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Prepare for Christmas with Jamie Oliver

by Lottie Huckle

published on 17 November 2016

Make this year’s Christmas one to remember with top preparation tips from Jamie Oliver. 

Check Your Equipment

Extracted from Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

One of the best bits of advice I can give you to avoid big-day stress is to check your equipment a few weeks in advance, and make sure you have all the kit you need. I can’t tell you how many stories I hear about people going to cook their turkey and realising that they don’t have a tray big enough for it, or that they’ve gone the other way and bought a tray that doesn’t fit in their oven! Good, basic kitchen equipment is widely available, so it’s easy to get kitted out. Give yourself enough time to shop around and find the best prices, choosing better-quality items wherever you can – they’ll last much longer, maybe even a lifetime.

Below you’ll find a list of everything I think is helpful to ensure all your bases are covered. By no means am I suggesting it’s essential for you to buy everything listed here, but I hope it will help you do a recce of your own cupboards, and have a think about the kit that will help you out over the festive period. Happy cooking!

From the book

Food processor | Blender

Electric mixer | Pestle & mortar

Saucepans | Frying pans

Casserole pans | Griddle pan

Roasting trays | Baking trays

Tart tins | Cake tins

12-hole muffin tin | 12-hole cupcake tray

Baking dishes | Mixing bowl

Measuring jug | Measuring spoons

Weighing scales | Chopping boards

Chef’s knife | Paring knife

Bread knife | Carving knife

Knife sharpener | Mandolin

Speed-peeler | Box grater

Fine grater | Colander

Sieve Wooden | spoons

Slotted spoon | Ladle

Heavy-duty tongs | Meat thermometer

Potato masher | Fish slice

Garlic crusher | Pastry brush

Rolling pin | Kitchen scissors

Tea towels | Greaseproof paper

Strong tin foil | Quality clingfilm (non-PVC)

Kitchen paper | Kitchen string

For more festive tips, plus a whole load of delicious recipes to enjoy over the holiday season, get your hands on Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook


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