Christmas dinner is one of the best meals of the year. It is a special day, special time with family and we all look forward to the meal with its extra trimmings. But it does take a lot of work.
After all of the shopping, more shopping, finding recipes, preparation and even more shopping, it is all quite exhausting. Every year, we have a debate about where to buy the best turkey. I like a turkey crown as they always seem to taste amazing and it is easier to cook than a whole bird. But buying a whole turkey has benefits too as it is nice to have leftovers. Then there is the vegetable discussion, I like to do lots of vegetables and it is nice to experiment with different cooking techniques and combinations to make it interesting.
Once you know what you want, online shops have to be booked way in advance to get a suitable time slot near to Christmas or you will be battling with the crowds which can be stressful. Or do you go for one of the supermarket’s food ordering options which can be pricey but can make it easier?
It is all about decisions.
HelloFresh has come up with the perfect solution which takes the decision work out of it. This year they have launched their Christmas Box which they describe as “a foolproof festive feast delivered.”
If you have never heard of HelloFresh before, it is a meal kit delivery service where you can choose from a range of boxes to suit your tastes and inside each weekly box, you receive the pre-measured good quality ingredients and recipe cards to make all of the meals from scratch.
I have used HelloFresh a few times and I think it is amazing. It gives you the confidence to try new meals and can really help you get out of the rut of cooking the same things over and over. It also helps you to try new ingredients and techniques that you can then use time and time again. The recipes are all easy to follow thanks to step by step instructions accompanied by photos for each step.
The Christmas Box gives you everything you need to create the perfect Christmas lunch. You simply need to decide how many people you are cooking for and they do the rest. You can choose a box for 4,6, 8 or 10 people and box will contain all of the premium ingredients along with the instructions to prepare and cook a delicious dinner.
We were sent the box for four people and as soon as I opened the box, I could see that they had thought of everything. The recipe was for roast turkey with roast potatoes, sprouts cooked with pancetta in a garlic cream sauce, spiced red cabbage, roasted root vegetables, pigs in blankets and homemade gravy. The ingredients are all good quality and completely fresh and opening the box is a treat in itself as everything is well packaged. All of the meat and refrigerated items arrive in special PET cool bag with ice bags that can be recycled. The remaining ingredients come in brown paper bags. All of the bags and box are recyclable.
Not only do you receive all of the ingredients right down to the herbs, spices and stock (you only have to add in oil, salt and pepper) but you also get really detailed instructions which are step by step with timings and colour photos plus tips to help you along the way. There are also festive name cards to cut out and fill in which is a really nice touch. With this meal, the instructions are split into two, the first being the night before preparations including making your own chicken gravy and the second the cooking instructions for the meal itself. I liked this as we all know that being prepared the night before makes the cooking a lot easier and less time consuming on the big day itself.
With this meal, the instructions are split into two, the first being the night before preparations including making your own chicken gravy and the second the cooking instructions for the meal itself. I liked this as we all know that being prepared the night before makes the cooking a lot easier and less time consuming on the big day itself.
I chose to do all of the preparation and cooking on the day and the whole process took 3 hours and 20 minutes which I thought was not bad considering the amount of food on the table at the end. I think that the design of the recipe would be perfect for the novice cook through to the more experienced as Hello Fresh have broken everything down
I think that the design of the recipe would be perfect for the novice cook through to the more experienced as HelloFresh has broken everything down into easy, manageable steps. The instructions were really helpful and the timings worked well and the end result was a delicious family feast. The turkey crown was the triumph as it was so delicious and moist and everyone commented how amazing it was. The combination of vegetables worked really well too and it looked and smelt amazing. Sprouts with pancetta in a garlic cream sauce are now my favourite thing ever. Who knew?
The kids all love Christmas dinner and they weren’t at all phased by the fact that we were having Christmas dinner a couple of months early. They all enjoyed it too. We all had a huge meal and as you would expect from a good Christmas lunch, there were plenty of leftovers both turkey and vegetables which we used to make other meals and sandwiches for the next couple of days. I did make some mash, peas, and Yorkshire puddings to add to the meal as my kids love all of them with a roast but it would have been an ample meal without those additions.
What the box does is save you time, energy and stress when it comes to this important meal. Shopping for Christmas dinner can be so stressful at such a busy time and you know that if you are having this box delivered, you have got everything covered and there will be no last minute dash to the supermarket for the things you have forgotten. Preparation is also the key and it was so nice to have everything laid out ready to go at each stage of the meal. The other nice thing with the Hello Fresh recipes cards is that you can keep them and use them again if you want to.
The price of the HelloFresh Christmas Box starts at £69.99 for four people through to £129.99 for a box for 10 people. There is also a Premium Christmas Box which includes an indulgent pudding which starts at £89.99 for four people through to £149.99 for ten people. The HelloFresh Christmas Box is available as a one-off purchase and it can be ordered until Sunday 17th December with delivery taking place on 22nd December. Find out more on the HelloFresh website.
We were sent the HelloFresh Christmas Box for the purpose of the review. All images and opinions are our own.