7 Christmas dinner hacks to save you time in the kitchen

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Stay focused on having fun this Christmas with these seriously helpful food hacks.

1. Chill drinks quickly

Chill your drinks quickly by wrapping the bottles in damp paper towels and popping in the freezer for 10 minutes. Use a timer so you don’t forget to take it out - if left in there, the bottles could crack.

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2. Warm plates in the dishwasher

Check your dishwasher for a plate-warming setting, and save your oven for the food. When you’re catering for lots of people, using the dishwasher’s rinse cycle to wash all your veg at once is another smart move.

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3. Stop pans boiling over

With so many pots and pans to worry about, it’s easy to let one of them boil over. Easily prevent it by placing a wooden spoon across the top of each pan.

4. Cook the turkey evenly

Turkey breasts cook faster than the rest of the bird and can easily become dry. Prevent them from overcooking by placing a zip lock bag of ice cubes onto the breasts for 30 minutes, then coat the whole bird with vegetable oil and cover tightly with foil before roasting in the oven.

5. Pre-cook the veg

Cook your carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts ahead of time. Just pan-fry to re-heat when your Christmas feast is nearly ready. You can par-boil the potatoes the day before too, ready to roast in the oven once the turkey has finished cooking.

6. Keep drains fat free

Make a basic cup shape from foil and pour your fat into that instead of down the drain to avoid blocking it. When the fat has hardened, just chuck it in the bin.

7. Serve ice cream easily

Your ice cream will be easier to scoop if you store it in a zip lock bag in the freezer, which stops the frozen dessert from getting too hard.

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