October 29, 2013

Kitchen Idea File #3: Ovens

Kitchen Idea File Ovens

With the holidays coming up I am starting to think about feeding a crowd in our new house. I like to try to make our festive meals from scratch and it is always a bit of a juggling act with only one oven. When I think about my dream kitchen renovation one of the things I want to build in is a double wall oven. I’ve never had a double oven and it seems like it would make cooking for a crowd a million times easier. How great would it be to be able to roast a turkey in one oven while baking all the side dishes in the other?!  Two ovens would also make recipe testing easier. I could make dinner while still working on a new cake recipe. Here is what I am thinking:

I am a firm believer that electric ovens are always the way to go. They hold the heat much more evenly than gas ovens. Plus, they can be positioned nearly anywhere since you don’t need to worry about hooking in gas lines.

Double Wall Ovens (photo via Thermador)

I also think wall ovens make it easier to work with large roasting pans and Dutch ovens. I always struggle pulling my big Creuset out of the oven. It is the ultimate power squat and it aggravates an old back injury which can be uncomfortable. I think this unit below is so pretty. At the proper height I wouldn’t have to torque my back at all.

Viking Double Wall Oven I adore Faith’s renovation as seen below. This is pretty much my ideal kitchen in so many ways. Too bad she doesn’t live closer. I would invite myself over to cook every single day!

Double Wall oven (photo via The Kitchn and Faith Durand)

Sometimes I look at double ovens side by side like the ones below and wonder if they aren’t a more efficient use of space. But, they are topped with an 8-burner range. That many burners would be overkill for me. In my mind 6 burners is ideal. I still think a double wall oven is perfect. Then I would build storage for pots and pans beneath my stovetop. (Side note: I adore these wooden floors!!)

Double Oven (photo via House Beautiful via Flickr)

The next question is what brand to choose. There are so many good ones out there. Do you have any particular oven makes/models you prefer? Do you have a wall oven and do you like it? Talk to me!

p.s.: We’ve already covered countertops!