Christmas Firsts - Cooking Christmas Dinner for the first time

Cooking Christmas dinner for the first time may seem a bit daunting but don’t worry, we’ve got you!
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Cooking Christmas dinner for the first time may seem a bit daunting but don’t worry, we’ve got you! With an easy-to-follow shopping list, a precise planner and loads of handy hacks: get ready to smash Christmas dinner and beyond!  

Get ahead  

Over 1 million Scots leave it to the last minute to do their festive shop which is bad for stress levels, and a nightmare for generating extra food waste! By planning ahead and sticking to a shopping list you can do some prep upfront keeping costs down and saving money, as well as food waste. Download our Christmas Shopping List.  

Time it right

You want dinner to go off without a hitch, because even if you’ve only bought exactly what you need, a bowl of burnt Brussels sprouts or a platter of raw turkey is destined to end up straight in the bin. We’ve created a downloadable planner to keep you on track - just fill in all your key timing milestones and you’ll boss it! Get the planner.

Say hello to good storage  

If you do end up with leftovers (score!) then just make sure you use them up! Our Get-Ahead Roast Potatoes can be cooked from frozen so if you want to make a double batch with excess spuds, you can have them on hand for a lazy January Sunday roast! Storing stuff correctly can change your life, find out more on the A-Z Storage.  

Cook Safely 

If you are worried about cooking everything safely, then Food Standards Scotland have created a handy Christmas Food Safety Checklist that is easy to use and sure to help your through your first Christmas dinner cooking experience.

Could one of your Christmas Firsts be second hand?

Our good friends at Revolve are joining us this year. So, if unique, vintage, or simply sustainable gifts and homeware appeal to you, look out for their posts or find them on:

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