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Let Us Stock Your Thanksgiving Pantry

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the five lucky winners: Ellen from Hillsborough, NC; Erica from Santa Fe, NM; Erin from Clearwater, FL; Sarah from Tulsa, OK and Stephanie from San Jose, CA. Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe it’s almost November? Now is the perfect time to take stock of your pantry and make sure you have the basics on hand for your big Thanksgiving meal, all of that holiday entertaining and baking, and for everyday cooking in between. Here are some of our favorite tips to get your pantry in ship shape order and ready for the holiday season. Plus, five readers will win an assortment of organic and natural pantry favorites perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving feast. Read on to find out how you could be one of the lucky five. Start with a Clean Slate Before bringing home your holiday groceries de-clutter your pantry and restore order. Here’s how:
  • Take stock of what you have by taking everything out of your pantry and spreading it out on the kitchen counter. Separate the stuff you use every day from less frequently used items. Consider donating unopened extras to a food pantry. Anything past its expiration date should be tossed out. Remember the adage, “when it doubt, throw it out.”
  • Wipe down dusty shelves, cans and jars with warm water and a bit of dish soap. For sticky messes, sprinkle the spot with baking soda and top with a warm, wet paper towel. Let sit for a minute then scrape off with a spatula. Dry shelves thoroughly before restocking.
  • Place stuff you use every day (cereal, nut butters, snacks) within easy reach.
  • It’s best to put lightweight items on higher shelves and heavy items on lower shelves.
  • Group items together, such as baking supplies, canned beans and veggies, sauces and soups.
  • Place flours, dried beans and nuts in clear containers so you can see when you’re running low.
  • Corral small items (like oatmeal packets) into baskets so they don’t get lost.
Feeling inspired? Extend these ideas to your freezer and fridge. Checking It Twice Review your traditional recipes and check your (newly cleaned out) pantry carefully to help create your holiday shopping list. The more items you pick up on your first visit to the grocery store means fewer added trips later on. Happy Holiday Baking Are you a holiday baker? A kitchen filled with the aroma of freshly baked goodies is one of the most treasured memories of the holiday season. Check out our Holiday Baking Guide for some of our favorite tips and a checklist of baking essentials to keep on hand throughout the season. Herbs, Spice and Everything Nice Herbs and spices are supremely important during the holidays. Here are some tips to ensure there’s life in your holiday spice:
  • Dried herbs and spices lose their potency and freshness within six months to a year from the date they are first opened, so spices you used last year may need to be replaced.
  • If a container of dried herbs or spices doesn’t have its characteristic aroma or they appear faded, it’s time to replace.
  • Dried herbs are generally very flavor-concentrated, but quickly lose their intensity in storage. Keep containers tightly capped and store them in a cool, dark and dry spot. Avoid placing them above the stove, near a sink, dishwasher or sunny window.
  • Buy herbs and spices in small quantities from our bulk department to ensure a fresh supply and save money — you don’t have to buy an entire bottle of a special spice you only use once a year.
  • Find out more about specific spices in our Holiday Spice Guide.
Let Us Stock Your Thanksgiving Pantry As part of your pantry clean-up, you might want to consider restocking it with “cleaner” food – food that’s say, free of artificial preservatives, flavors, colors and sweeteners and organic, when possible. Luckily, the stuff we sell at Whole Foods Market doesn’t have any of that stuff and our exclusive 365 Everyday Value line of products has a huge selection of organic options at affordable prices. Need an extra incentive to get your pantry prepped for the holidays? We’ll help five lucky readers stock their pantries with an assortment of organic and natural Thanksgiving and holiday staples. Many of these are only available in our stores. To enter, just leave a comment below by November 4 and tell us what pantry staple you absolutely cannot do without at Thanksgiving and why. We’ll pick five winners at random to receive all of these great products:
  • 365 Everyday Value® Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Vegan Cane Sugar and Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 365 Everyday Value® 100% Pure Grade A Organic Maple Syrup, Organic 100% Lemon Juice, Organic Balsamic Vinegar and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Wild Rice Mix
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Dried Cranberries and Organic Dried Turkish Apricots
  • 365 Everyday Value® Slivered Almonds and Chopped Pecans
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Whole Berry and Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauces
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vegan Stuffing
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Frontier Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves, Organic Nutmeg and Organic Ginger
  • Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
  • Lundberg Christmas Rice
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Turkey Gravy, Organic Pumpkin Puree and Organic Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • Simply Organic Roasted Turkey Gravy Mix
  • Spectrum Organic Shortening
  • Sunspire Fair Trade Organic 65% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • Whole Foods Market™ Crostini
  • Whole Foods Market™ Milk Chocolate and Pear & Almond Dark Chocolate Bars
So tell us, what pantry staple helps you create your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

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Elaine Sim says …

I can't believe the holidays are almost here.

Cindy Yeskey Heald says …

The thanksgiving staple I cannot do without is all the organic vegatables.

Leanne says …

Cinnamon! Our favorite baking for the holidays includes cinnamon and we can't do without it!

Elisabeth Jones says …

Blackstrap molasses is my must have! I use it in our water kefir for added calcium and iron. We also love to add it to our pancakes, sweet potatoes and corn bread for a touch of pure sweetness!! Nothing says "Thanksgiving time" like gingerbread pancakes on a cold morning!!

Kevin says …

thanksgiving is truly a family time no matter the family as long as you have moment in life to share. If I was to win this I would donate the Thanksgiving pantry to one of the local food banks. But, keeping in mind people go hungry in this country everyday not just on thanksgiving. I am grateful for the job I have, the truck I drive, the food in my home, the home I do have. Many Blessings to All.

Natalie Mino says …

Pumpkin purée and cinnamon! Also gluten free flours are a must

G. Tom says …

Nutmeg and cinnamon! Can't make pies without it!

Barbara says …

I can't make it through the holidays without Kosher Salt! Besides my turkey, I also love to brine pork roasts, and pork roasts with roasted apples and roasted root veggies are my very favorite autumn food!

dkzody says …

I always like to have cranberry sauce, chicken broth, and bottled gravies on hand during the holidays. You can do a lot with leftover turkey or roast beef. Oh, and like someone else mentioned, canned pumpkin. Another staple with which you can do so much.

Brenda Jennings says …

My favorite pantry item for the holidays is pumpkin puree! Pumpkin everything is what I like and you gotta have pumpkin to make any of it. Baking my own pumpkin is just too time-consuming, so pumpkin puree is my go-to item!

Anita says …

Thanksgiving is just not the same without pumpkin pie! Or a brined turkey! Gotta have those staples.

Bambi Hartter says …

I cannot do without FLOUR for homemade sourdough bread, biscuits, pies, cakes, cookies, scones, pierogis, pasta and everything else the Holidays and cool weather encourages me to make.

Leigh Nichols says …

Must have at all times- vanilla, olive oil, sea salt, cinnamon!

Pamela says …

I can't get by without coconut oil.

Robin says …

I cannot live without almond butter and honey!

Kelly says …

I can't live without jalapenos for the jalapeno cornbread stuffing. It is a family tradition and Thanksgiving is not complete without it!

Sharon adams says …

Could never do without flour

michelle ferris says …

What a great idea! My pantry could use some cleaning out. I haven't reorganized it since my roommate and I originally found out that I'm allergic to amine, and she's gotten intolerant and allergic to soy. I'm quite sure it could use it. Thanks!

Nicole says …

Dried cranberry. I use it in everything from stuffing to salad to dessert. It's a perfect fall sweet/sour addition to a thanksgiving meal.

Elaine Sim says …

I can' t believe the holidays are almost here.

Kim says …

Vanilla extract, most of my recipes call or it. I am always running out!

Jenna says …

I LOVE the Whole Foods Fire roasted salsa! I use at salad dressing, in dips, and replace diced tomatoes in recipes with this item instead!

jennifer says …

Kabocha squash...love it!! Also cinnamon sticks for homemade applause.....Yum.....

Jaime says …

Everything is better with gravy!!! On Thanksgiving, I can fill up my plate and pour piping hot gravy over the whole thing- delish!!!!

Roger Nickie says …

We absolutely cannot do Thanksgiving without bread crumbs in our pantry! Regular bread makes good stuffing but it sometimes gets soft and too mushy! The bread crumb addition is an absolute must for that PERFECT turkey stuffing. And the flavored ones add the seasoning that is so hard to achieve!! Bread crumbs it is!!

ariana says …

I definitely can't live without allspice... it gives a perfect aroma and flavor that reminds me of fall!

Linda says …

Beans and nuts

Jenny W says …

Pumpkin! I make the family's pumpkin pie, so that's my staple ingredient. It's also needed in a delicious pumpkin spread I recently found a recipe for. Happy cooking/baking everyone!

Rhonda says …

Canned pumpkin is a must! I would be lost during this season without having pumpkin to make all of my favorite baked goods!

Christin Pratt says …

Baking supplies! Cinnamon, sugars (especially Maple Sugar), flour, oils, and of course eggs!

Monica BK says …

I cannot live without pecans in the Fall. I grew up in an area where almost every yard had pecan trees and Fall was the time to show off your crop in pies, cobblers, salads, and snacks.

Angelea says …

Canned pumpkin! I try to stock up to last us until next fall. It's so super healthy and delicious. We use it in so many things like oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, yogurt, muffins and bread. Looove it!

Denaire.Mouton@yahoo.com says …

Cannot live without cinnamon and nutmeg for my sweet potato pies!

Janice says …

definitely cinnamon! Pumpkin is a close second

Ilene Mitnick says …

If I had to pick one, I'd pick the one my mother would have picked. And, the one HER mother would have picked, as well. BELL'S SEASONING -- for the STUFFING.

Dana says …

Almond bark and semi-seet chocolate chips. I make a great Tiger Bar!

Tanya Caro says …

This will be my first Thanksgiving dinner that I'll be doing all on my own! Pies from scratch, stuffing, sweet potatoes, the works! I couldn't live with out sea salt and spices, and no matter what side of the fence your on, I always have to have cranberry sauce with my turkey!

Jaima says …

Definitely cranberry sauce. I put it on everything and look forward to eating it all year. It has to be whole cranberries though!

Maureen Joyner says …

Cinnamon! Cannot get through Thanksgiving without cinnamon. It goes in almost every part of the meal - in the cider with appetizers, the goat cheese dip for gingersnaps, the gingersnaps themselves, coffee, tea, sweet potato casserole, brining the turkey, a touch goes in the cranberries, into the pumpkin pie - and even a smidge for the chocolate pie.

Rob says …

I can not do without cinnamon for holiday baking, I can't do without whole foods!!

Ashley says …

Canned pumpkin! Great savory or sweet, breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Tonya Olivier says …

Cranberry sauce!! Makes the turkey taste that much better!

Heidi Christensen says …

Pumpkin puree. If I need a quick dessert...pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Kim Brinkmeyer says …

Pumpkin is the quintessential Thanksgiving flavor and a must-have for the holiday pantry.

Jessica says …

Organic Cinnamon! Nothing like smelling something cooking with cinnamon. The smell is warm and inviting

Shelley says …

I clean with baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar so CANNOT live without those! Organic stock, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil and canned tomatoes seem to be on my shopping list to replenish often!

Natalie Mino says …

Pumpkin purée and cinnamon! Also gluten free flours.

Annette Parris says …

I would love to see a Whole Foods Market in or around the Hickory,NC area. All good foods and such are at least an hour away as it is now.

Samantha says …

Dried cranberries! I use them for Vegetarian stuffing, salad, and the cookies!

Jane Jensen says …

Dried sage is an absolute Thanksgiving pantry necessity. It makes anything you add it to taste like Thanksgiving. Excellent addition to sweet potato dishes and mandatory in the stuffing. Great herb for the turkey or tofurky of your choice!

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