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Christmas in the kitchen

Top tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

Enjoy a hassle-free Christmas by following our tips for Christmas dinner preparation, cooking timings and even a few things you can do on the day to reduce your festive stress.

Prepare the kitchen for Christmas

Take stock of your kitchen, and check that it is ready for Christmas. Planning ahead should mean you know exactly what to expect on the day and that you have got everything you need.

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Timing your Christmas dinner right

Prepare for the big day with our Christmas dinner timing sheet and learn how to make Christmas dinner simple.

Preparing Christmas dinner in advance

Preparing as much of the food as you can ahead of time will greatly reduce Christmas dinner stress. Here are a few of our tips for making Christmas dinner simple.

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Save some stock

Save some stock from a recent roast to use on the day for gravy or roasting. It can be easily frozen well ahead of time. Alternatively, shop bought stock is an easy back-up.

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Prepare vegetables ahead of time

Par-boiling vegetables ahead of time can speed up cooking on the day. For roast potatoes, a cold potato will produce crispier roasts when added to hot fat.

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Getting the pudding on early

If you are cooking a Christmas pudding, steaming it in a slow cooker can be a great way to keep the stress away from the hobs. Put it on early so it is ready when everyone has room again.

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While homemade pigs in blankets or stuffing from scratch sounds fun, it does not usually remain that way while everything is on the go. Shop-bought nibbles can save you time and stress, and usually only require a very shallow oven space.

On the day

Now you have planned your menu, how you are going to cook everything and your timings, here are our on-the-day stress savers.

Boxing Day meal ideas

Some say the best part of a Christmas dinner is the leftovers. Here are a few ideas for Boxing Day lunches that will not have you breaking a sweat.

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Merry Christmas from Howdens

Now that you are set to have a stress free Christmas day all that is left to do is to have fun. From everyone at Howdens we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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