Christmas foods to freeze NOW to make sure you’ve got everything for December 25 – including roast potatoes and gravy

WITH reports of potentially running out of Christmas goodies early this year due to HGV driver shortages, plenty are buying their family favs ahead of time.

But for those who want to be sure they’re all set for December 25th ahead of time, there are plenty of festive foods that can be bought now and frozen.


You can get a jump start on Christmas prep now with the help of your freezerCredit: Getty

M&S, Iceland and Aldi have all reported increases in sales of their frozen Christmas turkeys.

But if you decide to bag one, there’s no need to freeze the turkey whole as chefs revealed how to prep your Christmas meal in advance to give yourself a relaxed Christmas morning.

Tackling the turkey

The turkey takes centre stage on most people’s festive tables and James Dennis at The White Hart in Wimborne told Mail Online that you can prep this now and freeze it.

He said: “If you do manage to get a turkey, pour some leftover gravy over the cooked turkey and freeze it. This helps to keep the meat moist, and means the turkey lasts longer too.”


Simon Shaw, multi-award-winning Chef Patron & Creative Director of El Gato Negro, Habas and Canto suggested taking the bones out of the bird to save space in the freezer.

He said: “It’s a great way of saving freezer space and significantly reduces the preparation and cooking time on the big day, one of most people’s greatest concerns.

‘For those looking to get ahead, speak to your local butcher about removing the breast and legs from the turkey and ask them to vac pack them for you, ready for freezing.”

If you really struggle to get your hands on a turkey, some chefs stressed that other birds and meats are just as good.

Jordan Moore, Senior Recipe Developer at Gousto said: “Whilst we all have a little trouble shaking up our family traditions, there are plenty of alternative show-stopping centrepieces you can satisfy your festive feast cravings with this year.”

Getting great gravy

Getting the gravy right is a big deal for die-hard roast fans.

Oliver Marlowe, Owner Chef Director of The Hunter’s Moon and Ganymede suggested saving the juices from any roast chickens you make ahead of the day.

He said that he would usually reduce it down and then freeze the liquid in ice cube trays.

You then just need to pop one of those cubes into your gravy on Christmas Day and you’ve got a favour-packed stock cube.

Prep perfect pigs in blankets

Pigs in blankets are a staple of any Christmas table


Pigs in blankets are a staple of any Christmas tableCredit: Getty – Contributor

Everyone goes wild for the pigs in blankets on Christmas Day – apart from the vegetarians who aren’t very keen.

You can have yours good to go now by dousing them in a delicious glaze like honey and mustard, pop them in to a container and store in the freezer.

Bringing the best Brussels

One thing you can’t freeze ahead of time is your Brussel sprouts but if you’re a person who fries them up with onions and bacon… then you can get that done now.

Mark Hartstone said: “Cook bacon and shallots off in butter then freeze. This can be mixed in with your sprouts last minute.”

Raving roasties

You can even freeze your roast potatoes ahead of time and freeze them up on the day


You can even freeze your roast potatoes ahead of time and freeze them up on the dayCredit: Getty – Contributor

One thing that takes a fair bit of time to prep are your roast potatoes. But thankfully they fair well in the freezer.

Tommy Heaney told Mail Online: “I always prep my roasties in advance. Treat yours like triple cooked chips, par boil the potatoes, strain them, pop them back in the pot, lid back on and give the pot a good shake to ruffle them up.”

He then suggested defrosting on Christmas Eve so they are ready to be doused in fat and fried up on the day.

Pucker puddings

Pop your Christmas pudding in the freezer and defrost it on Christmas morning


Pop your Christmas pudding in the freezer and defrost it on Christmas morningCredit: Getty – Contributor

It’s not just the savoury food that you can get a head start on, you can also buy your Christmas pudding now and pop it in the freezer.

For extra brownie points you can also freeze your custard and just reheat it on the hob on the big day.

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