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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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Nicol says …

Cinnamon is my indispensable Thanksgiving store-cupboard staple. Not only is it an important part of so many Thanksgiving recipes and the quintessential flavour and scent of the season, as far as I'm concerned) but it's a digestive aid and it helps to balance blood sugar. Very helpful for avoiding some of the side-effects of holiday overindulgence.

Ashley in pdx says …

Definitely pumpkin and various spices.

Heidi G says …

Since Whole Foods Culinary Center has turned my 14 year old son into an aspiring chef it would be wonderful to have our pantry stocked with his favorite products (anything from Whole Foods = Favorite Product). The one thing we need/can't live without for Thanksgiving/Holiday cooking is a NEW one this year, it is Black Truffle Salt. Thanks Whole Foods for all that you do!

Mark says …

365 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sara P. says …

I can not live without whole wheat pastry flour. I have lots of baking to do over the next couple of months! :)

lauren says …

pumpkin!!! we make muffins, desserts, breads you name it!!!

Emma ryan says …

Organic vegan stuffing! Stuffing is a tradition in our family and being new to the vegan lifestyle it is a must have!

Chantel says …

My pantry staple is vegetable stock. I always have it around so that I can substitute it into recipes that use chicken stock. This holiday season I will use it in gravy, green bean casserole, and homemade stuffing (my favorite!)

Angelica Ocampo says …

WHITE RICE! I am half Colombian and I grew up eating steamed white rice with salt, butter, and green onions with practically every meal. So simple and so delicious, two key components when trying to survive as a college student! :)

Lashanna says …

Sage...around these parts this time of the year it becomes as rare and as precious as gold.

john Otjen says …

My pantry could really benefit from this. Love the 365 items.

Sara says …

Can't live without sugar. All those baked goods baby :)

marisa says …

Whole Foods Market™ Milk Chocolate and Pear & Almond Dark Chocolate Bars!!! the best to satisfy my sweet tooth and maybe a few others as well!

John Burkhard says …

Stock, stock and more stock!

Patrick says …

Soy butter. Since my girlfriend haa a severe dairy allergy, it makes cooking and eatig on Thanksgiving much easier for her

Ashleigh Trent says …

I have to keep parsley in my pantry we use it an so many dishes it has to be in the pantry.

Mary says …

I love dessert--I NEED chocolate around at the holidays.

Anita says …

We use a lot of canned pumpkin at our house. It's a super nutritious ingredient in a wide variety of baked goods, side dishes and entrees. It can be sweet or savory, hot or cold. Definitely a well used staple in our pantry!

Julia says …

Thanksgiving is not complete without fresh pumpkin and sweet potato.

Alexandra says …

University of Missouri-Columbia has a Thursdays Farmer's Market... shopping for some organic canned Pumpkin in a few days!

Louisa says …

I cannot live without pumpkin purée for pumpkin pies!! My absolute favorite!!

brian e. says …

Thanks for the giveaway...whole wheat flour for Holiday baking !

Carin Logue says …

pumpkin spice!

Barb @ A Life in Balance says …

Cinnamon - my husband uses it in his fabulous pumpkin and apple pies.

Annie G says …

Low sodium vegetable broth - essential for several recipes.

MQ says …

I am with the organic canned pumpkin eaters! Favorite fall flavor!

Anna Perou says …

Chicken stock!

Charity says …

I have to have cinnamon and walnuts!

Kira says …

I could not do without season salt. I have a passion for cooking and almost all my recipes have season salt in one or more part of the mix. It gives a nice kick and really turns things from blah to exciting!

Mike says …

Rice... use in place of wheat ib so many things for company with allergies.

Heidi says …

Anything that has to do with baking!

Liz says …

Chicken broth or stock. Use it for gravy, stuffing, potatoes and even to steam broccoli. Sometimes, I make zucchini soup, too. I go through about three boxes of it!

Ray says …

Fresh organic green beans, the better to make my famous green bean casserole!

Amanda Brown says …

My thing I can't live without this time of year is flour, lots of baking.

jessica says …

Whole foods organic peanut butter! The best thing to eat on everything. Fantastic!

Kathryne says …

I absolutely can't go without organic puréed pumpkin! I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin cookies.

Paulette Howard says …

Love to bake. Could use some vanilla, whole wheat flour and some chocolate. Love organic raw almonds

Rachel says …

I have to have pumpkin purée at Thanksgiving so I can make pumpkin pie and other yummy goodies!

Amanda says …

Butter - I'm having trouble thinking of something I make during the holidays that *doesn't* use it!

Stacey Bochner says …

HI, I can't do without 365 Everyday value organic black beans and pinto beans because I use them to help make my organic gluten free meat free stuffing. What Thanksgiving meal can do without stuffing?? Even if it is wheat and gluten free!!! I couldn't live without Whole foods. It is the only place I feel safe to shop! My pantry is almost empty with my partner out of work and to win would really help us this year since the food pantries I go to don't seem to carry pantry items that are safe for me and all my allergies to foods and additives and colors and gluten and wheat. I can only pray that people in my area will donate GLUTEN FREE and preservative and color free foods that shop @ Whole foods this year. I also pray we are one of the lucky 5.

Mishelle Cardella says …

The pantry staple we cannot do without is Chicken stock!!! LOVE 365 brand!! Thanks Whole foods!!!

Rachel White says …

Pumpkin purée! I use it in the fall in everything from oatmeal to the traditional pumpkin pie! Our sons always give the most delicious loaves of Holiday Pumpkin Bread to their teachers for Christmas gifts.

Alison Brown says …

flour - cannot live without it during the holidays

Matt says …

No way I could do the holidays without sweet potatoes!! I make at least three different types of sweet potatoes, savory and sweet, for each holiday

Bridget Newman says …

Definitely nuts like pecans and almonds -- so many tasty things to make with them!

Anne says …

Nuts and list of them. Almonds, pecans and walnuts. Olive oil, pumpkin pie spice and whole wheat pastry flour. We love Thanksgiving and love to eat and now that Whole Foods has opened in our backyard WE LOVE IT. Whole Foods is THE only store to shop. Yea!

Kat Jack says …

Gluten free frozen pie crusts from Whole Foods - can't wait to try all our favorite pie recipes with the gluten free crusts.

Eric says …

Fresh sage, onions and mushrooms make thanksgiving especially savory!

Ella says …

Thank you for the tips decluttering the pantry they are very helpful. My favorite pantry staples are the spices and seasonings.

Alison Chino says …

Definitely cinnamon! I used loads of it all through the months of October, November and December! I use it all things apple...pies, scones, cakes.

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