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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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Morissa says …

Definitely 365 flour and sugar! We bring a pie or a cake to everyone we visit around the holiday. Plus there are plenty of office and school parties where even more cookies and cakes are needed.

Sierra says …

I cannot due without having nuts in the house, I put them in everything!!!

Maggie says …

Organic canned pumpkin for baking!

Mary Ann Jenkins says …

The best pecan pie begins with organic corn syrup!

Amanda says …

Cinnamon! Because honestly, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the dessert. I'm not a big turkey fan, and I don't like sweet potatoes either. But pumpkin pie, I could live on.

Steve O says …

Fresh cranberries for the stuffing and the cranberry sauce. Cranberries provide a nice health flavor to the Thanggiving meal and the just scream New England in the Fall!

Laura M says …

My pantry staple is white beans. I love to use them in salad, soup, pasta. Always ready for a quick meal.

Melanie says …

The Number one thing I cannot do without, for any holiday actually, would be flour. It's a huge tradition in our family for the women to make oodles of baked goods! Cookies, cakes, pies, anything sweet and delicious!

Chelsee says …

I have to have pumpkin puree. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread and pumpkin pie are must haves this time of year.

Meredyth says …

Cinnamon is a must... it's such a fantastic smell and packs so much flavor. Especially to sweet potatoes, which are a STAPLE at Thanksgiving for me (and the rest of the season).

Carrie says …

Organic coconut milk for making the most fabulous pumpkin pie!

Cynthia Lacey says …

•Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth - indispensible for making my family's favorite apple and onion "stuffin' muffins". Second choice is •Pacific Natural Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree for making pumpkin pie.

mik says …

Hmn...out of all my must haves, including cinnamon, flour, pumpkins...i've got to say baking chocolate.

Susie Bee on Maui says …

Sage. I can't imagine dressing/stuffing without it.

Gail Bancer says …

Absolutely can not due without chestnut and apple stuffing. Its a 3 generation tradition in our family. The chestnuts are bought fresh, boiled, then peeled the day before. The stuffing is made on the morning of Thanksgiving while watching the Thanksgiving parade. Can't wait!

Cindy says …

My staple is cinnamon! So many uses in multiple dishes!

natisha says …

I absolutely need to have turkey gravy in my pantry to complete our Thanksgiving meal

Shannon Burgess says …

I absolutely cannot do without organic Cinnamon for Thanksgiving! Cinnamon is delicious. I need it for my coffee, dessert items, I use it when I make pancakes and french toast. A tasty product that helps increase insulin resistance, you cant go wrong!

Amanda says …

Cant live without whole wheat pastry flour!

Jane anderson says …

I love whole foods. Come to Salem please.

Lori Twill says …

Vaccuum-packed roasted chestnuts so I can make the best roasted Brussels sprouts in 20 min!

summer says …

Definitely coarse peppered salt...its a year round staple, but an absolute necessity in my roasted garlic mashed potatoes!

Rebecca Rutherford says …

I'm taking calculus this semester, and I barely have time to think about grocery shopping! A stocked pantry would be truly appreciated, so I can continue thinking about derivatives and logarithms. =)

Karen says …

Absolutely cannot live any time of the year, but even more importantly cannot live without it during the holidays - flour. I bake our bread, cookies for the kids' lunches, banana bread, etc. all year round. Holidays come and I need a whole lot more for all of the yummy baking!

Rangsiwan says …

Thanksgiving dinner would be nothing without butter and pumpkin purée!

Wendy Claire Barrie says …

Organic pumpkin puree is the pantry staple I can't do without at this time of year. From pumpkin soup to pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin pie, it's the ingredient that I'm most thankful for!

Sandra Carroll says …

Olive oil, Luunberg rice, Cranberry sauce.

Linda says …

I would love a new pantry from whole foods!!! It has been so rough learning and trying new ways to eat cleaner and healthier, but with the right tools, I know it can happen! Not to mention, the store in Folsom, CA, just opened last wednesday and I cannot express how excited I was!!!!! I no longer have to drive 40 minutes to a whole foods!!!!!

Pam says …

I am in charge of the salad, so fresh veggies and salad dressing are always on my list.

Brenda McBride says …

Cinnamon,cinnamon,cinnamon (nutmeg,cloves,vanilla, allspice, anise). Desserts, hot Apple cider, and numerous other dishes, and potpourri. The familiar aroma says "coming home for the holidays" more than the words themselves. Feelings of thankfulness and family fill the air.

Debby says …

Quality vanilla for special baking items. Sage and poultry seasoning to make my great grandmother's dressing. Our Thanksgiving table would not be the same without those very special receipes and lots of wonderful memories we hold dear in our family.

Joy says …

I simply cannot live without flour. I love baking and flour is essential. I thought I couldn't cook but this year have been trying new dishes and using my crockpot frequently! Thank you and I hope you pick me. Need essential pantry items desperately and I am a newlywed:)

chris hylan says …

The number one pantry item that I use in so many things is cinnamon. I put it in rolls, squash, pancakes, french toast, you name it. And when I'm not cooking, I'm simmering cinnamon in a saucepan on my stovetop. One cannot have enough cinnamon!!!

Lucy Sander says …

A must have staple at Thanksgiving and year round is 365 Organic Dried Cranberries, Perfect cooked with Thanksgiving morning oatmeal, baked in the stuffing, sprinkled on the salad, and added to the leftover turkey sandwiches! Yum

Kristina says …

Whole cranberries and cinnamon sticks, for a rich cranberry sauce!

Kristie Putt says …

Rosemary! I use it in the stuffing, in the turkey, in decorating, in the bread, etc. love it!

Karen says …

No meal is complete without Milk Chocolate and Pear & Almond Dark Chocolate Bars.

Sandi C. says …

I don't know where to start as I've never had Thanksgiving dinner at my own house! LOL! probably need a Tofurky roast since we eat vegetarian (for my husband).

Deborah Patrick says …

During the holidays it's all about baking. Sugar, flour, salt, baking soda/powder, vanilla. Anything for baking! P.S.- Bring Whole Foods to ALASKA!!!

Amy Vaughn says …

can't do without Vanilla!

Kathie Biggins says …

Gotta have those Organics 365 rocks!

Maggie says …

I use a ton of pecans all fall and winter. They are part of so many of my favorite sweet and savory dishes.

Katie says …

I can't do with out pumpkin puree. We make soup, desserts and breakfast with it!

Scott says …

Definitely can't do without the Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth...

Brijette C says …

This would be such a godsend! I'm lacking a lot of basics. THANKS!

Lauren K says …

This is my first year switching over to organic/natural. I am a type 2 diabetic who is trying to get my sugar under control and hopefully one day kick the disease. Cinnamon has become my new staple because of all the benefits. It is great and safe for diabetics. I would absolutely love all these items so that I could prepare some healthy ,diabetic friendly recipes!

Katie says …

Cinnamon! It's key for two of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes (apple tart and sweet potatoes) and make the whole house smell like the holidays!

Denise says …

How do I love organic chicken broth? Let me count the ways: I love it in the potatoes, I love it in the stuffing, and of course, I love it for baking the Thanksgiving Turkey. How do I love Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways...

Margaret says …

Onion, garlic, 365 canned pumpkin,stuffing mix, canned mushroom soup, sweet potatoes, and spices.

Sally says …

Fresh sage is the staple I like the best. I place it under the turkey breast skin. It makes the meat even more delicious!

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