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How To

Beginners guide to the kitchen

By BLloyd 01 Sep 2017

For most of you this will be your first time living away from home which means a whole new learning experience. Don't worry if you don't know how to work an oven, we've got you covered. Here are your basic step by step guides to kitchen appliances...  


The student essential...

  • Always check cooking instructions
  • Loosely cover food over to avoid spills 
  • Once you have placed the food in the microwave, set the power dial and timer dial to the cooking instructions
  • When the timer is done, check the food is piping hot and carefully remove from the microwave
  • Do not put any metal or foil in the microwave. It will break! 

You can find the user manuals for your microwave below:

Daewoo Microwave

Beko Microwave 

Electric Cooker


  • Each ring matches to a temperature dial at the side of the hob
  • Place your pan on a ring and turn the appropriate dial to start cooking
  • Turn on the extractor fan whilst cooking to stop cooking smells lingering. This can be done using a simple on/off switch
  • Make sure you always turn off the ring once you are finished cooking
  • Never leave tea towels or other flammable items near a hot ring
  • In comparison to a gas hob, an electric hob takes longer to heat up and cool down


  • Turn the grill on, open the door and wait for it to heat up
  • Make sure the grill pan is clean to use, as leftover food could catch fire
  • It's a good idea to line the pan with foil as this will make cleaning a lot easier
  • After a few minutes, place your food on the grill pan and put it under the heat
  • Never close the grill door whilst cooking
  • Once you have finished cooking, remove the grill pan and only place it back into the grill once the grill has cooled down. If you put it back when it's hot, the handle will melt. 


  • Arrange the oven shelves how you want (never do this when the oven is hot
  • Make sure the oven is on at the wall, then turn the temperature dial to the heat you need
  • The oven may take a while to heat up to the right temperature, there may be a coloured light which will change once it reaches the correct temperature
  • Follow the instructions on your food packaging and place the food in the oven, being sure to shut the door
  • Once your food is cooked, use oven gloves to remove it from the oven and remember to turn off the oven using the temperature dial and the wall switch

The user manual for your electric oven can be found below:

Beko Double Cavity Oven


  • Regularly wipe the fridge shelves clean using warm water and washing up liquid with a cloth 
  • Keep meat on the bottom shelf
  • Get rid of out of date food regularly

You can find the user manuals for your fridge below:

Lec Refrigerator R50052W

Lec Refrigerator Model TU55144W

Beko Refrigerator

New World Refrigerator 


  • Pull the lid up and fill the kettle using cold water from the tap. There is often a minimum and maximum water level as a guide
  • Once the kettle is back on the base press down the switch
  • Once the kettle is boiled, there's no need to turn it off and the water is ready to use

You can find the user manual for your kettle below

Sabichi Kettle

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