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TURKEY & TRIM­MINGS

Un­less you love turkey, why not go for chicken to save money? It’s cheaper and some say not as dry as turkey, though that could just be down to my cook­ing skills!

And to save waste, why not go for a crown or Ice­land’s Bone­less But­ter Basted chicken? This one’s a roast from frozen ver­sion, costs £6 and feeds up to eight peo­ple (1.25kg), so less than £1 a serv­ing!

When it comes to the trim­mings, buy­ing frozen rather than fresh saves money and with veg­eta­bles, you only get out what you need on the day.

I’d keep a cou­ple of vege­tar­ian al­ter­na­tives on standby in the freezer. This way you’ll have some­thing ready to whip out and pop in the oven if an ex­tra guest ar­rives who doesn’t eat meat. If you don’t use it, it will keep for an easy meal be­tween Christ­mas and New Year!

Don’t buy a ta­ble full of sauces and condi­ments that will sit in the back of the fridge all year; you re­ally only need bread sauce, cran­berry and gravy.

Plan a buf­fet “left­overs” lunch for Box­ing Day. This is a chance to use up any food from the day be­fore. You can al­ways have a cheese­board on standby if you’re wor­ried there won’t be enough!

Avoid the usual waste

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