10 must have pantry items for the holidays

10 must have pantry items for the holidays


Basic Pantry

  1. Organic Chicken Stock
  2. Unsalted butter and a variety of oils (Olive Oil, Peanut, Vegetable & Grapeseed)
  3. Organic Large Eggs
  4. Organic Milk and Cream (for whipping and cooking)
  5. Variety of cheeses, for cooking and serving as appetizers or dessert
  6. Variety of potatoes, Russet for baked or mashed, Fingerlings or Yukon Gold for roasting
  7. Day old breads for breadcrumbs and stuffing or dressing. Freeze for later use. Crackers
  8. Celery, Carrots and Onions, Fresh Citrus
  9. Fresh Sage, Italian Parsley and other herbs
  10. Fresh and Dried Mushrooms

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Beyond the basics, flour, white, brown and powdered sugars, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla.

  1. Nuts
  2. Chocolate
  3. Cocoa Powder
  4. Cinnamon or Baking Spice, Allspice, Nutmeg
  5. Dried Fruits
  6. Variety of jam for easy to make desserts
  7. Peppermint and dried fruit candies
  8. Cream of tartar
  9. Parchment paper
  10. Caramels and Toffee

Make Ahead for the Freezer

  1. Pie Dough
  2. Cookie Dough
  3. Puff Pastry (buy an all butter pastry-read the label)
  4. Gravy
  5. Easy bake appetizers, Empanadas, Pot Stickers, Crab Cakes, Cheese Balls
  6. Meatballs, basic recipe use different sauces for quick appetizers
  7. Quickbreads
  8. Casseroles
  9. Breakfast Treats, Cinnamon Rolls, Scones,
  10. Frozen Seafood, Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster
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