A new survey by Sainsbury’s has found that 37% of Brits cite cooking and entertaining for guests as the most stressful part of celebrating Christmas.
A further 42% are worried about the costs of cooking for extra numbers, and 20% say that gluten - free is the trickiest diet to cater for – beating vegetarianism and veganism. With 1 in 4 Brits now suffering from a food intolerance or allergy, more UK households than ever will prepare different meals on the big day for guests or abandon Christmas favourites like Christmas Pudding altogether.
This year, with a range of over 200 products, help is at help from Sainsbury’s freefrom range which contains allergy and intolerance free versions of Christmas favourites, so no recipe is off limits – freeing cooks from buying and preparing two sets of Christmas favourites, and making sure that nobody feels left out of the celebrations. The retailer has worked with experts to develop products which taste just as good as standard versions and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Sainsbury’s food intolerance expert Mary Scott-Morgan said, “We know how difficult Christmas catering can be, both for people with food intolerances and those cooking for them, so we’ve developed the freefrom range of products to help everyone enjoy a traditional Christmas meal.”
Mary adds; “Dishes for food allergy sufferers don’t have to be any more difficult to make than standard recipes. For example, our festive freefrom bread sauce can be made in around ten minutes. Simply simmer soya milk and a peeled and quartered onion in a pan for five minutes, remove the onion and stir in a few slices of crumbled freefrom white bread and season. Simmer until thickened, then sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. Easy!”