What Makes a Great Christmas Meat Hamper?
By Sam Wass, Medium Well
The Christmas season is finally upon us! It’s the season of gift giving and get togethers with friends and love ones. Not only is Christmas the season of festivity and generosity, it’s also the season of meats! One of the best things to give away this season are Christmas meat hampers. Meat hampers will surely be well received and are just classic way of saying Merry Christmas! There are three main things you have to keep in mind to make a great christmas meat hamper:
Variety is important. You do not want to end up giving the same person a huge Christmas meat hamper that only has one type of meat in it. If the person you are giving it to do not particularly like other types of meat, for instance he/she only prefers to eat turkey then fill your Christmas meat hamper with turkey products made into different things. Otherwise, the more varied the Christmas gift hamper is, the better. You are leaving more ways for the recipient to make use of your Christmas gift.
Christmas meat hampers always make a great and safe gift. However, regardless of how common it is for people to give meat hampers, your Christmas meat hamper should also show your thoughtfulness. As mentioned above, you should know what types of meat and style of meat preparation the recipient would enjoy. Some people might enjoy a traditional whole turkey where, whereas a growing trend is to get a boneless turkey joint.
Quality should always come before quantity. It is important that you only include choice and premium meat in your Christmas gift hamper. There is no point in giving a large meat hamper filled with substandard meat products. A smaller meat hamper with only the best produce will be more appreciated and enjoyed, there’s no question to that. Quality British meats although sometimes a little bit more expensive are generally far superior in eating quality than cheaper imported meat that has been flown half way around the world (more common than you think during the Christmas season). You can find great deals at local butchers and online butchers, but remember to be sure that you know where the meat comes from for your Christmas gift hamper.
Lastly and most importantly, you should always consider the practicality of your Christmas gift hamper. Unlike other Christmas gifts, meat hampers are not meant to be kept for long. Remember that meat products are perishable goods and should be consumed right away so the size of your meat hamper should be carefully thought out. Your Christmas gift hamper therefore should be just the right amount so the recipient can consume them all while they are still good. Consider how many people will be eating and what is the storage time of the meat items you are including in your Christmas meat hampers.