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What Christmas food are we buying/preparing in advance and stashing away?

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schoolgaterebel Tue 14-Nov-17 11:53:52

I am making the following to freeze:
Red cabbage
Cauliflower cheese
Pigs in blankets
Stuffing balls

And have bought some:
Festive serviettes
Turkey gravy

I plan to pick up some more bits on my next shopping trip: Pringles, crackers (for cheese), fancy chocolates, a bottle of baileys, nice wine.

Trying to spread the cost over a few months, but need to remember where I've stashed all the treats otherwise I forget what I've bought.

Any tips and ideas?

Justbookedasummmerholiday Tue 14-Nov-17 11:59:48

For the past few weeks every time I have gone shopping or just popped to the local shop I have picked up an extra few bits! Got 2 large bags of nuts, several boxes of Maltesers, Matchmakers, posh big bags of crisps, posh crackers for' cheese night'! ! Reduced bags of popcorn for 'film night'!!. Soon adds up!!

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Tue 14-Nov-17 13:31:45

I'm going to make the spiced red cabbage and freeze that. I've bought frozen chestnuts from Waitrose this year - usually I buy, peel and freeze those. I'll be making breadcrumbs for stuffing and bread sauce, and freezing those, as well as the stock for the gravy, which I will make from the carcass of a roast duck - and I'll freeze the meat from that too, for a meal after christmas (sticky asian duck).

I might make the apple sauce too - we have goose, and whilst I have to have bread sauce for me, and gravy for dh and the dses, I think it needs the apple sauce to cut through the richness.

T00much Tue 14-Nov-17 23:16:22

Well I bought some half price m&s truffles last week and ate half a box 😳

Annwithnoe Wed 15-Nov-17 04:30:22

don't forget the boring stuff too! I keep an eye on stuff like toilet paper, bin bags, kitchen roll, tin foil (the extra long and strong kind), cling film, parchment, rubber gloves, washing up liquid, handwash and I do a check on cupboard staples like salt, oil, spices, sugar, flour, baking powder, etc
All those things get used at a higher rate than normal over Christmas
I fill the freezer with individual portions of soups and casserole type meals that I can whip out and defrost quickly for impromptu gatherings or unexpected guests (this week I'll make Normandy pork casserole, and vichyssoise and if I have time a nice salted caramel sauce). I make sure I have frozen mash, brown soda bread and good quality vanilla ice cream (if I have the energy I'll make my own)
I can't keep chocolate or biscuits in the house so I just buy them later blush and I don't start the proper Christmassy cooking until December.
I like to do a goose for the first Sunday of Advent and I strain lots of lovely goose fat into jars for the roast potatoes.
I hate linking to the daily fail but there's a really good article with lots of cook ahead and freeze ideas for Christmas dinner that might be helpful.

wendz86 Wed 15-Nov-17 08:34:21

I’ve bought a Christmas pudding and will buy a small Christmas cake (only my dad likes it ). Will probably get some snack type stuff - crisps , nuts etc too .

illuminousopptomist Wed 15-Nov-17 08:36:24

I would love to stash but just end up eating everything so can only buy a couple of days before.

Zampa Wed 15-Nov-17 08:39:45

Tesco have a third off their Finest Christmas Cake and Christmas pudding at the moment. Can recommend both.

Does Cauliflower Cheese freeze well?

BiddyPop Wed 15-Nov-17 10:22:14

I am making breadcrumbs tonight to freeze from the remains of a posh loaf of sourdough - that will be the basis of my stuffing.

I have my mincemeat "maturing" in the sitting room.

I have bought the nice wine and dessert wine for Christmas Day. I still have to buy a half bottle of port though (M&S do a nice one) - we have some vintage port but we'd never drink the whole bottle between just 2 of us, so that would be a waste.

II picked up some chocolates for after dinner (silver balls) in M&S a few weeks ago, and 2 large bags of crisps that we like this week.

Otherwise, I will pick up a few things if I see them on offer, but I am more trying to empty cupboards this year (later than usual and lots of old things I want to use up) so I don't want to refill them until that's done.

I don't tend to get loads anyway - O still have a handful of amaretti biscuits (my special treat) from last year, I will get a bag of Leonidas orangettes rather than big tubs of celebrations etc, and I'll get a few packets of biscuits we like for visitors. I know I want to get some party food for a couple of events, and need freezer space for that. And I have some party wine but need some more (there's a few offers due this week so will possibly get it then). And some beer.

The Christmas feast, well, it's only for 3 of us and I will probably just pick it up on the weekly shop over the weekend of 23rd.

I freeze leftover cauliflower cheese to have for easy dinners when DH is not there (reheat in oven, while cooking some roast potatoes, and if I really feel I need meat, a couple of chicken thighs still with their skin on) and that works well. Slightly watery, and I tend to not put any grated cheese on top until it has defrosted as that gives a better result in the oven.

AnnieHoo Wed 15-Nov-17 20:47:36

Baconfoil trays
Goose fat

fairiesandelves Wed 15-Nov-17 21:56:11

2 packs Aldi Mince pies - all eaten
Biscuits for cheese - all eaten as well

All by me smile

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHorrid Wed 15-Nov-17 22:00:42

I’ve got chocolate stashed away already (lord knows how I’ve not eaten it yet)

I’ll pick these up soon to store away
Stolen (although I’m in danger of eating that)

I wasn’t planning to premake anything for the freezer but might do some stuffing balls.

EnglishGirlApproximately Wed 15-Nov-17 22:01:21

I’m normally well prepared by now but we moved house last week so I’m a bit behind. I like to buy a few bits a week from October so I had a catch up today and I’ve bought
Stollen (which will need replacing blush)
Nuts x 3 types
Chocolates x 3 types
So feeling a bit better about being behind!

NoWordForFluffy Wed 15-Nov-17 22:25:49

I have:

Nuts (3 types here too)
Tortilla chips
Crackers for cheese
Chocolate coins
Some new Walkers pita chips or something!

I also have 3 x Schloer, 1 litre of Absolut, 5 x bottles of wine and 2 x bottles of prosecco (I've done the Sainsbury's double up for the wine today, as well as getting 1 free from M&S for ordering food early!).

goose1964 Thu 16-Nov-17 19:01:43

We have , crisps, biscuits and that's about it so far. Usually we have loads more by now but money is tight this year

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Thu 16-Nov-17 19:03:00

I bottled a load of plums from my garden in gin in JULY. Beat that youbastards

I8toys Thu 16-Nov-17 19:10:50

Bought various chocolates, biscuits when on offer at M&S, crackers for cheese, prosecco, champers, port, peach schnapps, lemonade, bag of ice, pringles, after eights, mint matchmakers, prawns, pigs in blankets, Ferrero rocher, cat Christmas dinner!!

DaftCat Thu 16-Nov-17 19:12:44

I’ve bought a cheap bottle of Baileys three times so far. I think I’ll have to get DH to hide the next one sad

Callmecordelia Thu 16-Nov-17 19:20:15

I have got crackers (both the ones you pull and the ones for cheese), prosecco, sherry, baileys, posh jam, nice mayonnaise and churros in the freezer for Christmas Eve. I made some quince brandy and a Christmas cake.

I will buy a few extra things each week. I have my Ocado slot booked for Christmas Eve, they haven't let me down.... Yet.

Madbengalmum Thu 16-Nov-17 19:23:49

Have bought the chocolate and will freeze and make cranberry sauce. Have just discovered the m and s connoisseur stollen bites, soooo much nicer than the aldi/lidl options and on offer, they are fabulous.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 16-Nov-17 19:33:38

Oh no no no , way too early fgrin

Not only the storage but my teenagers will graze on things ie scoff them .

Early December trip to Costco to stock up on :
binbags, looroll , J2O (hide in the garage), big tubs of olives, part baked french bread, cheddar.

Then mid December a Christmas Treats Shop to get the crisps,biscuits,mince pies, soft drinks , beer for DH (hide in the garage with the J2O )
Selection boxes
Chocolates to put in the glass jar

Nearer Christmas The Big Shop (using my Nectar Points) might do the Friday before.

DH and I wandered round on Christmas Eve last year just to see what was going on. Answer : not much fhmm

StilettosAreANoNo Thu 16-Nov-17 19:38:53

Aldi Christmas pudding was vv good last year. After Christmas when they reduced them we stocked up and kept having them.

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 16-Nov-17 19:39:59

I bought some lebkuchen in lidl on Monday, to start my Christmas stash. They were delicious grin

jocktamsonsbairn Thu 16-Nov-17 22:01:57

So far:
12 bottles of naive wine from naked wines (3 left!!)
Aldi Florentines - evidence of piggery (empty boxes) hidden in recycling
Tubs of heroes and Q street - all the good ones eaten and soft centres left.
M&S posh roast potaties - freezer
M&S chocolately melt in middle type dessert - freezer
Other M&S fancy potatoes (might be dauphinois) - freezer
Fancy ice cream - again evidence of piggery is hidden in recycling box.

I can’t trust myself so am buying no more till nearer the time. We do have a home made Christmas cake which no one actually eats (we give it to people as Wee visiting gifts as dd is a fab baker) so that has survived. Has a shedload if brandy in it though so maybe a warning label will have to go on it!!!

jocktamsonsbairn Thu 16-Nov-17 22:05:24

The wine was naice not naive!!

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