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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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nicole k says …

Since I am out of oil, now I know it's an essential!

Debby says …

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I absolutely must have pecans for pecan pie. We love pecan pie in our family and I make at least 2, sometimes more.

Dana says …

Your organic canned pumpkin for muffins!

jonka says …

Sweet potatoes...good in just about any meal, also savory. I am learning!

Natalie says …

Organic Chicken Broth...crucial for the stuffing and extra gravy. ;-)

cindy says …

cranberries- nothing like homemade cranberry sauce- the cans just can't compare! and so simple to make!

Lori Green says …

I can't survive the holidays without a plentiful stock of chicken broth. Our holiday meal always calls for an array of sauces and gravies but is extremely beneficial with all those leftovers. Open faced turkey sandwiches, soups, casseroles, chili's, pot pies. All these wonderful pull-together meals rely on chicken, or vegetable stock, to blend the flavors into a delicious comfort food that warms soul.

Melissa says …

I can't do without gluten-free rolled oats to create the topping for my grandmother's famous Cranberry Apple Cobbler!

Taryn says …

I usually don't do the Thanksgiving cooking......but if there's one thing that I can't do without is fresh pecans for a delicious pecan pie!

Paul says …

Pacific Natural Foods condensed cream of mushroom soup!

Sarah says …

I don't need it but my sister does! I'm flying out to cook her Thanksgiving dinner for her and her friends since their cooking skills are a bit questionable!

Dona says …

My favorite holiday food has always been the stuffing--and, although possible with spices like sage and some good vegetable broth, it is not like my grandma's without just the right amount of free range chicken broth.

Julie says …

I absolutely cannot do without my truffle salt for my scalloped potato gratin dish (much cheaper than whole truffles).

Alison says …

The pantry staple I cannot do without at Thanksgiving is flour.

Kristen says …

Amazing giveaway!! I CANNOT go without quality maple syrup.

Isaac says …

We can't do without rice...be it basmati, sushi, or wild!

Kerry says …

Definitely can't be without flour or butter at Thanksgiving. Both for baking and cooking! :) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Can't wait!

Rachel says …

The one item I can't live without on Thanksgiving is cranberries! Put some in the stuffing and it is pure delight!

Corrine says …

Thank goodness for soy milks in aseptic packaging. My pumpkin pie, creamed onions, etc., are wonderful with the milk and creamer - and I can stock up in advance.

janet christopherson says …

APPLES, APPLES, APPLES. All kinds and all sizes. From center peice with flowers and candles, to apple pie, and in the stuffing. Just can't get enough.

Jim Richman says …

Hi, We have a wonderful, large family with 4 adult children, all married, and 5 little grandchildren. With a wide variety of healthy eating and lifestyles among the families, our Thanksgiving feast ranges from healthy and well-cared for turkey to field roast, standard to vegan desserts... you get the idea! Where we "come together as one" is on chocolate, making Sunspire Fair Trade Organic 65% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are the pantry staple that will help us create our favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Thank you! Jim Richman

Amy says …

During Thanksgiving time I always need canned pumpkin puree to make all the delicious pumpkin desserts I see online.

Tammy says …

Pecans is the one staple I am not able do with out for making a pecan pie or topping sweet potatoes.

Megan says …

Coarse sea salt - for both mashed potatoes and choc chip cookies! I use coarse salt in the cookies I bring to the big get togethers because it gives the cookies salty & sweet components. Love it with a big glass of organic skim milk!!

Margaret says …

I vote for a well-stocked spice/herb rack.

lara says …

I need to have cinnamon and vanilla...yumm

lara says …

I need to have cinnamon and vanilla because I use it for the pies, sweet potatoes and the quinoa

Amy in Austin says …

Definitely coconut milk, essential for gluten free brownies and pumpkin bread.

Beth says …

Quite a few things that are must haves for Thanksgiving but this year one thing that might be missing (unless I win, of course!) is pecans because the price has skyrocketed! But Apple Pecan Spice Stuffing, yum!

Kristin O' says …

Maple syrup is a must!

kat says …

Chicken Broth. You can use it so many different dishes!

Lydia says …

Cannot do without pumpkin... pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin mousse...

angela says …

Excellent ideas I will be doing In my pantry

Sage Knowlden says …

I can not do without sugar. I am the dessert maker in the family and I go through a whole lot of it!

stephanie drabble says …

water chestnuts, for the stuffing.

Jim says …

365 Organic Vegan Stuffing!! Love that stuff!!

jacqueline says …

Whole Food rocks

Meg says …

Now that the weather has turned cold, I'm ready for pumpkin pie, stuffing, and cranberry sauce!!

Claire says …

Thanks for the great ideas, you have made me think about going through those old spices.

Jessica r. says …

I cannot do without pumpkin purée....thanks for this chance to win!

Laura says …

Cranberries!!!

Donna says …

I need healthy food everyday!! :))

Julie Barger says …

cinnamon, pure vanilla, and cloves, nutmeg make everything more delicious!

S says …

Can't do with out Organic Quinoa, makes it easy to adapt holiday favs to gluten free!

Anna Wright says …

A GREAT reminder. I was thinking of starting new fresh.. throwing out all the old stuff who knows how long I have had it all a year? Getting ready for the busy holiday season. Thanks for all the great tips!

Madison says …

I can't do without sprouted whole wheat flour with which to make pumpkin tea breads, crumbles, and healthy cookies!

Cari says …

The pantry staple that simply MAKES Thanksgiving for me is nutmeg. It's such a great spice for the fall and WAY too underused the rest of the year. :)

Adam says …

I can not wait to have organic vegan stuffing! It will make everything on my plate taste even better!

Lori says …

I always have olive oil and flour on hand.

Randee says …

I could not live without Wholw Foods olive oil in my pantry anytime of year but especially through the holidays.

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