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PalenqueBob Dec 27th, 2006 07:00 AM

UK: What Happens to All That Christmas Pud?
I understand, by the stacks and stacks of Christmas Pudding on supermarket shelves, that this thick, tough to chew traditional Christmas fare is a de rigeuer staple on Christmas dinner tables.

Q- what do they do with all the left-over Christmas Pudding - and don't tell me they eat it all. Give it to dogs - remake it into something else...of just keep it till next Christmas?

Just curious

carioca4ed Dec 27th, 2006 07:09 AM

I did see an article from RSPB saying that birds could starve,and that if you have things that are good and nutritious such as mince pies,etc.,left over from Christmas dinner,that the birds would love it.....They also said that you should provide water for them too....I am thinking of giving them something....I feel that this Christmas was excessive for me,as regards the amount of food and drink....
I do not know what happens to the unsold stuff in supermarkets.....

flanneruk Dec 27th, 2006 07:22 AM

The unsold stuff really can't be sold much later, since it shrinks (there's an AWFUL lot of moisture in an Xmas pud), so it's a lot lighter than the declared weight by the following Christmas. Traditionally, supermarkets mark them down savagely to clear by early Jan.

Uneaten Xms pud - and there's rarely that much left, since I'm about the only person I've met who can can resist it - is very nice fried. Or sliced and served with custard, as if it were bread and butter pudding.

The flannerpooch LOVES it cold. So it'll save on dog biscuits for a week or two.

marginal_margiela Dec 27th, 2006 07:26 AM

I've heard that Her Majesty aka Helen Mirren carries it around in her Asprey handbag.

PatrickLondon Dec 27th, 2006 07:34 AM

Well I suppose it could go to landfill, or compost heaps. But whether it's got the weight of its moisture, or has dried hard, it could be a lethal weapon in any lady's handbag.

Or I sense a pub game or two that could be developed....

PatrickLondon Dec 27th, 2006 07:34 AM

And a well-made one shouldn't be tough to chew. It should hardly need chewing at all.

BTilke Dec 27th, 2006 08:10 AM

If FlUK's Christmas Pudding has sultanas/raisins in it, then best to NOT give it to the dog. Even our British vet has a warning posted in the clinic's office telling pet owners that these type of "treats" are not suited to pets. In dogs, raisins can (and do) cause acute renal failure.

PalenqueBob Dec 27th, 2006 08:12 AM

Should we report flanner to the RSPCA? Anonomously, of course.

alanRow Dec 27th, 2006 10:05 AM

<<< The unsold stuff really can't be sold much later, since it shrinks (there's an AWFUL lot of moisture in an Xmas pud), >>>

Best Christmas Puds are those left to mature for a couple of years - just keep adding the brandy

flanneruk Dec 27th, 2006 10:56 PM

Thanks for the advice (which, BTW, isn't against dried grapes, but about grapes in any form. Bizarrely, I can't find any reference to grapes poisoning dogs till about 20 years ago. Have vineyard owners really been that dumb for 2,500 years?)

The good news, though, is that the canine kidneys seem in coruscating form. Whether this is because he shares his master's and mistress' iron digestion, or because his preferred game offal, crab apple and parsnip diet acts as an antidote, who can say?

But, until someone can explain the Great Vineyard Dog Enigma, it's back to the James Wellbeloved for the hound. Supplemented, of course, by the remains of the goose and the carefully filleted rabbit pie leftovers.

The red cabbage is in danger of running out soon, though.

Mucky Dec 28th, 2006 12:31 AM

I am really surprised there is any Christmas pud left. Judging by the amount Mrs Muck ate this year.

Also it would appear that the England Cricket team have taken loads of the stuff with them and ate a plateful prior to each and every test so far.



W9London Dec 28th, 2006 02:15 AM

We usually send unopened puds to our grateful friends in America. They keep on asking for more. I think my mother-in-law chop them up and sprinkle on top of apple crumble.

audere_est_facere Dec 28th, 2006 03:27 AM

Who has left over Christmas pud? Not in our house, I can tell you.

As Flanneur said, specifically christmas food is marked down to give away prices after the big day (a big bag of sprouts was 15p in my local coop yesterday).

audere_est_facere Dec 28th, 2006 03:31 AM

Margot wrote....

>>>Even our British vet has a warning posted in the clinic's office telling pet owners that these type of "treats" are not suited to pets. >>>

"Even our british vet"? So "even" your crappy British vet knows this? As opposed to what? Your super-duper yank dog botherer? "Even" our vets are rubbish now?

For God's sake Margot - go back to America if you hate it here so much. Mr Margot's life must be pure, unrelenting, Pinteresque misery if you're like this in real life.


BTilke Dec 28th, 2006 03:41 AM

Wow, that was a plateful of hostility.

Our dog isn't American. In fact, she's never "even" been to the U.S. as she came to us in Belgium from New Zealand. The "even our British vet" comment referred to the difference between our British vet and our Belgian vet, as we also take her to a vet in Leuven for her passport checks (and teeth cleaning) when we're in Brussels. Christmas puds aren't a common item in the Leuven dog diet, I guess, so no postings there.

Any other wrong conclusions you'd care to jump to today?

audere_est_facere Dec 28th, 2006 04:06 AM

Margot mithered on as follows in another thread....

>>>>>>Too bad (in a way) you don't smoke Marlboro or Marlboro Lights as they are the de rigeur cigarette for young Europeans to smoke (with a Coke on the side) while they pontificate on everything that's wrong with America. >>>>

Motes and beams, my dear, motes and beams.

caroline_edinburgh Dec 28th, 2006 04:39 AM

PalQ, where did you get the idea that Xmas pud is tough to chew ? Did you try it cold or something ? It should just fall apart to the spoon.

We bought a special one for this Christmas & ate it in 2 days - being able to reheat it in a couple of minutes in the microwave still seems like science fiction to me, but the pud doesn't seem any different from one which has been steamed for hours.

And we still have 2 left from last Christmas (bought at 1/4 price the week after) which have sell-by dates of next June :-)

Finished the red cabbage last night, but I think the cake and Stilton should last us through next week's New Year holiday. Yippee, another 4 day weekend in Scotland !

bilboburgler Dec 28th, 2006 04:39 AM

I buy up the old stocks and eat it until Easter. How can you resist all that fruit soaked brandy (or is the other way around)

owain Dec 28th, 2006 04:51 AM

If it's made properly, it'll easily keep for a year. Ours was made last December.

Mind you, by 'properly', I mean with about half a bottle of whisky.

audere_est_facere Dec 28th, 2006 05:22 AM

Yopu can get a super duper top quality Xmas pud in tescos in white city right now for 70p.

Reader, I bought one.

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