It’s just three weeks until the big day and there’s still so much to get organised. There’s a few more presents to buy, a stash of presents to wrap as well as cards to write and post and not forgetting, of course, all the Christmas food to buy and prep ahead of Christmas Day. Thankfully, Bacofoil know how busy the next few weeks are and are here to help with the mammoth task that is cooking the Christmas lunch.
Truth be told, I’ve not cooked many Christmas dinners in my life. We are very lucky that we get to spend Christmas Day with our Parents and take it in turns every year to visit either my Parents or my husband’s Parents for Christmas dinner so when Bacofoil asked me to prepare a Christmas lunch in advance of the big day, I took on the challenge and completely underestimated how big a test it would be.
Bacofoil know theirs roasts. They have a huge selection of products to help roast dinner amateurs like me so to help me cook up a feast in my kitchen, I was sent a selection of their products to give me a helping hand. From Bacofoil’s Turkey Crown Roasting Trays, their Turkey Roasting Foil, Turkey Roasting Bags and Turkey Foil Sheets, the Christmas turkey is in really good hands so I was quietly confident that I couldn’t completely mess it up!
With the Turkey crown ready to roast and the oven pre-warmed, I popped it in a roasting tray, spritzed the bird with some low fat cooking spray and covered it with the roasting foil. The Bacofoil Roasting Foil is extra wide so it covered the bird and tray completely and as it was really strong it meant it didn’t rip when I crimped it round the edges of the roasting tray.
Following the instructions on the turkey, I roasted the bird for an hour covered in foil, then removed the foil and basted the turkey with its own juices throughout the remaining cooking time. After three hours, the turkey was removed and I was pretty impressed. I hadn’t managed to burn it and it looked and smelt delicious! Although you’ll have to take my word for it, as I forgot to take a photograph of it, I was so stressed, sorry!
How anyone gets the timings right for all the trimmings is beyond me. How stressful? I wanted to roast some potatoes and vegetables as Bacofoil have some brilliant Easy Roasting Trays, perfect for the Christmas lunch veggies. They’re exactly as their name suggests, quick and easy to use and can be thrown away at the end of the meal resulting in very little washing up, hurrah!
Even when the roasting trays are hot, they hold their shape (although care should be taken to hold the bottom just in case) and I was really impressed with how my roasted carrots, parsnips and potatoes came out.
For my first ever Christmas dinner, with the added pressure of my Mom being there to check in on my progress, it was a success. The turkey was cooked to perfection, I made roast potatoes my Dad enjoyed (Yes!!!!!), the sprouts weren’t soggy and everyone cleared their plates! Both my parents were impressed and I’m pretty proud of myself too. Although I’m not sure I can take all the credit because lets face it, Bacofoil has Christmas all wrapped up!
Stock up on Bacofoil’s super strong and useful products when you’re doing your next food shop, it’ll be one less thing to worry about on the Christmas food shop!
Bacofoil’s top tips for the perfect roast
If you’re charged with cooking the Christmas dinner this year, follow these handy tips from Bacofoil to make sure it’s one to remember;
- Cover your pan in foil, place your turkey on the top and create a tent over the bird using Bacofoil’s Turkey Roasting Foil – it’s larger than your average roll! Crimp the edges around it to give your turkey a crispy skin, while still keeping it moist inside.
- No roasting rack? No problem! Use your Bacofoil Non-Stick Foil innovatively by scrunching it in to a large coil underneath your turkey to elevate it in the pan, allowing the juices to run beneath it. You can then use this juice for the gravy.
- It’s worth prepping some of your dishes a few days prior to Christmas Day to save you more time during the day itself. Start making some of your dishes, such as pates and soups, and prepare your vegetables a day before, then seal them all in Bacofoil’s Double Seal SafeLoc bags to keep them fresh.
- Love leftovers? Store any in an All Purpose Zipper Bag from Bacofoil to save space and keep them fresh for your Boxing Day bubble and squeak!
Bacofoil are offering three readers of Life According to MrsShilts some Turkey Roasting Foil samples to try out this Christmas. If you fancy going in the hat for a free sample, leave me a comment below letting me know what random ingredient you love having with your Christmas dinner (my husband’s family have chip sticks on theirs, and it totally works!)
Disclosure: Huge thanks to Bacofoil for providing me with vouchers so I could cook a slap up Christmas dinner for my family and sending me some Bacofoil products to use. I had a whole lot of fun!