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Stress less AGA style! Master your AGA for a stress free Christmas

Posted on December 07, 2020 in AGA, Top Tips

Mastering Your AGA Cooker For A Stress-Free Christmas

Christmas Day should be a relaxing and enjoyable day spent with our nearest and dearest. Spending the whole day slaving away in the kitchen is no one’s idea of a good time. While preparing Christmas dinner is no easy task; it doesn’t have to feel like such a chore.

This Christmas, you can let your AGA do the hard work, so you can socialise and enjoy the festivities.

With these top tips, you will be able to create a delicious Christmas dinner and step away from the kitchen;

Slowly Simmer Your Turkey

The turkey is the pride and joy of any Christmas dinner, but these traditional birds are well known for being dry and bland. With your AGA helping you out, it’s easy to cook a scrumptiously moist turkey with minimal effort.

Stuff the turkey with a halved apple and a halved orange, and smother generously with butter. Surround the bird with half a bottle your favourite port and cook in the simmering oven of your AGA for ten hours. The best part about this is all the prep is done the night before, and your turkey is left overnight to slowly simmer into a succulent family favourite.

Oven Cook Everything

AGA experts often live by the 80/20 rule. This means that 80% of the cooking is best done within the oven, and just 20% on hot plates. Because AGAs are storage heaters, it is best to cook as much as possible in the oven itself for it to work as efficiently as possible.

On Christmas Day, prepare all your vegetables so they can be beautifully roasted in the AGA as opposed to boiled or steamed.

Perfectly Crisp The Potatoes

Everyone loves roast potatoes to be perfectly fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. When cooking roasties in your AGA, it is best to boil in saltwater for ten minutes before draining.

Give them a good shake and scratch the surface with a fork to create rough edges; this is the stage that is most important for getting that extra crunch.

While the potatoes are boiling, heat up goose fat or oil in the AGA. Carefully add your boiled, fluffy potatoes to the hot fat and cover generously. Then, pop into the roasting oven of the AGA for 45-55 minutes, turning the potatoes over halfway through.

When they come out of the oven, your roast potatoes will be the perfect combination of crispy and soft.

Prepare Your Schedule

The real secret to cooking Christmas dinner on your AGA is timing. It is best to choose the time you want to sit down to eat and work backwards. Figure out when each dish needs to go into the oven and how long it needs to cook for.

Most of the preparation can be done on Christmas Eve. This includes peeling and chopping the vegetables and potatoes and prepping the turkey.

Potatoes can actually be cooked the night before or early on the day and can be reheated in the AGA just before serving. Putting them back in the oven will add to their crispiness.

Most importantly, don’t stress about your Christmas dinner cooking perfectly. If you fall behind your schedule, your AGA is a pro at reheating foods quickly and deliciously. This means you can spend more time with your guests and go with the flow, rather than following a regimented timetable. Consequently, you can make Christmas Day much more relaxed, enjoyable and stress-free for everyone!

Finally, remember that sitting down to dinner a little later than planned just gives your guests more time to enjoy their pre-dinner Champagne!

If you would like any more tips for cooking on your AGA please sign up to one of our LIVE zoom cooking demonstrations. Contact us on info@edwardsandgodding.co.uk