Get organised this festive season using a Christmas plan to make celebrations stress-free.
Tick off anything you can do beforehand and create a kitchen ‘running order’ to highlight jobs that need to be done on the day and when they need to be completed by, working backwards from when you plan to serve up.
Keep it Fresh
Christmas planning always involves seafood. When you go to buy it, take a cooler bag and ice packs. When you get home, remove any packaging, place seafood on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Wrap the plate in plastic wrap and store in the coolest part of the fridge.
Air Fry Your Pork
Place your pork roast, uncovered, in the fridge overnight. Bring to room temperature then pat dry with paper towel. Score the rind with a small sharp knife. Rub 1 tbs oil over the rind, sprinkle with 1 tsp sea salt flakes and rub salt into the cuts. Preheat the air fryer to 180ºC. Place pork, rind-side up, in the air fryer. Cook for 20 mins per 500g. Increase temperature to 200ºC for a further 10 mins and – voila! – crisp crackling.
TIP: Free up oven space on Christmas Day by cooking sides in the air fryer. It turns out perfect golden spuds.
Pick Your Christmas Catering Star
Simple is best when serving up a feast. Coles ambassador Courtney Roulston recommends choosing a single hero for the meal. “Picking one protein means you can concentrate on cooking it perfectly and match it with a couple of different sides,” she says. If you’re doing a ham, try Courtney’s Spiced Apple Maple Ham Glaze.
Set Up a Bar Outside
Keep guests happy, hydrated and out of the kitchen by setting up a drinks table outside. Load a bucket with ice, then fill it with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. For a refreshing non-alcoholic punch, try our cucumber, lime and basil spritz.
Cook Pavlova in the Air Fryer
Free up space in the oven by air frying your pavlova base. Line the basket of an air fryer with baking paper (we used a 5L-capacity air fryer). Use an electric mixer to whisk 4 egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1 cup (220g) caster sugar, 1 tbs at a time, whisking until mixture is thick and glossy and sugar completely dissolves. Whisk in 1 tsp cornflour, 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 tsp vanilla essence. Preheat air fryer to 100ºC. Spoon mixture into lined basket and shape into a disc. Cook for 1 1/4 hours (don’t open the air fryer during cooking). Open the air fryer slightly and leave the pav inside for at least 1 hour so it cools slowly. Serve with your favourite toppings.
Not sure how much to buy? Take a waste-wise approach with our guide to the amount of festive food you need per person.
Choose the Right-sized Main
Follow our guide for the perfectly sized ham or turkey for your get together. For tips on everything from prep to carving, check out our ultimate guide to Christmas turkeys.
TURKEY Small Medium Large Extra large
(3–4kg) (4–5kg) (5–6kg) (6–7kg)
Serves 6–8 8–10 10–12 12–14
Cooking time 2 3/4 hours 3 hours 3 1/2 hours 3 3/4 hours
HAM Half leg Full leg
Weight 4 – 6.5kg 7 – 10kg
Serves 16 – 22 25–35
To store your ham, combine 4 cups (1L) water and 2 tbs vinegar in a bowl. Soak a clean tea towel in the mixture. Wring out excess liquid, then cover ham and store in the fridge. Repeat the soaking process every few days.