Stock Up on Thanksgiving Staples

Focus on nonperishables when restocking after Sandy


Here on the East Coast, the past week has been filled with anxiety. From the anticipation of the storm's landfall to the waiting game for power afterwards, it has been an unbelievable battle. Thankfully, things are finally starting to pick back up.

With so many power outages, many people were forced to purge their refrigerators and freezers of all perishable foods, spending the week eating what could be made from odds and ends that did not require cooking. Groceries have run low at many shops, much like the gas crisis, but stores are finally starting to stock their shelves back up. Like those stores, it is time to restock our kitchens, as well.

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With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, this restocking period is a great time to grab any and all nonperishable ingredients that you might need come holiday cooking, whether you are playing host or just bringing a contribution as a guest.

Last year, we gathered our top seven nonperishables to stock up on before the holiday, and now we are adding to that list. Read on for our top five additional groceries to buy now for the coming holiday.

Cranberries - Cranberries freeze beautifully and will come in hand whether you are making sauce, jelly or baking bread from scratch.

Sparkling Cider - For those of you who will have kids in attendance this Thanksgiving, sparkling cider is a great non-alcoholic beverage to bring some fun to the table. Serve in plastic Champagne flutes.

Frozen Veggies - Corn, carrots and spinach all often find their way into holiday dishes, especially if your family kicks off the day of eating with an afternoon feast on Spinach Dip like mine does.

Wine - A great bottle of wine is the ultimate addition to any holiday meal. Many of us drank a portion of our collections while getting through the power outages, so restock your cellar with turkey-worthy bottles. Check out Snooth Editor-in-Chief Gregory Dal Piaz's recommendations for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner here.

Iced Cream, Whipped Cream, Crackers - Many of those little odds and ends that round out the meal, like the whipped cream you'll serve with pie or the crackers you'll put out as guests arrive, are the easiest to forget. Buy them early and you won't run the risk of forgetting these smaller necessities.

For more Thanksgiving staples to buy now, click here.

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