It’s all too easy to overspend on
your Christmas food shopping: buying duplicates of items we already have in
stock from last year, buying in greater quantities than we need, buying more
than we can store or getting distracted by random discounts tempting us to dig
deeper into our pockets.
By using up what we have and
shopping carefully, we can avoid adding to the UK’s Christmas food waste
mountain and save a considerable chunk of our original Christmas budget. These
savings we can use either to cushion the January bills or to put towards a few
extra delicious Christmas dinner upgrades!
Keep your eyes on the prize this
year with these tried and tested tips for getting the most from your grocery
you shop, use up what you have
Can you eat down the items in your freezer
and fridge currently? Not only will you create space for preserving your
Christmas goodies and any leftovers, we can also make sure that anything
perishable gets used up before we pile in that Christmas shop on top of it. We
don’t want to be clearing out stinky salad soup or furry pesto in early
Using up items we already have in
stock will save us money in the run up to the festivities as well, giving us a
little more in the budget for a few special Christmas dinner upgrades: perhaps
organic chipolatas and bacon for ‘Pigs in Blankets’ instead of the
conventionally raised options? Or some locally grown veg from the Farmers’
A great tip for organised cooks: when
using up those perishable items in family dinners, double or triple the recipe
and set aside a few extra potions to whip out of the freezer when things get
fraught closer to the big day.
for Christmas food stashes
Check those awkward kitchen corners
for Christmas foods you may have stashed last year in forgotten ‘safe places’–
you may still be surprised to turn up quite a few usable items!
Is that a half-full bottle of brandy
lurking in the baking cupboard? That’s one to tick off this year’s shopping
list and at least a fiver saved.
A forgotten Christmas pud? Unopened
jars of mincemeat and cranberry sauce? Tick, tick, tick and more savings to put
into January’s pot or towards tasty Christmas upgrades, such as spending a
little extra on organic wine to accompany your meal!
*** Please be cautious with food safety, no
one wants food poisoning as a Christmas gift! The general guidelines are that
anything past its ‘Use By’ date or smelling ‘off’ needs to go. Foods with a
'Best Before' date should be safe to eat after that date, but they may no
longer be at their tastiest. To be extra sure, use the Still Tasty website to double check whether
a food is still good to eat. ***
our guidelines to plan portion sizes and make your list
Christmas dinner is the biggest food
event of the year in most British houses, so these portion guidelines for the
classic turkey dinner are generous enough to allow for a real feast plus Boxing
Day leftovers without being over the top.
Simply multiply these amounts by the
number of people at your dinner, going for the higher guideline figure if
you’re cooking for less than four folks or those attending are known to be particularly
these weights are based on adult appetites, so adjust accordingly if you’re
Turkey: 500g – 675g per person, based on the weight of the whole bird
potatoes: 225g – 250g
in Blankets’: 2 – 3 per person
Stuffing:125g – 150g or 2 – 3 stuffing balls per person
vegetables, e.g. Brussels sprouts, carrots and parsnips: 75g per vegetable
per person (i.e. 225g veggies per person)
sauce: 50g per person
sauce: 75g per person
Gravy:125ml per person
your non-perishables now
We can avoid the worst of the
seasonal shopping rush and make sure we get exactly what we want by getting in
all of our non-perishable and frozen Christmas food a few weeks beforehand.
With this in mind, it’s a good idea to divide your ‘big’ shopping list into
perishables and non-perishables.
your last-minute delivery slot asap
If you order your shopping online
for delivery, firstly, well done – by not taking the car out to the shops,
you’re cutting your Christmas carbon footprint. Secondly, make sure to get that
last-minute delivery slot booked as soon as you can so that you aren’t
receiving perishable goods too many days before the day. We want everything
lovely and fresh!
The very best seasons greetings from all of
us here at Greenredeem – we hope you have a wonderful time!
How do you plan for your Christmas
meal? Share your tips and comments with us here or via Twitter and Facebook!
Delicious recipes for festive leftovers
Healthy Christmas treats (also great last-minute edible gifts!)
>> Veggie dishes
for Christmas dinner