The Ultimate Thanksgiving Shopping List November 21, 2016
A Thanksgiving shopping list so good you’ll make one, and only one, trip to the grocery store.
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Are you ready?
If the answer to that is yes, kudos. Please share your genius time-management skills with the rest of us. And if the answer to that is no, well, let’s just say we’re in the same boat here. But don’t worry! This comprehensive Thanksgiving shopping list has arrived just in time for the big day. It’s based on our deliciously simple Thanksgiving menu, but odds are these ingredients will make it into most kitchens regardless of whether or not you’re following the recipes.
With a shopping list like this, you’ll be stocked, ready, and raring to go come Thursday. In fact, you may very well win host of the year. Not like it’s a competition or anything, but still…
First order of business: the often overlooked necessities.
- Paper towels – From cleaning up spills to drying produce, you’d be surprised how fast these disappear.
- Meat thermometer- Dry turkeys? No, thank you.
- Leftover containers – There’s only so much leftover stuffing a person can eat, so send guests home with food.
- Potato masher – This tool makes an appearance about, well, once a year. But it’s worth it.
- Ice – Because no one likes warm beer.
- Aluminum Foil – Tent the turkey, cover the pies, and keep the veggies toasty warm.
- Dishwasher Soap – Buy double the amount you think you need. Just trust us on this one.
- Board Game – Or anything to keep the kids occupied. Our favorites? Monopoly, Scrabble, and Taboo.
For the turkey:
- 1 12 Pound Turkey
- Fresh Thyme
For the mashed potatoes:
- Yukon gold potatoes
- Heavy cream
- Herbs (parsley, chives, thyme)
For the wild rice and squash dish:
- Wild Rice
- More butter
- Another onion
- Butternut squash
- Granny Smith apples
- Herbs (fresh parsley, fresh thyme, dried sage)
- Dried cranberries and cherries
- Turkey stock
- Chopped nuts
READ MORE: How to Store Fresh Herbs & Veggies
For the sweet potatoes:
- Sweet potatoes
- Butter, again
- Sour cream
- Maple syrup
- Fresh sage
For the pumpkin pie:
- Whole wheat crust
- Heavy Cream
- Dark brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom
- Canned pumpkin
And it goes without saying that salt and pepper is a must-have.
Before you tie on that apron, read up on the most common Thanksgiving fails and how to avoid them. This way, cooking will be as easy (and stress-free) as eating!