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We've put together a handy guide to help you navigate the Christmas food prep, breaking down all of the essential steps to create a magical, festive day.
Navigating the festive season is a joyful yet stressful period. There is just so much to do in such little time. Worrying about whether Christmas Day dinner, desserts and nibbles will be ready to enjoy is not on anyone's wish list this year. To help save you some time, we have put together a handy guide to help you navigate the Christmas food prep, breaking down all the essential steps. From planning your menu to preparing side dishes, this guide is our Christmas present to you!
Have time to rock around the Christmas tree by following our steps to things you can start to prepare now:
Think baked goods, puddings, and pastry - plus some optional time and space savings tricks!
1. Weigh out the dry ingredients you need for all your cakes, pastries, and puddings that you are planning to make. Place your ingredients into a sealed bag and label it with your recipes name, all the ingredients and weights you have added. Labelling your bags will help stop any confusion over the remaining wet ingredients that will still need adding to the recipe. Store in a cool, dry place until ready for use.
2. Buy your pastry. For any desserts or snacks that require pastry - whether this is filo, puff, or shortcrust - you can either buy ready-made sheets or make your own ahead of time and store it in the freezer. Remember to defrost the night before use and keep in the fridge until you're ready to bake - cold pastry gives a much better bake.
3. For Mince Pies, pre-cut your pastry circles (don't forget the lids!) and lay between sheets of baking parchment. Place in a plastic bag or airtight container, label and freeze. This is a great time saver and means that you can bake your Mince Pies whenever the time arrives. For your mince pie filling, view our mince pie recipe for some inspiration!
The space-saving trick:
If you are limited to oven space because you have too many pies on the go and are planning on cooking a whole bird or large joint for Christmas dinner, why not cook your meat ahead of time? All you need to do is to cook your meat, slice it into portions, and allow it to cool fully. Once cool, place into plastic bags and then store in the freezer until the day. The meat can be reheated in gravy on the day to prevent it from becoming dry. This space-saving trick truly saves a lot of space in the oven for other dishes. Alternatively, our mini oven is a flexible option that gives extra oven space when you need. it
And just like that, Christmas has arrived! You can now relax and unwind with confidence, knowing all the hard work and preparation has paid off.
1. Use the pre-prepared ingredients or elements in your dishes. Whether you are busy shaping your pastry, making mince pies, or adding wet ingredients to partially mixed cake batters, all your preparation means your food is almost ready to go in the oven.
2. Cook or reheat any food that you have previously prepared and frozen, including your pigs in blankets, stuffing and meat (or meat alternative if you're hosting a vegan or veggie Christmas this year). Ensure that all food is well cooked and piping hot before serving.
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