I’ve been getting a fair bit of Christmas dinner practising lately in prep for the in-laws coming this year. In fact, it’ll be the first ever Christmas day dinner I will have cooked for more than just two of us.
Recently, I cooked my very first full Turkey and I shared some newbie tips in that post. I’d experienced a handful of faux pars, such as needing to pop to my local Spar at 7am because I hadn’t checked how much tin foil I had left. Doh! And despite doing loads of prep in advance, I still felt time like I was a little time starved.
So to get even more ahead of the game, I’ve now got a few little extra kitchen aids to help me on the big day. Hopefully I can be a sociable host and spend more time with the family.
The first thing I’ll be using is my latest purchase, which is an OXO fat separator for gravy. I’ve been able to make fat free gravy recently yet still use the meat juices from my joints. Why didn’t I buy one sooner? The fat rises to the top while the juices flow through the spout and then I’ll just thicken it with some cornflour.
Another new addition is my Stellar Non-Stick roasting tin with a rack*. I love the quality so much compared to my old one. It’s sturdy, withstands direct heat on the hob for gravy making and has silver handles for easier removing from the oven (with my new Denby gloves of course!) Oh and it’s much bigger so I can roast more veggies at once.
I’m also planning on cooking three joints this year (my fiance’s parent’s tradition) so it makes sense to cook some of them the day before but to stay safe, I’ll be checking the temperatures with my old faithul thermometer. I’m also planning on making my gravy on the night too to prevent less mess, then heating it through on the day and storing it in my Judge thermal gravy pot* to make sure it’s piping hot for when we want it.
And because I’m pretty rubbish at slicing meat (embarrassing evidence here), I’ll be using my new Judge electric carving knife* instead. The knives are detachable for easy washing and if I have 3 meats for four people and a dog, I’ll be slicing up plenty for leftovers and freezing some if needed. Note: I used it in the pic above for my Slow Cooker Cola Gammon which is perfect for Christmas!
Also, if you want to know what we’re eating this year, then you can watch my Christmas grocery haul here.
What will you be using this Christmas to save you some hassle?
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