TOG’s Get Ahead Christmas Food Prep

There’s no need to stress on Christmas Day. We’ve rounded up 6 get ahead hacks so you can sail through the big day without breaking a sweat. November’s the time to do the bulk of your fiddly Christmas food prep which you can then chuck in the freezer for up to three months.


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1. Puds and Pies

Christmas pudding should be made early and kept in a cool dark place to mature until Christmas Day. Tradition says you should make your pud on Stir Up Sunday (26th Nov this year). You can also make mince pies now and freeze them until needed.

Recipe: Felicity Cloake’s Perfect Christmas Pudding
Recipe: Felicity Cloake’s Mince Pies


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2. Parboiled Potatoes

Boil your spuds in advance, rough up, season and transfer to a tray to freeze. Once frozen they can be stored in freezer bags for up to three months.

Recipe: Good Food’s Freeze Ahead Roasties


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3. Gravy Baby

Bisto be banned – you really can’t beat a homemade gravy. And it’s so easy to make long before the main event. Freeze in a container, defrost on the day and add the juices from the turkey.

Recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Get Ahead Gravy


4. Improve with (Cabb) Age

Braised red cabbage actually improves over time, so it’s really worth making in advance.

Recipe: Felicity Cloake’s Perfect Red Cabbage


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5. Get Stuffed

Stuffing freezes well and can even be frozen already in a dish ready to pop straight in the oven when defrosted.

Recipe: Mary Berry’s freezer-friendly stuffing


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6. Get Saucy

Nobody wants to be faffing around making sauces from scratch on Christmas day. Cranberry sauce and bread sauce can both be made ahead and freeze well.

Recipe: Nigella’s redder than red cranberry sauce