How to Get More From Your Oven 

Posted: October 18, 2018

You might think that using your oven is as simple as turning the dial to the right temperature and popping your food in, but there’s more you can do to ensure that you produce the best results, whilst also saving yourself some money in the process.

If you’re looking for more ways to save some pennies (and cook some better grub at the same time) then look no further, we’ve got the ultimate cheat sheet right here:

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Try Slow Cooking


You don’t need a dedicated slow-cooker to make the most of this practical cooking technique. By cooking food in a heavy pot (a cast iron dutch oven or a stoneware casserole dish will work fine) and setting your oven to a super low heat (Gas Mark 1-2/130°C) you can encourage the flavours of your concoctions to marry together harmoniously. Recipes such as American-style BBQ Pulled Pork or Thai chicken curry can be quickly thrown in a pot and then left to cook over-night, or whilst you’re out at work.

Optimise Your Oven


Have you ever been surprised by how quickly your oven has cooked something? Or maybe your latest baking creation has caught on top well before it was due to come out of the oven?

Although this may be a sign that there’s a fault with your thermostat or oven element, if your machine is relatively new then you might want to create a heat map of your oven to see where the hot spots are. You can do this easily by pre-heating your oven to 180°C and popping an oven with a layer of shredded coconut onto the middle shelf, keep an eye on it to see which parts of the tray brown first – those are your hotspots.

Cook Efficiently


Your coconut heat map will be able to tell how evenly your oven cooks which should inform how you use it in the future. Heat in ovens doesn’t simply rise from the bottom to the top, both conventional and fan ovens distribute heat unevenly so you should compensate for this, especially when you’re baking or roasting foods. You can use the positions of your shelves to help control the fluctuations of your oven’s heat.

Placing food on lower racks will help the bottom of your food to crisp up, whilst placing them nearer the top will encourage a healthy browning on the top of your food. If you’re using more than one tray at a time then you should rotate your trays so that you can cook your food as evenly as possible.

Keep it Clean


Every piece of detritus stuck to the walls or floor of your oven will prevent it from efficiently heating up, so for optimal performance your oven should be as clean as possible each time you use it.

In an ideal world you’ll have enough time to give your oven a quick wipe and clean after each use, but often this simply isn’t practical. Don’t wait until smoke is pouring out every time you turn it on, or until your oven door is completely covered in grime, grab some oven cleaning essentials and get stuck in. You should aim for a weekly oven clean to get the best flavours out of your oven and to keep your machine running as efficiently as possible.


Looking for New Ways to Save a Few Pennies in the Kitchen? 

Posted: July 10, 2018

Our kitchens can cost us a fortune over the course of a year, but there are ways to minimise your outgoings. Many of the following hacks require you to take a pro-active approach to how you manage your kitchen, that means forming new habits that might be a little fussy to start with but should prove helpful in the long run.


If you’re fed up of watching your pennies slip down the drain, try one of these lifestyle tips to see if you can catch them before they’ve even hit the sink:

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Fix simple appliance problems yourself


Not every broken appliance requires a call-out. Sometimes accidents happen: maybe an overzealous young chef has made off with a few of your oven knobs, or a fridge-seal has come loose whilst you’re cleaning it – there’s no need to panic as a spare part is just a click away.


These minor mishaps can be easily rectified by tracking down the right spare part and fitting them yourself. Picking up a spare part for your appliance is as simple as finding the model number on your appliance and taking a look through our catalogue of spares; however for more technical issues it’s always best to contact a professional.


Treat your white goods with respect


It should go without saying that in order to get the most mileage out of your white goods you should treat them with care. Whilst we’re not suggesting that you should be constantly treading on egg-shells whilst you’re using your kitchen, by maintaining your appliances you’ll be able to get much more use out of them.


Give your fridge a regular clean and pack it sensibly; use your oven in larger single sessions rather than frequent shorter ones and keep your dishwasher humming along with regular doses of rinse-aid. These small jobs will put you in good stead for the future, so it will be longer before you need to upgrade your appliances.


You are what you eat!



What you put in your fridge is as important as how well you treat it. Although how you choose to feed yourself and your household will most likely be dictated by your budget, how many mouths you have to feed and how much time you have on your hands; there are still a few sure-fire tricks that should save you money.


Reducing waste and shopping efficiently are two lifestyle choices that could save you money in the long run. Plan your meals in advance so that every day of the week is accounted for and try to only buy as much food as your household needs so that you don’t waste any produce. Seasonal groceries are usually cheaper than imported goods, just make sure that you eat them all whilst they’re fresh!


Buy Cleaning Products in Bundles


Whilst some house proud cleaners will swear by certain brands being more effective than others, it’s simply not economical to remain loyal to one particular product. The cost of big brand cleaning products are always much higher than non-branded rivals, whilst their efficiency remains a point of contention amongst avid cleaners.


Try buying your cleaning products in bulk instead of opting for your favourite cleaning product at full price. By purchasing all of your cleaning basics in one of our bundles you can save time and ensure that you always have what you need to stay on top of your chores. Our Range Cooker, Hob and Fridge care packs are perfect for those looking to keep their appliances in tip-top shape without spending a fortune.


Dishwasher Use 101: For Best Results... 

Posted: June 05, 2018

A properly functioning dishwasher can be an effective time-saving device, taking a dull chore off your hands and giving you more time for the things that matter. However, fail to look after your machine correctly and you run the risk of losing your appliance, as well as your precious time.

Although you might think that the point of having a dishwasher in your kitchen is to keep your hands clean, unfortunately, it’s still necessary for you to get a little dirty; especially if you’re intending on keeping your dishes sparkling clean and your machine in tip-top condition.

You may still need to buy a few dishwasher spares to fix the occasional issue, but by taking good care of your appliance you should be repaid with years of loyal service and sparkling fresh crockery. Read our top tips for dishwasher maintenance below and see how you can extend the lifespan of your dishwasher:

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Scrape items before loading

 
It might not be pleasant, but by scraping leftover food from your plate you reduce the likelihood of blockages occurring as a result of loose food matter in your machine. Of course, in an ideal world, the amount of food that you’ll be throwing away will be minimal and, depending on how good your cooking is, there should be no need to scrape at all!
 

Only use it for washing crockery or kitchenware

 
Although many online bloggers might purport the multitude of other household items that you can also clean in your dishwasher, these kinds of ‘hacks’ are likely to damage your possessions and put undue pressure on your dishwasher. So before you start popping your shoes, hair brushes or...erm...toothbrush in the wash: just think twice before taking any unnecessarily risky cleaning short-cuts.
 

Take care when loading your machine

 
Everyone has their own way of going about this particular task, but you’re probably not aware that there is a right way of doing this. There is a specific place for each piece of kitchenware and crockery in your dishwasher; keeping these in order and only using your machine when it’s full will save energy and keep your dishwasher in decent knick.
 
Larger pots and pans should be kept on the bottom; knives, forks and spoons should be mixed in the cutlery basket to avoid them clinging together and plates should be alternated in size for the best results.
 

Keep it clean inside (and out!)

 
You can’t expect to keep your dishes clean if your dishwasher is filthy and, contrary to popular belief, your dishwasher doesn’t clean itself. Although the water in your dishwasher should be hot enough to kill the bacteria on your plates, you still need to keep an eye out for limescale build-up or any rogue debris that might create an unpleasant odour.
 
Pick bits of debris out and run a vinegar cycle to stay on top of odours and don’t forget to wipe the outside of your machine as well (our multi-purpose kitchen cleaner can do the trick in a jiffy).
 

Essential cleaning tasks

 
Once a week you should run a cloth over your dishwasher; give the filter a good rinse and wipe down the seal. Topping up the dishwasher salt is a monthly job that is particularly important for anyone living in an area with hard water, without it your detergents will not work properly.
 
Rinse aid will help your plates dry without streaks, so your best crockery stays looking lovely. Every 6-months or so you should think about removing and cleaning your dishwasher spray arms, you can also run a hot wash whilst it’s empty to keep it fresh.
 

Mind the door!

Most dishwashers are built to withstand a fair bit of wear and tear, but there are still points in your machine that are particularly susceptible to damage. Don’t panic if your door starts dropping down heavily, you’ll just need to replace a few parts to get your machine back to working order. By taking care when you open and close the dishwasher door you can prevent damage to components such as the hinge springs.

Where To Buy British 

Posted: September 25, 2017

As our customers will know, we’re passionate about bringing manufacturing back to the heart of Britain, and, wherever possible, our Newworld appliances are still produced from our factory near Liverpool 100 years on.

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But where can you reliably find other items made in Britain, and be sure that their production is genuinely taking place within our shores? With many ‘classic’ British brands now actually being produced overseas, it’s not as easy as it should be!

We’ve found a great website though which is packed with useful information about those genuinely ‘British’ brands, and superb examples of UK craft and manufacturing. It’s at: www.makeitbritish.co.uk 

Every product referenced on the website has assured provenance - authentic, skilled and crafted using the finest materials - right here in the UK. You’ll find a comprehensive directory of large and small suppliers; from well-known brands to tiny artisan suppliers, all offering a wonderful diversity of products, gifts and services for you to enjoy.

And by buying British-made goods, you’re helping to keep fast-fading skills alive in our country, and support home-grown talent. In an age of economic strife, that aim is more compelling than ever.