Preparing for Christmas – how to get ahead in the kitchen. QA Kitchens Shropshire
18th December 2014
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On Christmas Day, do you find that whilst everyone else is enjoying the festivities, opening presents and relaxing over a glass of wine, you are stuck in the kitchen peeling carrots, slicing turkey and roasting potatoes?  Well why not start cooking now and put it away in the freezer?

 

If you're always stuck in the kitchen on Christmas Day, why not get the bulk of the work done now and come the big day, you can relax with the whole family.

 

Gravy

Gravy can be made long before Christmas day.  Simply freeze it and then defrost on the day.  Before you serve, why not add the juices from your turkey and vegetables.

 

Stuffing

Stuffing freezes very well and you can even cook it before freezing so you only have to pop it in the oven on the day! 

 

Potatoes, Brussel sprouts and other vegetables

Parboil potatoes (to roast) for five minutes, drain and cool. Freeze when cold. The same can be done carrot and parsnip, but parboil them for just three minutes, drain, cool and freeze. Brussel sprouts can be boiled for two minutes, drain and run them under the cold water tap - this preserves their bright green colour. Drain well and freeze when cold.

 

Turkey

Most turkeys are oven ready so easy to pop in the oven on the day.  If yours is in the freezer, here are the thawing times for frozen turkeys
4—5kg: 20 hours at room temperature; 65 hours in fridge
5—6kg: 24 hours at room temperature; 70 hours in fridge
6—7kg: 30 hours at room temperature; 75 hours in the fridge
8—9kg: 40 hours at room temperature; 80 hours in the fridge
9—11kg: 48 hours at room temperature; 96 hours in the fridge 

 

Alternatively cook the turkey on Christmas Eve, leave to cool, slice it up and put it in the fridge until Christmas Day.

 

Bread sauce and Cranberry Sauce

Both sauces can be made ahead of the day and they freeze very well. 

 

Christmas Pudding

Christmas puddings can be made now and kept in a cool dark place to mature nicely until Christmas Day.

 

 

Preparation in advance is definitely the way forward, why not even lay the table on Christmas Eve and that's another job less for you to do. 

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