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Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

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Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

The Daily Mail picks the best (and worst) from the supermarkets
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523575/What-YOU-buy-Christmas-lunch.html#ixzz2nQno1v1g

Personally, I would always make my own, or have someone else make it from fresh.
With fresh ingredients, nothing frozen if at all possible.

And not just Christmas either.

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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

unless it was coming out of m garden I'd rather have it frozen most of the time (so it will still be fresh when I want to use it)
some things i'll buy ready to go but mostly we make stuff ourselves and freeze ready for banging in the oven an hour or two before the main event Smiley
but hten a lot of what we use for Christmas is dried fruit that we re-hydrate (normally in booze) before embarking on a round of marvellous creativity  Cool
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

I see from the link that the Daily Fail are big fans of M and S and Sainsbury's.
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

You forgot Waitrose 
Sainsbury's are competitive with Tesco
Reading the link I think your comment is way off the mark
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

Quote from: RichAllen
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Never been to Fortnum and Mason, then Wink

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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

Yeah but I don't live anywhere near the "posh" end of Sheffield such as Eccleshall, so I'm too "common" to shop at Waitrose.
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

I went to M&S yesterday specifically for several boxes of mince pies (normally, I would make my own but I have had no time this week).
After getting home and opening one box, I noticed the best before date as 16 Dec 2013. Not exactly best pleased  Angry You would expect they should at least have a best before date of 25 Dec (or later) and there was no marking or anything on the stand.
Apparently, this has been a common problem for the store. A lot of the XMAS Party food has a best before or expiry date in a couple of days after buying it. Not much use if you want to buy things in advance!
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

I would have thought they could be frozen Undecided
Not sure, though, how good they'll be after defrosting.

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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

you have to defrost them in the oven and they taste like **** regardless of who makes em,
also the close sell by date on fresh goods like mince pies and other party food indicates they don't add in artificial preservatives which means if you have an intolerant digestive system they would be good for you, if you want stuff that doesn't taste too bad and will last a while, try the co-op food stores or party food try Iceland (cos anything that takes a few mins in the oven is a bonus for the ready to go buffet) it keeps for ages then and unlike some stores is cheap and largely preservative free (being as its frozen) Tongue

actually i wouldn't make traditional mince pies any more, for the last few years ive been using puff pastry and making roll's which go down a treat with the added bonus theres no pie tin to try and dig everything out of ......
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

home made ones frozen and then defrosted in the microwave are fine
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

I'd never thought of defrosting them in the microwave to be honest, if I'm doing stuff for freezing I generally undercook it and then defrost in the oven so its nice and warm and cooked just right, took a few attempts to work out how long /high the defrost cook needed to be but it works ok now, the only problem is I get the puff pastry in blocks and freeze them to be defrosted when required  so I cant refreeze it ...
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

If using the microwave for frozen mince pies - a word of warning - the inside gets a lot hotter than the outside - result burnt tongue  Embarrassed
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

Should you also not use a plastic bowl, as the fat may melt it ?
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

Who were you replying to as it doesn't make sense in relation to my post
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Re: Christmas Food, buy ready made, or make your own ?

You, thinking if the contents of the mince pie should leak, it has happened to me in the past, one damaged plate.
Microwave compatible, but not hot fat / butter proof.