7 Thanksgiving Staples to Buy Now

Stock up and avoid the last-minute rush


Thanksgiving might still seem far away, but the feast-fueled holiday is just a few weeks around the corner. For those playing host this Turkey Day, there is no better time to start stocking up on Thanksgiving necessities than now.

When beginning to think about all the ingredients needed for cooking up your bird and endless sides, it is best to start with the nonperishables. No harm in going out to the store now to get these basics out of the way before the holiday rush.

Here are our top nonperishable Thanksgiving ingredient recommendations to buy now. Get 'em before they're gone!

Photo  courtesy Adam Baker via Flickr/CC
Chestnuts - Try the pre-roasted, peeled and vacuum-packed chestnuts from Trader Joe's or Williams-Sonoma. Simply open and crumble into your soups or stuffings. Chestnuts made easy.

Stuffing Mix - We prefer the cornbread mix without added herbs. If you prefer to make your stuffing from scratch, try this delicious recipe.

Chicken Broth - Boxes of Swanson or College Inn broth are always a trusty choice.

Paper Goods - Plates, napkins, cups, you name it. Get some festive holiday paper goods and forget the worry of cleanup after dinner, simply toss the mess away.  Now you can focus on after dinner bloat and napping.

Frozen Squash for Soup - Frozen, pre-cut squash is great for making large batches of soup. Save the fresh stuff for smaller dishes or weekday dinners.

Canned Pumpkin - For breads, pies, muffins and the like.

Basic Ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, flour, sugar, oil, etc) - Look around the pantry to see what other kitchen staples you might need. Great to stock up now before the supermarket shelves start to empty.

What holiday ingredients are you stocking up on before the rush? Let us know below!

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  • Snooth User: GlensGirl
    643595 1

    Don't forget to get cranberries! They freeze wonderfully!

    Nov 07, 2011 at 6:07 PM

  • Snooth User: dxstout
    512488 20

    Angst and Ennui.

    Nov 07, 2011 at 9:49 PM

  • Snooth User: FatTypo
    649974 22

    I counted only 7...

    Nov 08, 2011 at 3:37 AM

  • Snooth User: ryebird
    438820 0

    "Get "em before they're gone" would be better, but since "their" is a word, spell check won't make the catch. FatTypo did make the catch on there only being 7. I do appreciate the list, though. Stocking up on non-perishables early makes sense.

    Nov 08, 2011 at 5:15 AM

  • Snooth User: danip
    944380 19

    pickles, olives, cream cheese, cranberry sauce, can all be bought ahead of time as well, and don't forget the wine!

    Nov 08, 2011 at 6:45 AM

  • Paper, really now?! What a selfish, irresponsible and unsustainable recommendation. Reduce, reuse and recycle!

    Nov 09, 2011 at 1:49 AM

  • Snooth User: loisms
    811630 0

    I often wonder about comparing the "irresponsibility" of paper goods used occasionally with the use of energy and water to wash a load of dishes. I have lots of company coming to stay and we will use a combination during the time they are here. I'm really not sure what is the correct thing anymore. But I have (almost) eliminated bottle water! Baby steps.....

    Nov 09, 2011 at 8:09 AM

  • Snooth User: Rona Lewis
    359096 115

    Don't forget your freezer! Make the soup and whatever else can be frozen ahead of time-it will keep your stress levels low, especially if you have only one oven. I make a pot roast along with my turkey. It's easy to freeze ahead of time!

    Nov 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM

  • Snooth User: MimiDi
    211723 0

    Isn't the title of the article 7 Thanksgiving Staples to Buy Now? So how is "catching only 7" a "catch?

    Also- I'd have to say suthor, Statton, missed the boat by not mentioning, carrots, onions, celery and a bag of egg noodles to make an excellent Turkey soup, post T-Day.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

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