If the supermarket Christmas TV ads are anything to go by, you can expect to emerge from the kitchen on Christmas day, a picture of glowing serenity in your sparkly dress (obligatory festive knit if you're a man), brandishing a ginormous golden turkey and all the trimmings without so much as a hair out of place.
The major flaw in this picture is the flagrant disregard of how bloody difficult cooking a large family Christmas dinner can be.
Luckily we've found the best nifty kitchen gadgets and secret tools to offer you all the short-cuts you need to make this year's Christmas cooking experience a cinch.
From foldaway pan stands and a jug that skims the fat off your gravy to vegetable choppers for cheats and the fastest garlic crusher in the world (we reckon), we've picked out the most useful kitchen gadgets to help prevent a Christmas dinner meltdown. Ready for your TV ad close-up?
Vida Slow Cooker
Having a cosy Christmas dinner for two this year? A <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vida-3-5L-Slow-Cooker-/360733076861" target="_blank">slow cooker</a> could be the answer to all your prayers. Ideal for smaller roasts, you simply chuck all your ingredients in first thing and allow the magic cooking pot to do the hard work for you while you drink Bailey's and watch The Wizard Of Oz. And slower cooking means extra tender meat.
Kenwood Can Opener
This stylish <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/kenwood-co606-can-opener-silver/p231822615#default" target="_blank">can opener</a> will twist the cap off all your jars and bottles - because cooking Christmas dinner can be stressful enough without pulling a muscle trying to prize the lid off your cranberry sauce.
Stainless Steel Chopper
Chopping veg is probably the most time-consuming part of cooking any meal. Shave some time off with this <a href="http://www.marksandspencer.com/Marks-and-Spencer-Stainless-Chopper/dp/B002F76RJ4?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_117&nodeId=1744056031&sr=1-117&qid=1384337841" target="_blank">stainless steel chopper</a> so you can spend more time relaxing with your family.
Who knew? <a href="http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/27575-Kyocera-Revolution-Chefs-Knife-6-inch.aspx?sourcecode=EW1GGP147&gclid=CNPbmerB4boCFc7JtAodrBgAWg" target="_blank">Ceramic knives</a> are way better than metal ones. The second hardest substance after diamonds, ceramic is sharper than your average professional kitchen knife and requires sharpening ten times less frequently.
OXO Gravy/Fat Separator
No more frantically trying to skim the fat of your gravy with a spoon. A measuring jug with a built-in strainer and stopper, the <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/OXO+Good+Grips+Gravy+/+fat+separator+%28500ml%29/183662167,default,pd.html" target="_blank">OXO Gray/Fat Separator </a>catches unwanted bits and prevents fat from rising to the top of the spout.
Kitchen Craft Chrome Plated Potato Ricer
If you're planning to do mash as well as roasties (get you!) you could save a lot of time with a <a href="http://www.tesco.com/direct/kitchen-craft-chrome-plated-potato-ricer/169-1663.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=169-1663&kpid=169-1663&gclid=COOqs9HE4boCFRMctAodjmYAtw" target="_blank">potato ricer.</a> Like a giant garlic crusher but for potatoes (or any other vegetables you fancy mashing) the potato ricer creates smooth, lump-free mash in moments.
Menu Propeller Trivet
You know that bit when everything's done and you start wandering aimlessly round the kitchen with hot pans in your hands, bumping into each other while you search for somewhere to rest said pans before there's a nasty accident involving boiling water? That's where <a href="http://www.heals.co.uk/gadgets+utensils/menu-propeller-trivet/invt/menutrivet" target="_blank">trivets</a> (aka pan stands) come in handy.
Master Class Meat Thermometer
Sticking something sharp into your turkey and seeing if the juices run clear is the tried and tested method of checking your meat is cooked. But there's a lot more at stake than usual here so a <a href="http://bit.ly/19jHNP3" target="_blank">cooking thermometer</a> offers you that little extra peace of mind.
Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher
Traditional garlic crushers are handy but they always seem to leave half the clove behind so you have to scoop it out, resulting in eternally garlicky-smelling fingers. This <a href="http://www.habitat.co.uk/joseph-joseph-stainless-steel-rocker-garlic-crusher/gadgets-and-utensils//fcp-product/160878" target="_blank">stainless steel rocker garlic crusher</a> not only neat and stylish it does the job in an instant by simply rocking over the clove.
Tala 1960s Cook's Measure
This retro <a href="http://www.oliverbonas.com/homeware/living/kitchen_accessories_1/measure_1960_cooks.htm" target="_blank">measuring cup</a> looks so beautifully kitsch, it's hard to believe it's one of the most practical tools you can have when cooking Christmas dinner. It's ready-marked with measurements (like a measuring jug but not restricted to fluids) so you don't need to drag out the weighing scales.