With Christmas fast approaching, now is a great time to check you’re stocked up with all the kit you need to cook up a storm on the big day.
Use our handy kitchen checklist to get these essentials on standby and you’ll find prepping and cooking Christmas dinner a breeze…
1. TEA TOWELS
These bad boys are going to be essential for grabbing things out of the oven when you can’t find your mitts, and of course for the worst part of Christmas dinner – washing up.
2. OVEN THERMOMETER
If you know your oven is up to temperature, you’re halfway to perfectly cooked, juicy turkey and super-crispy roasties
3. WOODEN SPOON
An essential for everyday cooking, from stirring gravy to spooning sneaky tastes of sauces.
Perfect for draining veggies and spuds, and crucial for chuffing and fluffing up those spuds ready for roasting.
5. PASTRY BRUSH
To slap a quick egg wash over over your lovely pastry dishes.
6. FINE GRATER
Use a fine grater to grate horseradish over smoked salmon, lemon or orange zest into your stuffing, or nutmeg into your bakes.
Use a ladle to serve up scoops of gravy on the big day and soup made with leftovers after the main event.
A good set of tongs could be the most handy utensil of them all – great for lifting the bird out of the roasting tin and transferring to a platter to rest, allowing all the juices to run out of the cavity into the veg trivet. They’ll also come in useful for turning roasties during cooking and serving carved turkey.
9. SPEED PEELER
You’re likely to be peeling a lot of spuds so a good speed peeler is essential! It’ll also come in handy after Christmas for making delicate salads to accompany your leftovers or for parties.
When it comes to great gravy, a sieve is your best friend. Simply push all the goodness through so you’re left with a lovely, smooth gravy to accompany the most important feast of the year.
11. ROASTING TRAYS
Think about how many roasting trays you’ll need for the main meal – and don’t forget the roasties! It’s also important to check that you’ve got a tray big enough for your turkey (and that both your tray and the turkey will fit in your oven!).
12. SELECTION OF KNIVES
It’s always good to have a great set of knives, but it’s particularly important at Christmas when you’re often prepping lots of different dishes. We suggest having a bread knife, a carving knife, a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a couple of utility knives to hand.
13. CHOPPING BOARD
An absolute must-have to avoid ruining your work surfaces. Use different coloured boards for meat, fish and veg to avoid any Christmas mishaps! And remember – secure your chopping board by placing a damp cloth underneath, this will keep it in place for safe chopping.
The Jamie Oliver Shop Team