Preparing Food Ahead For Christmas

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It’s almost december, and the final race towards christmas has begun. When we are planning our festivities, one of the main things we think about is the food. Other than the gifts, food is arguably the most important element of the christmas period, and is one which we all look forward to.

However cooking the food all on christmas day can take a toll on us and take up all of the time we would normally spend with the family. However, you may not have realised that you can plan a lot of the food in advance of the big day.

Gravy

Gravy is one of the easiest things to make ahead for christmas. Simply make the gravy as you normally would, pop it in your bosch fridge or freezer until you need it- and then heat up in a pan and add the meat juices.

Stuffing

Stuffing is one of the most adored parts of a Christmas dinner, and you can make it well ahead and pop it in the freezer. Simply take it out of the freezer when you need it and pop them straight into the oven from frozen.

Potatoes

A great cheat if you are really stuck for time is to parboil the potatoes ahead of time and leave them in the fridge or freezer until christmas day. It then means you can get them straight into the oven and use one less pan on the day. If you are going to put them in the fridge, make sure you leave them in water to stop them from going brown.

Turkey

If you need to debone your turkey, make sure you do it on Christmas Eve. You can save yourself the messy task on Christmas morning and then just pop it in the oven like you normally would.

Many turkeys are oven-ready, but if you want to do anything messy like deboning, you’ll want to get it out of the way on Christmas Eve. You can also rinse it and pat it dry, and prepare anything you’re planning on filling it with – be it stuffing or something like chopped onions and herbs. Store them in the fridge in sealed containers.

Parsnips

Parsnips are another vegetable which you can boil the night before to save you having to use that extra pan on christmas day. Simply store them in the fridge until you need to heat them up.

Yorkshire puddings

You have two options here. You can either simply make the batter in advance and leave it in the fridge, or you can bake them completely the day before, and on the day just stick them under the grill for 5 minutes to warm through and crisp up.

Desserts

Christmas pudding is something which is always better to make ahead- with many people starting them in September and ‘feeding’ them brandy each week until the big day. There are also other desserts to make ahead such as trifle, mince pies, gingerbread men and many more.

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