A mum has already prepared her Christmas dinner for herself and her family and she’s got it all ready in the freezer – she said that it saves her both time and money
Some people are more organised than others when it comes to preparing for Christmas day – and one woman has already got her whole festive dinner done, dusted and in the freezer.
Mum-of-two Kate Hall, 37, has saved herself hours of prep time on Christmas Day as she cooks her dinner straight from frozen as she’s already prepped everything this month – even the gravy. Kate says she’s been utilising the savvy hack for a few years, as she decided to do it while she was on maternity leave, and she said it makes her feel “much less stressed” about cooking, and food waste. This method also allows her to spread the cost of Christmas over two months.
The hack also means that she can spend more time with her family, Matt, 40, seven-year-old Ellie, and five-year-old Josh, during the holiday period. The savvy mum, from Bromley, also started sharing her food storage and cooking advice online, where she has over 60,000 followers (@thefullfreezer).
She said: “I started prepping and freezing individual ingredients back a few years ago, to stop them from ending up in the bin. I was on maternity leave, and I’d previously batch cooked but was struggling to do this with a baby and a pre-schooler. I then had the lightbulb moment, realising I could use my freezer as a ‘pause button’. It was a really natural progression to then go on to prep and freeze Christmas dinner!”
Kate’s genius method of par-boiling, cooling, and freezing, means that none of the veg needs to be defrosted, so she can just whack it in the oven and relax. And the dinner is organised in labelled and dated bags – including the meat.
Kate continued: “I often buy cook-from-frozen joints and pigs-in-blankets, so it can all be whacked into the oven or air fryer straight from frozen. The only thing I usually defrost is the stuffing balls, to ensure they are cooked through without overcooking on the outside. I just make sure it’s all piping hot throughout with my food probe thermometer.”
Kate also shared that sometimes, because she’s freezing ahead, she can “take advantage of any yellow sticker, special offer, or bulk offers” in the run-up to Christmas. And when Kate shared her festive dinner approach in a Facebook group, people raved about it.
If you want to give the Christmas dinner prep a go for yourself, Kate recommends doing a test run first to avoid any issues during the holidays. And on the day, freeze the leftovers too if you won’t use them within two days; so long as they are chilled within two hours of cooking you can repurpose them later into a frittata, soup, or a pie.
She said: “I’d say start with just prepping your roast potatoes in advance for this Christmas. They taste amazing cooked straight from frozen, I promise you won’t look back!”
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