entertainer tip: A tub of sunscreen discreetly left next to the BBQ or outside area ensures all partygoers are fashionably covered from Boxing Day sunburns.

Safety first

It can be easy to throw caution to the wind after a few wines. A few simple tips before cooking ensures your household can truly enjoy the entertainment without the stress.

With several dishes cooking at once, be sure to keep an eye on heat emissions throughout the cooking process, during and after food preparation.

For recipes requiring more multi-tasking, consider an induction cooktop , which is the safest oven, as the cooktop itself remains cool while heat is transferred to pots. All ASKO gas cooktops have childproof controls as well as automatic cut off functions if the gas supply is interrupted, making them safe for, shall we say, inquisitive children.

Expert tip: If you’re expecting a large group, ask your co-host to keep guests entertained, making them less likely to distract you from cooking and potential safety issues.


Time out

Remember, you also need to enjoy the holidays, so take some time to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. Preparing as much as you can beforehand ensures you will be well prepared.


Along with cooking time, factor in cleaning and dishes rosters to your co-hosts. This ensures you can kick back, relax and really get in the festive mood.

Doing the dishes at the end of a long celebration is often the last thought on everyone’s mind. We often say the oven that loves you the most is the oven that cleans itself, our OT8620 Electronic Multi-Functional Oven, Its pyrolytic function using a high temperature to heat up the oven cavity, so all you have to do is wipe away the residue and that’s it.

Time saver tip: Clean as much as you can while you cook. This will save a mountain of dirty dishes in your sink and keep your house tidy for the second – or third courses.

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