It doesn't matter if it's your very first time preparing the Thanksgiving menu this year, or you've had the holiday feast at your home for years—everyone needs a Thanksgiving shopping list. That's why we've put this handy checklist together, so you only have to make one trip to the grocery store, pick up everything you need in one swoop, and ignore items that aren't necessary. And if you're assigning someone else to go on the grocery run this year, they won't have an excuse for forgetting an item, because everything you could possibly need to pull off the annual event is right here.
This list includes the ingredients and tools you'll need to make all your favorite Thanksgiving recipes. For the main dish, a turkey recipe is an absolute must, of course. To get the turkey perfectly cooked, simply read through our guide to get all the best tips and tricks on the topic. There's also a checklist for all the Thanksgiving side dishes, so you can prepare everyone's favorite plates. And no, we definitely didn't forget about all the Thanksgiving desserts—we've got everything that's required to make the sweetest treats. Hopefully, your Thanksgiving is so much less stressful with this list. Just pick up the items featured on this roundup, and you're good to go. Happy shopping!
Because the bird is the star of the show, you'll want to make sure it's absolutely perfect. The key to a succulent turkey is getting the skin crispy, but keeping the meat juicy. To make sure it achieves the best of both worlds, here are the tools you'll need in your arsenal.
You'll want to invest in a quality roasting pan and skip the disposable version. There are inexpensive versions that will get the job done and last year after year.
Use the baster throughout the cooking process—not just before you pop the pan in the oven. By basting the bird as it roasts, you'll ensure the turkey doesn't dry out. This step is very important if you have an especially big bird.
A digital thermometer is the most important tool to have. You definitely don't want to make any of your guests sick by serving them undercooked meat.
Just about every single turkey recipe out there will require the same mix of herbs, including rosemary, thyme, and sage. Not only will the combination add tons of flavor, but it'll also make your kitchen smell amazing.
If there's one ingredient you can never have too much of, it's butter. Butter will be used in just about every single item you make on Thanksgiving. It will also get your turkey skin nice and crackly, and it's also important in many side dishes and desserts.
Although turkey is the much-anticipated entrée, the sides are some of the most desired dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. Because variety is the spice of life—and the holiday season—you should include plenty of different options on your table to please everyone's palates. Some of the most beloved plates are green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, and cranberry sauce. Your guests will also probably be expecting some homemade gravy and turkey stuffing. It's also a good idea to include some vegetable side dishes and a seasonal salad to (somewhat) balance out all the indulging. To make all these tasty options, you should have a few items handy.
Casseroles are always a good idea for a holiday. All you have to do is toss everything in one dish, bake, and devour. It's a good idea to have a few baking dishes in different shapes and sizes readily available so you can whip up several dishes at once.
Even if you already have some baking sheets, we recommend investing in a few new ones for the holiday season. You'll be using them quite a bit in the next few months and want to make sure they're in prime condition.
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
Stock up on plenty of potatoes when you head to the store, whether you need russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, or both. Potatoes have a fairly decent shelf life, so even if you don't use all of them on Thanksgiving, you'll have some on hand for a future meal.
Check to see if your green bean recipe requires fresh or frozen vegetables. Trust us: There's a huge difference!
Grab a loaf a few days before Thanksgiving to make your own bread crumbs. They'll make your stuffing unforgettable.
Flour is important for two main reasons. It's used to thicken up gravy, and it's also the base for baked goods.
Of course cranberries go in cranberry sauce, but the fruit is featured in other sweet and savory recipes too.
If you have yet to invest in a stand mixer, the time is now. It's extremely useful for the holidays and beyond, and it makes both cooking and baking much easier.
Yes, this one is obvious. Even if you're already stocked up on sweetener, make sure you double-check the expiration date. It might be time to get a new bag.
Skip the store-bought whipped cream and make your own topping this year. It's one of the easiest—and tastiest—additions to go along with your treats.
If your dessert spread includes pecan pie, you'll need lots of nuts. They also make for a nice salty snack for whomever is doing all the cooking.
The majority of pumpkin pie recipes call for pumpkin purée—not fresh pumpkin. The canned stuff is here to make your kitchen prep a little bit easier.
Whether you're baking apple pie or a different apple dessert, gather some fresh apples—maybe even from your local orchard—to have on hand. Before you buy them, check to see which type of apple your recipe recommends.
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