Stock up on these pantry, produce, and dairy staples before the big day.
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Thanksgiving produce
Credit: Louise Hagger

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it's time to start planning the dinner menu. As you begin to decide what to make for Thanksgiving, be sure to start a shopping list of all the ingredients you'll need to purchase. Otherwise, you run the risk of having to make a last-minute trip to the grocery store on Thanksgiving day. Not sure where to begin? Review our handy Thanksgiving shopping list, take note of what pantry staples you already have at home, and figure out which items you still need to purchase.

Also make sure to confirm the ingredients in your pantry are still good. Check the spices in your cabinet—make sure you can still smell their warm aroma. If they're dull, that means they're no longer usable and it's time to purchase a new batch. Take a close look at your brown sugar and salt as well—if they have clumped up or dried out, it will be difficult to measure them properly for recipes so it's worth restocking.


  • All-purpose flour
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Corn syrup (for pecan pie)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt (kosher and flaky salt)
  • Black peppercorns
  • Spices (ground cinnamon, whole nutmeg)
  • Canned pumpkin purée
  • Nuts (pecans, slivered almonds, hazelnuts)
  • Boxed chicken stock (or make your own)
  • Marshmallows (for sweet potato casserole)
  • Breadcrumbs (or a loaf of sourdough or country bread)


  • Large eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Whole milk
  • Buttermilk (for homemade biscuits or cornbread)
  • Cheese (for casseroles and/or a variety of soft, semi-hard, and hard cheeses for a cheese board)

Meat and Poultry

  • Turkey
  • Sausage, if needed for stuffing
  • Bacon (for stuffing or to toss with roasted Brussels sprouts


  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cranberries (Fresh or frozen)
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Apples (for pie)


  • White wine
  • Light to medium bodied red wine
  • Beer
  • Hard cider
  • Sparkling water
  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Liquor (vodka, gin, whiskey)
  • Coffee
  • Tea


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Comments (1)

Martha Stewart Member
November 25, 2015
Thank. You. I always forget something.