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The ultimate  Christmas Day lunch

The ultimate Christmas Day lunch

We’ve pulled together some of our most useful gadgets and appliances, designed to make your kitchen challenge a little easier.

And Supper Club hosts Laura Jackson and Alice Levine have given us their top tips for hosting a festive meal 

Time for a new oven?

If you're cooking for a crowd, a spacious range cooker like our John Lewis JLRC921 takes the hard work out of preparing your festive meal

Think big
With a total capacity of 107L (71L in the main multifunction oven and 35L in the second conventional oven) there’s plenty of space to cook everything

Flame game
The five gas burners are ideal for cooking a large number of dishes at once. You can keep track of cooking times with the programmable LED digital timer

Hot air
The main oven is fan-operated, which gives consistent results, no matter which shelf is used, and avoids flavour transfer between dishes

And don’t forget your roasting tray, it’s an essential. Whatever your price range, we've got one to suit your needs. Here are our top 6:

1.John Lewis Basics The Roaster, £4 - £6
Teflon-coated to create a uniform spread of heat, plus easy clean-up afterwards

2. John Lewis Stainless Steel Roaster, £30
Comes in a choice of 3 sizes, and has flat-folding handles for convenience

3.John Lewis Hard Anodised Roaster, £25 - £35
Made from aluminium, this durable tray is non-stick with a marble-effect finish

4. John Lewis Cast Aluminium Roaster, £37
Made from cast-aluminium, this deep-sided tray is ideal for large joints and slow cooking

5. John Lewis Croft Collection Copper Roaster, £70
This lustrous copper and stainless steel tray can go from oven to table as a centrepiece

6.Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Roaster, £128
Tough, non-stick and dishwasher safe

Useful Christmas Day lunch gadgets

Christmas Day lunch often requires gadgets you might not have thought of. Here are 4 of our favourites:

John Lewis carving tray, £35
Receptacles collect the juice from your meat, so you can add it to gravy or sauces

OXO Good Grips Gravy Separator, £12
Designed to help you separate fat from lean gravy, this clever strainer catches unwanted bits

OXO Good Grips angled baster, £10
An angled tip makes getting to your meat while it’s in the oven easier and safer

Heston Blumenthal 5-in-1 Digital Thermometer, £45
Records the temperature of the oven and the probe, so you know when the meat is be ready

Feed a crowd

To inspire you, food writer and cook Diana Henry makes light work of Christmas Day preparations 

Feed a crowd - top tips

Start the day before. I always stuff the turkey on Christmas Eve and set the table then, too. It takes much longer than you think

Be savvy with your veg options. I like to do one vegetable purée – pumpkin, celeriac or carrot – so it only has to be reheated. I make red cabbage for the same reason, and it tastes better if it's had a few days in the fridge

Remember to delegate. You don't want to be doing everything on your own, and Christmas is the one time I really like communal cooking. The main chef has enough to do, so I designate someone else to carve the turkey, and somebody has to make sure the drinks are being topped up

Keep everything cold. Clear out your fridge before you go out to do the food shopping. If the weather is cold enough, I buy bags of ice and put them in big plastic boxes or crates outside. That's where the white wine and champagne go – it frees up a lot of space