Counting down the days until Christmas
Here’s a few of our essentials for getting ahead on Christmas preparation, so you can get excited for the big day.
Our team here at Jefferies are all excitedly preparing our store for the crazy pre-Christmas rush. As the months become weeks, and weeks became days, the big day sneaks up on you before you can blink! We know there are some foods best left to prepare the morning of the big feast with your family - like a homemade Christmas Pavalova and roast potatoes, but making the most of family time on Christmas Day is so important to us.
That’s why we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite ways to get ahead on Christmas prep, and make your day as special as possible. From our favourite Christmas Stuffing recipe, to a few special Christmas items available at Jefferies - we’re sure we have something for everybody.
Pop into Jefferies in the coming weeks to purchase some Christmas prep essentials, or pick up some goodies ahead of time for your Christmas lunch. You won’t miss the big display of festive treats when you walk in store!
Barkley Smokehouse - Grandmother Ham
Impress the whole family with this delicious Grandmother Ham from Barkley Smokehouse. A fully boned leg, the Grandmother Ham is approximately 3 to 5kg in weight. It can be left in the fridge, inside a clean ham bag. Simply wash the bag with water every few days, adding a splash of vinegar to the water to preserve the freshness.
Ogilvie & Co - Spiced Citrus & Honey Ham Glaze
To complete your delicious Christmas ham, the Spiced Citrus & Honey Glaze from Ogilvie & Co is the perfect readymade glaze. Simply brush it on generously in the last few minutes of cooking the ham, for a sweet golden honey flavour with a citrus zing.
Trentham Tucker - Christmas Pudding
Did you know it takes one whole year to perfectly soak fruits for a homemade Christmas Pudding? Given Christmas is only a few weeks away, Jefferies have this delicious Christmas pud from Trentham Tucker available in store. Simply keep the pudding in its packaging in the fridge until the big day, then heat and enjoy with custard for dessert.
Phillippa’s Bakery - Fruit Mince Pies
These delicious mince pies from Phillippa’s Bakery are a Christmas hit. The aromatic fruit mince pies are made with unwaxed candied peel, organic Australian vinefruit and fresh premium spices perfect for both Christmas Day and enjoying in the lead up to Christmas.
DIY Cranberry & Walnut Stuffing
Stuffing is perfect for those celebrating with a traditional Christmas feast. It is perfect for preparing in advance, as it can be frozen and then reheated in the oven on the day. Here is a recipe from Foodie Crush for a traditional cranberry and walnut stuffing - perfect for pairing with Turkey
10 cups unseasoned dry bread cubes
2 cups walnuts, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
9 tablespoons butter
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 large brown onions, chopped
¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon ground sage
1 tablespoon ground thyme
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ - 2 cups chicken broth
Place bread cubes, walnut and cranberries in large bowl and set aside
coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon butter.
Melt remaining butter in skillet over medium-high heat and add celery and onions. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add parsley, ground sage, thyme, kosher salt and pepper and mix well. Add mixture to bread cube mixture and toss to combined.
Drizzle 1 ½ cups of the chicken broth over the mixture in bowl, and stir to combine. Add more chicken broth and salt and pepper as desired.
Place stuffing inside a labelled zip lock bag and freeze. It can then be baked for for 50-60 minutes on 170°C on Christmas Day.
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