MUMS spend an average of 23 hours doing chores in the run-up to Christmas.
So in order for you to have the most wonderful time of the year, here are my 12 Timesaves of Christmas to ensure your Yule goes smoothly.
Combine them all and you’ll reclaim at least six hours of family time.
1. Make friends with your freezer. Make your stuffing and gravy this week then freeze it.
Defrost on Christmas Day morning and finish with meat or veg juices.
2. Roast potatoes and parsnips a few days beforehand. Cool, then freeze. Reheat them from frozen in just 45 minutes.
3. Parboil your sprouts and carrots, refresh in ice-cold water then drain and refrigerate. Just drop them in boiling water for around one minute to reheat.
4. Cross-check your gift list when you are wrapping to ensure all the presents you have bought are there.
1. Lay out your Christmas Day outfit, complete with shoes and make-up. The £8 Casuelle acrylic make-up gift set from Morrisons.com has all you need.
2. Set the table for guests, which gives you one last chance to check you have everything you need.
3. Clean all your glasses and pop any wine, beer or fizzy drinks in the fridge so they will be nicely chilled when you need them.
4. Forgotten to buy someone a gift? Print an instant experience voucher at buyagift.co.uk.
1. Cover a large box with festive paper and, as the kids unwrap their gifts, get them to throw in their discarded paper. It’s great fun, and the game will keep the house tidy, too.
2. When cooking, make sure you set the timer on your watch or phone. You won’t hear the one on the oven over festive music and guests.
3. Ask an older child to keep track of who gave what – then do video-call thank yous.
4. Save leftover roasties and veg for a quick bubble and squeak meal on Boxing Day. See your.morrisons.com/Recipes-and-Ranges/recipes/index/B/Bubble-n-squeak.
THERE is a turkey out there for every table, no matter what your budget is or how big you want your bird to be.
Although you have missed the pre-ordering dates for some of the supermarkets’ premium ranges, there is still plenty of meat to pick up instore.
Here is our guide to some great deals on turkeys, trimmings and tipples.
WHETHER you have turkey, goose, beef or fish for your Christmas meal, there’s a wine that will make the perfect match.
TURKEY: Morrisons wine expert Ge++mma Cockshott says: “Turkey is an unusual bird as it combines white and red meat. The white meat is probably better with a white wine and the darker meat with a light red, but when you add in all the trimmings then anything goes.”
Morrisons claret, £4.75, was just awarded a silver by the international Wine Challenge.
For white, try Taste the Difference Cotes du Rhone white, £7, from Sainsbury’s.
GOOSE: Gemma says: “Goose is a rich and succulent meat with a high fat content so needs wines with high acidity and if possible a touch of sweetness.”
Morrisons German Piesporter, £4.50, will help cut out the richness of the bird.
For a nice red option, Campo Aldea rioja is half price at M&S, down from £10 to £5.
BEEF: Gemma says: “The flavour of beef is fairly easy to overpower so a medium-weight wine is best. Protein in meat makes even rustic reds taste softer and sweeter, so a budget wine won’t compromise the occasion.”
Dark Horse cabernet sauvignon from Morrisons is just £6.50 a bottle.
Luis Felipe Edwards bin series merlot was £8.99 now £5.99 at Waitrose.
FISH: Gemma says: “There is no reason why a light red wine can’t be put with a meaty fish like salmon but for Christmas, play it safe and stick with white wine.”
Morrisons The Best gavi is a clean, crisp white from Piedmont in Italy, £7, and currently two for £12.
Save a third on The Ned sauvignon blanc at Waitrose, down from £10.99 to £6.99.
FROZEN: A frozen turkey costs less than fresh. Just factor in enough time for it to defrost.
Essential Waitrose frozen large turkey with giblets, £4/kg available from 5.5kg to 6.99 kg.
FREE RANGE: A free-range turkey may cost more but that flavour should be worth the extra money.
Morrisons’ The Best British free-range whole bronze turkey is sold in four sizes, from 2kg to 6.5kg, and costs £6.75/kg.
MEAL DEAL: Keep costs low with Co-op’s £10 Frozen Christmas Meal Deal.
It is worth £20.42 and includes McCain roasties, a bacon-wrapped turkey joint with sage and onion stuffing balls, 12 Aunt Bessie’s four-minute Yorkshire puddings, a mint Viennetta, Aunt Bessie’s honey-glazed roast parsnips, Co-op Button Sprouts and Co-op British garden peas.
STUFFED: Cut your workload by buying a ready-stuffed bird. A crown like this is great for smaller groups and is easy to carve.
is sold in three sizes from 2.4kg to 6kg and is £10/kg.
Choose between pork, sage and onion or apple and cranberry stuffing, and smoked or unsmoked bacon on top.
GREAT FOR COUPLES: For a Christmas lunch without endless cooking, try Co-op’s ready-to-cook turkey and the trimmings, which serves two, £12.
KEEP IT SIMPLE: At £3.95/kg, Aldi’s fresh British whole turkey, available in three sizes, is a straightforward good-value choice.
PLAIN CROWN: If you want to avoid leftovers and like white mea best, a turkey crown will hit the spot with the legs and wings removed. Asda’s basted turkey crown is available in two sizes, £13.90 for 3kg.
STUFFING: Cracker-shaped pastries, sausages, balls and logs – stuffing comes in all shapes and sizes this Christmas.
Morrisons The Best pork, spiced festive fruit and nut pastry cracker, 475g, £4.
Co-op Irresistible apple and cranberry sausages, 288g, £3.29 or two for £6.
Asda Extra Special 12 pork and clementine stuffing balls, £2.98 or two for £5.
Aldi’s Specially Selected British outdoor bred pork, Bramley apple and cranberry stuffing yule log, 700g, £3.99.
SAUCES: A turkey without sauces is like Christmas without crackers. Pick from a whole host of different flavours. Try Essential Waitrose redcurrant jelly, 100g, £1.14.
Or go for Morrisons’ The Best cranberry sauce, 300g, £1.50.
Alternatively, pick up Asda Extra Special cranberry sauce with ruby port, 230g, £1.
Or save 25p on Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference bread sauce, 300g, £1.75.
PIGS IN BLANKETS: A sausage on the side has become an essential part of the main meal.
Waitrose eight British honey and rosemary pork chipolatas in bacon are £3.29 or two for £5.
Morrisons’ The Best venison pigs In blankets, 200g, £3 or buy two for £5.
Tesco pigs in blankets, 180g pack of 12, £3, or buy three packs for the price of two.
GRAVY: Pour over for the final touch to your turkey dinner.
Tesco Finest turkey gravy, 350ml, £1.50. Morrisons’ turkey gravy, 500g, £2.
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