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Christmas Meal Planning with Country Valley Foods


With just under 3 months until the big day, many families start thinking about the Christmas dinner well in advance. A common question amongst us all especially if this is your first time planning a Christmas dinner is "How do you select your meat for the Christmas feast?" 

Last year I prepared and cooked for my family for the first time, lets just say it was an experience but I enjoyed it. Although, I didn't enjoy the scramble at the supermarket rushing to find that there were no cocktail sausages left in the freezer aisle and heading onto the next supermarket and the next to be disappointment that everywhere had sold out with a week to go. Which got me thinking about buying all of the ingredients online instead. Why the need to be rushing around the supermarket on Christmas eve because I'd forgotten to pick up enough vegetables or bailey's, I can do it all from the comfort of my own home without rushing. 

Buying food online is nothing new and during this past year particularly I've discovered how easy and convenient it is having stuff delivered at home. It has also made me a much more adventurous cook - I've discovered my love for cooking and creating something from many different ingredients lurking around the fridge/cupboard. 

Last year I cooked turkey and as nice as it was I am thinking of cooking something different this year. In the past my mum has cooked other meats and after all turkey might be the most traditional meat however it doesn't mean you have to have it. There are many different meats to choose from such as a joint of ham, duck, beef, lamb and chicken. 

I recently came across Country Valley Foods which is a family business who sell high quality fresh meat and have done for over 40 years. They deliver to 100s of restaurants, hotels, food producers, retail butchers and homes across the North of England. 


Meat hampers are becoming widely popular amongst large families as well as weddings and large events. Why not take a look at this selection of Meat Hampers from Country Valley. My favourite would have to be the Grand Reserve Beef Steak Hamper which includes 16 steaks this would be perfect for hosting a big family get together or even for a New Years day meal. Many families also opt for a hog roast for Christmas or New Year celebrations which is slightly different but they are becoming largely popular. Hiring a hog roast is an excellent way to impress your guests as well as providing fantastic entertainment for all. 

Do you like to be traditional and have Turkey or will you be having something different this Christmas?

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29 comments

  1. I usually help my mum with the Christmas dinner, but I'll be hosting this year and I'll need to cook for Ste's parents as well as Ste and William. I'm excited - but nervous. It's going to be great fun though. I want to start my own traditions and I think, next year, I'll offer to have my family. I'm so excited! What are your plans this year? xx

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  2. I'm the only one in my family that eats turkey and i still make my mum buy the biggest one lol

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  3. I really fancy a roast dinner now....

    Best thing about Christmas dinner is the turkey butties later on... mmmm!

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  4. last year our christmas started at noon on xmas eve and we had xmas dinner that evening. The on the big day all I had to do was a buffet mid afternoon. It was great having all the extra time to spend with the kids, playing games and watching TV etc

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  5. We usually have Christmas dinner at my mums but I am having all the family round and cooking it myself this year! I am looking forward to it :) I will probably cook traditional turkey and another meat too! I have been thinking about getting a meat hamper, you cant go wrong! :)

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  6. Nothing beats the Christmas pud! Absolutely love it!

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  7. i love turkey but me and my son is the only one that eats it so i only buy a small one. x

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  8. Always a traditional Christmas in our house

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  9. OH GOD, NOT YET! I DO LOVE A TURKEY DINNER THOUGH

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  10. Always a Turkey dinner for xmas in our house

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  11. Nothing beats a traditional Christmas dinner

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  12. Can't wait, looking forward to Christmas turkey already

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  13. I'm the only one who doesn't like turkey.. but I do love pigs in blankets :)

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  14. Definitely turkey with all the trimmings and a couple of glasses of red :)

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  15. I am a vegetarian but the rest of my family eat meat! I can't bring myself to handle raw meat as it really repulses me unfortunately so I usually go for a ready made Turkey breast roll from the supermarket which is supplied in a foil cooking thing. I cook 2 of those for Christmas lunch. It works really well because most people want breast anyway, the kids like it best and its so easy to cut through with no waste or effort to carve up!

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  16. Really looking forward to our big family Christmas meal, the prep is done Christmas Eve and I love setting the table.

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  17. I love the leftovers almost as much as the main meal. Just as well with a turkey...

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  18. we had duck one christmas & it was such a refreshing change! i think it will be turkey this year though!

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  19. has to be turkey at xmas, although with the ever growing family we tend to do some beef too so that theres enough to go around xx

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  20. I'm hoping I can manage a fair number of Turkey dinners this festive period :-)

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  21. dont think ill be forgiven if i cooked anything else but turkey... we like the traditional christmas dinner... we dont have turkey any other time come to think of it

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  22. We like to be traditional and have turkey, from the local butchers , except for me as I'm a veggie.

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  23. we always have turkey but fancy doing something different this year

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  24. i cant wait for xmas this year, last year we nearly had our house repossessed and it was only a week before xmas that it got called off. so this year, we may be hard up but its going to be better

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  25. I love roast turkey at christmas with all the trimmings, the smell of it cooking just is all about christmas, any other time of the year and turkey doesn't taste the same to me

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  26. I have whatever mum cooks me! Which is turkey yummy yumm xx

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  27. Not always the biggest fan of turkey but will eat it every Christmas! But a meat hamper sounds like a fab idea this year :)

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  28. chicken in our house! no one likes turkey, but the meat hamper sounds fab!!

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