A new calculator which shares the best timings for cooking your Christmas dinner has been released.

Two-thirds of Brits (66%) spend over two hours cooking Christmas dinner, with the average time spent cooking being 2.7 hours, according to new research. 

Since many of us will want to make the most of the occasion - lounging on the sofa and spending time with our loved ones - Campbells Meat has a solution. 

Their team has developed a calculator which could save Christmas cooks up to 2 hours in the kitchen on the big day.

The ultimate Christmas dinner hack lets you plan your meal by doing all the number crunching for you.

You simply need to personalise your dinner preferences from the meat and vegetables to the sides with your serving time.

Here's how Campbells Meat Christmas Dinner calculator works and how you can use it on the big day.

How to time a Christmas dinner

Step one: Select your Christmas dinner meat:

  • Turkey
  • Turkey Crown
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Lamb

Step two: Select your vegetables/sides:

  • Roast potatoes
  • Roast parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Swede (mashed)
  • Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy

Step three : Select your serving time

Step four: Follow your step-by-step guide to cooking your Christmas dinner


Stevie Cheape, Head Chef at Campbells Meat, said “Cooking for your family and friends on Christmas Day can be quite stressful, with lots of moving parts the dedicated chef for the day can end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen and not around the tree.

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“We have created a Christmas dinner calculator that will help families save time in the kitchen. Simply input your chosen Christmas meat, vegetables and sides, select your serving time and watch the calculator create your step-by-step timing chart.

“The Christmas timing guide states it should only take up to 1.5 hours to prepare and cook your Christmas dinner after you’ve let your meat cook for a set amount of time. So, you can place your meat in the oven and come back to finish the rest later.”