Elevate your Sunday lunch by using the right kitchen equipment. Read the BBC Good Food review of the best roast gadgets and tools.
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At BBC Good Food we take Sunday lunch very seriously from our triple-tested fail-safe roast dinner recipes through to the side dishes, including the most popular on our site: the best Yorkshire puddings. Once you've armed yourself with our trusty five-star recipes, next ensure that you have the right tools to create a roast with the most. Our reviews team bring you the very best essential kit…
The first thing you'll need for making a roast, be it chicken, lamb, beef, fish or veggie, is a good tin. Look for a good non-stick surface, plenty of space for piling potatoes and veggies around your main, and a pan that can withstand high temperatures to perfect the all-important crispy potatoes. Our pick for large family Sunday lunches is this GreenPan roaster with generously sized handles for bringing your roast to the table. Read our full roasting pan review.
A stackable electric steamer will make light work of vegetable side dishes in one flick of a switch, freeing up hob space for any gravy and sauce-making, and it locks in the nutrients of your fresh ingredients. Our top buy is this Russell Hobbs three-tier steamer; it’s super easy to use and is dishwasher friendly – just what you need after an epic cookathon. Read our full steamer review.
A whisk is an essential kitchen all-rounder, but especially when making the perfect Yorkshire puddings. A well-mixed batter is key to success (our other secrets can be found in our must-read Yorkshire pudding guide). This Kitchen Craft silicone-coated 'Magic' whisk is compact and hard-working, plus it doubles up as a gravy de-lumper as it won’t scratch your saucepan. Read our full whisk review.
Buy from Nisbets (£4.90)
Investing in a good saucepan is a wise move – gravy is always at risk of sticking, so a treated surface is ideal. If you opt for a set of saucepans, the larger ones can be used for cooking mash and vegetables. This set of five stainless steel pans from Wilko can’t be beaten on the cost front, plus it features a bonus sauté pan. Read our full saucepan review.
Available from Wilko (£22.00)
If you take your roasts seriously, a good thermometer will help you achieve perfectly succulent meat every time – not to mention ensuring that you’ve cooked it safely. Digital thermometers are best for accuracy, and this nifty prong from Andrew James doubles up as a carving fork. Read our full meat thermometer review.
From carrots to spuds and beyond, Sunday lunch can mean stacks of vegetable prep. Make your life easier by investing in a decent peeler – it’s an affordable way to cut a kitchen corner: minimum expenditure, maximum gain. This OXO Good Grips swivel peeler is cheap, effective and comes with an added eye-remover for potatoes. Genius. Read our full peeler review.
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