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We were gifted the items featured within this post in exchange for coverage. Now that we are just over 3 weeks until Christmas I’m getting really excited. Not only am I looking forward to spending time with my family but my thoughts are turning to the Christmas Dinner. Christmas Dinner prep is something that I always think about a few weeks in advance. I like to spend a little time, a few days a week, prepping dishes for Christmas Day to make sure it runs smoothly. Today I want to share with you some new kitchen items I’ve got from Joseph Joseph, to help with the prep, while telling you about the Christmas Dinner prep I’ll be doing this year with my new goodies.
Christmas Dinner Prep with Joseph Joseph
The first item that I have received is this Joseph Joseph Index Steel. This is a beautiful looking set of 4 colour-coded chopping boards, in a stainless steel case. This fits right in my kitchen beautifully and is so simple to use. I love that the boards are colour-coded, to avoid cross-contamination. This is really important to me when cooking, particularly with my daughter having a number of allergies because of her FPIES. The boards have non-slip feet, on both sides, and sloped edges ideal for meat juices or crumbs. Also, the surfaces of these boards are friendly to knives, although they will mark like all plastic boards.
I love how easy it is to slide a colour-coded chopping board from the stainless steel case.
As you can see it is easy to see which board is for which purpose. These boards are dishwasher safe, contain no BPA and are food safe too of course. This set retails for £75. It is absolutely stunning and would be a welcome addition to safe food preparation in any kitchen.
The second item that is going to help with my Christmas Dinner prep is this Joseph Joseph Elevate Knives Carousel Set. Now I already love Joseph Joseph items, as I own a few, but this knife set is something else. Not only does it spin (fun!) making it easy to get the knife I require but it is magnetic too. This means that the knives stay safely in place when it is spun/moved and they are to hand when I am working on my Christmas Dinner prep. This set retails for £90.00 There are 6 knives, each with a large handle that allows you to rest the knives without them touching your worktop. This is really smart and ideal when you’re prepping a lot of food and need a break. The set includes a paring knife, serrated knife, Santoku knife, Chef’s knife, Carving knife and Bread knife. I’m really happy as these knives cover all of my uses.
As you can see these items fit in well in my kitchen as we have a lot of black and stainless steel appliances and accessories.
Now, on to the Christmas Dinner prep! This is what I will be prepping in advance this year:
Roast Potatoes – For me this involves par-boiling, giving them a little smash, coating with some herbs and flour and then freezing. Reading my how to freeze fresh herbs post gave me a good reminder about using fresh herbs and freezing leftovers. Usually I make roast potatoes in the air-fryer, sometimes at Christmas time I cook them in the oven as it is already on the go constantly.
Vegetables – Again I like to wash, peel, par-boil and then prep them with any dressing before freezing. This means that on the day I don’t have to do this and it saves me lots of time. Also, I can avoid the worry of having to buy all of the vegetables fresh the day or two before. I tend to prepare vegetables including parsnips, carrots, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower cheese. We love lots of vegetables with our Christmas dinner so this is a great time-saving part of the Christmas Dinner prep.
Stuffing – This is really simple. When we are having a roast dinner near to Christmas time I prepare double the amount of sage and onion stuffing. Then I add sausage meat and freeze the balls. This saves time and is one of my favourite parts of my Christmas Dinner prep.
Gravy – This is really easy to knock up when I’m making it for another roast dinner. I love to make homemade gravy, using homemade stock. I’m not much of a fan of turkey gravy so I usually use the juices and bones from a chicken or beef joint.
Mini Pizzas – I’ll be using my pizza dough recipe that I mix up in my bread maker. These mini pizzas work out at under £1.50 for 24 and they would be at least £3-4 in the supermarket. They taste lovely too!
Cheese & onion quiche – You can find my recipe here. This is great to prep in advance and then pop in the freezer. It is really simple to heat back up in the oven and ideal for those Christmas buffets.
Cheese straws – I’ve already got a recipe on here for cheese straws. They are super simple to prepare, freeze and cook up the night before, or even at the time of our Christmas buffet.
Our Christmas Dinner prep is going to be significantly easier with some forward planning and batch cooking. I love being able to cook in my kitchen, thanks to lovely accessories. I love the items that Joseph Joseph offer, as they are usually space saving and really innovative. I have a number of their products now and one of my favourite has to be this Nest:
I received the knives and chopping board set from Joseph Joseph for free for inclusion in this post. All opinions are my own, as always.